How do I get started?

There are many ways to implement the Strengthening Families initiative and this website is designed to help local United Ways through the process. Here you will find in-depth information on how to introduce and support the use of the protective factors in community work, a flexible framework for promoting projects that use the five protective factors; and a toolkit of supporting materials and activities that covers:
  • Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating;
  • Ways to implement UWSF including steps for UWSF@Work, allocation process, 2-1-1, community cafés, marketing, resource development, self-assessment, and training;
  • FAQs;
  • Resources, website links, and templates; as well as
  • Voices of Experience, a section that includes videos and success stories.


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