Rappahannock United Way

3310 Shannon Park Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22408    |    (540) 373-0041

The ALICE Project

Are You ALICE?

ALICERappahannock United Way is working with United Ways throughout the state on a data report of financial hardship in Virginia. This is the ALICE Report – ALICE stands for Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed.

As we prepare to share this report with the community we would like to be able to tell the story of the real life ALICE population in our community.

ALICE households earn more than the official US poverty level but less than the basic cost of living – in other words households who are working in needed jobs that don’t pay enough to afford the basics necessities, including housing, food, childcare, health care, and transportation..

Examples are child care providers, home health aides, mechanics, retail workers, service providers, store clerks or office assistants. ALICE can be a new graduate just starting out, a young family, or a retiree. Some households become ALICE due to an unforeseen life event: a life-altering health diagnosis, job loss, or family crisis such as a death or divorce.

ALICE often doesn’t qualify for governmental aid or social service programs, so they are virtually invisible to the system, their struggle unseen and unknown.

We are working on producing a Virginia ALICE video for state wide use that will help tell the real life stories of ALICE households. We need your help to find individuals and families who are willing to share their experiences in this video and other outreach activities. We would love to feature different geographic locations from throughout Virginia and individuals of a variety of ages, ethnicities, gender, and backgrounds. ALICE individuals do not have to be recipients of services – they can be a friend, a neighbor, a colleague, or even you.

Please help us identify ALICE in our community.

Video production will begin in May. Contact Sarah Walsh with suggestions or for more information.

What is ALICE?

Alice is a project that focuses on community members who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed.

The United Way ALICE Project is the umbrella of work to both reveal and address the needs of this population.  The project includes research, United Way ALICE Reports,  the National ALICE Advisory Council,  Research Advisory Committees,  the ALICE Learning Community, and the local community impact work to address the needs of this population.

The ALICE Report

United Way ALICE Report is the official name of the body of research published for the state of Virginia, and designed to inform service efforts by nonprofits, government and others.

Learn more about ALICE


Download our fact sheet to learn more about ALICE, the ALICE Project in Virginia, and how you can get involved.

This video seeks to dispel the myths about financial instability – ALICE is working in critical jobs in our communities and wants the best for his or her family, like all of us.   This video also underscores that there is no one single solution for helping ALICE households. It takes all segments of society – employers, government, nonprofits, individuals – each doing its part to make things better for working families.