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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.
United Way seeks to cut in half the number of financially unstable in the U.S. by 2018. However, the recent recession and its impact on local communities have made financial stability more challenging than ever for many families. We have seen a dramatic increase in requests in the areas of basic needs, affordable housing, utility assistance, employment issues and mental health concerns.
IN OUR COMMUNITIES
Persons in St. Landry parish below the poverty level—25.3% (That’s approximately 21,000 people)
Persons in Evangeline Parish below the poverty level—21% (That’s approximately 7,100 people)
St. Landry Parish average per capita income—$16,506
Evangeline Parish average per capita income—$17,600
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 support initiatives that promote 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.
How You Can Help
Volunteers make tax assistance and financial education programs possible. We need your help, even if you don’t have an accounting background. Volunteer to help.