It's an amazing number: 45 percent. That's the amount of people within reach of the United Way's current campaign who are struggling financially. According to Chris Sargent, United Way chief operating officer, that figure is broken down further to include those in poverty (17 percent). It also includes those in the Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed (ALICE) category - about 29 percent - who work, but have trouble meeting their obligations.

Sargent and Ben Nyhoff of the United Way unit HandsOn Battle Creek discussed how the United Way campaign and HandsOn - Battle Creek's hub for volunteering opportunities - are working to fight that statistic. They discussed it on The Richard Piet Show on "Giving Tuesday" - a charitable giving day in the spirit of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Learn more about how you can help by clicking through here to the United Way website. Click below to hear the interview.

Hear The Richard Piet Show weekday mornings from 5:30-9 on WBCK.

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