BVCA is a private, charitable, 501(c)(3) organization. BVCA’s Mission is “Overcoming Poverty by Helping People, Improving Lives, and Strengthening Communities. Each year, BVCA provides services to approximately 9,000 individuals throughout its nine county service area. BVCA has mobilized resources throughout our communities to help address family and community needs through over 30 programs. Programs are wide-ranging, but focus on self sufficiency outcomes. Programs include Head Start, Homeless Assistance, Homeless Prevention, Housing, Weatherization, Youth Programs, Family Development, Financial Literacy, Transportation, Food Security Programs, Immunizations, Women’s and Children’s Health, Senior Services, Volunteer Opportunities, and much more.
For over 150 years the Cornhusker Council has served thousands of youth across its three districts with the Prairie Winds district serving and jointly supporting Cornhusker United Way’s goals. Studies have proven that youth who participate and serve in our numerous programs, do better in school, and more importantly, they strive to give back to their community. Scouts do their best and uphold the values we all must maintain such as being brave and trustworthy, to make an impact on the community and influence lives for the better. Call on us, we have always been there and we always will be.
Community Action empowers people living in poverty to reach economic stability. The agency’s 18 programs and services address the causes and conditions of poverty in four impact areas: early childhood education, homelessness prevention, financial and family well-being, and hunger relief and healthy food access.
Fillmore County CASA provides Court Appointed Special Advocates for youth in the juvenile court system who are victims of abuse and/or neglect. These youth for the most part are removed from their homes and placed in foster care for their safety and wellbeing. Fillmore County CASA provides a well trained volunteer to advocate and be a child’s “voice” in juvenile and family court. A CASA volunteer is sometimes the only consistent person in the child’s life through a very difficult time. A CASA volunteer looks out for the “best interest” of the child and makes recommendations to the court on the child’s behalf. Being a CASA volunteer can truly make a difference for a child in need, especially if they have been traumatized or removed from their home.
The Family & Youth Involvement Center houses multiple programs serving youth across 15 counties. Our programs benefit youth in 3rd -12th grades as well as older youth aging out of foster care, and young parents up to 26 years of age. FYI Center programs strive to help young people move to the next level and successfully transition into adulthood. Over 300 young people were served by FYI Center programs last year.
Hope Crisis Center is a free and compassionate resource for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse throughout Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline, Seward, Thayer, and York Counties. Advocacy, support and confidential emergency services are available to survivors from all walks of life. Help is available anytime through our 24-hour crisis line 1-877-388-HOPE (4673).
Contact our administrative office (402-729-2570) for community presentations or awareness materials.
A nonprofit childcare facility licensed since 1989, the center serves children ages 6 weeks to 13 years. The facility serves children from all income levels, with the majority being from low-income families. Approximately 80 children attend daily.
New Beginnings helps those in need by providing low cost home needs, retail job skills and support towards self-sufficiency. Families have the option of volunteering for the items they need, giving them a feeling of self-worth and learning some job seeking/job keeping skills.
This program provides opportunities for individuals 55 and older to provide one-on-one daily mentoring and attention to children with special or exception needs. Foster Grandparents are stationed at volunteer sites such as schools, preschool programs, Head Start centers and day care centers.
Released and restored is a prison and re-entry ministry dedicated to responding to the question, “after prison, then what?” We prepare inmates for their release to local neighborhoods and communities by providing programs that teach decision-making, goal-setting, and problem-solving skills, as well as teaching job readiness/life skills that focus on basic money management and how to obtain and maintain gainful employment after release. We serve inmates from each of Nebraska’s 93 counties.
Saline County Aging Services (SCAS) provides services to county residents age 60+ and their caregivers. Services include information and referral, home delivered meals, foot clinics, health fairs, Tai Chi classes and other health and wellness activities, social events and assistance with accessing benefits such as Medicaid, Medicare, Feed America, and Homestead Exemption. SCAS also offers free medical equipment loans to any Saline County resident regardless of age.
Saline County Area Transit
Saline County Area Transit assists the elderly and disabled as well as the general public with their transportation needs, often providing the level of independence required to stay in their own home. SCAT also improves quality of life by enabling all residents to shop, bank, doctor, travel to and from school, visit family and friends, and enjoy entertainment outside of their homes. SCAT provides more than 10,000 rides and travels over 120,000 miles per year.
Fillmore County Rural Transit provides transport for all residents of Fillmore County. Providing rides for the elderly and disabled allows them to stay in their homes as well as keep their independence as they can schedule their own appointments and shopping outings. All ages are served, and children are transported to school for working parents.