Income

The United Way of Whatcom County believes the three basic building blocks that provide the foundation for a good quality of life are: Education, Income, and Health. The whole community benefits when more working individuals and families are able to stop walking a financial tightrope and get on solid ground. Financially stable people are more likely to have access to quality health care, provide a good education for their children, and contribute to their local economies. To ensure the continued success of our community, the United Way of Whatcom County conducts research and partners with a variety of projects and programs to achieve our community-wide goals. Our focus in Income is in Economic Mobility.
 

United Way's Income Mobility Goals:

 
  • To ensure that ALICE and lower-income working families move toward financial independence.
     
  • Families are increasing their income through preparation for employment.
     
  • Individuals and families achieve permanent, stable housing.

 

Our Strategy for Economic Mobility Includes:

  • Basic Needs Met: Providing individuals access to meals, food, and other necessities to offset costs of monthly bills (e.g., groceries hot meals, diapers, energy assistance, showers, prescription medicines).
  • Job Readiness: Connecting individuals to all types of tools and training in order to increase skills (e.g., literacy and ESL tutoring, job support for individuals with disabilities, business training for farmers).
  • Housing and Financial Support: Making sure families, individuals, and teens have stable, safe housing and the knowledge, skills, and supports to make choices that increase their financial stability and advance their economic mobility (e.g., temporary and long-term housing support, financial education and coaching).

 

Why Support Income?

  • The whole community benefits when more working individuals and families are able to stop walking a finacial tightrope and get on solid ground.
  • Financially stable people are more likely to have access to quality healthcare, provide a good education for their children, and contribute to their local economies.

 

How are we making a difference annually?

  • 15,000+ individuals receive food and necessities to offset monthly bills and increase financial stability
  • 1,300+ individuals achieve new job skills, financial literacy, and housing support to get their lives back on track
     

Read articles on how we are making a difference in Income:

 

Descriptions of Current Income Partners and Programs

2016-2017 Income partners and projects

Sponsored Programs: 

Community Showers Program- Whatcom Family YMCA

Family Multi-Services Program- Salvation Army

Financial Stability Program- Opportunity Council

Food to Bank On- Sustainable Connections

Food Distribution- Bellingham Food Bank

Individualized Employment Program- Work Opportunities

Larrabee Residence- YWCA

Literacy Tutoring for Adults in Whatcom County- Whatcom Literacy Council

Service-Enriched Farmworker Housing - Mercy Housing Northwest

Transition to Community- Sun Community Services

Transitional Housing Programs- Northwest Youth Services

Transitional Residence- Lydia Place

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