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United Way ALICE Project – A Closer Look at Hardworking New Jersey Residents

On July 27, Stephanie Hoopes, Ph.D., and Molly Rennie from United Way’s ALICE Project presented a webinar for librarians about their research on a segment of the population that is employed but struggling to make ends meet.  ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and provides another way at looking at individuals and family who live above the poverty line but are not financially secure.

You can view a recording of the webinar by registering using this link.

For more information about the ALICE Project and to download the New Jersey report, visit the ALICE Project website.

Below is a full description of the webinar and bios for the speakers.

Libraries strive to serve all members of their communities. From questions at the reference desk and everyday interactions in the library, library staff are keenly aware that some patrons and their families are struggling.

During this webinar, the presenters will describe a hardworking demographic of New Jersey residents called ALICE, or Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

They will describe how vital ALICE is to New Jersey’s economy, the jobs that ALICE performs, where he/she lives and works, and the consequences to New Jersey when 37% of New Jersey residents live below a budget that allows them to afford the basic necessities.

The purpose of the webinar is to stimulate ideas and further discussion about how libraries can continue to assist ALICE households.

Presenters:

Stephanie Hoopes, Ph.D. is the national director of the United Way ALICE Project. Dr. Hoopes’ work focuses on the circumstances of low-income households. She is the author of ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed): A Study of Financial Hardship in 14 states. Her research has garnered both state and national media attention.

Dr. Hoopes has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College. She is a third generation graduate of Wilmington Friends School, where her daughter is currently a junior.

Molly Rennie is the Associate Director of the United Way ALICE Project which focuses on the circumstances of low-income households. She has been with the United Way of Northern New Jersey for fourteen years where she has had various roles including managing the corporate workplace fund raising campaigns.

Prior to joining United Way Molly worked at Banker’s Trust in New York City where she managed numerous departments within the Account Services Division. Molly holds a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Seton Hall University.

 

Moderator:

Andrea Levandowski, Project Manager for Small Business Development and Technology at the New Jersey State Library

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About Andrea Levandowski

I am the Project Manager for Small Business Development and Technology at the New Jersey State Library. Formerly, I worked as the Reference Librarian for Instruction and Fundraising Information.