Working Families Platform

One in four households in Elkhart County is in financial peril.

Many of our hardworking neighbors simply don’t earn enough to make ends meet. There is not enough money in the household to cover all the basics, from housing and food to basic child care, education and health care. These are hard facts.
Hard facts lead to hard choices: Repair the car or buy your prescription medicine? Use a licensed child care provider or repair the window that is driving up utility bills? Take a sick child to the emergency clinic or buy food for the family? These and many more hard choices leave families in need.
Many families are one emergency away from financial disaster. One unexpected expense can lead to life-changing disaster, such as losing a job or losing a home.
We believe that no one should have to make these choices. No one should have to live on the edge of survival. That's why we are working to bring our working families to a safer, more sustainable place.
How does this crisis affect our community?
The whole community suffers when families live on the edge of survival. When children are not ready for school, they add a burden to the educational system. When households cannot afford preventative health care, they are likely to place future burden on the health care system, increasing insurance payments for all. When local workers cannot afford an emergency, let alone invest in their neighborhood, communities may experience instability, and/or decline in economic growth.
You Can Join the Fight for Working Families.
Let’s help Hard Working Families on the Edge of survival reach a place of stability, independence and success. United Way of Elkhart County will be pulling out all the stops to help families living on the edge. Through targeted and strategic programs, innovation, communication and awareness we will work together with families to secure quality education, proper health and economic mobility.
Please, join the fight for working families. Give now. We win by LIVING UNITED.
Questions?  Want more info?  Want to get involved?  Contact Keith Sarber, VP of Community Impact, at or call 574.295.1650