United Way Insider – December 2017



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The need is all year round, not just around the holidays – This Norwich Bulletin opinion article talks about food insecurity in America along with the work the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is doing with their food center to help alleviate hunger in their region.

New Haven hunger report highlights food insecurity, offers recommendations – A recent report on the state of hunger in the city is providing the groundwork for how various local agencies and institutions can address food insecurity, which is disproportionally affecting minority residents. United Way of Greater New Haven was one of the organizations that worked on the 8-page report.


Low-income families may qualify for free tax prep help – Many lower-income families do not have the money at hand to hire someone to assist with their taxes, and may miss exceptions or breaks that otherwise could have been more money in their refunds. So Middlesex United Way will partner again with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program this tax season to give low- to moderate-income households access to free tax preparation.

Hartford Generation Work launches Workforce Leaders Academy (WLA)– The WLA is a 12-month fellowship designed to improve the quantity, quality and sustainability of efforts to move young adults ages 18-29 to work. The WLA brings together national and local leaders on issues and best practices in sector-based workforce development and youth development, individual leadership development, exercises and tools to help participants understand how to develop, implement and sustain young adult employment initiatives. “United Way brings people together to solve tough challenges facing our community,” said Paula S. Gilberto, President and CEO, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. “By investing in the leadership and collaboration skills of workforce and youth development professionals, we’ll improve our community’s ability to prepare young adults for jobs that are available locally.”

Older Adults

Grant to help fund senior transportation in Southington – United Way of Southington plans to expand rides for local seniors after being awarded a $40,000 grant from the Main Street Community Foundation. “The money will help offset federal funding for senior rides that was lost two years ago,” said Jack Eisenmann, executive director of the United Way.


Juvenile Review Boards help troubled youth – Middlesex United Way supports community programs and initiatives that help those in need and also prevent problems from happening in the first place. One such program is the Juvenile Review Board (JRB). In this article by Kevin Wilhelm (CEO and president of Middlesex United Way), readers will learn about the process of a JRB and how they work on addressing and treating the underlying challenges youth may be facing before they get into trouble.

Disaster Relief


2-1-1 Counts has always showed why people contact 2-1-1; now it also shows who contacts 2-1-1. For the first time, demographics information about 2-1-1 callers is available through 2-1-1Counts. Connecticut is the first state to include this information.
To check out this exciting new feature, visit ct.211counts.org. Just to the right of the “top requests” and “requests” categories, you’ll see a new icon, symbolizing people. Click on it, and 211Counts will begin loading the demographic data. It takes a few seconds, so be patient! The data can be displayed by percent of requests or by number of requests. The chart below shows data for 1/1/2017-12/31/2017.

United Way News

Festival of Trees draws record crowds – The United Way of Southington held their annual Festival of Trees recently which included a silent auction on holiday trees, decorations, gift baskets and more. All funds collected from the auction are Used in the Southington community through projects supported by the United Way.“ The event was successful,” said executive director Jack Eisenmann.

United Way WLC celebrates 7th Anniversary – United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) recently celebrated its seventh anniversary. The WLC is at the forefront of United Way’s movement to build stronger communities through education, financial stability and access to immediate emergency assistance, such as food and shelter.

Campaign, allocation efforts build on one another – On the board of directors of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut this year are two sets of community focused co-chairmen, who provide volunteer leadership to the organization. The Campaign Co-Chairmen are focused on raising funds year-round while the Allocations Co-Chairmen are focused on investing those funds back into the community. Both complex processes are volunteer-driven. Meet these co-chairmen in this article by United Way of Southeastern Connecticut president and CEO Virginia L. Mason.

United Way of Western Connecticut Hometown Heroes nominees announced – “Our Hometown Hero and our Emerging Hero awardees have all made deep and unique contributions to the fabric of their local communities,” said Kimberly Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut. “It is such a pleasure to be able to shine a light on their accomplishments and service.”

Volunteer Connecticut

United Way hosting Joy of Sharing toy drive – United Way of West Central Connecticut’s Annual Joy of Sharing Program has been providing food and toys to needy children, teens, and families in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, and Plymouth for over seventeen years. United Way is asking for help to aid individuals and families by donating toys and gifts for children ages 3 to 14.

Volunteers in the News


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