Groundbreaking initiatives

A key to achieving our goals in the community–and strengthening children, youth and families–is the development of our exciting initiatives.  These endeavors represent the true value-add of United Way, bringing together the expertise, people and passion to get things done.


Seacoast Early Learning Alliance (SELA)
SELA is an alliance of non-profit childcare programs whose mission is to improve the quality of early childhood education. Combined buying power allows SELA members to invest savings into quality programming and achieve better outcomes.  The wide range of services and member benefits of SELA are designed to bring high quality solutions to the challenges early childhood education programs face every day.  In FY13, SELA began expanding outside the seacoast area to increase the power of its economy of scale.  Today, the members of SELA, collectively, serve more than 3,100 children statewide, employ 700 early childhood professionals, and have a combined operating budget of over $34 million. Learn more!

Baby Steps
Baby Steps ensures children will receive developmental screening, assessment and referral, and access to intervention and treatment services (as needed) prior to enrollment in kindergarten. Screening identifies children in their early years who may be facing developmental delays. The identified children receive further assessment by an experienced Child Developmental Specialist using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) and other assessment tools to identify specific areas of need and work with the parents to determine the appropriate setting for the child and family to receive intervention.  Integrating Baby Steps in primary care offices will allow health center staff to be a regular resource for parents and caregivers and will provide a Medical Home approach where parents and caregivers work as a team to provide quality support and education for improved future outcomes for children and their families.

CA$H Coalition of Southern New Hampshire VITA
The Creating Assets Savings and Hope Coalition (CA$H) brings together cross-sector partners to help families achieve financial independence by empowering them with the skills and tools to maximize their income, build savings and gain assets.  The Coalition’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program helps low income individuals and families work towards financial stability.  Tax sites provide the starting point for discussion between the Certified Volunteer and the Taxpayer. This relationship takes the exercise of tax return preparation one step further whereby the taxpayer becomes a participant in a financial capability model that works on identifying and realizing goals. The end result is behavior modification leading to increased knowledge and, ultimately, the ability to budget, set goals, and save. Learn more!

Greater Seacoast Coalition on Homelessness
GSCH works to establish and maintain a strategic network of homeless service providers and other stakeholders to develop a coordinated regional system of housing and services to prevent and reduce homelessness and provide permanent housing solutions for homeless individuals and families.  The Coalition serves as a voluntary planning group tasked with determining and prioritizing gaps in services, coordinating access to available resources to improve services to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless, developing policies through collaboration to meet needs without duplicating efforts or services, and compiling and sharing data on homelessness.

Coordinated School Health Program – One Voice for Strafford County
This program seeks to address the most relevant health needs of Strafford County. The goal of this three year project is to implement a systematic set of planned, school-based strategies, activities, and services designed to promote optimal student academic, physical, emotional, and social development. By addressing health-related issues, schools not only foster student’s academic achievements, but also help to establish healthy behaviors that last a lifetime.

Granite Youth Alliance
Through a collaborative relationship between Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention and United Way of the Greater Seacoast, Granite Youth Alliance (GYA) provides opportunities for youth across the Seacoast that reduces high risk behaviors in youth and ensures youth feel valued, empowered, and demonstrate improved decision making skills. GYA functions as the vehicle for the region’s overall youth leadership initiative which aligns with the goals outlined in ASAP’s three-year strategic plan to reduce underage drinking, reduce use of marijuana among youth 12-18 yrs old, and reduce use of non-medical use of prescription medication among youth 12-18 yrs old. Youth and advisors participating in GYA have full access to leadership training, eligibility at statewide and national youth conferences, leadership recognition, participation in the GYA Film Festival, peer networking, and funded projects and activities.  Learn more!


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