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. 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.
Our goal is to help working families get on the road to financial independence and long term stability--to have sufficient income to sustain a family and savings to provide for retirement.
To address the obstacles that prevent hard-working families from getting ahead financially, we promote community-change strategies to help families meet their basic needs while gaining the financial capability to increase their incomes and savings, access financial services and achieve their long-term financial goals.
United Way of Southern Cameron County and our local community partners are engaged in activities and initiatives to help build the financial stability of families in our communities. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance project brought in over $3.6 million in Earned Income Tax Credits for people in Cameron County this year. These tax credits lift many out of poverty and put money into the pockets of working families every year. Employment is a key strategy to increasing income and savings.
Here are some links to pages that detail our work in Income:
How You Can Help
Volunteers make United Way's tax assistance and financial education programs possible. We need your help, even if you don’t have an accounting background. Volunteer to help.