United Way to hold “Meet Alice” event January 28


United Way of West Tennessee has recently released a report on an often-overlooked part of our communities: those classified as ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. This report, released in conjunction with United Ways of Tennessee, presents a snapshot of life for those who are working, but struggling to make ends meet.
This data show that the Federal Poverty Level is no longer a reasonable estimate of a livable wage and outlines two new budgets that more accurately reflect what the current costs are to simply survive or to attain a stable household income.
United Way will be holding a Community Wide “Meet ALICE” event from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the United Way office at 470 N. Parkway in Jackson.. This meeting will include more specific information on ALICE data for Madison, Crocket, Chester and Hardeman counties, United Way’s vision for tackling some of the challenges shown in the data (long term) and ideas on how this report can be a useful needs assessment for organizations to use in their own work. This event is free and open to the public.
Any nonprofits that are interested in applying for United Way grant funding are required to attend, as this event will also cover important information about the application process. There will be a follow up meeting at 3 p.m. specifically for nonprofit organizations.
Organizations that wish to apply for United Way funding must be 501c3 health and human service agencies that serve those in at least one county of United Way’s service area.
United Way of West Tennessee fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. United Way of West Tennessee is proud to serve 14 counties in West Tennessee: Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Madison, McNairy, and Weakley.