United Way of the Wine Country has been dedicated to improving lives locally for 50 years. Everyone deserves a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, income that can support a family through retirement, and good health. To create lasting change, United Way focuses on solving the underlying causes of common problems related to education, income and health. We are committed to achieving lasting solutions - not just quick fixes - for our entire community.
Many individuals and families living in our communities are walking a financial tightrope by barely surviving let alone trying to save for a home, college, or retirement. United Way is working to identify and solve the underlying causes of financial hardship.
Our goal is to cut by half the number of families lacking financial stability by 2020. We support programs and initiatives that promote financial stability by working with families and individuals to increase income and build savings. When families are financially stable, the resulting benefits ripple out to good health and receiving a quality education, helping to make a stronger community.
The United Way of the Wine Country led Earn It! Keep It! $ave It! (EKS) coalition provides free, quality tax return preparation to low-to-moderate income individuals, familiesm and seniors. Access to other resources such as public benefits, low or no cost bank accounts, or financial education is also available to individuals at some tax sites.
In 2017, United Way partnered with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa to launch the Savings & Credit Ready initiative. This initiative will emphasize the importance of saving a portion of your money as well as the need to build good credit in order to help households become more financially stable.
Resources to Help Households Become Financially Stable
When individuals and families are able to reduce household expenses, the money saved can often be used for other important budget items such as housing, food, transportation, education, etc. Some resources are listed below which could help save money for qualifying individuals and families:
Access from AT&T (low-cost internet)
For information about low-cost internet through AT&T Access, please visit the AT&T website.
2-1-1 is an information and referral call center that connects residents with non-emergency health, human, and disaster resources. Available by phone and searchable online 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, the 2-1-1, comprehensive database connects residents to accurate and up-to-date information and services.Read More
The United Way led Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS) coalition provides free, quality tax return preparation to low-to-moderate income community members in Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties.Read More
United Way of the Wine Country is administering the Local Boards for Sonoma County, Lake County, and Mendocino County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Local Boards request proposals from eligible agencies for funds to supplement emergency food and shelter service programs assisting people experiencing economic emergencies.Read More