Financial Stability

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.

United Way helps families to become stable and financially independent by supporting basic needs like emergency food distribution while increasing financial education, helping hardworking people obtain job training and family-sustaining wages and increasing affordable housing.

United Way of Central Jersey has a direct impact on the Financial Stability of low-income families by working with volunteers and other partners to generate immediate benefits that save money and increase income for our neighbors in the Central Jersey Community.

Financially Stable Families

  • Over $2.5 million returned to the community as a result of United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA)
  • Over 3,600 tax returns filed by more than 100 volunteers at locations across Central Jersey
  • Successful drives for non-perishable food, diapers, books, school supplies, holiday gifts and other in-kind support positively impact thousands of families annually.
How You Can Help

Become a VITA volunteer or sponsor.  Host a drive at your office, company, school or community.  Contact Charmaine Rodriguez or call 732-247-3727 for more information.

Asset Limited, Income Constrained (ALICE)

One in three households in New Jersey struggles to pay basic monthly bills like housing, utilies and food.  These working families and individuals struggle daily to achieve and maintain financial stability.  For a report on the ALICE population by New Jersey county, please click here.