United Way of Pierce County has been serving our community since 1921, raising funds to support a wide range of social service partner organizations. As a United Way board member, I’ve had the opportunity to better understand the important work that they do. In addition to raising funds to support other organizations, United Way of Pierce County also operates two programs of its own designed to help lift families out of poverty – South Sound 211 and Center for Strong Families.
United Way’s Center for Strong Families is a support network offering face-to-face financial and career coaching at seven different locations throughout Pierce County. Coaches connect clients with living-wage career pathways and provide them with financial planning resources and debt reduction strategies. Approximately 3500 clients have been served since 2016.
United Way of Pierce County also sponsors an annual summit on poverty, providing an opportunity to discuss income inequality in our community and how best to address it. This year’s summit will take place at the Murano Hotel from 8am until noon on November 14th. The keynote speaker will be Edgar Villanueva, an award-winning author, activist and expert on issues of race, wealth, philanthropy and socially responsible investing. I’m planning to attend the event. If you’d like more information about how to join me, click here.