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.
Families and individuals have the basic necessities to meet their needs while transitioning to being financially stable and self-supportive.
- Meeting basic needs such as housing, food and utilities.
- Changing knowledge, habits and behaviors which lead to increased long-term financial stability.
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.