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June 26, 2017
United Way of Butler County has the unique mission, history, and expertise to serve the entire community. We create, convene, and facilitate effective community partnerships that address the complex social issue of poverty and self sufficiency.
Our extensive relationships in the corporate arena and knowledge of the non-profit community place us in a unique position to assemble the right team of public, private, and government experts to address the issue of poverty.
According to the Federal Poverty Limit, a family of four earning an annual income of $24,250 or less is considered living in poverty. However, families actually experience poverty when they are unable to achieve a minimum, decent standard of living that allows them to fully participate in mainstream society. Therefore, based on the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Pennsylvania, the minimum annual income needed for financial self-sufficiency for a family of four in Butler County is $53,893. The families living between the Federal Poverty Limit definition of poverty and the Self-Sufficiency Standard definition are considered the working poor.
These are the families who are living paycheck to paycheck, and often making the very difficult decisions of whether to purchase food, buy prescriptions, pay a utility bill, or take a promotion because it could affect the little assistance they are receiving, such as childcare assistance, to continue to make ends meet.
Goal: Move 30% of families and individuals living below the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Pennsylvania along the path toward and above that threshold by 2030.