Financial Stability

United Way of Marion County is committed to investments in economic empowerment, so that low-to-middle income families have the resources and support to meet needs, weather emergencies and make investments toward a brighter future. For families walking a financial tightrope, United Way is here to help.

Our Vision

Families and individuals have the basic necessities to meet their needs while transitioning to being financially stable and self-supportive.

Target Issues

  • Meeting basic needs such as housing, food and utilities.
  • Changing knowledge, habits and behaviors which lead to increased long-term financial stability.

Internal Initiatives

United Way of Marion County offers FREE income tax preparation through various VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) locations throughout Marion County.


The Strong Families Initiative is a financial stability effort that helps families get out of poverty and enhance their housing opportunities through skill-building, case management, and mentoring. 



Our Funded Financial Stability Partners

Blessed Trinity Catholic Church:  Emergency Utility Assistance Program
Maintains continuous services or re-connection assistance if a client's services were disconnected due to an inability to pay.

Blessed Trinity/Brother's Keeper:  Soup Kitchen
Ensures that a warm meal is available to men, women, and children who lack safe and healthy living resources in our community.

Boys & Girls Club of Marion County, Inc:  Money Matters
Promotes financial responsibility and independence among Teen Club members by building their basic money management skills.

Community of Gratitude:  Emergency Food Center
Provides emergency food for low-income clients in East Lake Weir, Ocklawaha and Weirsdale areas.

Creative Services:  Sustainable Housing/Economic Self-Sufficiency
Ensures that food, safe emergency housing, basic needs, and future stable housing are available to women and children victims of domestic violence.

Habitat for Humanity of Marion County:  Mortgage Program
Provides mortgage assistance to eligible Habitat homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure. Owners must demonstrate financial hardship.

His Compassion:  Mobile Food Access Delivery
Provides food delivery to increase the availability to those experiencing food insufficiency.

Marion County Homeless Council:  Homeless Prevention
Provides families and single persons with the medium-term direct financial assistance necessary to stabilize their current housing situation.

Marion County Literacy Council:  Building Adult Literacy Skills
Provides self-sufficiency and independence by offering quality instructional services to illiterate adults who seek personal educational growth.

Shepherd's Lighthouse:  Direct Services
Provides a safe environment for the rescue, empowerment and renewal of women and children in their time of need.

The Salvation Army:  Feeding Program
Serves nutritious meals every day of the year to homeless and low-income individuals in Marion County.

The Salvation Army:  Shelter Program
Provides emergency shelter beds for single men, women and families, and assists clients with developing a self-sufficiency plan.