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The Challenge

In Frederick County, MD, 34,688 households (39%) can not afford basic needs such as housing, transportation, child care, food, transportation, health care and technology.  Despite overall improvement in employment rates and gain in median income, the economic recovery in Frederick County, like that in the rest of Maryland, has not reached all families.  A growing number of families face challenges from low wages, reduced work hours, depleted savings and increasing costs.

The ALICE Report for Frederick County provides and in-depth look at Frederick County and the population called ALICE - Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.  ALICE households have incomes above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), but struggle to afford basic houshold necessities.

View Full ALICE Report For Frederick County Here

 

If you would like more information on the ALICE Report for Maryland, visit unitedwayalice.org/maryland.

What is United Way of Frederick County doing to help?

The report underscores United Way of Frederick County's mission of bringing people and institutions together to collectively build a strong, viable community. UWFC focuses on strengthening the education, financial stability, and health of the Frederick County community because we know that children do better in school and in life when they have access to quality education; people are more financially secure when they have the skill set to land and keep good jobs, and have access to affordable, quality health care.

Through program and grants, United Way of Frederick County yields nearly $3 million annually in community impact that helps children, adults and families thrive. Whether it's through the Prosperity Savings Accounts program, free tax preparation, budget coaching, or financial education, the Prosperity Center helps families and individuals obtain the knowledge and resources they need to achieve financial stability.

UWFC also collaborates with business, government and community groups to identify and advocate for solutions that address underlying issues that negatively impact the Frederick County community, and especially ALICE families.

Need help?

Click here for a list of community resources and programs that could be of help to you or someone you know.

Media Coverage

Local DVM - localdvm.com

  • Click to watch Malcolm Furgol, director of community impact, speak about the ALICE Report with Jordan Lindsay of WHAG.
  • Click to read about United Way of Frederick County's annual Leadership Breakfast, where details of the ALICE report's findings were shared with local leaders. This piece, authored by Jordan Lindsay, debuted on October 10th on localdvm.com

The Frederick News-Post - fredericknewspost.com

  • Click to read this article about the ALICE Report and the Prosperity Center. This piece, authored by Nancy Lavin, was featured on the front page of the January 14th issue of The Frederick News-Post.
  • Click to read this article about the ALICE report and its connection to adressing and understanding ACEs' (Adverse Childhood Experiences) impact on county residents. This piece, authored by Kate Masters, as featured in the April 29th issue of The Frederick News-Post
  • Click to read this article about the scarcity of public transportation and how this translates to ACEs' impact on county residents. This piece, authored by Nancy Lavin, was posted on August 26th on The Frederick News-Post website.
  • Click to read this article about the successful food bank program run by Frederick Rescue Mission. This piece, authored by Nancy Lavin, debuted on August 23rd on The Frederick News-Post website.
  • Click to read this article about the success of United Way's nonprofit collaboration The Unity Campaign. This piece, authored by Nancy Lavin, debuted on August 23rd on The Frederick News-Post website.
  • Click to read this article about the Faces of ALICE. This piece, authored by Nancy Lavin, debuted on September 23rd on The Frederick News-Post website.
  • Click to read this article about how local social service agencies, including United Way and Unity Campaign partners, help struggling families. This piece, authored by Nancy Lavin, debuted on September 23rd on The Frederick News-Post website.
  • Click to read this article comparing Frederick County to the general population using the US census. This piece, authored by Nancy Lavin, debuted on September 23rd on The Frederick News-Post website.
  • Click to read this article reviewing United Way's recent ALICE candidate forum. This piece, authored by Nancy Lavin, debuted on October 12th on The Frederick News-Post website.

Comcast Newsmakers - comcastnewsmakers.com

  • Click to watch Malcolm Furgol speak about the ALICE Report on this Comcast Newsmakers segment.

The Frederick Extra - thefrederickextra.com

  • Click to read about how the ALICE report can be used outside of Frederick.

For members of the Media

Maryland ALICE® Report Release Media Webinar

The media webinar took place on Wednesday, September 12 2018 at 10 am. Click here to view the recording.

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