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.
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, 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.
Over 300 United Ways and their local community partners are engaged in activities and initiatives to help build the financial stability of families in their communities.
What We're Doing
The Souris Valley United Way is committed to several programs working to help people achieve financial stability. Our emergency programs like the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Minot Area Homeless Coalition and YWCA Florence Anderson Center for Hope provide shelter, emergency services, counseling, transitional programs, and assistance to people in our community.
The counseling programs we support are a key piece in improving the income of people in our community. The Village Family Service Center provides financial counseling that can help people get back on track and prevent money management problems. The Gamblers Program at Lutheran Social Services provides educational and outpatient treatment for compulsive gamblers and theirfamily members.
These programs are just a part of what we're doing to address income challenges faced by people right here in our community.
How You Can Help
Volunteers make 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.