Rappahannock United Way

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

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 hard-working households 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 or global pandemic can push these financially strapped families over the edge.



ALICE data remains vital to the story of our communities: the problems and challenges facing ALICE households now are the same ones we have been measuring, analyzing, and highlighting over the last decade.



Download a copy of the 2020 Virginia ALICE Report or visit the fully interactive United for ALICE website to create your own unique report.

Support ALICE Households in Our Community

You can BE THERE for more ALICE households by giving a gift that will support Education, Financial Stability, and Healthy Living. Your gift will help build a community that is hopeful, resilient, and self-sufficient.  CLICK HERE TO donate now.

To learn more about how our Prosper programs and resources support local ALICE households CLICK HERE.

ALICE Stories

Jessie’s Story

COVID -19 has impacted many lives, especially those who work in the restaurant industry. Jessie knows this all too well!  She, like countless others, were directed not to come into work amid the COVID-19 safety precautions and restaurant shutdown, in March 2020. Jessie applied for unemployment, but applications were backed


Twenty One 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 sponsors Compare.com and partners Virginia Community Colleges System, Atlantic Union Bank, and Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.