Too many families in our region are forced to forgo one basic need over another - such as housing, healthcare, childcare or food - due to lack of income.
According to some estimates, a typical family of four needs to earn as much as two and a half times the federal poverty level to be able to survive without any form of public and private assistance. In 2010, approximately 30,000 Erie County families were below this self-sufficiency benchmark.
United Way of Erie County is working to reduce poverty in our region by changing community conditions and creating opportunities for a better life for everyone. We mobilize people and organizations from across the community who bring the passion, resources and expertise needed to get things done.
United Way of Erie County is a local organization that is accountable to our community. We are governed by a local board of directors and all decisions are made at the local level.
Thanks to the generous community support we receive, United Way helps improve the lives of one out of every three people in Erie County each year. Last year alone, more than 100,00 friends and neighbors in our region were touched by United Way.
United Way's Bold Challenge to the Community:
Help 10,000 more families become self-sufficient by 2025.