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 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.

Our Goal

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.

Our Strategy

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. 

Over 300 United Ways and their local community partners are engaged in activities and initiatives to help build the financial stability of families in their communities. 

Here in Addison County we have developed a program called 'Earn it, Keep it, Grow it'. This is a workplace based program to keep working individuals and families financially literate and on track for financial success. For information ont his program click on

NEW in 2015 is the launch of United@Work! United@Work is an employer collaboration that develops innovative practices to directly improve employee productivity, retention, advancement and financial stability.  The project is convened and managed by the United Way of Addison County (Vermont) and aligns with the Basic Needs priorities of its community impact agenda. For detailed information on this program visit our United@Work page at