Partner Agencies

Young man with Down Syndrome features holds a bowling ballOur partner agencies play an essential role in our commitment to advancing financial stability (basic needs), education and health in our community. Our 2017–18 partner agencies are:


Providing social, recreational and educational programming for middle school and high school students with disabilities.

Community Action Center

Offering emergency assistance, needs assessment, advocacy, case management and employment support to people in crisis with incomes less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Exchange Club Center for Family Unity

A child abuse prevention agency providing supportive and educational in-home services to families at risk of child abuse and neglect, through a parent mentoring program.

HealthFinders Collaborative

Providing quality health care, advocacy and wellness education to people in our community who have limited healthcare alternatives.

Hope Center

Offering essential, 24-hour services to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative

Serving as a backbone organization for youth and family efforts in Northfield and striving to identify needs for youth and families in the community, build coalitions to develop and run programs, and write and manage large collaborative grants to bring additional resources into the community.

Northfield Union of Youth

Giving power and voice to area youth by creating a caring and enriching community for youth and helping connect youth to each other, caring adults and the Northfield community.

Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative

Working to increase the number of low-income youth in Northfield sports with a scholarship fund that makes it possible for all Northfield youth to participate in sports associations regardless of their families’ financial circumstances.

Peer Helper Program at Northfield High School

Training peer leaders to be contacts when students with problems seek out other students whom they can trust.


Providing low-income and at-risk Northfield children with free mentoring, tutoring, skill-building workshops and cultural enrichment programs after school and over the summer.

Project ABLE

Providing social, recreational and educational opportunities for adults with disabilities.

Project Friendship

Pairing youth in grades 2-7 with college-aged mentors for one-on-one mentorship, and providing ongoing support and guidance to ensure lasting mentoring relationships with adults who care.

Ruth’s House

Providing shelter and supportive services for women and children experiencing homelessness, with the goal of helping families work toward stability and self-sufficiency.

Semcac Senior Dining

Serving well-balanced, low-cost noon meals to people age 60+, Monday through Friday at the Northfield Community Resource Center, targeting seniors of low income or at nutritional risk.

Serve Minnesota (Reading Corps)

Mobilizing AmeriCorps members through Reading Corps to provide evidence-based tutoring to help students, age 3 to grade 3, get ready for kindergarten and be reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

Student Support Services Division, Northfield Public Schools

Addressing the social and emotional well-being of students served by the district, including chemical and mental health services to students and their families.


Seeking to increase the graduation and post-secondary attendance rates of Northfield’s Latino, low-income, minority and first-generation students.

In addition to the partners listed above, this year the Northfield Area United Way is also supporting:

  • Imagination Library, promoting early childhood literacy by giving free age-appropriate books to children from birth to age five.
  • Character Playbook, co-sponsored by United Way and the NFL, teaching students the skills to cultivate character and maintain healthy relationships throughout their lives.
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