United Way of Western Connecticut conducts “listening tours” of our community, conducting intimate community conversations with ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) individuals living paycheck-to-paycheck, and collects hundreds of survey responses. While we knew that these households struggle to afford the basic necessities of life, despite working hard, we wanted to hear directly about their greatest challenges. Their struggles are real, as you can see from some of the comments below:
“I make $12 too much to be eligible for reduced-price lunch for my child at school. I’m barely getting by.”
“I make too much for food stamps [SNAP Program], but can’t afford groceries.”
“I just lost my childcare subsidy because I got a 25 cent pay increase at work.”
“Low-paying job, high insurance, taxes...deciding if I should buy used tires or food.”
With our community's help and generosity, United Way has been able to launch new programs to support the ALICE population in Western Connecticut—like the Mobile Food Pantry, ALICE Enrichment Fund, Financial Opportunity Center, Stamford Food Collaborative and Danbury Food Collaborative—which all have helped alleviate the immense stress facing ALICE households. With more than 38% of the state living paycheck-to-paycheck and struggling financially, these programs have become even more urgent.
United Way is the only agency that is positioned to bring together volunteers, social services, government and business to solve complex problems. When you give to United Way, you are supporting local solutions for hard-working individuals and families who are struggling in our 15 town and city footprint: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Roxbury, Ridgefield, Sherman, Stamford, Warren and Washington. You are supporting neighbors, friends and colleagues to reach financial stability to fulfill their vision of a good life.
More households than ever are facing challenges and instability. We can’t engage in this important work to strengthen our communities without you. Join us and be part of the conversation for solutions to make our communities stronger.