Financial Stability


Achieving 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.

To achieve long term financial independence, individuals and families need to secure stable income and earnings, attain stable housing and build savings for the future.

The Challenge

  • 37,000 individuals in Anderson County live in poverty, and another 40,000 struggle to make ends meet on a day-to-day basis.
  • Today, fewer people are able to own their own homes. Home ownership has decreased over the past 10 years.
  • Through a series of community meetings with local residents, safe homes, and neighborhoods, along with a stable income were identified as a key priority issues for families in Anderson County.

Our Strategy

To address the obstacles that prevent hard working families from getting ahead financially, we launched the United Way Financial Stability Center at AIM, an initiative that promotes community-change strategies to help families meet their basic needs, while gaining the financial capability to plan for, and accomplish, their long-term financial goals. 

Dollars raised through the United Way of Anderson County are invested in community projects and local non-profit programs that:
  • Help families secure affordable housing.
  • Assist adults in gaining employment leading to stable income.
  • Providing free tax preparation services.


All our Financial Stability programs are hosted at the United Way Financial Stability Center at AIM.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Financial Stability Workshops