United Way Helps Americans Achieve Financial Stability
As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education and currently, 40 million Americans are working in low-paying jobs without basic health and retirement benefits. For families walking a financial tightrope, unable to save for college, a home, or retirement, United Way is here to help.
Financial empowerment matters because it strengthens the community. When families have healthy banking relationships, access to financial resources, and the skills to budget and save, they are better able to weather the demands of daily life. That means more stable neighborhoods, children with fewer distractions from school and more people with the power to invest in their own communities.
To address the obstacles that prevent hard working families from getting ahead financially, United Way launched the Financial Stability Partnership, an initiative that promotes community change strategies to help families meet their basic needs, while gaining the financial stability that will allow them to plan for—and accomplish—their long-term financial goals.
United Way of Lapeer County partnered with agencies whose goals align with our Financial Stability Partership Goal.
Tax Assistance provided by Lapeer County United Way provides free tax preperation and filing to Lapeer County residents. To bring more tax dollars back to our community is the single most effective way to improve the financial lives of Lapeer County residents.
United Way Finances Program focuses on assisting individuals and families to implement a money management budget that fits their income and responsibilities including follow up if wanted.
United Way Emergency Services Program. Assistance with utilities, rent, emergency shelter, food, clothing and transportation provided to those in need.
Veterans Assistance Program provides LApeer County Veterans help with basic needs such as utilities, rent and mortagage.
How You Can Help
Volunteers make United Ways’ tax assistance and financial education programs possible. We need your help, even if you don’t have an accounting background. Contact us at United Way of Lapeer County if you are interested in becoming a FAST TAX site volunteer. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in helping prepare Income Tax returns. Training will be provided.Volunteer to help.