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.
To address the obstacles that prevent hard working families from getting ahead financially, we launched the Financial Stability Impact Council. This committee is challenged with creating a plan 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. This work is already beginning with initiatives in the areas of Financial Literacy, Safe and Affordable Housing, Workforce Development, and Working Family Stability.
Many local community partners are engaged in activities and initiatives to help build the financial stability of families in our communities. New partnerships are being formed every day- the work of United Way is about inclusion, about creating change together.
As the United Way moves forward in Branch County, our focus is moving from giving a hand out, to giving a hand UP. These partners are working to provide services and supports in our community.
BCCADV Bridges Out of Poverty
Supports individuals in breaking the cycle of poverty through workshops and community groups.
Shelterhouse provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, crisis and support services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Bronson Food Pantry
Operates an emergency-needs pantry for individuals, families and senior citizens within the Bronson School District.
Family Promise of Branch County (formerly BIHN)
Provides shelter for homeless families. Day care center provides service coordination, showers and address; churches provide meals and overnight accomodations.
Legal Services of South Central Michigan
Provides free civil legal representation and advice in domestic matters, housing, and public benefits for low income individuals and senior citizens.
Provides emergency shelter, health care, assistance with utilites and clothing. Also provides services for pregnant and parenting teens, disaster services, substance abuse services, missing persons service and a camp for children.
Sonshine Food Pantry
Services the Quincy area population by providing assistance with food.
Working Family Revolving Loan Fund
Through Honor Credit Union, BCUW is able to provide no-interest loans to working families who encounter a one-time emergency. These loans allow individuals to rebuild their credit, and their lives.
How You Can Help
Volunteering is the best way you can be a part of the change- contact us now to see how you can help! From mentors in literacy initiatives to volunteering to give tax assistance and financial education programs, your help makes it all possible. Volunteer to help.