Being financially secure is critical for people to live productive lives, while also growing the economy and workforce. Financial and employment growth over time will create stronger households and stronger neighborhoods.

Too many people in our region know what it’s like to be unemployed or to work multiple jobs and still struggle to make ends meet. Too many of our neighbors have to decide between filling the fridge or filling a prescription. And too many people are unable to save for the future. In our region:

  • The unemployment rate is 7% regionally and up to 20% in some United Way partner communities
  • The poverty rate averages 33% in many United Way partner communities
  • More than 400,000 people in Cook and DuPage counties live in extreme poverty
  • Nearly 1 million households across the region are unbanked or underbanked leaving them financially vulnerable
Financial Stability: The Challenge

United Way is working to build stronger neighborhoods across the region by fighting for every person in every neighborhood to have access to financial opportunities and possibilities.

In collaboration with our labor, agency and corporate partners, United Way is driving two programmatic initiatives designed to help individuals and families across the region become more financially stable.

Access United is creating a pipeline to apprenticeships in Union Trades across the Chicago region. Learn more about the work being done to open a door to a future of career opportunities for many across the region.
Acces United

Bank On is a program designed to ensure that everyone has access to a safe and affordable bank or credit union account. Learn more about the importance of being banked and how to locate and open a Bank On account in the Chicago region.
Bank On