Our Impact

Each day, we make more than 35,000 decisions. Today, we're asking you to make just 1. 

As individuals, we want to positively impact our community. But how can one person or group make a difference when the challenges we face are so overwhelming? 

 


CAUW'S 5 FOCUS AREAS

This year we’re taking a new approach, one that will allow us to achieve more and have a greater impact on our community’s most pressing needs. We call this approach the impact model. This model allows us to more effectively achieve results by targeting your support to programs that create measurable impact in our community. All programs fall into 5 focus areas.


 


STRATEGIES FOR ACHIEVING IMPACT

Education

  • Support Parents and Caregivers: programs that provide outreach, education/awareness and training to parents and caregivers to increase their parenting skills, provide childcare assistance, and improve knowledge about their child’s education and development.
  • Enter School Ready to Learn: programs that provide comprehensive and developmentally appropriate services such as assessments, early literacy skills and early numeracy skills for individuals aged 0-5 years. Programs should focus on the whole child.
  • Prepare for College, Work and Life: programs that provide preparation for traditional and nontraditional students for life after the K-12 system. Programs should focus on elementary, middle and high school students, as well as students returning for a high school diploma. Services may include: career awareness, social skills, life skills and summer/afterschool programming to supplement the learning taking place during the school day.
  • Preparing for college, work and life: career awareness, vocational training, social skills, life skills, summer and afterschool programming

Income Stability 

  • Gain and Sustain Employment: programs that provide educational opportunities, job skills training (both hard and soft skills), job placement services and career counseling to individuals, unemployed or underemployed, who are looking for a family-sustaining career opportunity. These services may be conducted one-on-one or through group classes.
  • Increase Financial Skills: programs that provide training and essential skills around credit repair, debt management, budgeting and emergency savings, helping individuals build good financial habits. These programs may be conducted one-on-one or in a group setting.
  • Acquire Assets: programs that provide specialized products, helping individuals acquire assets. Assets are defined as small business development, home ownership, car ownership, or increased educational attainment. Services include IDA programs, low-interest car loans, micro-lending services and counseling/training classes, which aim at increasing the attainment of long-term financial goals.
  • Safe home and healthy communities: sidewalks, crime, parks, child abuse, domestic violence, bully prevention, support systems

Health

  • Education and Prevention: programs that educate individuals about the knowledge and behaviors necessary for living a healthy life, that provide awareness and outreach to populations about health issues, and that screen individuals to provide them a base level of understanding about their current health situation.
  • Treatment and Management: programs that provide identification, treatment and management of mental, physical and dental health. These services should be designed to not only screen and assess for issues, but also to provide the treatment and management needed for continued health and wellness.

Basic Needs

  • Immediate relief of basic needs: programs that provide temporary food assistance, emergency shelter, clothing, and disaster response services to individuals in an immediate crisis situation. These services are meant to be time limited to one time assistance or 1-14 day assistance.
  • Short-Term Specialized Assistance: programs that provide financial assistance, legal assistance and emotional support to individuals in a unique situation such as a medical diagnosis or domestic violence. These services may span a number of months or years, are not permanent in nature, and they are meant as time-limited assistance.
  • Long-Term Support Services: programs that provide ongoing nutritional assistance, wellness education, respite care, and community inclusion/socialization to individuals in a permanent situation that requires continued care and assistance. These services are comprehensive in nature and include, but are not limited to, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with terminal diagnoses.

Community Level Strategies

  • Safe Homes and Healthy Communities: collaborations, efforts and investments focused on making our community a healthier and safer place to live.
  • Reliable Transportation: collaborations, efforts and investments focused on transportation barriers and challenges keeping people from accessing a better job and quality of life.
  • Quality Early Learning and Schools: collaborations, efforts and investments focused on ensuring children enter school ready to learn and all students have quality educational experiences.
  • Place Specific Initiatives: collaborations, efforts and investments focused on the unique barriers and solutions in particular zip codes, neighborhoods, and parishes related to the stabilizing, education, income stability and healthy living.
  • Emerging Community Needs: collaborations, efforts and investments focused on the changing needs of a community and the ability to respond as situations occur. These efforts may include natural disasters, economic expansions or downturns, or changes in human services as identified through data, community conversations and nonprofit trends.