United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties focuses on education, income and health as the building blocks for a good life and a strong community. Our goal is to create lasting change through Community Impact initiatives by addressing the underlying causes of problems that stand in the way of families striving for a better life. One of the biggest challenges for families is financial stability and being able to meet their families needs. United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties serves Lake County with the population of 335,396 individuals, equaling 126,519 households, and Sumter County with 123,966 individuals, equaling 48,039 households. Of the households living in Lake county, 41% fall into the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population. Sumter County's demography consists of 42% of households that are within the A.L.I.C.E. population. They are the households that earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, yet still do not have the resources to survive the smallest of financial burdens.Our goal is to "give a hand up not a hand out." We believe that by helping families get over a "hump" and empowering them with the tools to be successful we can change the face of our community and lower the A.L.I.C.E. population.
Through our partnerships with corporations such as Publix, Seco, and Duke Energy we are able to provide rental and utility assistance for ALICE families and individuals that have had a life event that caused a financial burden resulting in an inability to pay their bills or meet their financial obligations. United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties partners with agencies that have resources to meet the families needs.
We are able to provide the following services:
- Utility Assistance
- Rental Assistance
- Food Assistance
- Financial Literacy Courses
- Health Care Access Referrals
- Networking & Community Referral Services