United Way Helps Families 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 costs of housing, healthcare, and education. Currently, 40 million Americans are working in low-paying jobs without basic health or retirement benefits. In the Coachella Valley, nearly 40% of our residents live below the poverty line (HARC, 2013). Even more startling, 79.3% of our children in the Coachella Valley ages 0-17 live in poverty (HARC, 2013).
The goal of the United Way of the Desert is to reduce the number of Coachella Valley residents living in poverty by focusing our resources on programs that promote income stability that is sustainable. Our work helps provide support for our friends and neighbors that struggle to make ends meet. We assist families with immediate and critical needs through programs that provide rental assistance, access to free, hot meals, food distribution for remote areas, senior case management for better living, and so on. Our collective work means that individuals and families can also attain long-term stability through job skills training and financial education programs.
A long-term Community Impact program will result in more opportunities for residents in need. This fosters a healthy community for all and everyone benefits.