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United Way of Western Connecticut raised $680 for its food security work through the 6th Annual Fairfield County's Giving Day on February 28.

United Way's Giving Day donors help us fill empty plates of Western Connecticut households that are ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and struggling to make ends meet, as well as those in poverty. United Way's work takes many forms to combat food insecurity:

600 families benefit from free, fresh food at the evening Mobile Food Pantries we fund in Stamford, Danbury, and New Milford-- More than 80% of the participating...
Post date: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:18am

Ready, Set, Let’s Read! Program Receives 725 Books From Immaculate High School Students

Books distributed to preschool children in the Danbury area

DANBURY, Conn. (February 12, 2019) — This year, for the fifth year in a row, Immaculate High School students have donated children’s books to United Way of Western Connecticut’s Ready, Set, Let’s Read! program. United Way volunteers distributed 725 books to preschoolers in greater Danbury over the past month.

Ready, Set, Let’s Read! was launched in 2014. It places...

Post date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:15am

We're sharing this message on behalf of our colleagues at United Way of Connecticut.


We Stand With ALICE

 Join us at the Legislative Office Building on Monday, February 25 for a legislative forum on the true scope of financial hardship in Connecticut and an in depth discussion on strategies to help ALICE households achieve financial security.

Rocky Hill, Conn. (Feb. 7, 2019) Six years ago, Connecticut United Ways committed to shining a light on households that, despite working hard, live paycheck to paycheck and...

Post date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:35am

Scholarships Available for High School Seniors in Stamford

Two scholarships available for students who demonstrated exceptional volunteerism during their high school careers

STAMFORD, Conn. (February 6, 2019) - United Way of Western Connecticut is seeking applications for its annual Roberta K. Eichler Heart of Gold Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes seniors attending any Stamford high school (public or private) who have volunteered extensively in the Stamford community over the course of their high school careers...

Post date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 10:15am

Community support made the holidays a little more special for struggling families in Western Connecticut.

Giving Fund

Each year, United Way of Western Connecticut partners with The News-Times and Hearst Media on The Giving Fund, which publishes stories of individuals and families who are facing severe hardship during the holiday season. This year, through the generosity of many donors, all cases were fully funded. Donations to The Giving Fund have a life-changing impact on recipients. We are proud that, since its inception eight years ago, The Giving Fund has raised nearly $...

Post date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 12:05pm

Federal Employees Encouraged to Attend Mobile and Pop-Up Food Pantries

Free, fresh food can help those who may miss a paycheck due to shutdown

DANBURY, Conn. (January 22, 2019) — United Way of Western Connecticut encourages federal employees who may be struggling to buy groceries and pay their bills to attend its monthly Mobile Food Pantry, which will be held tomorrow, January 23, at Walnut Hill Church, 156 Walnut Hill Road in Bethel. The pantry operates between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm, and the doors open for clients at 4:30 pm.


Post date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 12:05pm

The news has been filled with the faces of the federal employees impacted by the ongoing government shutdown, across the nation and in our Western Connecticut region. From TSA agents at the airports and federal corrections employees to businesses unable to process SBA Loans, and employees at military bases and installations, the impact is widespread and tangible.

Regardless of your political views, it’s heartbreaking to watch hard-working families, including neighbors and friends, caught in the middle, suddenly finding themselves as struggling ALICE® households (Asset Limited,...

Post date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 2:21pm

United Way of Western Connecticut Welcomes New Leadership

New Stamford Community Council and Board Member named

STAMFORD, Conn. (December 21, 2018) — United Way of Western Connecticut has named long-time Stamford resident and member of the Board of Directors Candy Yeager as the new chair of the Stamford Community Council. Additionally, Tracey Alston, an Eversource community relations specialist, has joined United Way’s Board of Directors.

The United Way’s Board of Directors serves as the governing board of the organization, which serves...

Post date: Friday, December 21, 2018 - 12:27pm

Options For Year-End Giving

Happy Holidays! As we come to the end of the calendar year, there are many ways to support United Way through year-end giving.

You can support our work through our residential appeal, which funds our community impact work throughout Western Connecticut.

In addition to year-end giving donations of cash, remember there are some other great options for giving to United Way:

Gifts of stock can be a very...

Post date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 12:06pm

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks to the support of our community for Stuff the Gazebo, families in Greater New Milford are enjoying a holiday meal with their loved ones today. In partnership with the Woman’s Club of New Milford, 232 families received Thanksgiving bags this year as a result of the Stuff the Gazebo food drive. Each bag was filled with turkey, bread, bakery items, and all the non-perishable items needed for a traditional holiday meal.

Our fight for community food security doesn't take a holiday. According to the 2016 Child Congressional Food Insecurity study...

Post date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 9:13am