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Northern Fairfield County

Improving lives and our communities

Northern Fairfield County is often referred to as the Greater Danbury area, and includes Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown, Ridgefield and Redding. Several major corporations, including Boehringer Ingelheim, Cartus and Praxair operate headquarters or affiliated offices in the greater Danbury area.

This Western Connecticut area offers residents a desirable quality of life, well-regarded local schools and well-valued real estate. Its proximity to both the Berkshire Mountains and New York State offers access to metropolitan centers and natural surroundings, with residents enjoying cultural and recreational opportunities within both spheres.

Challenges

  • As with much of the New York metropolitan area, residents in Northern Fairfield County contend with a high cost of living which greatly impacts daily living: housing, childcare, food and transportation.
  • In Danbury alone, 35% of households are ALICE and struggling to afford basic needs.
  • Northern Fairfield County residents are burdened by housing costs: 49% of Danbury renters and 40% of homeowners spend more than one third of their income on housing, which stresses household budgets at all levels.

Our Work
United Way supports a number of initiatives to have the greatest impact on the areas of need in Northern Fairfield County, to move one step closer to ensuring that every child enters school ready to learn, every family is financially stable and every community we serve is healthy and strong. Learn more about Our Work

Northern Fairfield Community Council
Our Community Councils represent each of our locales, focusing on local priorities and identifying community needs. We thank our dedicated volunteers who share their knowledge and time as members of our Northern Fairfield Community Council.

Sandra L. Rankin
Chair

Sanaa Almarayati
Praxair

Keith Betts, EdD
Western CT State University

Gigi Christel

William Glass, EdD
Danbury Public Schools

Matt Hawley
Hawley Companies

Ronald Herren

Mary Ann Houser
St. Gregory the Great Church

Kim Karl
United Bank

Frank Kelly

Greg Manning
Webster Bank

Ralph McIntosh, Jr.
Del-Tron Precision Inc.

Nelson Merchan
Connecticut Small Business Development Center

Jerry Murphy
Coldwell Banker Commercial-Scalzo Group

MaryAnn Murtha
Western Connecticut State University

P. J. Prunty
CityCenter Danbury

Dawn Reshen-Doty
Benay Enterprises, Inc.

Jeff Ryer
Ryer Associates, Inc.

Michael L. Stern, PhD

Katie Ventura
Danbury Public Library

Ken Weinstein
Newtown Savings Bank

Bob E. Williams