Poverty isn’t permanent.
Too many children and their hardworking parents know too well what it’s like to live without. Without food or a place to call home. Without a job that offers advancement opportunities. Without a doctor. Without the knowledge that college is an option. Without opportunity.
Poverty is a small word that weighs heavily on the shoulders of many North Texans – nearly 600,000 of them who make the impossible choice between paying rent and putting food on the table.
Poverty is complex and comes in many forms. Its face is ever-changing and may be one you recognize among your neighbors, co-workers, and friends. Our community goal is to move 250,000 people out of poverty permanently by equipping hardworking people with the knowledge of how to keep more of what they earn, and providing the tools and training needed to get and keep better jobs and establish savings.
This challenge is bigger than lifting families just above the poverty line. Families need more than the minimum to move forward and achieve finanical stability. The necessary annual income* for North Texas is:
* defined as the income needed if a family is responsible for their own health premiums and is not saving any money for college, retirement, or even emergencies
We currently fund 38 programs focused on providing pathways
out of poverty and 20 programs focused on emergency
and basic needs assistance.
Job skills training
Working with area employers, our Pathways to Work program provides post-secondary skills training and credentials that lead to better paying jobs.
We build direct connections between hardworking applicants and prospective employers through United Way-funded work readiness courses, placement services, and small business programs.
We provide financial literacy courses about budgeting, debt reduction, and credit monitoring/improvement through programs such as Family Financial Center, and we offer simple strategies online through MyMoneyDFW to help more families get, manage, and protect their money.
We connect low-income families with IRS-certified tax preparers to maximize their year-end refunds and create a foundation for savings through Community Tax Centers.
Since 2011, we have invested almost $10 million to put over 70,000 people on the path to financial stability.
5,000 individuals have found jobs
6,000 individuals have completed job-training courses such as GED or computer literacy
7,000 individuals have participated in a financial education course teaching fundamentals such as how to develop a budget, save, reduce debt, and improve credit
16,000 individuals received a total of $29M in tax refunds to provide a foundation for savings
These companies and organizations are bringing meaningful change to our community through their support. And giving generosity a new name.