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We hold the responsibility to restore power and resources to Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color. To make the opportunity for prosperity accessible for everyone, we listen to the people closest to the challenges. Our donors’ generosity helps us invest in community organizations, programs, and initiatives that address our community’s most critical challenges head-on.
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A housing crisis, climbing rents, food prices up by 11.3%. If people were already on the edge of poverty, they are now falling right into it. At United Way, we believe in maximizing income for families and connecting them with support so they can get on stable financial ground and work toward their dreams. When you stabilize families, it creates a healthier, happier, and safer community for us all.
Education is a gateway out of poverty, but poverty makes school tough, especially for students of color. When you’re thinking about paying rent or utilities, buying groceries, getting to school, or an unexpected expense, the last thing you’re probably thinking about? Focusing on education. From helping children and families prepare for kindergarten and supporting young people as they finish high school through college, at United Way, we believe in the idea of supporting the whole person, not just their educational outcomes.
Everyone deserves to have enough to eat, but being in poverty makes it hard to afford necessities—like food. Communities of color face disproportionate levels of poverty and food insecurity because of historic and systemic racism. Not just that, kids bear this burden too. At United Way, we believe we need to reimagine the food system to better serve all our neighbors as a community. We believe no one should go hungry.
The homeless response system is beyond capacity and there isn’t enough housing for all our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Once they do experience it, physical, mental, and emotional traumas overwhelm them making it harder to stay on their feet once they become housed again. The best way to tackle it? Prevent people from losing their homes in the first place.
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