As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. These individuals are walking a financial tightrope — they are barely able to get by, with no ability to save for college, a home, or for retirement. With your help, United Way is working to cut in half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable. If we’re successful, by 2018 1.9 million working families will be on the road to economic independence.
In Fall 2016, Great Rivers United Way announced the following income-related goals:
- Increase access to skills education and training that leads to personal development, financial literacy, and earning a livable wage.
- Increase access to services that lead to affordable and safe housing.
Partner programs in the Income impact area will be working toward collaborative, lasting solutions that meet these goals. The Health impact area has similarly set goals, with Education and Community Basics goals to be set for the next funding cycle.