The success of a community’s children and youth depends upon the strength of its families. Stronger families mean stronger communities. The benefits of strong families are far-reaching and all encompassing.
As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare and education and currently, 40 million Americans are working in low-paying jobs without basic health and retirement benefits. For families walking a financial tightrope, unable to save for college, a home or retirement, just one unanticipated expense – a car breakdown, an uninsured illness, a week without a paycheck – can lead to crisis.
United Way supports programs to help ensure people’s most basic needs of food, shelter, health, and safety are met. Basic needs services are vital to individuals with chronic conditions and for individuals and families in crisis needing temporary support. When individuals are unable to meet their immediate needs, it becomes more difficult to focus on long-term goals such as employment, housing, or education. Basic needs services are critical to getting people back on their feet and on the road to self-sufficiency.
Households that are financially stable and have sufficient income to support their families create a stronger community and economy. United Way is helping families build a firm financial foundation by connecting them with job training, housing stability, and financial tools. By bringing together partners from business, community organizations, and local government, we can help more families in our community reach financial independence.
How We're Changing the Story:
What YOUR gifts made possible in 2017:
- 2,999,332 meals were provided though area pantries and shelters
- 516 individuals received 16,161 night of shelter; 70% were able to secure stable housing during the year
- 312 individuals developed the skills needed for employment; 62% maintained employment throughout the year
- 6,195 backpacks filled with nutritious food were distrubted weekly to hungry children durng the school year and summer months
- 124 victims of domestic violence received safe shelter and counseling
- $2.34 million in tax refunds were generated through free tax preparation services
- 1,168 individuals received mental health therapy; 85% showed sustained improvement for one year
- 41 households received rent or utility assistance
- 5,930 dental visits were provided to adults and children for both preventative and restorative care
- Senior citizens were connected to $2,843,270 worth of benefits, allowing them to remain independent in their own homes