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Improve Life for ALICE®

At United Way of Northern New Jersey, we believe that improving life for all begins with improving life for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).

When nearly 825,000 New Jersey households are working, but cannot afford to make ends meet – the definition of ALICE – we are all at risk.

That’s why we Live United against the barriers keeping ALICE and those in poverty from achieving financial stability.

Join us in fighting for change for ALICE, strengthening the backbone of our community and  economy. 

Blueprint for Change

United Way provides a platform for people to advocate for meaningful change. United Way’s Public Policy Agenda outlines state and federal governmental policies that fight for the health, education, and financial stability of ALICE and all in our community.

Take Action

IncomeRegister. Vote. Be Heard.
We are proud to join forces with National Voter Registration Day to help get citizens registered to vote. We are committed to strengthening our community by making sure local citizens are exercising their right to vote!

We’ve created Election Central, a one-stop resource where you can:

  • Download and fill out the form you need to get registered,
  • Tell those running for office about the important policy issues that affect hardworking ALICE families who struggle to afford the basics,
  • Find your polling place and basic voting information.

Educate the candidates about ALICE
Click here to join United Way in writing to the candidates running to represent our region in Congress. Tell the candidates that you care deeply about income inequality and the impact this growing imbalance has on the health and well-being of our local communities.

United Way Stands up for ALICE

United Way is advocating for policy changes that would make a meaningful difference for those earning incomes below the ALICE Threshold and all in our community. See below for recent examples.

  • Read our letter asking Congress to support making VITA a permanent grant program with $30 million in funding.
  • Read our letter to U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez that call for improvements to the existing health care law.
  • Read our testimony before New Jersey’s Senate and Assembly budget committees requesting an increase in the state’s child care subsidy program.
  • Read our letter asking Congress to shore up funding for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance so that we can better provide free tax preparation services in our region.
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