Now Is The Perfect Time to Say Yes to United Way of Western Connecticut
While we bid farewell to summer as autumn settles in, we have so much to look forward to in the coming months. We continue our work as champions for local, hard-working households in Western Connecticut, supporting local solutions for individuals and families living paycheck-to-paycheck. We are committed to ensuring every household is financially stable, and every child enters school ready to learn and graduates ready to succeed.
We’re pleased to share some recent news and success in the area of education. Our Back To School Programs provided supplies for more than 720 students throughout Western Connecticut, and our cooperative efforts in Stamford led to significant increases in the number of early kindergarten registrations.
This fall, we will continue to hold more Community Conversations with individuals and families who are ALICE® - Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. Through these conversations, and our online survey, we seek to fully understand the challenges faced by this population. Statewide, 35% of households are ALICE, and struggling to live paycheck-to-paycheck.
As donors and volunteers, there are many opportunities to join us as champions for local, hard-working, struggling households. Together, we can invest in local solutions to keep our communities strong.
Chief Executive Officer
United Way of Western Connecticut
P.S. We're about to move in Danbury! After years on West Street, we'll be settling into a new home. As of Sept. 19, 2016, our new Danbury address will be: 301 Main Street, Suite 2-5.
Nearly 300 runners laced up for UWWC’s King of The Hill 5K Road Race on Thursday, September 8 at the Matrix Corporate Center in Danbury. Teams of individual runners and more than 12 corporate teams hit the road to raise funds for our programs that help struggling families work toward financial stability. Runners did their best on a humid evening and celebrated their times at a post-race cookout.
Are you ALICE? Are you currently living paycheck-to-paycheck? Have you tottered at the edge of financial instability? We want to hear from you. We are currently scheduling Community Conversations throughout Western Connecticut. Please join us!
If you can't make a community conversation, then participate virtually by completing our ALICE survey. All responses are anonymous, unless you choose to share your contact information.
This August, UWWC helped equip students in need with the necessities for a great school year through our Back to School Programs. Through the generosity of donors, 355 students in Southern Litchfield County and 255 students in greater Danbury received a backpack full of supplies and a gift card to purchase new clothes. In Stamford, corporate volunteers participating in the program provided 110 children a backpack, school supplies and new clothes.
The value of Back to School Program goes beyond just a backpack and notebooks. By investing in students in need, we tell these students that the community believes their education, goals and aspirations are valuable and worthwhile.
For more information about our Back to School Programs, please contact:
• Danbury/ Northern Fairfield County - Morgan Greening (203.297.6736)
• New Milford/Southern Litchfield County - Katy Francis (860.354.8800)
• Stamford - Nicole Granskog (203.883.6034)
As part of the Stamford Cradle to Career collective impact work, United Way’s Stamford Early Childhood Collaborative helped bring together the Stamford Public Schools, the Stamford School Readiness Program, and local preschools and daycares this spring to improve Kindergarten Registration rates in Stamford.
Historically by August 1, only 50% of the approximately 1,350 children who enter Kindergarten each fall are registered. By not knowing how many children will be coming to school in September, schools struggle with organizing classrooms, teachers, materials, and transportation, while families fail to receive important first day information.
This tremendous cooperative undertaking resulted in more than 1,100 children (84%) registered by mid-August, with registration continuing until the start of school on September 1.
This success is a great example of a thriving community coming together for our children’s success in school from day one!
>>Learn more about the Stamford Cradle to Career collective impact work centered around education that United Way is helping to spearhead
UWWC continued to foster a love of reading by connecting our Workplace Volunteer Council members from Greenwich Associates, Legg Mason, Pitney Bowes, Pepsico, and Preferred Brands International with the children attending summer camp at the Boys and Girls Club/Yerwood Center. Over the course of four weeks this summer, we spent time with 250 children heading into grades one through four. We read some great books selected by our friends at The Ferguson Library and earned points for their summer reading program. Reading is definitely more fun when you are part of a book club!
United Way of Western Connecticut is looking for caring volunteers who can make a weekly commitment to read books to area preschool classrooms. Flexible scheduling options are available. Join us for a Volunteer Information Session on Thursday, September 15 from 12 – 1 pm in the United Way of Western Connecticut Conference Room (85 West Street, Danbury.) There will be a 30 minute program overview followed by time for questions. Coffee and cookies will be provided – please feel free to bring lunch.
During the months of August and September 2016, UWWC is allocating more than $100,000 in federal funds in Stamford and more than $60,000 in federal funds in Danbury through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). The funds are distributed to local agencies to provide food, shelter, and utility assistance to those most in need in the communities UWWC serves. UWWC oversees the fund allocation and distribution process by convening a local EFSP Board and using the services of volunteers to make funding decisions. More than 20 agencies in Stamford and Danbury receive funding through the program to benefit clients who are homeless, in need of food, or who cannot pay their utility bills.
Save the Date! Day of Action is coming to Stamford on October 6!
>>To become involved, please contact Stacy Schulman at 203.836.8479 or firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Learn more
Join us on Thursday, November 10 for the Stamford Cradle to Career Launch from 8:30 - 11:30 am at UConn Stamford. This will be the launch of this important collaborative initiative that collectively aligns community resources to ensure equity and excellence in education, for every Stamford child, from cradle to career. Our vision is that all Stmaford youth will succeed in education, career, and life. The six outcome areas have been identified for the community-led work include:
- Infant Health and Development;
- Kindergarten Readiness;
- Early Grade Reading;
- Transition to Middle School;
- Transition to High School; and
- Transition from High School to Post-Secondary College and/or Career.
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