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ALICE Update: How Child Care Costs Impact Many CT Families

In Connecticut, 1 in 4 households have earnings that exceed the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) but fall short of a basic cost of living threshold. We call these households ALICE - an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, and together with the 10% of Connecticut households in poverty, more than one-third of Connecticut households (35%) are struggling to make ends meet.

FamilyWize Partnership Makes Prescription Medications More Affordable

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is partnering with FamilyWize to help households meet the cost of their prescription medications. How does it work? FamilyWize acts like a big buying group, pulling together millions of people that either have no health insurance (the uninsured), have high medication costs, or need to buy medicine not covered by their plan (the underinsured).

Volunteering for Good Health

Many people volunteer because they say it makes them feel good. Well now there’s some evidence to show that it truly does improve people’s health and well-being to spend time giving back to a good cause.

UnitedHealth Group recently conducted a national study and found that the majority of participants reported feeling healthier after a volunteer experience. In addition to reports of improved self-esteem and sense of purpose in life:

AFL-CIO Community Services Golf Tournament to Benefit Project Warm-up

The 2015 AFL-CIO Golf Tournament is set for Monday, August 31 at Great Neck Country Club in Waterford. This year's event benefits Project Warm-up, a program providing one-time, emergency heating assistance to those experiencing a short-term crisis in our community. Project Warm-up ensures that no one falls through the cracks and freezes in their home. Last winter, Project Warm-up helped more than 280 households in Southeastern Connecticut.

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