United Way Helps Families Achieve Financial Stability
As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. In recent years, Utah has ranked as high as 1st in the nation for families declaring bankruptcy. Nearly one-third of Utahns are paying more than they can afford for housing, while 35 percent of our school-age children qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school. Our hunger incidence rate is third in the nation.
For families walking a financial tightrope, unable to save for college, a home, or retirement, United Way is here to help.
In 2008, United Way initiated an ambitious 10-year plan to cut in half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable. With your help, we believe that by 2018 we can help 1.9 million working families get on the road to economic independence.
To address the obstacles that prevent hard-working families from getting ahead financially, United Way Worldwide 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.
United Way of Northern Utah and our local community partners are engaged in activities and initiatives to help build the financial stability of families in their communities -- these include programs such as VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and Utah Saves, a public-private partnership to help Utahns save and build wealth.