- Area(s) of Focus: Economy
- Key Indicator(s): Poverty (% of population below poverty line), Banking Institutions (commercial banks, savings institutions, and credit unions per 10,000 residents)
- State(s): Illinois
Since 1994, over 16,000 Ladder Up volunteers have returned $295 million to 148,000 hardworking clients, helping them climb above the poverty line. Through their programs, TAP (Tax Assistance Program) and LIFT (Life-Improving Financial Tools), they provide free, real world financial solutions that maximize earnings and savings. Whether itâ€™s getting them the tax refunds they deserve, securing the financial aid that makes higher education a reality, or putting them in touch with reputable banks so they can save on unnecessary fees, they equip their clients with the financial tools they need.