Right now, 30% of local households are not able to meet their
basic needs or plan for the future. The outlook is even worse for
emancipating foster youth. There are many reasons for financial
instability and one is because people don’t have access to
financial management tools and education.
It all starts with a bank account.
Many of the households and foster youth struggling with finances
don’t use bank accounts. And many still use alternative forms of
financial services that charge high fees; they need help in
setting goals and building assets.
Solution: United Way’s $en$e-Ability project
Our goal is to strengthen communities by ensuring that 10% more
households in our region will be financially stable and
But this challenge is too big for one nonprofit to
solve– we need everyone on board.
Here’s how we’re going to accomplish that goal together: We’re
offering adults and foster youth coaching and important tools to
manage their finances so they can have a stable home and plan for
We’re working with low-moderate income households and foster
youth to help them manage finances and increase savings.
62% of the 1,288 participants are demonstrating better financial
skills and now have savings accounts. 90% of the 200 foster youth
are earning credits toward matched savings accounts.
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donations and your volunteer work, you join hands with our
partners – nonprofits, companies, government bodies, volunteers
and donors – to rebuild our community and give every person the
building blocks for a good life.
If you are interested in joining the group of volunteers on the
Income Impact Council that oversee this project, contact email@example.com.
United Way’s $en$e-Ability project
offers important tools and coaching to low-moderate income
households and foster youth to create money management plans.
With a plan in place, families can have a stable home and plan
for the future.
30% of local households are just a step above
One reason families experience financial hardship is lack of
access to basic money management tools and future financial
planning services. Foster youth are particularly at risk because
many don’t have a bank account or a enough money.
This is why United Way’s $en$e-Abilty
project offers important tools and coaching to low-moderate
income households and foster youth to create money management
Sustainable communities are made by families and individuals who
are financially secure. The reliability of income, and its smart
management, ensures that people can afford services and products
to maintain healthy homes. Teaching and learning skills for
financial stability includes the responsible management of income
in order to cover all necessities, as well as planning and
organizing in ways that positively affect all aspects of daily
life. We are focused on improving people’s lives with our
project and providing the tools for successful income
Marina learned the hard way that the old saying is true:
Sometimes you can’t go home. Marina’s childhood was marked by
addiction – her parents’ addiction and her own. Fortunately, her
probation officer saw her perseverance and determination and sent
her to Koinonia Homes for Teens.
As a foster youth at Koinonia, Marina turned her life around, due
in part to Koinonia’s participation in United Way’s $en$e-Ability
project that helps foster youth become financially literate and
build savings accounts for when they move out on their own.
Community Impact Councils are teams of volunteers who identify
tough issues and develop collaborative projects to achieve
specific outcomes. The funding for these projects comes from
donors who entrust their gifts to United Way.
We have three Community Impact Councils that focus on
Education, Health, and Income.
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