United Way Helps Americans Achieve Financial 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.

Our Goal

In 2008, United Way 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.

Our Strategy and Programs

To address the obstacles that prevent hard working families from getting ahead financially, we launched the Financial Stability Partnership™, an initiative that promotes 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. 

The Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency (aTa Bus) Fixed Route Program which provides the underemployed and low-income members of our community with reliable transportation to work, school, doctors' appointments, and shopping throughout the St. George, Wamego, Riley County and Junction City communities.

Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. provides certified, professional counseling to people in the United Way six-county region with budgeting advice that includes establishing financial goals, advising on debt repayment and rebuilding credit.

Kansas Legal Services advocates for victims of domestic violence, children, the homeless, the elderly and individuals with disabling conditions through the court system.

The Manhattan Emergency Shelter, Inc. provides hope and shelter for those needing transitional housing.

Northeast Kansas Community Action Program, Inc. (NEK-CAP) provides rent and utility assistance to people in need living in Marshall and Pottawatomie Counties.

Shepherd's Crossing provides rent and utility assistance to those in need in Riley County. 

Riley County Extension Office, VITA provides a volunteer income tax assistance program to individuals living in Riley County. 

Salvation Army helps to provide emergency crisis assistance in the Riley County area. 

Thrive! Manhattan promotes self sufficiency in Riley and Pottawatomie county.


How You Can Help

Volunteers make United Ways’ tax assistance and financial education programs possible. We need your help, even if you don’t have an accounting background. Volunteer to help.