2014.11.05 Amy Palmer: United Way

Maybe you’ve seen our signs around town or heard us talk about ALICE. ALICE is an acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

Those may be impersonal words, but they represent real people, real families, and real neighbors. Behind the acronym are thousands of “real” ALICEs: hard working Lenawee County residents who live each day just one step away from a potential and debilitating crisis. The research shows that nearly one-quarter of Lenawee County falls into the ALICE population. In the Morenci area, 42 percent of residents are ALICE. 

Lenawee United Way believes the entire community “wins” when our neighbors have a good education, are financially stable, and healthy. We are preparing ALICE’s children for school and keeping them safe after school. We are helping ALICE to learn how to budget and save. We are helping ALICE stay healthy by promoting healthy eating and physical activity as well as providing access to health care. 

The following Morenci area businesses pledged their support for ALICE during the Small Business Day on Oct. 9: Borchardt Brothers Market, Janie's His & Hers Hair Styling & Barbershop, Maid for You, Morenci Deli, Morenci Pub, Pizza Box, R&L Developers, and the Village Inn.

Several organizations in Morenci also conducted workplace campaigns in support of Lenawee United Way’s 2014/15 campaign. Some of those businesses include First Federal Bank, General Broach Co., Morenci Area Schools, Old National Bank, and Silbond/Evonik Corp. 

In addition to the funds provided through our Community Impact grants process, Lenawee United Way was able to give $1,232 directly back to organizations in Morenci through our Community Fund Distribution process. Those organizations include City of Morenci for its summer activities program, Stair Public Library for its community Summer Reading Program, and Morenci Little League.

If you are a business or individual who would like to help ALICE and support the 2014/2015 campaign, please call 517/263-4696 or send e-mail to ashley@lenaweeunitedway.org.   

Thank you to the Morenci Community for your continued support of Lenawee United Way.  

– Amy Palmer

Executive Director, Lenawee United Way