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.
Care of Children
United Way of Elkhart County has invested millions in education, and nowhere has that impact been greater than in early childhood. Working families are often unable to afford the expense of high-quality childcare. Local gaps in capacity, cost, quality, and hours of operation can combine into insurmountable hurdles for working families. For this reason we have invested in an Early Childhood Coalition Director, Carla Biro of Gr8t Beginnings, to bring awareness and additional partners to this important issue. Additionally, United Way continues to invest in education programs for learners of all ages.
How does this crisis affect our community?
The whole community suffers when families live on the brink of financial ruin. 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 working families reach a place of stability, independence and success. Through targeted and strategic programs, innovation, communication, and awareness we will work together with families, community partners, donors, and our corporate friends to secure quality education, proper health and economic mobility.
Please, join our fight for working families. Give now. We win by LIVING UNITED.
Questions? Want to get involved? Contact Keith Sarber, Vice President of Community Impact, at email@example.com or call 574.295.1650