We have continued to dedicate all our efforts to lifting up a population we call ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). Over the past few years, we have focused on creating and implementing NEW ways to address their challenges, so they can move into prosperity and away from dependence, particularly around child care and food access, where ALICE’s wallets are hit the hardest.
Here’s a quick look at some of the innovations we have implemented:
CORA'S KIDS This Danbury-based initiative has drastically expanded the number of licensed home child care providers in the community—so no ALICE family will ever have to choose substandard “underground” child care because they can’t afford licensed care.
HEALTHY SAVINGS PROGRAM ALICE works hard and deserves to be able to put healthy food on the table. This program makes fresh, healthy food affordable at the grocery store where ALICE can make their own choices and shop with dignity, rather than relying on food pantries.
ALICE EMERGENCY FUND United Way worked quickly in the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic to establish the ALICE Emergency Fund to address the needs experienced by those out of work in greater Danbury, greater New Milford and Stamford due to pandemic-related shut-downs for public health. By aligning with community partners, we used digital technologies to help our neighbors in need apply for and receive more than $110,000 in emergency funds and enrollment in Healthy Savings. The process is completely online, creating a streamlined portal that saves time and money, allowing us to devote resources needed to address other aspects of this crisis.
United Way is committed to making a lasting impact on the communities we serve by examining age-old issues in a new light. We look for promising practices across the country to pilot programs that will improve the lives of struggling households. We also know that technology is key to any vision of the future, and it will necessarily play a role in reaching ALICE where they live and work. And we know that by combining our strengths with those of our partners we will have the greatest impact on solving complex problems.
United Way has and will continue to keep bold goals in the forefront, be data-driven and outcome-focused, and most important, never overlook that people are at the heart of all that we do. We are committed to bringing quality service to all our work, with transparency and accountability at every step.
Please donate and join us on this exciting journey to make life better for the struggling individuals and families we serve. Together, we can create lasting change in our communities, and keep every person and every household in Western Connecticut healthy and strong, now and in the future.