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ALICE Recovery Fund FAQs


I want to help. How do I give to the ALICE Recovery Fund?

ALICE individuals and families could not afford the basics even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. They need our help now more than ever. Please click here to make a donation. After you’ve donated, help to spread the word on social media. Tag us — UnitedWayNNJ — on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn and encourage your friends to join the fight for #ALICErecovery.


Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, all contributions to the Fund are tax deductible.


Will United Way take an administrative fee to process donations?

100 percent of donations will go to provide financial assistance and services for ALICE individuals and families affected by the pandemic. There are no administrative or credit card fees.

I cannot donate now, but I want to help. Are there volunteer opportunities?

Yes! Please click here and you will find an online portal to a variety of virtual volunteer opportunities.


For Applicants

Who is eligible for assistance from the Fund?

During the initial phase of this Fund, emergency financial assistance will be provided directly to those individuals who meet the following residency and income guidelines:

  • Applicants must be residents of Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Suburban Essex, Sussex, and Warren counties. (Suburban Essex includes the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair, Roseland, and Verona)

  • Prior to the pandemic, single adults must have had an annual income below $35,560 without dependents or no more than $88,128 with two or more dependents.

  • Prior to the pandemic, two adult households must have had an annual income below $52,444 without dependents or no more than $103,836 with two or more dependents.

  • Applicants will need to provide documentation showing loss of income due to the pandemic, beginning February 1, 2020.


How can I apply to the Fund?

***The ALICE Recovery Fund is not accepting additional applications at this time. The high volume of requests received to date has already exceeded our available funding. If additional funds become available we will process completed applications in the order they were received.***

Who will determine the financial awards?

An oversight committee consisting of United Way staff and volunteers will review each eligible application and determine the amount of award. Eligible households will be granted a minimum award of $500.


When will I hear if I’ve been approved?

Our goal is to respond within 30 days of receiving your completed application. If you have not heard that you’ve been approved or denied, your application is still being reviewed.

If I’m deemed eligible for emergency assistance, how will I receive my financial award?

A check will be mailed to your residence.


If I have a question about the application, how can I get in touch?

For questions related to the application and required documentation prior to submission of your application, please email or call 973.993.1160, x700. Please do not call to check on the status of your application as we anticipate a high volume of requests.


If I am ineligible for the Fund, what other resources might be available?

Those who are ineligible for the ALICE Recovery Fund can call 2-1-1 or visit to seek other resources.

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