Who We Are

Financial Empowerment Centers through the United Way are family-friendly places where hard-working, low-income people can access a full range of services to move out of poverty and achieve long-term financial stability.

Building economic independence that is multi-generational helps to provide a pathway out of poverty, which is critical given that today within the county, more two-adult working households are living at 125% of the federal poverty level.

To address and collaboratively impact this challenge, Fairfax County government, businesses, community members, and community-based organizations are working together on the following goals:

  • Increase levels of educational attainment to increase employability and future earnings
  • Increase access to work and work supports necessary for stable employment
  • Increase successful transitions from government safety net services to economic independence
  • Increase individuals’ ability to be financially resilient

The key to the fourth of these goals is expanding the county’s availability and coordination of financial capability services. This includes services that increase credit, increase income, decrease debt, and increase savings.

Each FEC brings together the most effective nonprofit and government partners to help clients grow income, build assets, manage debt, and improve credit. Britepaths, Inc. has a proven track record of improving lives through teaching personal finance. As the lead nonprofit administrator of the FEC in South County, Britepaths is seeking partners to provide services that empower the clients of the Route 1 corridor.

FEC at South County

The launch of a Financial Empowerment Center in Fairfax County builds on a rich history of investment in the community by both United Way of the National Capital Area and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. With input from residents, stakeholders, and partners, United Way NCA launched a five-year “Community Commitment” to help families move towards financial security. The key to this plan is creating up to six Financial Empowerment Centers across the region to address resource gaps and silos in services offered to low and moderate-income individuals.

Within Fairfax County, despite the overall wealth, many residents face substantial economic challenges. Over the past few years, the area has witnessed a higher growth in poverty compared to Washington DC due to the increasing suburbanization of poverty. We strive to empower clients will personal financial tools and supportive services.

We listen and respond to clients’ needs with an improved grasp of their finances. Our clients feel more in charge of their lives and are more likely to sustain self-sufficiency.

Lead Partners

We are grateful to our partners.