How We Help: Economic Mobility
A better future begins with Economic Mobility.
Our community will only prosper and grow if all families are financially stable. Fewer financial stresses lead to healthier lives, improved work performance, and better education outcomes. United Way invests in programs that help adults improve their education level and create a more financially secure future for themselves and their families. United Way’s work in Income is focused on ensuring all families and individuals achieve financial stability. UWLS works to combat homelessness by providing grants to agencies that work on transitional & workforce housing and our Family Stability Services program to help families become more financially stable.
We help give people the education, resources and opportunities they need to improve their lives and the lives of their children – because a better future begins with economic mobility.
Family Stability Services
With nearly 43% of household in Lake & 37% of Sumter households living in or on the edge of poverty, according to our United Way ALICE Report, helping people pave a path to a better future is essential. That’s why we’re focused on empowering hard-working individuals and families with the tools, training and opportunities to prosper economically, including everything from financial coaching to employment services to debt management and asset building assistance.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, is a FREE program offered by United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties. Through this program, our certified volunteers and tax preparers provide FREE tax preparation and filing services to individuals and households who meet the program criteria.