Thank you for participating in the Do You Care Challenge. You’ve seen how complicated the lives of caregivers and their loved ones can be. Anja, Brent, Julianne, and Devon each have busy lives and care deeply for Vladlena, Gerald, Aunt Mary, and Grandma. Caregiving takes so many forms, from providing a weekly meal to live-in care, and the support that caregivers need can take many forms too.
United Way has partnered with AARP to raise awareness around the issues caregivers face and finding new ways to provide support. Caregiving is too big a challenge to tackle alone – no one person should bear the whole burden, and no one agency can provide all solutions. United Way and AARP each offer multiple resources that can help – at home, at work, and even in school.
Your local United Way may be able to help caregivers in many ways:
United Way supports programming and services at school that help ensure students stay in school and are college or career ready at graduation. Programs can include mentoring, afterschool support, and STEM education. Contact your local United Way for more information and for ways to get involved.
United Way coordinates and supports job training, financial education, and financial coaching programs. These programs can help caregivers find balance or even just make ends meet among all the stress. Working two jobs is hard, as Julianne showed, and sometimes a new credential or degree can open new doors. Also, check out MySmartMoney, a free financial education resource from United Way.
United Way is building healthier, more resilient communities by promoting healthy eating and physical activity, expanding access to quality health care, and integrating health into early childhood development. From coordinating summer meals to connecting people to services through 2-1-1, United Way is helping people achieve their potential. Contact your local United Way or call 2-1-1 to learn about services in your region.
Free time for a caregiver is scarce but sometimes a new activity can help make new connections and break out of a routine. And non-caregivers can help by delivering meals, teach computer skills, and more. Volunteering increases longevity, reduces depression and fosters a sense of connectedness. United Way can connect you to volunteer opportunities in your communities. There are also ways to join leadership groups and play a deeper role in your community. Reach out to your local United Way to learn more.