Through the Michigan Area United Way, the Oscoda Area United Way was awarded $3384.74 from a Consumers Energy Foundation ALICE Basic Needs grant. The purpose of this grant is to support a special initiative to address the crisis faced by individuals and families who fit the ALICE profile and need help with basic needs. Once we receive the award check, the OAUW board will decide how it will be distributed among the agencies we support (those that provide clothing, food and housing support).
The agencies that receive this funding will be required to provide a story spotlighting the impact of this grant and stories are expected to be shared in July 2023.
Who is ALICE?
ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) may be a relative or friend. You may be ALICE. As cashiers, waiters, child care providers, and other members of our essential workforce, ALICE earns just above the Federal Poverty Level but less than what it costs to make ends meet. These struggling households are forced to make impossible choices each day. While such hardship is pervasive, households of color are disproportionately ALICE.
ALICE also represents the data reshaping the dialogue on financial hardship, and a grassroots movement that is picking up steam across half of U.S. states – and counting.
For more information about the work that United Ways are doing with the ALICE population, you can visit the website at: https://www.unitedforalice.org/.