ZANESVILLE, Ohio- An Ohio State Senator joined United Way in addressing the financials challenges nearly half the local community struggle with.
Senator Troy Balderson spoke at the Zanesville Salvation Army November 7th to promote the United Way and the resources they have in the area and in Ohio. He said the community support in helping those in need is crucial.
“What makes it even better is that the community comes in and provides also. That’s what we like, we like the public-private relationships in the state of Ohio,” said Senator Balderson. “We’ve really been encouraging that for the last 9 years, probably. Because it shows that the communities are engaged too. So, when we have this outreach and we show these people what’s available, the resources that they can go to because that’s what I fall into a lot when I go throughout the districts that I represent.”
Executive Director Meg Deedrick said the Ohio United Way commissioned a study that found about half of Muskingum, Perry, and Morgan counties live near or below the Federal Poverty Level. The United Way also unveiled ALICE.
“Who’s not a program or a person even, but it’s an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed,” said Deedrick. “Ohio United Way recently commissioned a study and there’s some great information that we’re telling folks how to follow up on. But the bottom line is this, that people in our community in Muskingum, Perry, and Morgan Counties are hurting. They’re economically challenged.”
Deedrick said United Way is also reviewing how local United Way’s investment is increasing awareness of families living paycheck to paycheck. For more information about ALICE go to www.ouw.org/ALICE