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Hunger is a problem that impacts families and children all around the world. No one should have to go hungry, and Hunger Action Month reminds us that there are families right here in our neighborhoods who need a hand up.    According to a study conducted by Feeding America, 406,810 people in Connecticut are struggling with hunger. -- 115,240 of them are children. That’s 1 in 9 people and 1 in 6 children who deal with food insecurity.    Families that struggle to pay their bills often have difficulty affording fresh, healthy food. Despite working hard to make ends meet, they don’t have much...
Post date: Monday, September 30, 2019 - 3:54pm

Still adjusting to the new Connecticut law that eliminated plastic grocery bags? Why not stock up on reusable bags and give back to the community at the same time?

During the month of October, United Way of Western Connecticut will receive $1 for every reusable bag you purchase for $2.50 at the Stop & Shop located at 72 Newtown Road in Danbury, CT

Your $1 will not only help the environment, it will make a difference for the hard-working, struggling families in our region we call ALICE® (...

Post date: Monday, September 30, 2019 - 1:18pm

Forty percent of families in Connecticut fall under the ALICE® (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) threshold and struggle to pay for basic necessities such as housing, childcare, food, and transportation. When summer winds down and the new school year is about to begin, these hard-working parents may simply not have the money to purchase the supplies their children need for a successful start to their school year.

This year, because of our generous donors, a total of 820 children received bookbags brimming with school supplies throughout the Danbury, Greater New...

Post date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 3:55pm

Kimberly Morgan, CEO, United Way of Western Connecticut

When a parent loses income, child care subsidies are not always readily available. Recently I heard about the crisis that Martha, a parent whose 3-year-old daughter attends one of United Way’s funded licensed centers, was facing. A single mother, she works as a housekeeper, and found she had a large ovarian tumor; surgery was going put her out of work for weeks. Martha was uninsured and would have no income. On top of that, she faced the dilemma of where her daughter, Nicole, would go while she was recuperating. Child...

Post date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 3:15pm

$30,000 will be used to support general operation of the initiative

STAMFORD, Conn. (July 30, 2019) — Stamford Cradle to Career has announced that it is the recipient of a $30,000 grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. The grant will support the infrastructure and general operating costs of this city-wide initiative, whose mission is to ensure equity and excellence in education for every child in Stamford.

“We are so thankful for this grant. The support from FCCF will go a long way toward helping us to achieve our goals for the coming year,” said...

Post date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 5:44pm

Corporate Volunteers Engaged Danbury Public School Students in Fun Science Activities;
Nonprofits and Parks in Danbury and New Milford Benefited from Beautifying, Landscaping Projects
 
DANBURY, Conn. (June 10, 2019) — Future scientists and engineers were inspired on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, as corporate volunteers from 10 companies and organizations engaged more than 440 Danbury Public School students in interactive, science-based activities on the lawn of the Danbury War Memorial as part of United Way’s 2019 Day of Action.
 
Additionally, across Greater Danbury...

Post date: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 4:30pm

Corporate Volunteers Will Participate in New STEM Street Fair and Projects at Nonprofits
 
DANBURY, Conn. (May 29, 2019) — United Way of Western Connecticut will mobilize more than 180 corporate volunteers representing 17 companies on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. For the first time, this year’s event will include a Street Fair that offers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) projects for students. As in past years, volunteers will also participate in projects benefiting area nonprofits and municipal parks.The press is invited to attend the kick-off and STEM Street...

Post date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 11:29am

Event Celebrated the Company’s Corporate Citizenship and Recognized Two Local Scholars
 
STAMFORD, Conn. (May 9, 2019) — More than 200 people gathered at The Loading Dock in Stamford on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 to recognize Marc Lautenbach of Pitney Bowes as the recipient of United Way of Western Connecticut’s Heart of Gold Award. Mr. Lautenbach, who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pitney Bowes, was the 25th award winner.
 
Eric Landskroner of News 12 New Jersey served as emcee for the event. Dinner Hosts for the event included Pitney Bowes Inc., Solus,...

Post date: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 12:31pm

New President and Vice President Have Extensive Roots in the Stamford Community

  STAMFORD, Conn. (May 7, 2019) — Stamford Cradle to Career (SC2C) has announced that new leaders are taking the helm. Stamford Cradle to Career is a city-wide partnership whose mission is to collectively align community resources to ensure equity and excellence in education, career, and life. United Way of Western Connecticut serves as the backbone organization for SC2C and in this capacity acts as both a major investor and the employer for the initiative’s staff.    Bridget...
Post date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 2:12pm

Innovative Initative Focuses on Improving Equity and Quality of Life in Danbury

Danbury, Conn. (May 6, 2019) — On Monday, May 20, 2019, Danbury community leaders will convene at City Hall to officially launch DanburyWORKS.
 
WHAT: DanburyWORKS Launch Event
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WHEN: Monday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
 
WHERE: Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810
ON-SITE CONTACT:  Sandra Ferreira, Director, DanburyWORKS, 203-297-6283
 
SPEAKERS:  
•    Mayor Mark Boughton
•    Kimberly Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western...

Post date: Monday, May 6, 2019 - 3:17pm

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