Financial Stability

Support families and individuals to thrive financially

The Problem:

1 in 4 Bay Area residents struggles to get by.

Government, individuals, businesses, and nonprofits may not agree on everything, but we all want to live in a thriving community.

The Solution:

United Way Bay Area is uniquely positioned

to bring together whole sectors and provide the funding and support to tackle our region’s most pressing challenges.


As part of our two-generation approach, these one-stop centers—often located right on community school campuses—offer a variety of free services to help struggling parents, which in turn helps their children thrive in school. On college campuses, SparkPoint services help youth and young adults stay in school and get access to services that help them on a path to a successful career.

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Youth Employment Services

United Way helps youth and young adults stay in school, identify their interests, and find a path to well-paying jobs and internships through Business Pathways and Youth Workforce partnerships.

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Earn it! Save it! Keep it!

These free tax preparation centers ensure low- and moderate-income households get the refunds they deserve.

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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

We advocate policies that support struggling families at all levels of government, including the important EITC.

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Impact where it matters most

575 Bay Area families

received direct hardship assistance with housing, health, utilities assistance, and other emergencies from Labor Liaisons through our Labor partnership last year.

255,000 Californians

have been pulled out of poverty since the 2015 passage of California’s State Earned Income Tax Credit, legislation that UWBA lobbied Congress for as part of our ongoing policy agenda to help struggling families.

$26.7 million

raised through workplace campaigns in 2017, supporting more than 2,000 local poverty-fighting programs--including $6.9 million for UWBA.

Our Other Focus Areas

Basic Needs & Homelessness Prevention Employment & Career Opportunities