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See Our Impact

Equity For ALICE

Investing In Our Community’s Future

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

ALICE essential workers. They are critical to keep our economy and households running, yet do not earn enough to afford their family’s basic needs.


United Way of Northern New Jersey advocates for those in poverty and ALICE because we value all workers and their contributions to our community.


Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, 37% of households in our state were unable to afford the basics for survival. With so many families facing instability, the stakes couldn’t be higher — for everyone. As we rebuild our economy, going back to normal isn’t good enough.


The strength of our economy and community is at risk when ALICE lives paycheck to paycheck, one emergency from financial disaster. United Way is working toward a future where essential workers can afford to save for an emergency, access health care and give their children a quality, reliable early education.


We’re investing in ALICE’s future in the workplace, at home, and across the community.

Our Strategy

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Individual And Family Success

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Community Connections

Our Results

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Your Impact


20 Preschoolers get books to boost literacy


12 ALICE families receive free tax prep and filing services


One month of preschool for an ALICE family


Home technology for 5 family caregivers to help better manage work and caregiving responsibilities


10 unemployed ALICE workers impacted by the pandemic receive emergency assistance to pay bills

We are inspiring donors to help caregivers

United Way Caregivers Coalition provides thousands of area caregivers with access to vital information, resources, and supports. I’ve experienced firsthand the profound impact the Coalition has on caregivers. It’s what inspired me to become a United Way Tocqueville Society donor.

— Tim Greiner, United Way of Northern New Jersey Board member

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United Way of Northern New Jersey

222 Ridgedale Avenue

Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927


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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.