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Workplace Campaign

United Way’s Workplace Campaigns are about bringing people together where they work to tackle our community’s most challenging issues. Whether a small business, a major corporation or even a non-profit organization, you can join more than 300 local businesses and organizations that run United Way fundraising campaigns each year.

Every campaign is different and can be shaped around your organization’s culture. We know your time is valuable and we make it as easy as possible for your employees to participate. Depending on your needs, we offer the option of paper or online pledging. Setting up and running a campaign is simple and fun! We can help you every step of the way.

This year's campaign message is "Give a Hand Up".  We have produced red t-shirts with the hands up logo on the front of them and the back says Give a Hand Up, Live United.  We have shirts in the office stop by and pick one up until supplies are depleated.

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ALICE

 

Who Is ALICE? but for all of us.

ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed—working people who earn above the Federal Poverty Level but not enough to afford a bare-bones household budget. These households struggle to manage even their most basic needs, such as housing, food, transportation, childcare, health care and other necessities.

When funds run short, cash-strapped households are forced to make impossible choices. Deciding between quality childcare or paying the rent. Filling a prescription or fixing the car. These short-term decisions have long-term consequences not only for ALICE families, but for all of us.

In 2019, 1,508,284 Michigan households (38 %) had income below the ALICE Threshold, meaning that they were unable to afford even the most basic household budget. Yet since ALICE households (25% of the 1.5 million struggling households), earn above the Federal Poverty Level, most were ineligible for public assistance. The large number of households struggling before COVID-19 hit helps explain why the effect of the crisis has been so severe.

The 2021 ALICE Report (www.UnitedforALICE.org) found 34% of households in Monroe County still struggled to make ends meet in 2019, prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. In the previous report issued in 2019, 36% of households in Monroe County still struggled to meet household needs—still significantly up from pre-recession levels—32% in 2007 (note: both data points have been updated using the 2021 report’s enhanced methodology). Of Michigan’s 3,963,558 households, 504,237 (13%) earned below the Federal Poverty Level in 2019, and another 1,004,047 (25%) were under the ALICE threshold. According to a data point new to this year’s report, an additional 10% of households in Michigan were on the cusp of the ALICE threshold in 2019, with 236,620 households just one income bracket away.

The 2021 ALICE Report (www.UnitedforALICE.org) found 38% of households in Lenawee County still struggled to make ends meet in 2019, prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The number remained relatively unchanged from the 37% of households in Lenawee County identified in the previous report, and significantly up from pre-recession levels—28% in 2007 (note: both data points have been updated using the 2021 report’s enhanced methodology). Of Michigan’s 3,963,558 households, 504,237 (13%) earned below the Federal Poverty Level in 2019, and another 1,004,047 (25%) were under the ALICE threshold. According to a data point new to this year’s report, an additional 10% of households in Michigan were on the cusp of the ALICE threshold in 2019, with 236,620 households just one income bracket away.

Alice 2021 Michigan Report

 

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