United Way Helps Southwest Oklahoman's Achieve Income Stability
As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education and currently, 40 million Americans are working in low-paying jobs without basic health and retirement benefits. For families walking a financial tightrope, unable to save for college, a home, or retirement, United Way is here to help.
In 2008, United Way worldwide initiated an ambitious 10-year plan to cut in half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable. With your help, we believe that by 2018 we can help 1.9 million working families get on the road to economic independence.
With 15.1% of Comanche County Oklahoma living in poverty1 United Way's local goal is to ensure that all families facing an economic struggle are able to gain help from our funded partners. To address the obstacles that prevent hard working families from getting ahead financially, we focused our funding on programs that promote community-change strategies to help families meet their basic needs while gaining the financial capability to plan for and accomplish, their long-term financial goals.
2018 Income Stability Funded Programs by United Way of Southwest Oklahoma
Armed Services YMCA- Military Program and Services
Catholic Charities- Family Support Services
Family Promise of Lawton, Inc.- Guest Assistance Program
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma- Lawton Law Office Program
Salvation Army- Social Services Program