United Way of Hunterdon County is focused on mobilizing all resources necessary to improve lives and conditions in Hunterdon County. These are the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. In addition to the organization’s traditional fundraising effort, which raised over 1,388,160 million last year, Days of Caring, Holiday Hands, Tools 4 Schools, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and other volunteer programs leveraged an additional $249,960 for our community. And those numbers don’t account for thousands of hours of volunteer time.
Did you know that it costs ~$71,000 for a household with two adults and two young children to make ends meet – and that doesn’t count a night out at the movies. Hunterdon County may be labeled as one of the Healthiest and Wealthiest corners of the country but labels are often misleading. Those statistics don’t make any mention of ALICE – individuals who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained yet Employed. ALICE is working individuals and/or families with an annual income between $20,000 and $60,000; not enough to be financially self-sufficient.
All ALICE needs is one catastrophic event to slip into a hopeless situation – one that puts a greater strain on individuals, on our health care system, on social services and on our community. Conversely, often all ALICE needs is short term support to get back on track towards self-sufficiency.
United Way of Hunterdon County, in partnership with community stakeholders, has set an ambitious goal to stabilize ALICE through improving the Financial Stability of 10,000 County Residents by 2020 – 10 by 20 is how we LIVE UNITED.
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Who We Help— Meet HAROLD
The United Way of Hunterdon County also is focused on helping the people in our community who struggle with health-related issues; they are known as HAROLD. HAROLD stands for those whose Health is At Risk for a variety of reasons, including being underinsured or uninsured; those who are Overwhelmed by stress caused by life factors (work, children, aging parents, finances) and those who are faced with Lifestyle Dilemmas such as illness, making poor health and nutrition choices due to limited budget and time.
Most of us know HAROLD. They are the construction worker who is supporting a family of four and has no health insurance, they are the cashier at the drycleaners who must choose daycare expenses over the cost of doctor visits, they are the clerk at the grocery store who is the sole caregiver for her elderly parents. They are all striving to take care of their responsibilities the best way they can, and we can help.
While we recognize there is great need around the world, we also recognize there is need around the corner and United Way of Hunterdon County is dedicated first to our neighbors ALICE and HAROLD and to all the residents of Hunterdon County.