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Late Spring 2018

ALICE has waited for this moment.

It's been another incredible spring at United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC). We're growing and expanding our work focused on ALICE® households (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). We are excited to share what's new in our update below.
United Way is standing up to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors who don’t want charity but need a hand-up. Everyday, we fight for the health, education and financial stability of ALICE households.
We can't do it without you. We hope you will continue to make a difference and express your commitment to securing a stronger future for our communities through your support.

Kim MorganWith gratitude,
Kim Morgan
Chief Executive Officer
United Way of Western Connecticut


Heart of Gold Honors Synchrony, Raises More Than $120,000

United Way of Western Connecticut hosted its 24th annual Heart of Gold Award Dinner which took place on Thursday, May 17 at The Loading Dock in Stamford. More than 200 people attended the event that honored Marc Chini of Synchrony for outstanding commitment to volunteerism and philanthropy. The event raised $121,000 to support United Way’s programmatic work in Stamford.

Candy Yeager, Event Committee Chair for Heart of Gold also presented the Roberta K. Eichler Heart of Gold Scholarship, for outstanding community service to two recipients this year: Elizabeth DeMarkey of Stamford High School and Katherine Janik of Trinity Catholic High School. Each received $5,000 for their college educations.

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Day of Action is June 21 in Greater Danbury and New Milford

Join us for Day of Action 2018, when we mobilize volunteers in a variety of large-scale projects to benefit ALICE throughout Greater Danbury and New Milford. Many of our projects focus on supporting agencies that help struggling households.

We also need books for our Camp Wannaread Literacy kits! Books can be purchased from our Amazon Wishlist and shipped directly, or dropped off at our offices on Main Street in Danbury. Our goal is 400 books for area 2nd graders and books will be collected through June 15!

And new this year is a Community Block Party with valuable resources to start off a healthy summer!

>>Check out our Camp Wannread book list
>>Spread the word about our Community Block Party



Mark Your Calendars: Take Five To Give Five Starts June 11!

Our annual online giving campaign, Take Five to Give Five is back! One week. One goal. Raise $5,000 to help hard-working families in Western Connecticut.

Great communities don’t just happen. They are created by individuals with vision and willingness to invest in the future. Each one of us has something of value that we can share. The solution is not to help by one person. Together, we can impact a cause, a person's life, or our community. You can do something and it only takes five minutes.

We challenge you to take five minutes ito think about how you will continue to cultivate and invest in creating lasting change in your community. Make a gift, spread the word, start your own fundraiser.

>>Take Five to Make a Gift
>>Become a Take Five fundraiser



Stamford Cradle to Career Launches Go Before You Show

To help increase awareness of prenatal care and maternal health throughout Stamford, the Stamford Cradle to Career (SC2C) partnership launched Go Before You Show city-wide campaign on May 11 at the Government Center in Stamford.

The campaign encourages pregnant women to seek prenatal care in the first three months of their pregnancy and connects them to a prenatal care provider as early as possible in their pregnancy for more positive outcomes.

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YVC Summer is Here!

YVC Summer 2018 is a six-week service-learning program in which youth participants, ages 11-18 (under the supervision of adult team leaders), get the opportunity to work with local nonprofit agencies to accomplish greater service outcomes, reinforce teamwork skills, and develop a deeper appreciation for civic responsibility. We’re expanding into Stamford to offer a three-week experience!

>>Sign up for YVC Summer in Greater Danbury and New Milford
>>Sign up for YVC Summer in Stamford



UWWC Grant Awards Announced

United Way of Western Connecticut has announced its 2018-19 grant awards.

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Stamford Cradle to Careeer Receives Grant Funding from New Canaan Community Foundation

The New Canaan Community Foundation has awarded Stamford Cradle to Career a $6,000 grant through its 2018 funding cycle. Funded through the foundation's youth and education focus area, the grant will support the general wortk of the community-wide partnership, which works collectively to align resources to ensure that all youth succeed in education, career and life. UWWC serves as the backbone organization for the partnership.