Frequently Asked Questions About United Way of Western Connecticut
And Our Response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy
What funds were established?
Immediately following the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy on December 14, 2012, United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) and the Newtown Savings Bank created the Sandy Hook School Support Fund (SHSSF). The SHSSF was established to receive financial donations, with the intent that the money raised would support families impacted by the tragedy, including those who lost a family member, were injured or had children who escaped from the affected classrooms, teachers and first responders.
The SHSSF received approximately $12 million. The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation (NSHCF) was formed on February 20, 2013, to receive the SHSSF dollars, distribute and provide oversight to the money raised through the SHSSF.
An immediate needs fund of more than $300,000 was established by UWWC to benefit families impacted by the tragedy, including those who lost a family member, were injured or had children who escaped from the affected classrooms, and the Newtown community in the short-term. The Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund (SHWAF) was established at the request of the Connecticut State Assembly to benefit first responders to the tragedy.
Did UWWC charge administrative fees for any of these funds?
No, UWWC did not charge or collect any fees or overhead expenses for the administration of any of these funds. 100% of what UWWC raised for the SHSSF was transferred to the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation (http://www.nshcf.org/).
How did the funds support victims?
- $7.7 million was allocated to victims most directly impacted by the tragedy, including those who lost a family member, were injured or had children who escaped from the affected classrooms
- $5 million was given to NSHCF for short- and long-term community needs (http://www.nshcf.org/)
- Immediate needs, including mental health support costs, were paid during the first year after the tragedy through a partnership with the Office of Victim Services
- Funds from the SHWAF were paid to the state Office of Victim Services with the fund maintained by the state Treasurer
Was UWWC monitored throughout this process?
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