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We know income is a determining factor in whether someone leads his/her best possible life. One of the clearest paths to economic self-sufficiency is education and training. United Way and its community partners work together to strengthen Quad Citizens’ education and skills to prepare them for better paying jobs in the local economy.

Did you know?

One out of three families in the Quad Cities can barely cover basic daily living expenses. 

What we do:

Give more than $1 million towards helping to provide food, shelter, transportation, career training and financial education. 
Gather more than 470 volunteers who helped Quad Citizens achieve financial stability. Resulting from this work, 94 percent of unemployed/under-employed individuals served enrolled in an accredited adult education program in 2018 and are on their way to financial self-sufficiency.

Why we focus on income:

In the Quad Cities, 37 percent of residents struggle to pay for their basic needs. One of our programs is Free Tax Preparation - VITA.
In today’s economy, families need enough income to cover rising costs of food, housing, healthcare, childcare and clothing – or face painful financial choices. Find out more by understanding who ALICE is.

Jereika’s Story

Jereika now lives in a safe home with her daughter and is studying to become an LPN. Watch a video with Jereika's story.