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UNITED WAY FIGHTS FOR THE HEALTH, EDUCATION AND FINANCIAL STABILITY OF EVERY PERSON IN EVERY COMMUNITY.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our neighbors in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Schoharie counties already struggled with the life-changing effects of poverty. COVID-19 accentuated existing societal fractures and inequities. This year, there has been an unprecedented increase in the need for nonprofit services.
United Way GCR not only provides the immediate support families need to survive but also fights for the long-term systemic changes needed to break generational cycles of exclusion. By bringing people, organizations, and resources together to focus on community-identified needs and aspirations, United Way GCR strives to co-create a collective vision for inclusive, healthy, and resilient communities.
11% of households in the Greater Capital Region earn an income below the Federal Poverty Line and nearly 30% of households are what United Way GCR considers ALICE. These working households do not earn enough income to cover the basic costs of living, forcing individuals and families to make trade-offs between necessities like rent, food, health care, and childcare costs.
Your generous contributions of time and resources help United Way GCR collaboratively build the conditions in which our communities thrive and help every person equally access the opportunities they need to succeed.