United Way of Western Connecticut Responds to the Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School

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United Way extends our most sincere condolences and prayers to all those families affected by the devastating events in Newtown/Sandy Hook, Connecticut

As people from across the nation and around the world respond to the heartbreaking tragedy at Sandy Hook School, they are turning to United Way looking for ways to help. In response, United Way of Western Connecticut in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank, has created the 'Sandy Hook School Support Fund.'

This fund will be able to provide support services to the Newtown/Sandy Hook community. A local board of Newtown community leaders is being convened to determine how the fund is most needed and will be best utilized.

To donate online, please CLICK HERE (newtown.uwwesternct.org). You can also support United Way’s ‘Sandy Hook School Support Fund’ with a $10 donation by texting NEWTOWN to 80888.

Donations can also be mailed to:

Sandy Hook School Support Fund

c/o Newtown Savings Bank

39 Main Street, Newtown CT, 06470

United Way of Western Connecticut is not applying any management fees to donations to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. The only fees being applied are the external processing fees charged to United Way (i.e. credit card fee, Text to Give fee) by the company processing the transaction.

“United Way extends our most sincere condolences and prayers to all those families affected by the devastating events in Newtown/Sandy Hook, Connecticut,” said Kim Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut.  “At this time of great need, we are humbled to give people a place to support the Newtown community. We would like to thank our loyal donors and our corporate partners who support our year-round work, which allowed us to be in a position to respond to this unforeseen tragedy.”

“United Way of Western Connecticut is also asking communities throughout the country to consider honoring the memory of the children and educators sadly lost in our community by supporting local youth and education programs in your community in their name,” Morgan added.

There are additional ways to show your support.

Fairfield County Community Foundation is accepting contributions to address the ongoing mental health issues in Fairfield County and working with victims' families to establish charitable memorial funds.
The Foundation is accepting donations for:

  • The Newtown Scholarship Fund to provide college scholarships to Newtown students
  • Mental health services throughout Fairfield County to address the ongoing and systemic issues raised by the shooting
  • Memorial donations to the Grace McDonnell Memorial Fund established by the McDonnell family in honor of their daughter
  • Memorial donations in remembrance of school psychologist Mary Sherlach which will be directed to address mental health issues across the county

To discuss how you can make a specific philanthropic impact, contact the Foundation at info@fccfoundation.org or 203.750.3200.

Newtown Youth & Family Services is accepting donations to support Sandy Hook Elementary School victims through Caroline's Gift, established in 1996 by a Newtown family in memory of their daughter Caroline. The fund's charitable purpose is to assist Newtown families coping with the physical and mental health needs of their children. To donate, please visit http://newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org.


For assistance, please dial 211 to reach United Way 2-1-1, United Way's 24hr hotline for help and referral.


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