Our Impact

ALICE represents the nearly 500,000 low and moderate-income households in our region that earn more than the Federal Poverty Level (set at $26,500 annually for a family of four) but less than the basic cost of living for the county/state in which they live. This translates to an estimated 1.3 million adults and children who cannot meet the monthly minimum cost of household basics, such as food, housing, household bills, healthcare expenses and more.

We all know ALICE. They may be your neighbors, your colleagues, your family, or your friends. We invite you to read their stories, hear their voices and join us on this transformative journey as we impact lives and remain steadfast in our commitment to reducing the ALICE population in the National Capital Area.



Zenani Russell's Story - From Struggle to Stability

In the midst of financial strain, increased costs of living and the undeniable challenge of being a single mother, Zenani Russell found...


$3,298,263 in total savings from our SingleCare program serving 33,786 individuals.


4,956  students served in attendance, course performance,
social-emotional learning, and college/career readiness.

Economic Opportunity

12,559 clients received financial coaching, workforce development, entrepreneurial skills, and homeownership support across our 5 Financial Empowerment Centers



Resilience in the Face of Adversity – Meet Kavonnie Hines

 “It’s like it has to get worse before it possibly gets better.”- Kavonnie Hines  ...


Once A Participant, Tamra Holmes Returns To Project Homeless Connect As A Volunteer

After the sudden death of her 14-year-old daughter’s godmother, Tamra Holmes had nowhere left to...


Samira’s Story – United Way NCA Helps Bridge the Digital Divide

Imagine being a student in today’s digital world with no access to a laptop or...


How Project Community Connect is Changing the Narrative Around Unhoused and ALICE Communities

Oct. 14, 2021 For many National Capital Area residents living one paycheck away from experiencing homelessness, one event can turn their entire lives upside down. For community member Aimee*, her..


Kit Distribution Provides Much Needed Support to Montgomery County Middle School Students

In 2021, through the generous support and contributions from United Way of the National Capital Area’s local partners, 6,531 hygiene, cold weather and healthy snack kits were distributed across the DC region..


United Way NCA’s VITA program supported over 8,000 in 2021 – returning $11.4M back into the hands of families

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program delivers one of...

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