August 2022
The 2022 Pacesetter Campaign is officially underway! We had an incredible Pacesetter Launch in July- thank you to all who attended.

Every year, the Pacesetter companies in the Columbus area set the pace for raising funds for the Columbus Area United Way Campaign. This year they are ready to Be the Difference in our community!
Thank you for your continued support!
Quack quack! The Duck Race tickets are available now! When you purchase #duckrace2022 tickets, you are supporting the Columbus Area United Way and all of our incredible partner agencies around our local community.

Winners of the Duck Race walk away with some amazing prizes!
Snag your tickets at any of these locations:
  • Any of the banks in Columbus (through Monday the 8th)
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Columbus Area United Way office
Beyoutiful Boutique
Beyoutiful Boutique wants to help raise dollars to support local partner agencies and also raise awareness and education about the programs available to the community.

A portion of the sales made during their monthly Ladies Night on August 18th, 2022 will go directly to support the Northeast Nebraska Child Advocacy Center!
Legacy Express Wash
Legacy Express Wash is making a difference as an iPLEDGE supporter! They are ready to commit a portion of their resources to the incredible impact CAUW has on the community.

Get your car washed on
August 19th - August 21st
September 23rd - September 25th
to support local business and your community!
Born Learning Trail
Thank you to the City of Columbus for their collaboration on the Born Learning Trail!

The Born Learning Trail captures fun outdoor games on engaging signs to help parents and caregivers create learning opportunities for a young child. In Columbus, the United Way Born Learning Trail is located in East Pawnee Park along the walking trail.

The Trail is a community change strategy, helping boost children’s language and literacy skills – and encouraging families to get active. It’s a great way to elevate awareness of early childhood education, and connect volunteers more deeply to early learning.
Not everyone has mental health concerns, but we all have mental health.

Staying mentally healthy can take many forms, from exercise, to talking with friends and family to seeking out a counselor or doctor. One of the greatest signs of strength is asking for support when you need it.

The How Are You, Really? tools were created to increase awareness of mental health in our community. However, the only way they will work is if people like you share them where you live, work, play and worship.

Together, we can help our loved ones and ourselves stay mentally well.
Meet the Intern
Averi Devish

Stay tuned...the first episode of CAUW's podcast releases this month!
We're hiring!
The Columbus Area United Way is hiring for a Community Response Coach.

This position is supervised by the Central Navigator of Columbus Area United Way. Community Response is a coordinated system of supports and services for children and families to strengthen families and build protective factors. It is a system that can prevent families from unnecessary entry or re-entry in higher-end systems of care. Coaching builds upon those supports and services to address a family’s current needs, future goals, and sustainability. The Community Response Coach will assist referred or identified individuals and families in accessing needed services and resources in the community, especially during times of stress and crisis. Then if needed and agreed upon, coaching the family or individual through identified risks and needs to achieve desired goals, and to reach and sustain protective factors. 

Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter to
The Arc of Platte County is hiring
for the Executive Director position.
The Arc of Platte County, a local chapter of a national organization that advocates and supports
individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families is hiring an Executive Director. This position is a part-time position.

Please submit your resume and reference to
The Arc of Platte County, 3020 18th Street #9,
Columbus, NE 68601 or via email to
How does the Community and Family Partnership work?
Hope Freshour - Executive Director
Jo Suess - Development Director
Tammy Bichlmeier - Community Navigator
Sue Hoge - Community Information Coordinator

Roberta Miksch - Collective Impact Director

Janet Bouc - Program-Data Coordinator

Bellyni Maldonado - Bilingual Community Response Coach

Reghan Kabes - Navigation Assistant and Coach

Adilene Perez - Full Service Community School Coordinator

Victoria Osten - Fiscal Assistant