PHOTOS

A Snapshot of Hardship

It’s easy to be blind to someone’s financial struggle. You grab a coffee at the local café and don’t know the barista is a college student holding down two jobs to pay for tuition. Or that your child’s preschool teacher is forced to choose between rent and heat.

 

ALICE families are our friends, family members, and neighbors. Explore this photo gallery to see the many faces of financial hardship. They look just like you and me…because they are.

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VIDEOS

Bringing Hardship Into Focus

For millions of working families, every day is a test. But on this test the choices are all impossible, and one wrong answer can have devastating results: pay the rent or pick up that prescription, buy auto insurance or keep the lights on, fill the fridge or the car’s gas tank.

 

Each ALICE story and image offers a glimpse into this often-hidden world of financial struggle, revealing the incredibly risky strategies that financially challenged families deploy to meet their most basic needs.

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We Need Your Help!

For millions of working families, every day is a test. But on this test the choices are all impossible, and one wrong answer can have devastating results: pay the rent or pick up that prescription, buy auto insurance or keep the lights on, fill the fridge or the car’s gas tank.

 

We are seeking original and striking images that demonstrate the impact of financial insecurity. We are looking for pictures that depict the day-to-day lives of ALICE workers – their jobs, their homes, their communities, and their struggles to keep their families from falling into poverty.

 

With these images, we hope to defy the stereotype that people who struggle to make ends meet are just not working hard enough. This gallery will provide a powerful, personal understanding of the harsh realities these workers and their families face every day, just in trying to get by.

Show Us The Face Of Struggle

Images of hardship may be difficult, but submitting them is easy as 1, 2, 3:

 

  1. Take an original picture: Snap a photo that you believe communicates something fundamental about the struggle to make ends meet.
     

  2. Write a caption: What is the image about and why did it speak to you?
     

  3. Submit it: Send the image

The fine print: By submitting your photo(s) (the “Photo(s)”), you are granting United Way a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free right and license, with the right to sub-license, to use, reproduce, copy, edit, modify, display, distribute and otherwise exploit the Photo(s) through the press, online, social media, hard-copy promotional materials, and through all other mediums and methods available. These rights are granted to United Way at no cost. You warrant and represent that (i) the Photo(s) not infringe upon or violate any intellectual property rights (including but not limited to, any copyrights, trademarks, or rights of publicity or privacy) of any person or entity; and (ii) you have obtained all clearances, releases and licenses necessary to grant these rights to United Way, free and clear of any third party claims relating to the Photo(s). You agree that you will indemnify, defend and hold harmless United Way and its sublicensees from and against any claim, suit or proceeding brought by a third party against United Way or its sublicensees, to the extent that it is based on or arises from any breach by you of the warranties or representations set forth above. 
 
You acknowledge and agree that by submitting your Photo(s), you agree to be bound by the terms set forth above and that they form a binding contract between you and United Way. 

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