John Franklin, CEO of United Way of Northern New Jersey, spoke with APN about their work:
What does the organization do?
In pursuit of achieving the common good, United Way of Northern New Jersey mobilizes the caring power of communities to improve the lives of ALICE® and those in poverty.
Who does the organization help?
United Way believes that improving life for all starts with improving life for ALICE. An acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, ALICE represents the 890,000 New Jersey households that are working, but cannot afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation. Together with those households defined as in poverty, 1.2 million New Jersey households –37 percent – are unable to make ends meet.
What does poverty look like in the agency’s work?
United Way is looking beyond temporary fixes and instead seeking to find solutions that result in long-term, sustainable change for the betterment of all families. We believe that all residents deserve access to the basic building blocks of a good life — a quality education, family sustaining wages and good health.
Why is United Way of Northern New Jersey a part of APN?
United Way believes that no one organization can accomplish these tasks alone; it takes diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and talents to achieve the greatest outcomes for those most in need.