Community Support

We are here for the community! Due to community support through Lake Area United Way, we are able to offer generous financial relief to several of our programs. Please complete the following form below to get started!

  • Lake Area United Way helps families thrive. One of the ways that we do that is to make quality child care and out-of-school programming accessible and affordable for struggling working families. We refer to these households as ALICE. ALICE is an acronym that researchers use to describe struggling, working families: Asset Limited. Income Constrained. Employed.
  • In Lake County, a family of 4 with two adults and two school-aged children needs to earn a minimum household income of $59,244 just to make ends meet.
  • A family of 4 with two adults and two children in child care needs to earn a minimum household income of $70,824 just to make ends meet.
  • About 29% of the population of Lake County, Indiana, falls into the ALICE group; that’s on top of the 14% of households that meet Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Lake Area United Way understands the pressure on working families living paycheck to paycheck. That’s why Lake Area United Way funded $100,000 worth of financial relief for struggling working families seeking child care, out-of-school programming, or summer camp at any Crossroads YMCA location.
  • If you’ve never qualified for a discount before, there’s a good chance you might qualify today.

Crossroads YMCA & Lake Area United Way | Community Support

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