Supporting our Seniors

Our senior citizens, especially the frail elderly, need our support. Many of our seniors live on sparse, fixed incomes and struggle just to meet their basic needs for housing, food, health care and safety.

Did you know that 17% of our population in Webster County is over age 65, and 37% of them live alone. Fort Dodge data shows that close to 1,500 senior citizens live alone and 76% of them are female. 53% of our senior citizens have an annual income of less than $30,000 and more than half of them have annual incomes less than $20,000. We also know that one out of every eight senior citizens do not have access to a vehicle.

Many of our seniors over the age of 75 struggle to live independently in their homes, yet understandably, they do not want to leave their homes for a hospital or nursing home.

The Greatest Generation Deserves Our Support

22% of our seniors are veterans and over 50% of the female senior citizens are or were married to a veteran.

United Way Helps our Senior Citizens – with the goal of helping our seniors live independently in their homes
  1. Meals on Wheels: Delivers a hot, nourished meal and a wellness check to homebound seniors on a daily basis.
  2. Senior Assistance Fund: Provides emergency/crisis support for housing, food and other basic needs - Be it food, housing,clothing, transportation or other basic needs, United Way funds are there to help senior citizens during their time of need.