Financial Stability

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

In the Cedar Valley, 1 in 5 children in our community live in poverty ($26,200 for a family of 4). Families earning the median household income of $50,916 spend 15% 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:

2020-2021 Financial Stability Funding Grants

Achieving Greater Financial Stability:

Immigration Legal Services | $25,000
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque

Adult Education and Advancement* | $5,000
Commonbond Communities

Permanent Housing | $15,000
Community Housing Initiatives 

SOAR Program | $21,772.50
Community Housing Initiatives 

Removing Childcare as a Barrier to Work for Low-Income Families | $40,500
Grin and Grow Ltd.

Income Stability Project | $10,000
Iowa Legal Aid

Financial Stewardship Mentoring Program | $13,000
The Job Foundation

Refugee Services | $20,000
Operation Threshold

Junkman-Knoebel Transitional Housing | $26,000
Pathways Behavioral Services 

Pathway of Hope | $5,000
The Salvation Army

Language, Advocacy, Resources and Support | $10,000
YWCA of Black Hawk County

Summer Daze Child Care | $25,000
YWCA of Black Hawk County

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

Workforce Development:

Adult Education and Advancement* | $5,000
CommonBond Communities 

Family Literacy Program | $50,000
Hawkeye Community College

Total Financial Stability Grants | $296,272.50

* Denotes program covers more than one focus-area