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United Way Helps People Achieve Financial Stability

Download our report to learn more about how United Way is helping people achieve financial stability.

A good job benefits more than the job holder — it benefits his or her family, neighborhood and entire community.  When we're on solid financial ground, we're more likely to have access to good-quality heath care, provide a good education for our kids, and contribute to our local economy. That’s why United Way focuses on lasting income solutions (that go beyond charity) to help people build skills and education necessary to get, keep and advance in a good job.  That's why we're fueling MyFreeTaxes.com, which helps anyone earning $60,000 or less file taxes online for free.  And that's why we're partnering with dozens of partners from all sectors to offer financial wellness, coaching and planning to help anyone better manage income, savings and assets.

United Way is engaged in nearly 1,800 United Ways across more than 40 countries and territories, and we're bringing millions of people together to solve community problems. Long-term economic success isn't possible without an investment in long-term human success.  So we invite you to donate, volunteer or raise your voice to make a difference.  Working together, we can we build strong neighborhoods — all over the world — where individuals and communities can thrive.


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Success Story: Financial Education for Young People in Indonesia

Since 2007, United Way and partners have used a popular theatrical production, “The Adventures of Agent Penny,” to provide financial education to 5th and 6th grade students all across Jakarta. With a growing number of Indonesians in debt, we’re putting young people an early path to financial stability. So far, “The Adventures of Agent Penny” has been performed at 520 schools. After watching the performance, more than 13,000 children report that they have started to save.

Success Story: A One-Stop Shop for Financial Stability in Boston

Learn more about the results achieved by United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley partnered with local non-profit Lawrence CommunityWorks to connect people with services ranging from financial education and coaching to career training and job search assistance, credit counseling, English as a Second Language (ESL), free tax preparation assistance, and more – all under one roof. Three out of four people who took advantage of services at the financial stability centers in Lawrence and nearby Chelsea, Massachusetts improved their credit score or net income.

Since 2010, 25,881 people in the Boston area have gotten jobs and another 4,390 advanced in employment thanks to services like these. Among the people who have benefitted from United Way's job training and financial planning advice are Julio Cepeda, whose computer training empowered him to manage his own small business; Liz Cintron, who learned how to save money when she was still in high school and was able to attend college at Georgetown University; and Nancy Reyes, who got the advice she needed to avoid foreclosure and stay in her home."

Connecting People to Resources

Around the world, United Way's volunteer experts connect people - physically or virtually - to resources that empower them to get on more solid financial ground, including financial wellness classes in the workplace and in community centers, career training and job-search assistance, credit counseling, free tax preparation assistance and more. When people are able to live financially stable lives, they and their children are more likely to enjoy healthy lives and succeed in school. Communities thrive when people are able to find decent jobs, provide for their families and save for the future. Increasing the financial stability of individuals and families produces a ripple effect, ultimately creating a stronger, more productive workforce and community.