United We Are Stronger

 Lake Area United Way - United We Are Stronger
At Lake Area United Way, we believe thriving communities begin with thriving families, children, and seniors
When people at all stages of life have access to health, education, and financial stability, it builds a stronger community. And when families and individuals are in crisis, United Way is a safety net, connecting them with services that provide help and hope in times of crisis. 

Every day Lake Area United Way fights for families, children, and seniors.

We fuel 28 local programs that provide services to more than 84,000 people.
We strengthen local non-profits through coaching, training, and education.
We connect residents to local resources through the 2-1-1 hotline.
We engage grassroots leaders and expand their reach.
The collective power of this collaboration is far greater than one organization can accomplish alone.

Our mission is to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community.

Will You Join The Fight?
Lake Area United Way fights to help families

United Way fights to eliminate hard choices for families. Many of our hardworking neighbors simply don’t earn enough to make ends meet. They constantly face hard choices: Pay for child care or pay the utility bill? Medical care or food on the table?

“During my time of need—before I worked at US Steel—United Way programs relieved a lot of hardship for me. I was a struggling single mom, working two jobs and going to school, and I could not make it on my own without help. The support I received through United Way was a life-saver.

"Since kindergarten, my kids have participated in before- and after-school care and summer activities through United Way-funded agencies. I also received utility assistance and groceries that helped my family get by during the hardest times. All of this was made possible because of United Way donors. Even my mom still gets her taxes done through a free United Way service!”

  Lake Area United Way fights for families.

Lake Area United Way fights to help children

The first five years of a child’s life are a critical time, when 90 percent of brain growth happens. Yet parents may not know how to develop their children’s skills and prepare them to start school. Children living in crisis are less likely to be ready for kindergarten. Lifelong success depends on an early start.

“Before we enrolled in Parents as Teachers, I was frustrated because I could not find programs to help my two-year old daughter Micaela start learning. Now, my daughter and I spend time once a month in our home with Marisol, our home facilitator. Micaela looks forward to these visits and she knows Marisol is going to bring new books, games, and activities for us to do together. We also go to a play group once a month where she gets to engage with other children.

“One thing I’ve learned is that parents are the first and most important teachers. It is amazing to have support for me as a parent to help Micaela get off to a great start. She’s better prepared for kindergarten and a bright future.”

  Lake Area United Way fights for children.

Lake Area United way fights to help seniors

Living on a fixed income that does not keep pace with the cost of living forces seniors to choose between buying food or prescriptions.

"My name is Kathy Wilson and I am deaf. The simple tasks people handle on a daily basis are extremely complicated for a deaf person in a world of speaking people. For example, going to the doctor without an interpreter means missing crucial information about my health which directly affects my medical care.

"Ten years ago, my son Wally and I were devastated when my husband passed away. His death left me facing realities I never had to deal with when he was alive. Aside from the funeral arrangements, I was left alone with my adult son who is hearing able, but has special needs. I didn’t know where to turn for basic necessities like food, affordable housing, and health care.

"The sustained assistance that Lake Area United Way provides for Deaf Services, allows for women and men like myself, to live a life that we can be proud of. I am able to care for my son like every mother, and in doing that, I feel pride that everyone deserves to feel."

Lake Area United Way fights for seniors.
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