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Senators Booker and Menendez Champion $1 million for ALICE Initiatives

Updated: Feb 5

United In Care and United For ALICE@Work receive federal funding to address racial and financial inequities

Backed by both Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, United Way of Northern New Jersey was awarded $1 million in federal funding for two programs working to address equity for families we call ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).

United For ALICE@Work, a workforce strategies initiative, received $542,000. United In Care, a child care pilot project, was granted $500,000.

“We are so thankful for the commitment from both Sens. Booker and Menendez to support programs that are creating positive change for ALICE families,” said United Way of Northern New Jersey CEO Kiran Handa Gaudioso. “With this funding, we can continue to address the child care crisis as well as educate employers on how to help improve the quality of life for ALICE workers.”

United For ALICE@Work is a business education initiative designed to help small- and medium-size employers better understand their ALICE workers’ experiences and implement best practices to increase those workers’ overall quality of life.

United In Care is a pilot project working to increase the availability and affordability of quality child care for struggling families. The project also aims to improve the quality of life for child care workers, many of whom are ALICE essential workers.

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