United Way 2017 Summer H.U.G. (Hand Up Guidance) Funding Application
United Way of Whitewater Valley is sharpening its focus by addressing key issues to create lasting change in people’s lives. We’re more focused in making strategic choices, which is critical, because needs are growing faster than resources. Together with community partners, we will continue to concentrate our efforts on pressing issues defined by the community.
There are nearly 908,000 Hoosier households unable to afford the basics of housing, food, health care, child care and transportation despite working hard according to the 2016 United Way ALICE® Report Update released by Indiana Association of United Ways. In Wayne County, 24% of households live above poverty but below the ALICE threshold or the basic cost of living. In Union County, 26% of households live above poverty but below the ALICE threshold or the basic cost of living. Combined, ALICE and poverty households, account for 42% percent of households in Wayne County and 36% in Union County.
The ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed; Report, which was sponsored by OneMain Financial, places a spotlight on hardworking, and yet struggling, residents who have little or no savings, and are one emergency from falling into poverty. ALICE was originally introduced in 2014 and the Update provides a deeper look at how households have struggled over time since before the recession in 2007 through 2014. Using data from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census, Internal Revenue Service and Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the report tells us more about the number of working individuals and families struggling financially in Indiana, and why.
To lead the work in this specific area, United Way strategically recruited community members who have expertise or an identified skill set beneficial to the target demographic. This group took the information provided from the ALICE report, and began researching to identify how to best assist those walking the financial tightrope in Wayne and Union Counties specifically. From community survey’s to numerous focus groups across the county with our target demographic and facilitated by Earlham College students, to reviewing community needs assessments provided by Reid Health, they tirelessly committed their time and effort to identifying a starting point to begin the H.U.G. Initiative (Hand Up Guidance).
*ONLINE SUBMISSION DUE BY JULY 19, 2017 by 5:00p.m.
All questions must be answered in order to be considered for funding. Submitting an application DOES NOT guarantee funding nor funding full requested amounts
- There are 6 sections to this grant application.
- There are 38 questions on this grant application
- (37 questions and one extra step of emailing Tax Return to United Way office).
- Once your grant has been submitted online, you will receive a confirmation and pdf of your submitted answers within 24- hours.
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