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.
Knox County United Way's volunteer experts, working with partners from all sectors of society, connect people to the resources they need to get on more solid financial ground. Here in Knox County we offer hand up, not a hand out. These are the local agencies and programs that United Way supports, which are helping our citizens to achieve financial stability:
· VITA program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) at local library,
· Salvation Army and their Pathway to Hope program,
· PACE’s Loan Program/Individual Development Account/Energy Assistance Program,
· B.A.B.E. (Beds and Britches, Etc.) offers free baby items for pregnant women or mothers with children under 3 years old,
· Helping His Hands offers free labor for minor car repairs, individuals just need to supply the parts, and also offers emergency assistance,
· there are food pantries in many local organizations that help to bring food on the table.
Crawford County The agencies and programs that help residents who need assistance in meeting some of their basic needs for their family include:
Ø Clothing Center Workshop – Providing basic personal clothing and living necessities
Ø Catholic Charities Caritas Program – Providing Rent and Utility Assistance
Ø Catholic Charites Ramblin’ Rose Program – Providing school supplies, clothing, and other basic necessities.
Ø Robinson Food Pantry
Ø Palestine Food Pantry
Ø Catholic Charities – Mobile Food Pantry – serving isolated smaller communities in the county.