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Improving Lives and Our Communities
To have the most effective long-term impact in Stamford, United Way invests in local programs making a measurable difference, and convenes the community to bring action to local issues. United Way of Western Connecticut focuses on the most pressing needs in our communities and provides the resources -- human, financial and technical -- to get to the heart of problems.
The 2008 Community Needs Assessment
The Community Results Center (CRC) of the United Way of Connecticut conducted a needs assessment for United Way of Western Connecticut -- Stamford and the Stamford Human Services Planning Council to help determine the best use of its resources to impact the lives of the residents of Stamford. In order to ensure that the perceptions and opinions of many segments of the community were included in the research, data was gathered from residents, community leaders, publicly available data sources, and from the 2-1-1 information and referral service. We will use the results of this report, not only to help us determine the best way to distribute funding throughout the community, but also as a resource to build partnerships within the social services community.
Through our Community Impact Fund, we distributed $1,460,000 in funding for 57 programs at 30 local agencies. We also provide $25,205 in funding for 2-1-1 and $15,000 for the Fairfield County Collaborative Fund for Affordable Housing for a total of $1,500,205.
We are a Community Mobilizer
We address pressing issues within the community:
- Days of Action
- Emergency Food and Shelter Program
- IBM Equipment Donation Program
We partner with others to improve lives:
- Affordable Housing Action Collaborative
- Fairfield County Collaborative Fund for Affordable Housing