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Our Work

In order to effectively serve our community in ways which will ensure its enduring strength and vitality, United Way of Western Connecticut is focusing its support on a growing population of residents in our community called ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. Despite working hard every day, nearly 35,000 households in Western Connecticut—that’s 1 in 3—are ALICE and struggle to pay for basic necessities, including housing, food, childcare, health care, and transportation. Learn more about the ALICE research here

United Way intends to impact the lives of ALICE in Western Connecticut by funding programs and collaboratives that target specific issue areas that most impact ALICE households, particularly in the areas of education, income and health. Learn more about our work in these areas by exploring the pages of this section.

Are you ALICE, or do you know ALICE?
We want to hear from you! Join us for a community conversation to explore the issues confronting ALICE households in Western Connecticut. Please contact Bridget Fox at to join the conversation and be heard.

If you need immediate assistance or to be connected to an agency, please call 2-1-1 or visit to access help.