DanburyWORKS Receives $22,000 Grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

United Way of Western CT helps ALICE prosper

Funds Will Support the Collaborative’s Efforts in the Areas of Jobs, Education, and Training

10/2/2019 — A city-wide collaborative focused on helping lower-income residents build better lives has been awarded a $22,000 grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF).

DanburyWORKs is designed to improve the lives of the 50% of Danbury city residents who live in poverty or who struggle to make ends meet. It links services across the community to make it easier for households to access the tools they need to improve their economic situations and become a stronger economic force in the city.

Sandra Ferreira, Director of DanburyWORKS, said the funds are crucial to launching the second phase of the work, which focuses on Jobs, Education, and Training. The funds will also potentially play a role in helping to bring national funders to the table.

“Over the past 18 months, we have made great strides in the first phase of our work, which focused on Trust, Language, and Child Care,” Ms. Ferreira said. “Now, with this support from FCCF, we are well poised to take the next steps toward improving employment for lower-income Danbury residents.”

During the second phase, current partners, such as Naugatuck Valley Community College, Danbury Public School’s WERACE (Western Connecticut Regional Adult & Continuing Education) program, the Northeastern Workforce Development Board, and the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, will play key roles in identifying ways to improve employment prospects for Danbury residents.

DanburyWORKS is supported by the Boston Federal Reserve’s Working Cities Challenge Grant. The initiative has brought together local organizations, businesses, social service agencies, government officials, and educational institutions to jointly improve the economic vitality of Danbury. It also brings together residents who recognize the barriers that are limiting the contributions of people of color and immigrants and are committed to making a change.

For more information, visit https://www.uwwesternct.org/danburyworks or contact Sandra Ferreira at 203-297-6283, sandra.ferreira@uwwesternct.org.

Members of the DanburyWORKS collaborative participated in a Workforce System Summit sponsored by the Boston Federal Reserve Working Cities Challenge Grant on September 20, 2019.