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Champion The Cause

At United Way, we believe that by securing racial and economic equity for ALICE we can improve life for all.


When 37 percent of all New Jersey households — and 52 percent of Black households — can’t afford basic bills, 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. 

Speak Up

ALICE needs YOUR voice to have a fighting chance. Join United Way in telling Trenton that it’s time the state budget reflect the need for racial and economic equity in our state. Click here today to submit a letter to your elected officials calling for ALICE households to be considered a state budget priority. We all benefit when ALICE can afford to save for an emergency, access health care, and give their children a quality, reliable early education.

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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.


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 testimony asking New Jersey's Legislature to provide matching funds to support free tax preparation programs for ALICE and families in poverty.

  • 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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ALICE   is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, and represents the growing number of families who are unable to afford the basics of housing, food, child care, health care, technology, and transportation. These workers often struggle to keep their own households from financial ruin, while keeping our local economies running.