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.
- 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.
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
Keith Betts, EdD
Western CT State University
William Glass, EdD
Danbury Public Schools
Mary Ann Houser
St. Gregory the Great Church
Ralph McIntosh, Jr.
Del-Tron Precision Inc.
Connecticut Small Business Development Center
Coldwell Banker Commercial-Scalzo Group
Western Connecticut State University
P. J. Prunty
Benay Enterprises, Inc.
Ryer Associates, Inc.
Michael L. Stern, PhD
Danbury Public Library
Newtown Savings Bank
Bob E. Williams