Financial Stability

United Way Fights for Everyone to Achieve Financial Stability

Individuals and families who can achieve and maintain self-sufficiency are more likely to have access to educational, economic and health-related opportunities. When adults must piece together more than one part time or low wage job the need for supportive services like transportation and child care increases. Often weekend and/or evening shifts cause even more difficulty when young children need to be cared for with limited options available. Further, when an individual or family try to reach self-sufficiency by holding multiple part-time and/or minimum wage jobs it is safe to assume that benefits such as health insurance are not available. Opportunities for education and training as well as provision of supportive services such as child care and medical care are needed if the number of individuals and families who attain self-sufficiency is to increase.

Our Strategy

Many are walking a financial tightrope. United Way's goal is to broaden that tightrope into a path, making it less likely that people will fall. We're working to bring together and expand local VITA sites that provide free tax preparation to people who could otherwise not afford it. These sites help working community members receive tax credits and refunds they may not have known they were eligible for, allowing some of the hardest-working members of our community to keep more of what they earn. Much of our Community Impact grant funding goes to job-training and financial literacy programs, helping people build the skills to get better-paying jobs, and manage their income so they can build a savings.

Building Block Goal

  • Families and individuals will be financially secure and stable so they can meet their basic needs

  • Individuals develop the financial literacy skills necessary to better manage their resources

  • Youth and adults secure employment to meet their basic needs

  • Adults and children will have access to safe and secure housing

How United Way is Helping

In Champaign County, we Live United against financial instability. United Way fights for safe shelter for all, partnering to open the Emergency Shelter for families program and the Men's Winter Shelter in our community. We fight for legislation that rewards people for work. And we fight all community members to have the skills to get and keep a good job.

We provide Community Impact Fund grants totaling $423,362.30 to 10 income-focused programs in fiscal years 2017-2018.





Community Elements

Runaway Homeless Youth

Community Elements

Times Center

Courage Connection

Income Stabilization

Cunningham Children's Home

Vocational Options

Developmental Services Center

Community Employment

Habitat for Humanity

Financial Education

Salt & Light

Financial Education

Salvation Army

Emergency Social Services

U of I Extension

Money Mentors Program

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

Emergency Shelter for Families