What We Do

United Way of Frederick County mobilizes the caring power of our whole community to improve lives.

We envision a community where all individuals and families achieve their potential through healthy lives, education, and financial stability.


United Way of Frederick County brings people and institutions together to collectively build a strong, viable community. We focus on strengthening the health, education and financial stability of ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families in Frederick County.  We convert every investment dollar into over $3 in community impact.


We identify individuals and families in Frederick County who are unable to afford a basic cost of living.  These are ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households.  The ALICE Report reveals the demographics and locations of those most in need.

Then we tackle the issues like housing, transportation and careers that are the biggest barriers for ALICE families. We innovate programs like the Pathways to Financial Stability that make a difference.  We bring people together. We change lives for the better.


In Frederick County, 37% of our hard-working households struggle to make ends meet. They are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE). As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising cost of inflation, we are more concerned than ever about our ALICE households. With the local high cost of living, they have to choose between health care, food, child care, and transportation.


United Way of Frederick County generates over $2.3 million annually in community impact funding that helps children, adults and families thrive. Whether it’s through Prosperity Savings Account programs, free tax preparation, budget coaching, free or reduced cost rides or financial education, the Prosperity Center helps families and individuals obtain the knowledge and resources they need to achieve financial stability.

None of what we do would be possible without the support of contributors like you.