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SPEAK OUT

To end poverty, we must tackle it from all sides. It’s important we help struggling children, adults and families but it’s not enough. We must advocate for policies and programs that fight the root causes of poverty at all levels of government.

Here are our top priorities, and how you can get involved.

Self Sufficiency Standard

Many families are struggling to stretch their wages to meet the costs of basic necessities. Though often not deemed “poor” by the official poverty measure, these families lack enough income to meet the rising costs of essentials such as food, housing, transportation, and health care. The 2020 Self-Sufficiency Standard meets the need for a measure of income adequacy that more accurately tracks and measures the true cost of living that families face today.

Two Generation Approach

UWGG’s Family Success Centers partner with families to support their transition from poverty into financial stability through personalized coaching and strategically bundled and sequenced services offered in a central location. The FSC model was built on four main principles: 2-generational, place-based, one-stop-shop, and long-term case management.  A unique component of this approach is the provision of transportation assistance and high-quality child development services, free to FSC members participating in on-site programming, in order to remove the top participation barriers.

Housing

High levels of residential segregation are intertwined with inequality and lack of access to opportunity. Increased concentrations of poverty and segregation are often in the same neighborhoods that face unequal access to jobs, education, and other services, limiting fair housing choice. Understanding the City of Greensboro’s 2019-2024 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, we advocate for policies and programs that increase supply and improve conditions for all families to secure safe and affordable housing.

A Job, A Good Job, A Career

We believe that members of our community don’t just need a job, but they need a good job and career. We encourage local companies to offer equitable career opportunities and we partner with as many companies as possible to offer employment to Family Success Center members.

Tax Benefits for Working Families

We support the reauthorization of federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit improvements and the expansion of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Benefits Cliff

Working individuals in poverty may earn just enough to disqualify them from public benefits, but not enough to afford basic needs. We support policies that gradually decrease benefits as income rises.

Champion a cause. You can bring about change by using your voice.

United Way of Greater Greensboro recognizes that to achieve our goal of breaking the cycle of poverty, we must advance public policies that support our mission. We need your support. Speak out about the issues that matter to you. We encourage you to reach out to your elected officials, wear your LIVE UNITED t-shirt and show your support. Speak out. Be heard. Live United.

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STORIES OF IMPACT

Community Members Donate 600+ Basic Needs Kit to Benefit Local Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

United Way Young Leader’s Basic Needs Kits Surpasses Goal, Makes a Difference When United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Young Leaders affinity group cabinet learned that every night in Greensboro more than 900 people go to sleep homeless, they sprang into action. United, they organized a new volunteer opportunity and invited the entire community to participate […]

United Way of Greater Greensboro Young Leaders Host Basic Needs Kits Drive, Entire Community Invited to Volunteer

Greensboro, NC (May 4, 2021) – United Way of Greater Greensboro Young Leaders invites members of the public to host “Basic Needs Item” drives. “The volunteer leadership of United Way Young Leaders was inspired into action after learning that every night in Greensboro more than 900 people go to sleep homeless. Basic needs kits are a simple way to provide practical help […]

Community Volunteer Collects 4,000+ Baby Items 

Every year, United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG) hosts a variety of volunteer opportunities in partnership with the Volunteer Center of the Triad and various partner agencies to celebrate National Volunteer Week. This year, as many continue to social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic, UWGG encouraged community members to host Baby Items drives for items […]