Financial Stability

Financial Stability

Securing families’ finances so that they can weather any storm

In our local community and in alignment with United Way’s national goals, United Way of Southern Nevada is committed to helping families improve their financial situation through financial literacy programs, tax services, and long term savings planning.

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Our Mission
To help all individuals and families work towards the goals of financial self-sufficiency through education, support and training.

Our Vision
Create a cycle of financial success for individuals and families in order to build long-term economic independence.

Our Goals

  • Increase access to family-sustaining employment.
  • Increase access to income support such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • Increase financial management knowledge and skills.
  • Increase access to low-cost financial products and services to build stable financial resources.

 

Driving Results that Allow Individuals and Families to Prosper (2010-2014)

  • More than 26,000 total tax returns have been filed, with $20.4M in tax credits returned and a total of $34.4M in tax refunds provided back into the community
  • More than 30,400 kids, grades 1-5, participated in financial literacy education, showing a 41% increase (in ‘11-‘14) in financial fluency
  • More than $42,000 saved by the students of Walter Bracken Elementary School through the Piggy Bank Program

Aligning our community impact work in Education, Financial Stability, and Health, United Way recognizes that it takes a healthy, educated child to become a financially self-sufficient adult, and that it takes a financially stable family to foster the health and education of its children.

YPS | Helping Children Learn to Save

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United Way of Southern Nevada’s Young Philanthropists Society (YPS) members treated over 100 students at Bracken Elementary School on Wednesday, May 21 to a Root Beer Float Celebration. Students who had the highest participation in the “Piggy Bank” program during the 2013-14 school year got to indulge in the summertime favorite dessert, sponsored by the UPS Foundation.

While some students saved for a brand new bike and others had loftier goals of saving for college or a car, in total 120 children at Bracken Elementary school saved over $32,000 during the 2013-14 school year.

The “Piggy Bank” program has taught over 478 students at Walter Bracken Elementary School how to save and learn the importance of financial responsibility since the “Piggy Bank” opened on October 5, 2012. According to the program’s chair, YPS Vice-chair and Piggy Bank Committee Chair Chelsie Campbell, the students of Bracken saved over $18,000 during the first year.

To help encourage saving after elementary school, on May 30th YPS members gave high fives and provided words of encouragement for the graduating students and gave $25 to each fifth grader that opened a savings account at Silver State Schools Credit Union.

For the innovative program, Campbell and her fellow YPS members collaborated with Walter Bracken Elementary School, Junior Achievement, Silver State Schools Credit Union, Andson Foundation and various volunteers, to convert  an unused room into a kid-friendly walk-up bank-teller window with a TV to showcase each classroom’s savings. The “Piggy Bank” program also includes a six-module curriculum component that brings to life the importance of saving and money management.

“Seeing the childrens’ smiles when they make a deposit is awesome,” said Chelsie. “They are so proud of the money that they are saving every week.”

According to Campbell, at the program’s start, kids planned to spend their savings on candy and bicycles, but by curriculum’s end their goals grew to one day afford a car or even a house.

“They learned to recognize the power of having a dollar in the bank,” said Chelsie.

To learn more about YPS, contact Jason Soto, Director, Young Philanthropists Society-Major Gifts at JasonS@uwsn.org or 702-892-2360.

 

 

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