Families 1st Partnership has been awarded a community grant of $3,000 from the North Platte Wal-Mart to purchase items for Project Connect, a resources fair on Aug. 3 at the North Platte High School. 

The fair will be held from 1-4 p.m.

This year, Project Connect will be held in conjunction with the Mobile Food Pantry as a drive-through in which low-resource families may select the type of assistance kit they need. 

The North Platte public schools will participate to hand out school supply backpacks for students in the school district.  For the Project Connect assistance, families will need to select either a cleaning supplies kit, a hygiene kit, or a complete twin sheet set for a child’s bed. All items will be purchased locally using the grant funds. 

Families 1st Partnership has operated as a non-profit organization since January 2019 and serves as the backbone organization for collaborative efforts in Lincoln County. 

The focus of the collaborative partners is to prevent children and at-risk youth from going into higher systems of care.  With this goal in mind, Families 1st Partnership encourages other local agencies in their work and offers support in the form of trainings or financial assistance to the agency’s participants.  In addition to financial support to stabilize families, there is sponsorship of parenting classes and family activities. 

In the two years since acquiring non-profit status, Families 1st Partnership has provided $365,380 locally in assistance for housing, transportation, childcare, daily living needs, and supplies for childcare providers. 

In the training of frontline workers, $15,657 has been made available for trainings relevant to working with at-risk populations. 

Families 1st Partnership receives grant funding from Nebraska Children and Families Foundation.    

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