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United Way Helps Our Communities 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. 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

To increase resiliency in our communities by providing services that equip families and individuals with the tools and resources to stay or become economicialy independent. 

Our Strategy


To provide services that offer a "hand-up" to lower income families rather than a "hand-out"  We currently fund services that assist families with job skills training, counseling services to address on-going areas that may be affecting their ability to obtain/retain employment, scholarships for qualifying families to provide quality day-care, and many other services.  As you can see, our strategy is to reduce the number of barriers that prevent individuals and families from becoming self-sufficient. 

Our Results

With your help, we believe that we can help working families get on the road to economic independence. Check below to see how your investment is working in this area already: 

  • Mother Hubbard’s Kiddie Cupboard helped teach 233 young moms the value of responsible behavior by awarding baby bucks for attending school, keeping health care appointments, attending parenting classes, or working.  Baby bucks are used to purchase needed baby items from Mother Hubbard’s Kiddie Cupboard.
  • New Horizons Counseling Center provided reduced fee counseling services to 235 individuals in Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties. 100% of the individuals that received counseling services increased their score on the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF).  This score can be a predictor of an adult’s ability to maintain employment, healthy relationships, effective parenting, etc. 
  • The Workshop provided 80 individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn work skills and assisted an average of 6 individuals per quarter to seek community employment.  
    2 individuals were able to obtain community employment and were successfully discharged from the program after 90 days on the job.   
  • Amity Learning Center provided low income families with affordable quality daycare allowing 120 adults to remain employed or become employed.