We fight for the FINANCIAL STABILITY of every person in the Black Hills
Economic security for individuals and families is central to the creation of long-term success. The whole community benefits when working individuals and families are able to stop walking a financial tightrope and get on solid ground.
Yet, 1 in 8 individuals are living in poverty in the Black Hills including more than 40% are children.
United Way focuses on programs that help people increase their income, acquire affordable housing, and have the transportation available to get to needed services and jobs. In 2019 - 2020, we invested in 7 programs and agencies that impacted 13,977 lives in the Black Hills.
Financial Education and Resources
10,373 people received financial education and resources such as financial counseling and advising to make wise financial decisions for their future.
Ellsworth AFB Family Readiness Center
"A certified personal financial counselor worked with a family struggling with financial issues. There ended up being a large deficit each month stemming from a car payment that was taking up 75% of the family’s income. They were no longer able to maintain this payment and were living off credit cards which they could not afford. The counselor worked with this family and their creditors for several months, to ensure that the family had a small amount of income remaining after bills each month."
According to our 2019 Community Needs Assessment, lack of access to affordable housing was one of the top #3 needs in all areas throughout the Black Hills
Through United Way of the Black Hills, we were able to help 329 individuals and families get the proper resources and education to access safe and affordable housing.
BASIC NEEDS FEATURE STORY
American Red Cross
Custer, SD Flooding 2019 brought widespread flooding to many communities across South Dakota. American Red Cross of Western South Dakota supported Disaster Relief Operations across the state, including one in Custer.
Neighborhoods began to flood after a storm in early August, and Red Cross volunteers immediately deployed to help. An emergency shelter was established at the local YMCA, where volunteers cared for people who were evacuated from their homes.
Residents were given a safe place to stay, along with food, beverages, blankets and other essentials until they were able to return home. The Red Cross distributed flood clean-up kits to households who needed them.
It was heart-warming to see the community of Custer come together, and we are proud of the volunteers who successfully supported the community during this time of emergency.
TRANSPORTATION FEATURE STORY
Prairie Hills Transit
According to our 2019 Community Needs Assessment, lack of access to transportation was one of the top #10 identified needs in all areas throughout the Black Hills
3,275 people utilized affordable transportation to jobs, medical facilities, and vital services
A passenger in Edgemont began utilizing Prairie Hills Transit three times a week to attend addiction recovery appointments. Now, her trips to addiction recovery are down to once a week, and she takes trips for other medical appointments as well as for personal needs and shopping. United Way of the Black Hills provides funding to Prairie Hills Transit for those in need to access affordable transportation to get to their jobs.