Basic Needs Network

United for Basic Needs

United Way is committed to taking care of our community's most vulnerable residents. This includes those needing food for themselves and their families, and those needing longer-term shelter, both to prevent and address homelessness.

In Chemung and Steuben counties, more than 23,000 residents are living in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. One person in every eight is at risk of food insecurity, according to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Nearly half of all renters spend 35% or more of monthly income on their housing costs.

In 2018, about one in five children under the age of 18 in Chemung and Steuben counties was living below the poverty level, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. A child’s economic circumstances can affect his or her academic success.

More than 19% of our local population, or more than 33,000 people, is over the age of 65. Approximately 4,100 of these seniors are living in poverty, according to New York State Summary 2019, America's Health Ranking, Senior Report.

Creating A Stable Future

United Way supports programs to help people meet their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter.

Additionally, United Way supports programs to help people learn how to manage credit and focus on debt reduction and asset-building to provide a more stable future for themselves and their families.


You Can Help 

  • VOLUNTEER: Help at a food pantry or volunteer to host a donation drive. Check out all the ways you can help 
  • GIVE: Small gifts make a difference! Support United Way of the Southern Tier by making a donation

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Our Program Partners

United Way of the Southern Tier is proud to partner with local nonprofit agencies to offer programs to support struggling families and individuals in our community. See the complete list of our 2021-2022 program partners here