Would you like to join with others to help shape programs to better serve people in our community? United Way is committed to listening to and raising the voices of people in the community with lived experience who benefit from our work. 

One of our focus areas is on households we call ALICE ® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). ALICE are households that, despite working hard, live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to afford necessities such as housing, food, childcare, transportation, technology, and healthcare.

If you are like 40% of people in our community who are working and struggling to pay bills, we invite you to join the ALICE Community Advisory Council. You will be joining others from the community who are also experiencing financial challenges and willing to share their ideas to help others.


How Does It Work?

Our goal is to positively impact the lives of ALICE households by improving their financial stability and ultimately reducing the number of ALICE households in Erie County.  To do this, we aim to work together with members of ALICE households to find out their greatest needs and their ideas for ways to make life easier and more fulfilling. We are creating this ALICE Advisory Council so that ALICE members can help direct the work of United Way going forward.

Members are expected to serve for one year at a time and may recommit for the subsequent year. Council meetings will be held monthly for 1 hour. United Way will poll council members to determine the day and time that works well for most people. Each council member will receive a gift card valued at $25.00 for each meeting attended.

You can review the full council description here


Ready to Get Started? 

If you are interested in participating in the ALICE Advisory Council please complete the form below.  A member of our team will reach out once we receive the form. Alternatively, you can contact Mary K. Comtois at mary_k.comtois [at] or call (716) 887- 2626. Leave your name and phone number so that we may return your call.


Prosperi-key update

As of December 30, 2022, local Buffalo and Erie County specific Prosperi-Key offers and nonprofit listings are no longer to be featured on the Prosperi-Key platform. National offers will continue to be available to participating households that have registered for Prosperi-Key in the Buffalo & Erie County area.