Advancing the Common Good: INCOME
Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement and good health. That’s why United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life which are EDUCATION, INCOME and HEALTH. Advancing the common good is about changing systems and community norms to lift up everyone. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.
The United Way Campaign for the Common Good is mobilizing millions of people and organizations across the country to take action and improve the education, income and health of America’s communities.
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.
In 2008, United Way initiated an ambitious 10-year plan to cut in half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable. With your help, we believe that by 2018 we can help 1.9 million working families get on the road to economic independence.
To address the obstacles that prevent hard working families from getting ahead financially, we launched the Financial Stability Partnership™, an initiative that promotes community-change strategies to help families meet their basic needs, while gaining the financial capability to plan for, and accomplish, their long-term financial goals.
Collective Focus Areas
- Financial education
- Improving access to income supports
- Legal support
Our Community Partners in Income
Of our 24 current partner agencies, we support the following in their efforts around income:
- Elder Care Services
- Hope Haven
- Opportunity House
- Pay-it-Forward House
- Prairie State Legal Services
- RAMP Center of Independent Living
- Safe Passage
Our Local Initiatives
In our community, Kishwaukee United Way is actively involved annually in:
- Money Smart Week presented annually by the Federal Reserve Bank. NEW: Free Family Resource Fair, Sat. April 18th, 10am – 2pm, Community Outreach Building, 2500 N. Annie Glidden Road. Click here for a Special FREE Bus Route for the Fair!
- Promotion of DeKalb County 2015 Free Tax Preparation Sites
- Voluntary Income Tax Assistance helping to recruit volunteer tax preparers.
Contact us to learn more about getting involved with our local income initiatives!