Rappahannock United Way

3310 Shannon Park Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22408    |    (540) 373-0041

What does it mean to be living as ALICE?

ALICE® is a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and represents those individuals and families who are working but still struggling to make ends meet.

Your child care worker, the cashier at your supermarket, the salesperson at your big box store, your waitress, a home health aide, an office clerk... anyone can be living under the ALICE threshold.  These families cannot always pay the bills, have little or nothing to put into savings and are forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent.  One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push these financially strapped families over the edge.



Help Rappahannock United Way support local ALICE families facing these difficult choices. In addition to free tax preparation and financial coaching services we also offer financial assistance to cover the costs of housing, transportation and medical costs.


Help spread the word about the financial hardships that ALICE households are facing in our community.  Members of our team are ready to meet with you and your place or work, social group, place of worship, or classroom, to share ALICE information and discuss ways we can all work together to make our community a better place for everyone. Email.

ALICE Report

ALICE is a hardworking member of the community who is employed yet does not earn enough to afford the basic necessities of life.​

ALICE earns above the federal poverty level, but does not earn enough to afford a bare-bones household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care. The United Way Virginia ALICE Report use new measures to provide a more accurate picture of financial insecurity at the state, county, and municipal level.  Check out the report to see how much it costs to live in your area ...

Local United Ways from throughout the state of Virginia have come together to produce the Virginia ALICE Report; along with the generous financial backing from sponsors Union Bank &Trust and GEICO.

You may download the Full Report or the Executive Summary here.

Thank you to our incredible Virginia ALICE Sponsors:

Union Bank & Trust

Learn More About ALICE by County

Data is available for each county and city in Virginia. Click on the map below to access county level details.

ALICE Stories

Isabel’s Story

Isabel has recently been the victim of computer error that has left her in financial crisis. When she sold her previous vehicle, the loan records weren’t updated correctly. The new owner has lapsed in his car payments – which are incorrectly made in her name. As a result, Isabel’s wages

Chris’ Story

When Covid-19 hit, the number of clients Chris’ company recieved dropped significantly. As a result, his work hours were severely cut. Chris was able to collect some unemployment benefits. With that, he and his wife made just barely enough to take care of their basic household expenses. Everything changed when

Jessie’s Story

COVID -19 has impacted many lives, especially those who work in the restaurant industry. Jessie knows this all too well!  She, like countless others, were directed not to come into work amid the COVID-19 safety precautions and restaurant shutdown, in March 2020. Jessie applied for unemployment, but applications were backed

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