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Resilient Communities and the Environment

United Way’s work to improve health, education, and financial stability for all has always been rooted in community resilience. We know that environmental sustainability is essential to ensuring that everyone in our communities can enjoy good health, safety, and economic prosperity – especially those who are most vulnerable.

Together, we can propel people forward, protect the planet and promote prosperity for all.
Learn more about our work below.

Power Forward Communities

On April 4, 2024, Power Forward Communities (PFC) was awarded a $2 billion, seven-year National Clean Investment Fund (NCIF) grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide capital for affordable residential decarbonization throughout the country, with a specific focus on low-income and disadvantaged communities. The coalition, which includes United Way Worldwide, Enterprise Community Partners, Rewiring America, Habitat for Humanity International, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), is committed to transform the housing sector, save homeowners and renters money, invest in stronger communities, and help meet national climate goals. We will collectively harness decades of experience and a national reach to deploy a unique combination of financing, market building, and community engagement strategies from big cities to small towns to rural and Tribal regions and everywhere in between. These efforts are expected to save families money on their utility bills, reduce emissions, and create healthier, safer, more affordable homes.

United for Community Resilience

Every community deserves the opportunity to prosper. United Way is dedicated to nurturing resilient communities equipped to navigate any adversity. Through initiatives in crisis response, environmental stewardship, and disaster preparedness and recovery, we are working with our neighbors to strengthen the foundations of our communities and ensure a more sustainable and secure future for all.