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The classroom door creaks open slowly, and the expectant faces of the kindergarten and first-grade students turn towards the door with barely contained excitement as they look to see who will be reading to them. As the company volunteer enters the classroom, the buzzing of anticipation bubbles up and overflows as they watch men and women in their work uniforms, suits, and dresses make their way towards the reading carpet.

The animated faces of the volunteers regale the children with laughter and enthusiasm as they read each story and encourage the children to join in on the fun....

Post date: Friday, May 4, 2018 - 12:48pm

Thanks to the Supporting Community Partners of United Way of Western Connecticut’s (UWWC) Financial Opportunity Center (FOC), we are able to offer programs to help households understand their finances and create budgets, start saving, reduce debt, build assets and plan for the future.

UWWC’s FOC empowers individuals and families in Western Connecticut to take the necessary steps to become financially stable. For too many families in our communities, the reality of living paycheck-to-paycheck despite working full-time (or multiple jobs) is that these individuals and families have...

Post date: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 1:18pm

Elizabeth is a real Western Connecticut resident who wants her story told. She is one of thousands of people United Way of Western CT (UWWC) is dedicated to: hard-working, struggling households that we call ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). She is an established digital media professional who has"worked in and paid taxes in the great state of Connecticut since I was 15 years old," she says.

“All of my money is spent, right out the door as soon as it comes in, so that we have a roof over our heads, utilities and coverage for our...

Post date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 3:15pm

Praxair employees assembled literacy kits to benefit first graders at South Street School, celebrate Dr. King’s legacy

The United Way of Western Connecticut is proud to announce that it partnered with Praxair, Inc. to orchestrate an in-house volunteer activity to acknowledge and celebrate the meaning of service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, ahead of Black History Month.

The project involved numerous Praxair employees on January 15, 2018, assembling 100 literacy kits to benefit first grade students at South Street School in Danbury, thereby giving...

Post date: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 2:06pm

January is National Blood Donor Month

We received a notice from the Connecticut Blood Center and the American Red Cross that blood donations are critically needed, in light of shortages resulting from the severe weather last week.

In Connecticut, 13 blood drives were forced to cancel due to last week’s winter storm, causing 339 donations to go uncollected. Uncollected donations can mean the difference between life and death: every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

While all blood types are urgently needed, there is a more critical need for the following...

Post date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 3:36pm

On Saturday November 4th the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford and the United Way of Western CT Greater New Milford office will hold its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive on the New Milford Green. Once again we are asking residents to help us “Stuff the Gazebo” with donations of frozen turkeys and canned goods.

The collection of food will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at bandstand on the New Milford Green.

Each year the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford and Greater New Milford office of United Way join together to provide a complete Thanksgiving meal for over 250 New Milford...

Post date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 12:29am

With Hurricane Irma striking with such ferocity so soon after Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf region, we are at an absolute loss. Our thoughts are with all affected by both hurricanes: those who are beginning clean-up and those who are waiting a lift in evacuation orders or are in process of returning to their homes and communities. We have compiled information below to share with those you know who may be in the affected areas, or to help contribute to local recovery efforts.

We are heartened that so many continue to answer the call to help our neighbors in Texas, Lousiana, the...

Post date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 3:23pm

Our thoughts are with all affected by Hurricane Irma. If you have family or loved ones in the area, 2-1-1 across all affected areas is operational. If someone you know needs help, they can call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There may be a wait, but calls will be answered. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1. They may also also text “Irma” to 898-211, or visit to find a local provider and more information.

If you wish to donate to local funds, you may find a list of resources here:


Post date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 3:27pm

Like so many of you, we are heartbroken at the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey to residents of Texas, Louisiana and the Gulf region. If you have friends or loved ones who are impacted by the storm, please know our thoughts and prayers are with them.  We encourage people in the affected areas to contact 2-1-1 for local resources such as shelter, food and clean/potable water. Wait times are longer than usual, but calls are being answered as quickly as possible.

While the rain is tapering off in some areas, there’s still uncertainty about rivers and dams in the area, and the exact...
Post date: Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:29am