SPOKANE COUNTY UNITED WAY SUPPORTS FAMILIES TO ACHIEVE FINANCIAL STABILITY.
Spokane County United Way is focused on financial stability, health, and education because they are all interconnected. Providing access to nutritious foods frees up income to pay rent or utilities, and allows a child to focus at school instead of being hungry or thinking whether there will be food at home. As many as 38% of working households in Spokane County do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs from month to month (ALICE, Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and 16% of our community lives below the federal poverty level.
To reverse the poverty trend-line so that fewer members of our community live in poverty.
Spokane County United Way invests in services that provide emergency or crisis intervention related to access to basic needs to prevent a financial crisis from escalating and working with families to create a more stable financial environment. Our work assists families as they work to secure stable, affordable housing. It supports job readiness services for family-sustaining employment, and provides services so that people can gain and sustain assets. Our efforts bring the community together through workplace partnerships to assist lower-wage employees access to financial education, coaching, free tax preparation, banking services, and to build pathways to financial stability.
Please review The ALICE Study, a financial hardship study of the Pacific Northwest which provides some background data on the financial challenges faced by many households in our community.
Spokane County United Way is a lead partner in two different asset building coalitions - BankOn Spokane and the Spokane CASH Coalition. These partners of local banks and credit unions, businesses, service providers, and government work together to connect low income individuals and families to mainstream financial services including access to checking and savings accounts. In addition the CASH Coalition is the leading partner in coordinating free tax preparation services for low income households and seniors in the community.