Increasing financial stability of families and individuals dramatically improves the quality of life for everyone in our community.
United Way is a beacon of light for families throughout our community.
Over the next 10 years, we will:
Cut the number of financially unstable families in our community in half. Financially unstable is defined as families spending 40 percent or more of their income on housing-related expenses.
Click here to learn about the strategies which will help our community reach this goal.
Secure employment and a stable income...
helps individuals and families have the opportunity for a higher quality of life. They can envision a better future than their current condition for themselves and their family. Their life moves from survival to success.
Facts in our community
In our community, it’s a fact*:
- 1 out of 3 families in Shawnee County live at or below 200% of the poverty level;
- 51% of children in Shawnee County receive free or reduced lunch. In Topeka Public Schools, it’s 74%;
- 1 out of 4 low-income families in Shawnee County spend more than 40% of their income on housing.
Get involved in Income Goal Work
For more information and research driving the goals, contact United Way.
* US Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2005-2009 American Community Survey 5 year estimates.
*US Census Bureau, American FactFinder, American Community Survey, 2009