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The Carthage United Way, Inc. provides funding for 15 agencies in the Carthage area to help them better educate, provide health care and income for food, clothing, and shelter to those in need.

We provide shelter for those who are homeless.
We provide a safe place where people can come to get their lives put back together.
We provide spiritual, financial, and life guidance to those who stay with us.
We provide food, clothing, and household items to those who are in need in our community.
We provide a place for people in our community to serve the “least of these.”

Food pantry and benevolence fund.

Crosslines Churches of the Joplin Area provides basic necessities of life and establishes a safety net for our low-income neighbors and those facing emergency situations. As a cross-denominational organization that relies on community partnerships, Crosslines’ main goal is to supply emergency food, clothing, hygiene items, baby supplies, basic household necessities, and financial assistance. Many of our clients are low-income individuals, the elderly or disabled, or families that are experiencing difficult financial circumstances.

The Economic Security Corporation of the Southwest Area (ESC) is a private non-profit Community Action Agency, created in October 1965 to serve the needs of low-income individuals and families. The mission of the agency is “to help families currently caught in poverty to find a way out, and to work in our communities to prevent the conditions of poverty from affecting future generations.” Our main goal is to help individuals function financially, physically, mentally, and socially at their own level and aid their attempts to attain new levels which will allow them to become self-sufficient. Services include Head Start, Early Head Start, Employment & Training, Weatherization, Home Repair, Women’s Health, and Family Planning.

Federally funded program targeting those aged 19+ to help with Financial Aid (FAFSA) and postsecondary school applications, and provide assistance with AEL class selection, workshops, financial planning, test taking, etc.

Helps with unmet needs of children in foster care in McDonald and Newton counties.

FutureLink empowers youth and young adults for career success.  FutureLink provides education, training and support services to disconnected young adults facing educational and economic barriers. Equipping participants with pathways to success that lead to long-term employment in high demand occupations.
The following are examples of the services provided through FutureLink: Tutoring, Adult Mentoring, Occupational Skills Training, Financial Literacy Education, Entrepreneurial Skills Training, Paid Work Experience Programs, Leadership Development Activities, Comprehensive Guidance/Counseling, Alternative Secondary School Offerings, and more.

Food stamps; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Skill assessments, workshops, job training, job search, and other services.