Our community will only prosper and grow if all families are financially stable. Fewer financial stresses lead to healthier lives, improved work performance, and better education outcomes. United Way invests in programs that help adults improve their education level and create a more financially secure future for themselves and their families. United Way’s work in Financial Stability is focused on ensuring all families and individuals achieve independence.
We fund community programs at our partner agencies, develop projects that address gaps in service and have convened two coalitions that address the immediate needs of individuals and families as well as teach the skills needed to become financially stable.
- Reduce hunger and homelessness
- Increase skills to improve self-sufficiency
Income Assistance Programs
There are free or reduced cost programs available to help stretch family and individual’s budgets. We currently partner with FamilyWize (prescription drug program) and AARP (income tax preparation assistance). Learn more.
United Way Emerging Leaders and Women United groups have developed projects to help low-income individuals and families. The Career Closet and Rebecca’s Closet provide clothing for job interviews/new jobs as well as infants/children respectively. Learn more.
Marathon County Hunger Coalition
Since 2008, in response to the growing number of requests for food assistance, the Marathon County Hunger Coalition has been improving access to nourishing food, increasing food donations in our community, and raising awareness about the issues of hunger and food security and their impact on people in our community. Learn more.
Housing & Homelessness Coalition
Housing is a major expense for most of us, but for low income families, it can become insurmountable. According to the LIFE Survey, almost 50% of families spend more than 30% of their income on housing. Marathon County is seeing an increase in homelessness and the Coalition is working to reverse that trend. Learn more.