People can live their best lives when they are educated, financially stable and healthy. Attaining any one of these alone is good, but it is not enough. Only people that have all three are able to build- and sustain - a vibrant community.
Our Impact in 2015
Our Focus Areas
Children who love learning will be better prepared for the future.
Education is a cornerstone for success in school, work and life. It also benefits the whole community: High school graduates have higher earning potential, contribute more to their local economies, are more engaged in their communities, and are more likely to raise kids who also graduate and go on to higher education or work.
"Within the state, there is a striking difference in earnings between men and women at all educational levels. This, in part helps explain why so many of Indiana's single-female-headed households have incomes below the ALICE Threshold." -2014 ALICE Report
We are partnering with schools, childcare providers and businesses to create transformational opportunities to fit "learners" at every age.
We focus on keeping dollars earned with families, accessing mainstream financial institutions, creating and building savings, and planning for the future.
"Despite being employed, many individuals and families do not earn enough to afford the five basic household necessities of housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care in Indiana. Even though they are working, their income does not cover the cost of living in the state and they often require public assistance to survive" -2014 ALICE Report
We are researching, creating and implementing new ways for ALICE households to hold on to the money they earn and begin to reach financial stability. Through partnering with banks, businesses and nonprofits we aim to reduce the struggle for ALICE households.
We can't imagine the fear of not being able to afford your diabetes or heart medicine, having a loved one in need of anti-depressant medication or having a child with a disability and feeling alone.
"Most [ALICE Households] have health insurance through their employer, so the issues wasn't 'no insurance'. The issue was the quality of health insurance. The most common feedback was about high premiums and higher deductibles. " -ALICE Point Of View Report 2015
For every $1 given to United Way, over $70 of prescription medication is made available to someone in Elkhart County. LIVING UNITED means when things are scary, when the chips are down, when you don't know where to turn... you have a community behind you.