Goal Three

FINANCIALLY EMPOWER 11,000 PEOPLE

Though they earn an income between 100 and 200 percent of the federal poverty level, the working poor often struggle to afford basic necessities. Often living paycheck to paycheck, their families may be just one misfortune – say, a medical emergency or car accident – away from financial ruin.

Currently, more than 42,000 Akron residents are considered to be “working poor.”

Financial empowerment matters because it strengthens the community. When families have healthy banking relationships, access to financial resources, and the skills to budget and save, they are better able to weather the demands of daily life. That means more stable neighborhoods, children with fewer distractions from school and more people with the power to invest in their own communities.

Strategies to Achieve Bold Goal 3

Future strategies will likely include:

Opportunities to gain the skills, knowledge and resources to budget and save, manage debt, build credit and access banking services

(Final strategy maps are expected to be announced in June 2017)

How can YOU support Bold Goal 3?

You can attend a Bridges Summit County Workshop.

Because it takes people from all sectors and economic classes to work together to move the needle on generational poverty in Summit County. 


You – along with others in your company – can participate in one of the many volunteer events provided through United Way’s year-long Engagement Calendar.

Our volunteer engagement events provide hands-on experiences through meaningful projects that support United Way’s Bold Goals.


You can engage in public policy advocacy as a powerful way to make a difference.

Learn more about and take action on community issues that are essential to the success of the Bold Goals.


You can donate to specifically support Bold Goal 3 or all of United Way’s Bold Goals.