C.O.R.E. is a partnership among the government, private sector, citizens, educators, and health and human services organizations of Douglas County.

Its mission is to improve the well-being of the community, including support for producing both self-sufficient adults, and strong, healthy, educated families.

C.O.R.E. accomplishes this mission through its partners by:

  • Identifying community needs, strengths, and resources;
  • Choosing priority issues;
  • Sharing experience, knowledge and resources to plan solutions; and
  • Collaborating to raise grant funds and coordinating existing resources around a common agenda.


Douglas County is a community of strong, healthy families with access to coordinated health and human services that addresses problems and positively affects the quality of life. C.O.R.E. is the formal partnership that keeps up with the heartbeat of the County, and pulls the whole community together by constantly assessing needs and improvements, providing information to the Public, and securing grants as needed. As a result, Douglas County serves as an example of how communities have taken charge of their future, causing overwhelming improvement in benchmark objectives.


In pursuing the mission, C.O.R.E. values include:

  • Input from the community;
  • A consumer focus, not an agency focus;
  • The power of collaboration;
  • Prevention rather than intervention;
  • Measurable outcomes and accountability for results;
  • Good stewardship and the efficient use of resources;
  • Responsibility and standards at the individual, family and community levels; and
  • Supporting existing organizations in the community.