In our local community and in alignment with United Way's national goals, United Way of Central Washington promotes financial stability and independence.
- 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 Yakima County:
996 individuals are homeless
47% receive some sort of economic services
25.2% of all families with children in Yakima County are living in poverty
36.6% of individuals participate in a basic food program
With United Way funding in 2013...
57 high school students and adults with disabilities were in supported employment, gaining skills while being paid for their work
The Greater Columbia Resource Referal line answered 10,400 calls enabling those in need to become more independent
348 English as a Second Language classes were offered
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. Volunteer to help.
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