Starting today, give for tomorrow
Tomorrow is full of questions. But the answers are up to us.
Our new normal is a world of uncertainty and change. That will take us some getting used to. But we need to do more than adapt to a post-pandemic world. We need to build a better one. Thousands of people in our community devastated by the events of 2020 need your support to rebuild their lives.
At the beginning of the year, none of us were prepared for what we would confront. And no one knew how many in our community would need our help. Faced with a once-in-a-generation challenge, Kankakee and Iroquois counties stepped up. United Way staff, donors, volunteers and our entire community came together in an unprecedented way. We helped our neighbors who were most impacted by the global pandemic and economic downturn get the relief and support they needed.
But there is so much more to do. Many in our community still struggle with unemployment, food insecurity, housing and health challenges. Many don't know where their next meal is coming from, or how they will pay the rent or the bills. More than 36% of households in Kankakee and Iroquois counties are teetering on the edge without back-up savings. That's over 19,000 families that are unable to afford a basic household budget. Kids are struggling with an unconventional school year, and adults are facing mental health challenges like anxiety and depression.
These are our neighbors. And they cannot wait any longer for relief, for support, for equality, for the opportunity to live a healthy, thriving life. Let's not put off until tomorrow the work that we can start today.
Respond to the new year with hope, with possibility, with action.