Included in that number are working families that earn more than the federal poverty limit, making them ineligible for government assistance like food stamps. Without that safety net, it is nearly impossible for these families to overcome their circumstances, putting them at increased risk for even more severe hardships like homelessness.
We call these families Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed (ALICE), and they make up 27% of households in Erie County. They are a huge but hidden segment of our community that is suffering.
United Way: Families funds local programs that create change in our community. Your donation will be allocated to Western New York organizations and services that work every day to empower ALICE families to overcome their financial hardships.
Just as an investment club researches and analyzes earnings growth, profits, sales, and dividend payments to determine stock purchases, United Way: Families examines local need, service gaps, and operational practices to allocate donated funds for maximum impact. By pooling our resources, we are able to make bigger, smarter investments that have a critical impact on our neighbors and community.
United Way, like every other for-profit and nonprofit organization, has expenses associated with its operations. For our fiscal year ending March 31, 2012, these expenses amounted to 11.7% of our revenue, which includes pledges to the annual campaign. Thank you for entrusting the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County with your charitable dollars. We are grateful for your generosity will continue to uphold the highest standards of stewardship as we work to improve quality of life in Erie County.
The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As such, contributions to United Way: Families are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Glad you asked! Advocating for United Way: Families on social media by sharing our messages and stories of impact is a great way to start. We are also always looking for volunteers to organize fun and impactful fundraising team challenges in their workplaces or among their friends and family. To learn more about team challenges, click here.