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April 2016

Volunteerism & Community Service: Helping to Keep Our Communities Strong

Dear Friends,

April is National Volunteer Month, and I can’t help but reflect on the value of volunteerism, not just to United Way, but to the health of our community.

Volunteerism, service and community are the backbone of United Way’s work. We are deeply grateful to the volunteers who serve on our Board and committees, and who support our various programs and initiatives across our 15 town footprint in Western Connecticut. The people we help are our neighbors, and the funds we raise stay in our communities. The work we do together enriches the communities where we live and work.

Now is an excellent time to become more involved. We are looking for volunteer coaches for our Financial Resource Center, and even more opportunities with regional nonprofits and agencies can be found at

We’re also gearing up to celebrate the commitment to volunteerism and philanthropy in the business community at our 22nd annual Heart of Gold Award Dinner on Wednesday, May 18 from 6-9pm at the Stamford Marriott. We hope you will join us in honoring Tracie Wilson, Senior Vice President of Programming and Development, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution. At the event, we will also award Alexandra Bergman from Stamford's Academy of Information Technology & Engineering with the Roberta K. Eichler Heart of Gold Scholarship. It will be an incredible night, and we hope to see you all there!

We thank you for your support and partnership in doing great things for our communities.

Kim MorganRegards,
Kim Morgan
Chief Executive Officer
United Way of Western Connecticut



Heart of Gold 2016

Heart of Gold is May 18 and Tickets Now Available

Join us May 18 for our 22nd Annual Heart of Gold Award Dinner at the Stamford Marriott as we honor Tracie Wilson, Senior Vice President, Programming and Development with NBCUniversal. Alexandra Bergman, a student at the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering, will receive the Roberta K. Eichler Heart of Gold Scholarship at this event. Cultural icon and talk show host Jerry Springer will serve as the evening’s emcee. You don’t want to miss this wonderful evening celebrating philanthropy and volunteerism.
>>Reserve your tickets & tables


Tax Prep Assistance Available

The deadline for income tax filing this year is April 18 – there is still time if you need assistance in preparing and filing your taxes!

United Way of Western Connecticut proudly supports Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs in our community and works alongside the Connecticut Association of Human Services (CAHS) to engage community volunteers as tax preparers and create awareness of VITA services. VITA programs provide free tax help for individuals and families that earn $53,000 or less. Need to find VITA services where you live? Visit, call 2-1-1 or check our compiled list:  In addition, MyFreeTaxes allows taxpayers with household income less than $62,000 to file federal and state tax returns for free at



Extraordinary Conversation Event in Danbury April 21

Be inspired by extraordinary women who are affecting change while supporting United Way of Western Connecticut! The Women’s Business Council of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce is hosting Conversations with Extraordinary Women on Thursday, April 21 at the Matrix Conference Center in Danbury. The extraordinary panelists include:

  • Madonna Badger, CCO of Badger & Winters, building brand content with women in mind and #WomenNotObjects
  • Candace Owens, Founder of &, making better web content and holding individuals accountable for their words online
  • Valerie Jensen, Founder of Prospector Theater, providing meaningful work opportunities for adults with disabilities so they can shine
  • Moderated by Michelle James, Executive Director of CAAWC, helping people stabilize and improve their lives

Conversations with Extraordinary Women presents an excellent opportunity for networking, inspiration and an impetus for growth. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit United Way of Western Connecticut’s ALICE work to strengthen our community. Tickets range from $35-$55. For more information contact JoAnn Cueva at 203-743-5565 or Spread the word among your friends and networks!
>>Register today



Discover, Volunteer, Give LOCAL:
New Milford Community Fest on May

Join us on May 3 for the New Milford Community Fest at the Home Depot in New Milford from 12 pm – 8 pm to learn about many organizations in New Milford that make our community a wonderful place to live. The Community Fest kicks off Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills, a 36-hour giving event to raise funds for United Way and other community organizations.
>>Support us on May 3 at or learn more about Give Local at:



Celebrate the American Dream with Tribuna on May 14

United Way proudly supports Tribuna’s upcoming American Dream Awards celebration on May 14 at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury. Tribuna, greater Danbury’s tri-lingual media outlet, will present scholarships and awards at this red, white and blue gala to celebrate the local immigrant community. Anthony Rizzo Sr. will be honored with the American Dream Lifetime Achievement Award, and additional American Dream awards will be presented to Person, Veteran and Students of the Year. Tickets are $85 and include dinner, dancing and cash bar.
>> Purchase Tickets Today



Volunteers Needed for Financial Resource Center in New Milford

Volunteer coaches are needed for the Financial Resource Center (FRC) in New Milford. Learn more about becoming an FRC Financial Coach and get in touch with Community Impact Coordinator, Katy Francis at 860.354.8800 or





YVC is Gold!

Congratulations to our Youth Volunteer Corps of Western Connecticut for being designated a Gold-level program! We are so proud of these exceptional young people doing exceptional things for their community!
>>Learn more about YVC & complete an application



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