The United Way has been serving communities for decades. As one of the nation’s leading charity organizations, it is now reaching out beyond its current scope to help homeowners struggling to find foreclosure help. Now, one Indiana county is getting a “hand up instead of a hand out” to fight the mortgage crisis.
Reaching Those In Need
For years the United Way has been helping others by assisting people to reach their goals through education, income stability and job training. The United Way of Madison County, Indiana will be offering employment and skill development to low-income families. Partnering with Alternatives Inc., the United Way will fund training courses for certified nursing assistants, along with several other instructional courses to help locals complete their job training.
Unemployed residents facing foreclosure will also be helped by giving monthly mortgage payment assistance in exchange for 40 volunteer service hours a month. Volunteer center director, Caleb Fietcher says, “It’s a neat way to connect people with nonprofit communities and agencies they may not have been aware of before and it’s a great way to empower folks. These are people who may not have ever had to ask for help before. Volunteering while simultaneously saving their home is pretty powerful.”