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Poverty is a trap, not a choice.

In Snohomish County, more than 18,000 families are trapped in poverty and almost 41,500 are struggling to get by. For a family of four, the Federal Poverty Level is $25,100 a year and while struggling families earn more than the poverty level, they still earn less than the basic cost of living in our region.

In January of 2018, United Way of Snohomish County stepped into a collaborative approach called CORE: Creating Open Roads to Equity. This bold approach recognizes that solving a complex issue like poverty requires complex, collaborative solutions.

CORE combines two promising national models: Collective Impact, which is intentional, measured collaboration and a 2-Generational Approach, which focuses on the well-being of the whole family.

United Way is an active partner in five CORE Collaboratives that work intentionally to remove barriers within and between the systems related to:

  • Early Childhood Education
    Nurturing the early years has a profound effect on a child’s ability to learn, as well as overall health later in life.
  • Postsecondary and Employment Pathways
    Creating pathways for parents and caregivers to get additional training, education and work skills can lead to higher wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement.
  • Economic Assets
    Even a relatively small increase in household income can have a significant impact on a child’s environment and future stability.
  • Health & Wellbeing
    Reducing adverse childhood experiences and increasing access to healthcare are imperative to any family’s ability to thrive.
  • Social Connections
    Meaningful relationships with family, friends, and neighbors are powerful social networks to help keep families healthy and functional.

Meet Cami and Tisha to learn more about this CORE collaborative approach!

CORE - Creating Open Roads to Equity