What does it mean to be living as ALICE?
ALICE® is a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and represents those individuals and families who are working but still struggling to make ends meet.
Your child care worker, the cashier at your supermarket, the salesperson at your big box store, your waitress, a home health aide, an office clerk... anyone can be living under the ALICE threshold. These families cannot always pay the bills, have little or nothing to put into savings and are forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push these financially strapped families over the edge.
ALICE is a hardworking member of the community who is employed yet does not earn enough to afford the basic necessities of life.
ALICE earns above the federal poverty level, but does not earn enough to afford a bare-bones household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care. The United Way Virginia ALICE Report use new measures to provide a more accurate picture of financial insecurity at the state, county, and municipal level. Check out the report to see how much it costs to live in your area ...
Local United Ways from throughout the state of Virginia have come together to produce the Virginia ALICE Report; along with the generous financial backing from state-wide sponsors Union Bank &Trust and GEICO.
You may download the Full Report or the Executive Summary here.
Thank you to our incredible ALICE Sponsors:
How to Help ALICE
ALICE families often have to make impossible choices because despite working really hard they just don't earn enough to cover the basic cost of living.
Pay for a vital prescription or the utility bill to keep the power on?
Pay the rent or a needed car repair so you can drive to get to work?
You can help Rappahannock United Way help local ALICE families facing these difficult choices. In addition to free tax preparation and financial coaching services we also offer emergency financial assistance to cover the costs of housing, transportation and medical costs.
When you choose to GIVE to United Way's emergency fund you choose to help ALICE.
If you are interested in learning more about ALICE - request a Presentation / Speaker from our team EMAIL REQUEST
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