Community Basics

Community Basics

Poverty is a small word that weighs heavily on the shoulders of many of the Wabash Valley who make the impossible choice between paying rent and putting food on the table.

The Challenge

Too many children and their hardworking parents know too well what it’s like to live without. Without food or a place to call home. Without a job that offers advancement opportunities. Without a doctor. Without the knowledge that college is an option. Without opportunity.

Many individuals and families living in our communities are walking a financial tightrope by barely surviving let alone trying to save for a home, college, or retirement. United Way is working to help those who lack the community basics needed to build a stable life.

Why it Matters

Poverty will touch the majority of Americans at some point during their lives, even if only for a few months.

The good news is that poverty is not a fixed state. Roughly half of those who reach the poverty level will get out within a year. Whether it’s due to a family crisis, unemployment or a history of financial insecurity, United Way provides education, training and resources to help people break the cycle of poverty and become financially stable for the long run.

By supporting people’s basic needs — safe havens, stocked food pantries, support and more — we’re creating the conditions necessary for survival, success and independence. With this strong foundation today, we position people for a better, brighter tomorrow.

What We Are Doing

United Way of the Wabash Valley is working in various roles by supporting programs and community partnerships – in our six-county footprint to help and support individuals to become financially stable. Our community will only prosper and grow if all families are stable. Fewer basic need stresses lead to healthier lives, improved work performance, and better education outcomes.


The United Way of the Wabash Valley is a partner of Connect2Help211. Their mission is to facilitate connections between people who need help and those who can provide it. Through the easy-to- remember 2-1-1 dialing code, Connect2Help211 serves solely to promote self-sufficiency, change lives and, as a result, improve the quality of life in our communities. Last year, Connect2Help211 helped more than 300,000 callers, emailers and visitors on their website obtain basic needs (food, shelter, heat, etc.), legal assistance, or find help in fleeing domestic violence.

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