United Way's Focus on Basic Needs

Basic Needs Strategic Guideline: 

  Reduce the long term need for food, housing, and utility assistance through life skills education and financial counseling.


Meet Keiri!

Keiri was in a life-altering car accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down. Keiri has a ventilator attached to her wheelchair so she can breathe. Through United Way’s Community Solutions program, we were able to reach out to our Community Partner, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dalton, to set up a volunteer project to build Keiri a carport, so she could get to her medical appointments.


Keiri has been given a new life. She is an inspiration to us all and a reminder that you never know what today will bring, but we can all make an impact with the life that we have been given. Even though the accident definitely changed Keiri’s aspirations, she never lost her will to complete goals like getting her GED and finishing high school. Keiri wants to one day be in schools advocating for safer driving and letting people know they aren’t the only ones on the road.


United Way provides families, like Keiri’s, with proper housing and necessary home repairs.

Thanks to your gift to United Way last year:

5,789 individuals were able to reduce their long-term need for food, housing, or utility assistance through life skills education and financial counseling

80 individuals were provided with repairs or improvements to their home

Give today and change lives

Your gift will:

Provide shelter for families facing homelessness

Help those coping with disasters and house fires

Feed homebound elderly

Provide shelter and life skills for individuals rebuilding their lives after domestic abuse