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 ...
Help Rappahannock United Way support local ALICE families facing these difficult choices. In addition to free tax preparation and financial coaching services we also offer financial assistance to cover the costs of housing, transportation and medical costs.
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
Rappahannock United Way believes that together, we can create a community where people are hopeful, resilient, and self-sufficient. We can’t do it without you!
We invite you to get engaged and support local ALICE households, here’s how –
We count on donations to help us provide financial assistance, coaching and resources to ALICE households free of charge.
Help us spread the word about the financial hardships hard-working ALICE households are facing in our community. Our team is ready to come in to share information to your place of work, social group, place of worship, classroom, or wherever.
We have year round volunteer opportunities and events for you to get involved with – whatever age, skills or time you have.
Sleeping in a makeshift bedroom in her mom’s garage with no central heat or air wasn’t where Lauren Polen pictured herself at the age of 30…
When five-year-old Ryland Graves brings home an invitation to a friend’s birthday party, her mom Taylor has a tough decision to make…