Real change requires tackling the source of community challenges, not just the symptoms. We envision a healthier, safer community with a skilled workforce that contributes to the local economy and a younger generation that is educated and equipped for the opportunities of tomorrow. United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties works to create long-lasting change by addressing our community’s most serious problems through a results-focused approach that meets basic needs and improves the overall quality of life for everyone in our community. We collaborate with community partners to leverage resources and services needed to improve the lives of our residents. Supporting opportunities in Education, Income and Health, we believe the residents of Lake and Sumter Counties can reach their highest potential. We are focused on creating change for A.L.I.C.E. (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) families in our community. Over the last decade, Florida’s low-income families systematically lost buying power and financial stability as the high cost of essentials outpaced wages, driving the number of ALICE (Asset Limited Constrained Employed) households to rise 66 percent by 2018, the new report shows. When COVID-19 hit, nearly 2.6 million Florida households were one emergency away from financial ruin — a 10-year record high — setting the stage for the unprecedented economic impact of the crisis. In Lake County 45% of our residents live within the A.L.I.C.E. population and 35% of Sumter residents are within this same demography.
For more information view the ALICE Report of Florida: ALICE REPORT
EDUCATION, INCOME AND HEALTH
… the building blocks for a good life and a strong community.
Community Partner Agencies
- Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America
- Early Learning Coalition of Lake County
- Early Learning Coalition of Nature Coast
- Lake Technical Center
- LifeStream Behavioral Center
- The Arc Sunrise of Central Florida
- Sumter County School Board
- Thomas E. Langley Medical Center, Sumter County