Financial Stability

Volunteer providing financial counseling

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 childcare 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 tries 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 the provision of supportive services such as childcare 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.

Impact 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 $465,692 to 9 financial stability focused programs in fiscal years 2019-2020.



Financial Stability


Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

Bridge to Subsidized Housing Utility Assistance Program

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

Emergency Shelter for Families

Cunningham Children's Home

Cunningham Vocational Options Program

Daily Bread Soup Kitchen


Developmental Services Center

Community Employment

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County

Financial Capability Program

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc.

Legal Help for Champaign County Homeowners

University of Illinois Extension

Money Mentors

Urbana School District #116 DBA Urbana Adult Education

Certified Nursing Assistant Program (CNA)