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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.

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 work 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!

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United Way of the Wabash Valley has partnered with Maryland Community Church to  create a new volunteering event, Serve the Valley to rally hundreds of volunteers throughout the community on July 27th and 28th.  This partnership was created to work to mobilize the caring power of volunteers to make a meaningful impact in the place

Do you want to help the United Way change our community?! Join us to learn more about how you can help! We are looking for eager volunteers to help our Annual Resource Drive.  Each fall, United Way of the Wabash Valley partners with individuals, local businesses and organizations to raise funds that will help our