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Financial Stability

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United Way Helps Americans Achieve Financial Stability

IncomeAs 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.

The Local Picture

Unemployment rates in Emmet and Charlevoix, adjusted for seasonality, are typically higher than Michigan’s (11%). Even in the best of times, many ‘up north’ jobs don’t provide a living wage or benefits.

United Way’s Funded Partners provide a range of ‘safety net’ services, as well as longer-term solutions to help our neighbors build skills to get and keep jobs to support their families.  We’re taking the lead on innovative ways to reduce poverty.

Hear from Roman Hank of the Petoskey Salvation Army about how we are helping community members get off the financial tightrope.


United Way and Poverty Simulations

As a member of the Char-Em Poverty Reduction Initiative, we are also helping to coordinate Poverty Simulations for schools, faith communities, and other groups wishing to "experience a month in poverty" in just half a day. If you are interested in borrowing the simulation kit please call (231) 487-1006.