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United Way of Northern New Jersey-Family-Sustaining Employment

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United Way Family-Sustaining Employment


The future well-being of our region is directly tied to a skilled workforce that can attract and retain business and revitalize neighborhoods. Yet, many individuals in northern New Jersey are working in low-paying jobs that offer no health care or paid sick leave and no opportunity for career advancement.

These workers are part of a population United Way of Northern New Jersey calls ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). ALICE workers, who are essential to our communities, are struggling to make ends meet with little ability to get ahead. Without enough income to cover the costs of basic necessities, they have no means to establish savings and build assets.

More than half of all the jobs in New Jersey pay less than $20 per hour and most pay between $10 and $15 per hour.

Source: United Way ALICE Report – New Jersey, 2014

United Way Family-Sustaining Employment is working to help ALICE and low-income families leap forward in their careers. Whether it is connecting job seekers with the most current local job information or providing access to education and training programs that adequately prepare people for those jobs, we are working to ensure everyone in our communities has access to the support they need for getting and keeping a job with a livable wage.

United Way Family-Sustaining Employment Mission

United Way is working to ensure everyone in our communities is able to obtain and maintain jobs that pay enough to cover basic necessities and build savings.

United Way Family-Sustaining Employment goals are to:

  • Provide training and support for job advisors that helps them connect job seekers to careers with family-sustaining wages
  • Connect community members to resources and supports that can help them retain employment and advance in their careers

Click on the links below to learn more about our work to increase access to jobs with good wages:

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