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Living Wage Study - 2002

Category Year (2002) Month (2002) Month (2000) Comments
Rent $6,324.00 $527.00 $504.00 Fair market rent for single bedroom apartment, including utilities. Source: HUD
Transportation $1,998.53 $166.54 $151.23 Weighted average of amount spent on cars, public buses and bicycle. Source: Claritas and WOW
Food $1,939.80 $161.55 $152.30 Average of low-cost plan Food Stamp cost for males and females 20-50. Source: USDA
Telephone $318.00 $26.50 $25.97 Source: Verizon, Ithaca
Health Care $1,099.36 $91.61 $82.72 Employee’s share premium Aetna Health Care plan plus additional out-of-pocket medical expenses. Source: Alternatives’ Human Resource Manager; Claritas
Recreation $1,377.00 $114.75 $107.23 Reading materials, computer hardware, software, TV, radio, sound equipment. Source: Claritas
Savings $600.00 $50.00 $50.00 Source: Alternatives Federal Credit Union
Misc $1,382.50 $115.21 $113.71 Clothing, personal care, housekeeping, small appliances, etc. Source Claritas
Net (Subtotal) $15,039.19 $1,253.26 $1,187.16 (5.57% increase)
Payroll $1,381.65 $115.14 $111.82  
Federal $1,253.43 $104.45 $129.26  
State $386.53 $32.21 $33.47  
Total $18,060.80 $1,505.06 $1,461.71 (2.97% increase) $8.68@40 hrs/wk; $ 9.14@38*
Day Care Expenses        
Age 2   $628.30   Source Day Care Council
Ages 3,4   $541.61   Source Day Care Council

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The Finger Lakes ReUse Center was awarded The Jeff Furman Award for Social Responsibility in Business at Alternatives’ 2012 annual meeting, with Executive Director Diane Cohen accepting the award. Cohen expressed her thanks: “We will hang the award prominently and proudly in our Reuse Center, and as we grow, we will continue to use this as a beacon, to continue our efforts to maximize our capacity to provide opportunities and relieve hardship. We know we are in solidarity with Alternatives on these issues. We're a young organization with a mission to enhance community, economy, and environment through reuse, and a priority to serve our community well. Receiving this award has been an honor and an affirmation.”

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