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By Karen Mello, Director of Financial Stability, United Way of Western Connecticut

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution and not been able to keep it? I certainly have. In fact, 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions and only 8% are successful at achieving them.  So, I started to think, why is this? I am sure there can be lots of reasons. However, maybe one of those reasons is we don’t have a set plan in place to keep us on track to reaching our goal within the new year.

Take, for example a common New Year’s resolution among many:  to exercise more. Many of us have...

Post date: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 2:11pm

By Karen Mello, Director of Financial Stability, United Way of Western Connecticut

It's the holiday season, and during this time of year we are compelled to give to those less fortunate, especially those who are hungry and are in need of a meal. There are plenty of opportunities to participate in food drives and volunteer at soup kitchens.  Donations can also be made to many organizations that provide these services to people in need. It is so wonderful to see how many people support their communities at this time of the year.

However, hunger doesn't just happen around the...

Post date: Friday, December 20, 2013 - 3:59pm

It is a time of change...
Sometimes it can be good, and sometimes it is not, but it is almost always stressful.

Let me start by telling you my story,
Ten years ago my boyfriend and I decided to start making changes in our lives. We decided to get married, what a huge step! But that came together with leaving our country and therefore our families to create a better future.

We started in California and four years later change strikes again! We moved to Connecticut with our two very young children, saying good-bye to some amazing friends and peers....

Post date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 12:41pm

On February 24 at Daytona International Speedway, two-time Daytona 500 champion, Nascar team owner and television analyst, Michael Waltrip, drove the No. 26 in honor of the 26 school staff and children killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.

A delegation from Newtown, including the Sandy Hook Fire Chief, Bill Halstead, the CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut, Kim Morgan, and a number of community residents affected by the tragedy, were at the racetrack to show their appreciation and cheer on Waltrip.

Nascar also...

Post date: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 2:38pm

From Broadway with Love: An Amazing Display of Healing Through the Arts

I continue to be amazed at the tremendous outpouring of support for our community following the tragedy in Sandy Hook. On January 28th, Broadway stars turned out en masse at the Palace Theater in Waterbury for an amazing night of entertainment and healing.

(Photo courtesy of Grace Rainer Long)

From Broadway with Love: A Concert to Benefit Sandy Hook was the brainchild of...

Post date: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 10:09am

There is a saying that every dark cloud has a silver lining. In the context of the deaths of 20 innocent children and their teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, it is hard to fathom how that could be true.

Yet in the wake of that horrific day, I have witnessed countless inspiring acts of charity, compassion and kindness that have strengthened my faith in the power and importance of our mission at the United Way: together, we can make a difference.

From this tragedy, the importance of community, faith and volunteerism has been reinforced, time and time again. We have...

Post date: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 5:01pm


On December 14 as I watched the enormity of the school shootings in Sandy Hook Elementary School begin to unfold, I realized that the United Way of Western Connecticut would need to play a role. We quickly worked with Newtown Savings Bank to get a fund set up that was legitimate and would be available for both the immediate and long-term needs of the community. This was clearly an unprecedented event. Determining how this fund would be needed would not be immediately known and those decisions would need to be made by local leaders and residents.

Post date: Monday, December 31, 2012 - 1:16pm

Steven R Gogliettino, Resource Development Manager

New Employee Perspective -
I’ve been at the United Way of Western CT for a total of 5 weeks now, and I am quickly realizing the importance of the good work we do here. Prior to joining the UWWCT I spent the past 15 years working in pharmaceutical sales calling on doctor’s offices, pharmacies, hospitals and rehab facilities. Although, the work was satisfying, it wasn’t personally meaningful because, I never felt the connection to the patients in the way healthcare teams do. I’m glad to say in only 5 weeks that has changed...

Post date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 3:03pm

Kimberly Morgan, Chief Executive Officer

The Disney channel is often on in my house, since I have three young girls. And I will admit there are times that no one is in the room and I find myself watching one of the shows before realizing what I am doing! The shows often have outspoken and sharp-witted children, and if parents are present they are usually only fodder for the children, and you never really know who is parenting who.

One of my girls’ favorites involves four children (some presumed adopted) left in the care of a nanny and a butler as their parents travel the...

Post date: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 12:19pm