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. The unemployment rate in Salem County is higher than 10% - more than the state of New Jersey, and the national average. For families walking a financial tightrope, unable to save for college, a home, or retirement, United Way is here to help.
In 2013, United Way initiated an ambitious 5-year plan to reduce the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable. With your help, we believe that by 2018 we can help stabilize the economic climate in Salem County and reduce the number of families that are consistently dependent on basic needs assistance.
To address the obstacles that prevent hard working families from getting ahead financially, we will launch the Financial Stability Partnership of Salem County, 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. In 2013, UWSC helped more than 600 families with free tax preparation - bring more than $300 thousand back into the community. The coalition served more than 2,000 families in Salem, Gloucester, and Cumberland counties - which brought more than $3 million in tax returns back into the community.
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.