Goal Three


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.

2017 baseline: more than 42,000 Akron residents were considered to be “working poor.”

June 2018 - June 2021: 2,486 Summit County residents are on the path to financial empowerment. 1,896 FEC clients have had 6,120 financial coaching sessions, growing savings by $1,575,742 and cutting debt by $2,267,438. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax returns generated $10,240,449 in refunds and savings to clients since 2018.

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 Our Bold Goals

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 our community. 

You can become a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteer.

Dedicated volunteers are needed to provide free tax preparation services to people with limited incomes.

You can spread the word about free financial counseling through the Financial Empowerment Center

Professional financial counseling can tangibly improve financial stability and support individuals and families in achieving their personal and financial goals.  

You can promote Bank On Rubber City or Bank On certified accounts.

Bank On Rubber City works to expand access to safe and affordable banking services, helping working families and individuals save more of their hard-earned money.

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.