Increasing Financial Stability for Polk, Hardee and Highlands Counties
COVID-19’s impact on our lives will take years to overcome. But it’s a fact that the most vulnerable — including low-income ethnic and racial minorities, the youngest and oldest in under-resourced communities, and anyone who was barely getting by before — are struggling more than ever. Not only has the pandemic exacerbated economic challenges, but the global job market will take longer to recover than previously thought, with an estimated 52 million fewer jobs in 2022, compared to pre-COVID levels, experts say.
Job losses have especially impacted women, people of color, and low-wage workers, as well as small businesses. COVID pushed 97 million more people into poverty in a single year, according to the World Bank. Experts agree that damage done to vulnerable communities won’t be reversed quickly.
That’s why United Way goes beyond responding to immediate needs. We’re helping people recover. We’re reimagining more equitable communities, and we’re a vital force in rebuilding resilient communities where everyone can thrive. Nowhere is that more important than in financial stability and economic mobility, which are core United Way focus areas.
We’re helping people in crisis pay essential bills, and connecting them with local resources for job training. We’re offering financial coaching and education. And we’re connecting people to food, housing, mental health services, and other available local resources.
With the help of our partners—including Publix and GEICO—we’re offering hope and help where it’s needed the most.
How you can help:
- Spend an hour a week volunteering in job coaching programs. Helping people create resumes, practice interview skills and more can make a difference.
- Take a tour of a youth or adult job training/coaching program with your leadership group or coworkers. Afterwards, build on that inspiration for deeper engagement, whether that’s giving, volunteering or advocating for that program or similar efforts.
- Donate. Your funds are amplified with local matches to create the greatest impact possible.