Having an income that can support you and a family through retirement is key to maintaining a good quality of life. Financial stability is something that is often taken for granted.

United Way is helping families in the Cedar Valley become financially stable and independent by

  • Increasing income by helping hardworking people obtain job training and family-sustaining wages
  • Encouraging savings as a financial safety net
  • Help individuals and families achieve greater financial stability

In the Cedar Valley, 1 in 5 children in our community live in poverty ($24,300 for a family of 4). Families earning the median household income of $47,002 spend 19% of their income on child care if they have a baby at a licensed child care facility. Nearly half of the students in our community receive free or reduced lunches. 50.2% of rental households in the Cedar Valley spend 30% or more of their household income on housing and utilities.

We are working to make families financially independent. Cedar Valley United Way is providing the following funding grants in the income area:

2016-17 Income Funding Grants

Achieving Greater Financial Stability
Transitional Housing 
| $14,000
Community Housing Initiatives 

Permanent Housing | $10,500
Community Housing Initiatives

Childcare Scholarships for the Working Poor | $34,000
Grin and Grow Ltd.

Financial Stewardship Mentoring Program | $10,000
Job Foundation

Refugee Services | $25,000
Operation Threshold

Junkman/Knoebel Transitional Housing | $27,730
Pathways Behavioral Services 

Men's Transitional Housing | $12,900
The Salvation Army

Individual Development Account | $16,000
Veridian Credit Union

Summer Daze Child Care | $30,000
YWCA of Black Hawk County

Y's Kids Before and After School Care | $30,000
YWCA of Black Hawk County

Workforce Development
House of Hope | $50,000
Christian Community Development

Career Advantage at Unity Square | $5,000
CommonBond Communities 

Family Literacy | $46,758
Hawkeye Community College

Language, Advocacy, Resources and Support | $21,000
YWCA of Black Hawk County

Total Income Grants | $238,000