To improve the lives of hard-working, struggling households by mobilizing the resources of local communities to create lasting change.
We are committed to ensuring that every child enters school ready to learn, every family is financially stable and every community we serve is healthy and strong. We are the recognized leader in identifying issues and pathways to solutions.
Where We Serve
United Way intends to impact the lives of the ALICE population, increase their financial stability and ultimately reduce the number of ALICE households in Western CT. To accomplish this, we must listen to ALICE, focus on targeted outcomes that will improve their lives, and measure the success for continual improvement.
- Bold: aspirational, striving for big impact
We want to make a lasting impact on the community we serve and keep bold goals in the forefront. We are willing to take risks in piloting new approaches to improve the lives of struggling households.
- Innovative: forward thinking, entrepreneurial, embracing change
We are focused on forward thinking with an entrepreneurial enthusiasm, acting more like a “start-up” than an institution. We embrace change by being both nimble and flexible. We continuously look for promising practices across the country.
- Collaborative: organizational learning, solving complex problems
We are constantly learning and improving within the organization. Recognizing that the need for collaborating not only within the organization, but with the community in order to make a big impact and solve complex problems. Partnering organizations and people with lived experiences bring great value and strength to our work.
- Trustworthy: purposeful, data driven & results focused, transparent, accountable, provide excellent service
Our work has a clear purpose that is data driven and outcome focused. We are committed to bringing quality service to all our work to improve and strengthen our communities. Transparency and accountability, both to donors and the community that we serve, are key concepts we implement throughout our practice.
- Respectful and Inclusive: respect, equity, diversity
We deeply value and respect diverse cultures and multiple perspectives to drive our goal. We strive to have every aspect of our organization, especially our staff and board, represent the diversity of our communities, be inclusive in our practices and leverage our differences as strengths. We create opportunities to listen to and work with people directly from the community, grassroots, or young leaders in low-income, under-served and/or marginalized populations within our region.