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Invest in Change that Lasts

We all win when a child succeeds in school, when all families are financially stable, when people are healthy, and our neighborhoods are a place we are proud to call home.

The Wabash Valley is made up of problem solvers, difference makers, and opportunity creators.

Together, we’re on a mission to change lives forever in our community by investing in programs focused on our BOLD GOAL!

To read more about our new direction check out our new STRATEGIC PLAN.

The Challenge

Many in the Wabash Valley are working hard…but struggling to survive.  This represents over 40% of our community who are ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

How We Invest

Volunteer-led investment panels evaluate and make recommendations based on a process to find the best programs in our community.

Our Work

We invest in organizations and programs that are hands-on in creating lasting change for ALICE in order to create a better community for everyone.

ALICE is a hardworking member of the community who is employed yet does not earn enough to afford the basic necessities of life.

ALICE earns above the federal poverty level, but does not earn enough to afford a bare-bones household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care.

In most cases, ALICE is not eligible for public assistance because they are, in fact, earning income above the federal poverty level. These individuals and families are faced with difficult choices daily, often detrimental in the long run.  Put food on the table or gas in the car?  Take a sick child to the doctor or pay the utility bill?

Over 40% of the households in the Wabash Valley fall into ALICE or further into poverty.

The United Way’s Bold Goal addresses moving families out of struggle and into stability.

 

Click here for more info on ALICE.

Community Initiatives

Volunteers and community partners help support our community initiatives in the Wabash Valley

Success By 6
Healthier By 2020!

News & Events

Keep up to date on what we are doing in our community!

The United Way of the Wabash Valley’s work is focusing on ALICE, or the struggling working families, in our community.  ALICE is an acronym that stands for Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed, and represents those that fall above the federal poverty line but still don’t earn enough to make ends meet.  The work will focus

ANNOUNCES LUNCH & LEARN SESSIONS NOV. 9 & 15 The United Way of the Wabash Valley will be holding two Lunch & Learn sessions regarding the execution of its new funding model.  This new collective impact model will address United Way’s new bold goal of moving 10,000 families out of financial struggles and into stability

In the development of the United Way of the Wabash Valley’s new strategic plan, a common issue that was brought up by the community and business leaders was the access and affordability of high-quality child care.  This issue is vital for both the employers looking to attract and retain workers and parents looking to provide for