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Fight For ALICE®

At United Way of Northern New Jersey, we believe that improving life for all begins with improving life for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).

When nearly 825,000 New Jersey households are working, but cannot afford to make ends meet – the definition of ALICE – we are all at risk.

That’s why we Live United against the barriers keeping ALICE and those in poverty from achieving financial stability.

Join us in fighting for change for ALICE, strengthening the backbone of our community and  economy. 

Blueprint For Change

United Way provides a platform for people to advocate for meaningful change. United Way’s Public Policy Agenda outlines state and federal governmental policies that fight for the health, education, and financial stability of ALICE and all in our community.

Take Action

Support ALICE workers: Americans who work full time should be able to make ends meet and support their families. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the top pro-work, anti-poverty tax policy that helps struggling workers afford the basics, pay down debt, and establish savings. The EITC should be expanded so that millions of hardworking individuals ages 21 to 24 and non-custodial parents can have a shot at a brighter future. Tell Congress you support expanding this common sense tax policy.

Support free tax prep: United Way brings millions of dollars back to our community through our Free Tax Preparation Program. You can see here how we leverage volunteer power to give 6,000 northern New Jersey families access to free, quality tax preparation, saving them $1.2 million in fees and putting $5.7 million back into their wallets. Ask New Jersey Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, to support $30 million for this vital public-private partnership, called the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).  Check out how our free tax prep changes lives and brings money back from Washington, pumping it into our local economy.

United Way Stands Up For ALICE

United Way is advocating for policy changes that would make a meaningful difference for those earning incomes below the ALICE Threshold and all in our community. See below for recent examples.

  • Read our letter asking Congress to support making VITA a permanent grant program with $30 million in funding.
  • Read our letter to U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez that call for improvements to the existing health care law.
  • Read our testimony before New Jersey’s Senate and Assembly budget committees requesting an increase in the state’s child care subsidy program.
  • Read our letter asking Congress to shore up funding for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance so that we can better provide free tax preparation services in our region.
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