More than 75 percent of full-time workers in the U.S. live paycheck to paycheck.
Even more alarming?
More than half say they’re in over their heads in debt, according to a recent report from CareerBuilder.
That’s why the United Way of Chester County recently brought together corporate sponsors, volunteers, donors, and other guests to support its Financial Stability Center in Exton.
More than 300 guests gathered at Penn Oaks Golf Club in West Chester for a performance by the high-energy pop group Rockapella and to bid on auction items as part of the fifth annual Live United in Music fundraiser.
Citadel served as the event’s presenting sponsor for the fifth consecutive year, while CCRES, Brumbaugh Wealth Management, and CertainTeed served as the lead sponsors for the event. An impressive list of additional corporate and in-kind contributors also contributed to the fundraiser’s success.
Collectively, more than $60,000 was raised to help local residents improve their financial situation and move toward self-sufficiency and independence.
The United Way’s Financial Stability Center coordinates with PA Careerlink-Chester County and other partners to provide a variety of social services under one roof. A navigator works with clients to create a customized plan to help each Chester County resident achieve their financial goals.
“Even for those with a full-time job, the wage might not be high enough to keep up with the rising cost of food, health insurance, rent, and transportation,” said Claudia Hellebush, president and CEO of the United Way of Chester County. “Our Financial Stability Center is a local solution to this national problem.
“The goal is to help people to overcome barriers like a lack of transportation and better support their families. We’re grateful to have so many people support our efforts to make Chester County a place where everyone can thrive and prosper.”