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Early Fall 2015 eNewsletter

Get Involved and Change Lives With UWWC This Fall

Do you or someone you know live paycheck to paycheck? UW is out on a listening tour and we need your input to prioritize future funding!

UWWC staff, volunteers and partners are organizing Community Conversations throughout Western Connecticut to understand the specific challenges and experiences individuals and families face. United Way calls this growing population ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. Community Conversations will inform how we better support and serve the needs of ALICE in our community.

We are seeking individuals who work hard and live paycheck to paycheck to come forward and share their experiences and recommendations for assistance. Anyone interested in advocating or being part of a community conversation, please visit

If you can't make a community conversation, please take our online ALICE survey, available in English or en Espanol.


H is for Heroes...Nominations Now Open for Hometown Heroes and Stamford Volunteer Day!

UWWC is accepting online nominations to honor local individuals and groups at its 3rd Annual Hometown Heroes Benefit Dinner on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury.

Nominations may be submitted for Heroes who distinguish themselves through philanthropy and volunteerism from the following towns: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, Warren and Washington. Nominations are being accepted through Monday, October 26.

The keynote speaker for the event will be actor and author Sonia Manzano, best known for her role as “Maria” on the PBS Television Show, Sesame Street.  Proceeds from the event will benefit ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households throughout Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties. United Way defines ALICE households as those households which earn above the basic Federal Poverty Level but below a basic cost-of-living threshold.

Please visit to complete the online nomination form by Monday, October 26, 2015. Nominations received after that date cannot be considered. UWWC plans to select honorees by mid-November.  For more information about Hometown Heroes, please contact Irene Seguin at 203.883.6711.

Nominations Open for Stamford Volunteer Day Awards Celebration
Nominations are being accepted through November 20 for the Stamford Volunteer Day Awards celebration in January 2016. Help us recognize outstanding Stamford residents who devote their time to volunteerism for the benefit of the Stamford community by submitting a nomination online today!


BoardServe Western CT Offers Training To Strengthen Area Nonprofits & Boards

Service on a nonprofit or agency Board is a special commitment to community and volunteerism. Great board members can come from a variety of backgrounds, and bring unique skills and their distinct passion for an organization's mission.

Join BoardServe Western CT for an Agency training on October 22, or a Board Member training on October 30. Through these trainings, BoardServe Western CT will help nonprofits and current/potential board members alike to maximize effectiveness and make the best use of skills and resources.

For more information, or to register, visit BoardServe Western CT or contact Casey Levene at 203.297.6246.


Launch of Nationally Recognized Abriendo Puertas Program Brought to Danbury by UWWC--First In New England

September marked the beginning of Abriendo Puertas/ Opening Doors, a nationally recognized program developed for and by Latino parents, for spanish speaking parents of the Park Avenue School neighborhood in Danbury. The goal of the program is to familiarize families with the skills and processes to ensure a smooth transition to kindergarten and set the stage for engaged learning. The Park Avenue School program represents the first in New England to partner with Abriendo Puertas/ Opening Doors.
Spanish speaking Park Avenue neighborhood parents with children ages 0-5 are encouraged to join this FREE program Monday evenings. Dinner and childcare are included. 
This program was made possible by United Way's Strong Start Neighborhood Initiatives which are focused on kindergarten readiness and family supports in the Park Avenue school district in Danbury and the KT Murphy School district in Stamford.
To learn more, please contact Caroline LaFleur at 203.297.6307



Upcoming Events

>>BoardServe Western CT: Nonprofit Agency Training
Thursday, October 22, 9 am-12 pm
Bartlett Arboretum, 151 Brookdale Road, Stamford. $25
In this session, area nonprofits, agencies and organizations will learn best practices in recruiting, engaging and utilizing new board members to build your capacity and strengthen your organization.
Learn more and register

>>BoardServe Western CT: Board Candidate Training
Friday, October 30, 9 am-3 pm
GE Asset Management, 1600 Summer Street, Stamford. $100
Do you currently serve or wish to serve on a nonprofit board? Invest in this valuable training to prepare for your role in nonprofit governance and leadership.
Learn more and register

>>Early Childhood Fair
Saturday, November 7, 9 am - 1 pm
Chelsea Piers, One Blachley Road, Stamford.
Learn about the many preschool and family home daycare programs and services available in Stamford. Lots of fun activities for children
Learn more

>>Stuff The Gazebo
Saturday, November 7, 10 am - 3 pm
Bandstand on the Town Green, Main Street, New Milford.
Join us and the Women's Club of Greater New Milford to Stuff the Gazebo with items for Thanksgiving dinner for area families in need.
Learn more