Nearly 30% of Erie County residents don't have the financial resources to meet their basic needs. United Way is investing in programs that help hardworking people build a solid financial future so our entire community can thrive.
15,483 people were helped during the first half of this year because they accessed United Way-supported services such as:
• Crisis assistance, benefits eligibility, and free tax preparation;
• Basic, intermediate and advanced financial education; and
• Remedial education, vocational training, and savings programs that help people build assets.
Joining the United Way movement means helping people in Erie County gain and maintain financial stability.
Click HERE for a list of United Way-funded programs in Financial Stability.
One of the many ways United Way accomplishes community work in Financial Stability is by building, facilitating and participating in strategic partnerships throughout the community. These initiatives come to life with the help of the skills and resources of community partners.
Assisting families in achieving self-sufficiency
Creating Assets, Savings & Hope (CASH) is a coalition of more than 60 organizations dedicated to increasing financial stability for low- to-moderate-income families living in Buffalo and Erie County. A United Way initiative, CASH helps advance our goals in Income for people in need in our community.
Specifically, the coalition:
• Seeks to increase the number of dollars coming into low- to moderate- income households from available tax refunds, credits and other income supports
• Improves the coordination, reach, quality and consistency of financial education available in Buffalo and Erie County. To request a financial education presentation, download this form.
• Increases awareness of local asset-building opportunities for low income households and especially within special populations (refugees, persons with disabilities, veterans). To request an asset building presentation, download this form.
• Supports education and employment opportunities for low- to moderate-income households
• Identifies financial concerns and refers individuals to community-based agencies with the help of trained volunteers that serve as financial coaches
To learn more, visit www.cashbuffalo.org.
Creating Assets, Savings & Hope (CASH) Buffalo started facilitating poverty simulations in September 2008. Since then, nearly 80 simulations have been hosted for over 70 groups, companies, agencies and educational institutions with participation rates ranging anywhere between 35-125 individuals at each event.
To explore holding a Poverty Simulation with your group or company, contact us at 887-2775. Click here for more information.
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County welcomes inquiries about community coalition work in Financial Stability. Please contact Andrew Lashua at 716-887-2775 or firstname.lastname@example.org