Focus on Financial Stability

The whole community benefits when more working individuals and families are able to stop walking a financial tightrope and get on solid ground. That’s why we focus on lasting solutions that go beyond charity, because financially stable people are more likely to have access to quality health care, provide a good education for their children, and contribute to their local economies.

With United Way engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide, we are bringing millions of people together to solve community problems.


We invite people to give, to advocate, or to volunteer — only by working together can we build a strong community where people are able to earn a livable wage, and manage their assets and debt.  To improve financial stability, United Way focuses on:

  • Finding and maintaining safe, affordable housing
  • Skills and education to obtain jobs that provide a livable wage

Going Home Again
in Marion County

Mother reading to son

Homelessness is a terrible thing—both for the family that experiences it and for the social services that are called in to help. Once someone becomes homeless, a cascade effect occurs, jeopardizing employment, credit ratings, family stability, health, and of course, economic independence.

Because the resources needed to recover from homelessness are so much greater, United Way of Marion County works with four different housing programs to help almost 300 people per year find and remain in their homes.

A good example is Lisa and her son, who came to live at Turning Point while escaping an abusive husband. With help from United Way partners Salvation Army and Marion County Job & Family Services, Lisa now has a full-time job paying $10.50 an hour. She has paid her outstanding debts and has found a safe, affordable home for her and her son. She is well on her way to financial independence.