Greenwich United Way invites community to learn about poverty

By David Ken Borsuk November 20, 2016

The Greenwich community is expected to get a closer look at just how much some are struggling as part of a Monday presentation. In May, the United Way unveiled its latest needs assessment of Greenwich, showing that 5 percent of residents — nearly 3,100 people — are living under the federal poverty level. ALICE refers to “asset limited, income constrained and employed.” It describes residents who have jobs and are bringing in an income but are still at the poverty level. According to David Rabin, the Greenwich United Way’s president and CEO, 15 percent of Greenwich residents are at the ALICE level up from 12 percent in 2014. “Raising awareness is critical,” Rabin said. “This is what we do at the Greenwich United Way. We discover the needs through our needs assessment. Then we raise awareness. Then we raise funds and we dedicate ourselves to finding solutions. This is our mission and the more people are aware of this, the more we can do to help.” The Nov. 21 program, set for 11 a.m. at Greenwich Library, is designed to show people what living at the ALICE level is like in Greenwich.

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