United Way of Beaver County Awards $70,000 in Grants to Help ALICE

The United Way of Beaver County (UWBC) is thrilled to announce that $70,000 in grants have been awarded from The ALICE Fund to twelve Beaver County non-profit organizations serving ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Restrained, Employed) and those in poverty.

Through the mini-grants, the UWBC is helping to fund the following organizations and programs:

  • Aliquippa Impact – Food for Summer Camp program
  • Beaver County Educational Trust – Growing with Books Program with a focus on Spanish speaking readers
  • Tiger Pause – Food/tutoring/childcare for after-school program
  • Center for Hope – Kids in the Kitchen Program – teaching kids how to cook and grocery shop
  • Communicycle – Purchase of parts to restore bicycles
  • Crop and Kettle – Costs associated with books/uniforms/professional tools/certification
  • Families Matter Food Pantry – Food costs
  • Healing Hunger Beaver County – School food pantries and food costs for community events
  • Neighborhood North Museum of Play – Expansion of after-school program by one day per week
  • Vincent DePaul Society/Our Lady of the Valley Conference – Food costs
  • The Center in Midland – Increased capacity for Youth Development Programs
  • The Franklin Center of Beaver County – Rent and Water service assistance for residents of Aliquippa

An alarming 38% of the households in Beaver County are ALICE. ALICE populations are found in every town, borough, and municipality throughout Beaver County, with the percentages of ALICE households ranging from 17% to a distressing 73%! ALICE households are unable to afford the basics of housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and technology. (Source: www.unitedforalice.org).

“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the community for actively participating in the #UnitedforALICE efforts and generously contributing to The ALICE Fund, enabling the realization of these impactful grants. Your support allows the UWBC to broaden our reach, extending assistance beyond those being served through our seventeen Member Agencies. This extension is pivotal in our shared mission to alleviate the challenges faced by ALICE households and combat poverty in our community. I encourage you to continue contributing to the UWBC’s Annual Campaign and The ALICE Fund. By doing so, you actively further the common good, fostering positive change in the community. We look forward to announcing additional grants later this year as we persist in our commitment to make a lasting difference in the lives of those in need,” stated Mary Lou Harju, Executive Director of the UWBC.