United Way Helps Americans Achieve Financial Stability
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, United Way is here to help.
37,000 individuals in Anderson County live in poverty, and another 40,000 struggle to make ends meet on a day-to-day basis.
Today, fewer people are able to own their own homes. Homeownership has decreased over the past 10 years.
Through a series of community meetings with local residents, safe homes, and neighborhoods, along with a stable income were identified as a key priority issues for families in Anderson County.
To address the obstacles that prevent hard working families from getting ahead financially, we launched the Financial Stability Partnership™, an initiative that promotes community-change strategies to help families meet their basic needs, while gaining the financial capability to plan for, and accomplish, their long-term financial goals.
Increase neighborhood safety.
Help families secure affordable housing.
Assist adults in gaining employment leading to stable income.
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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) - In 2012, working with local communities, volunteers provided hours of service helping individuals with tax returns, resulting in $300,000 coming directly back to families in need.
How You Can Help
Volunteers make the United Ways’ tax assistance and financial education programs possible. We need your help, even if you don’t have an accounting background. Volunteer to help.