Imagine Lacking the Means to Afford Life's Basic Needs
Did you know?
A full 34.5% of Lake County households face barriers to self-sufficiency. These are Lake County residents who live in poverty or barely above, earning more than the federal poverty level but less than the cost of living. This percentage includes a stark 27% of households who fall into the ALICE* threshold. ALICE is an acronym that stands for Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed. These are the hardworking men and women who live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to make ends meet. The consequences of insufficient household income are devastating. Adults and children go without needed medical care and medication. Families are unable to put food on the table. Households go without heat and electricity. Jobs are lost due to an inability to afford transportation and gas. And that's just to name a few of the challenges our friends and neighbors in need face. Read more about ALICE here.
Our 5-Year Goal
Our five-year goal includes increasing the percentage of Lake County families living above the ALICE threshold.
United Way of Lake County is Changing the Odds
United Way of Lake County will change the odds for the hardworking individuals and families who are unable to get ahead financially and lack the ability to afford life’s basic necessities and the tools needed for a financially sound future. An investment in United Way of Lake County helps provide those struggling with a path toward financial empowerment.
At United Way of Lake County, we work to remove barriers to self-sufficiency, including: transportation, adult education, stable housing, emergency services, banked with savings, basic life skills, food insecurity and safety. Our goal is to ensure every individual and family has access to education, training, services and resources to help them prosper!
When you invest in United Way of Lake County, you empower adults and families in Lake County to move from surviving to thriving - creating a better community for all! Will you help us change the odds for our Lake County friends and neighbors in need?
Money raised in Lake County stays in Lake County, changing the odds for our community of friends and neighbors in need. All United Ways are independently operated and governed. This allows us to best serve the communities we work within. In our case, this is Lake County, Ohio. As such, we are solely dependent upon local donations.
*United Way ALICE study based on 2016 point-in-time data.