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2018 Campaign Impact
A household in Cortland County with 2 adults, 1 preschooler and 1 infant needs to earn $31 an hour to maintain a survival budget that covers the basic needs of food, child care, shelter, transportation and medical care. This budget does not include savings or provide for emergency needs or future goals like college. The United Way ALICE study — Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed — shows an average of 40% of households in our county are struggling.
The month of June wrapped up with one final push to “Bridge the Gap” and help the United Way reach a target goal for fundraising. We wrapped up the 2018 campaign at 92% of goal with $366,700 pledged and allocated funds to 15 local programs addressing priority needs and demonstrating outcomes.
Recently a donor to the annual campaign reported they give because they have accessed all the programs at one time or another and are happy to help out. Another donor reported being between jobs and appreciating the availability of support he now needed to get through a couple months of limited income.
Thank you for investing in your community!