Think about the many ways people celebrate this wonderful time of year full of hope and a spirit of generosity and how we honor traditions long held dear.
At United Way of Western Connecticut, innovation has become our tradition: shaking things up and embracing new approaches to solving the problems that plague hard-working, struggling households that we call ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).
We’ve spent the past three years listening to ALICE. We’ve heard firsthand their invisible struggles that force working families to take on second jobs to make ends meet; how a toddler’s bronchitis medications and copays set a single parent’s tight monthly budget out of control; how a young adult purchased used tires to get to his community college classes and multiple part-time jobs. They need a hand up, a partnership that allows them to keep their pride and recognize that just because their income isn’t able to make ends meet, that they have value.
United Way is committed to making a lasting impact on the communities we serve by keeping bold goals in the forefront. We are willing to examine age-old issues in a new light and look for proven practices across the country to pilot new programs to improve the lives of struggling households. We know that combining our strengths with those of our partners throughout the community achieves the greatest impact on solving complex problems. We are committed to bringing quality service to all our work, with transparency and accountability at every step of the way.
United Way’s work has a clear purpose that is data-driven, outcome-focused, and—most importantly—never overlooks that people are at the heart of all that we do.
This holiday season, join in our “tradition” of ensuring our neighbors’ invisible struggles do not go unnoticed. Together, we can let ALICE know they are not invisible and alone. Please give today.