United Way of Hunterdon County has teamed up with United Way of Northern
New Jersey in the COVID-19 ALICE Recovery Fund to provide relief to as
many Hunterdon County, N.J., households as possible. The state of
emergency created by the coronavirus COVID-19 is exposing critical
shortcomings in the economy, health care system and public education.
The top prescription for combatting the spread of the virus — social
distancing — demands working from home, keeping children out of school
and limiting person-to-person contact. These actions, while necessary
for fighting the virus, put a substantial segment of the working
population at serious financial risk. These are workers who don’t have
health insurance, are afraid to call out sick for fear of losing their
job, and whose children receive daily meals at school.
This vulnerable population is called ALICE, an acronym for Asset
Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE households earn above the
Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford household necessities.
The ALICE Recovery Fund will direct funding to United Way of Northern
New Jersey and United Way of Hunterdon County, as well as partner
organizations, for use that will include direct relief to ALICE families
in need, coordination of recovery efforts and volunteers, and costs
related to building infrastructure needs and advocacy to address the
long-term impact of this crisis. To donate, visit