720 children were served by the program, which represented a total of $136,370 invested into the region
DANBURY, Conn. (September 6, 2018) — United Way of Western Connecticut has announced the wrap-up of its annual Back-To-School Program in Danbury, which served 292 children this year and represents an investment of $43,770 into the Greater Danbury community.
United Way administers this program in three Western Connecticut hubs each year: Danbury, New Milford and Stamford. This year, 720 children were served by the program, which represented a value of $136,370 invested into the region.
This program is one of United Way’s signature initiatives for students from ALICE® households (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) that alleviates a very real strain for families living paycheck-to-paycheck.
“For us, the best part of United Way’s Back-To-School program is the excitement of the students as when they come in to pick up their backpacks and school supplies,” said Kimberly Morgan, United Way of Western Connecticut Chief Executive Officer. “Their enthusiasm is matched only by their parents’ relief that their children are fully prepared to start the school year with confidence.”
“Our Back-To-School Program alleviates a very real financial strain for struggling, hard-working families at the start of the school year, which can be an exciting, but also busy and stressful time,” Morgan added.
Programs like United Way’s Back-To-School could not exist without the support of our community.
This year, Danbury’s Park Avenue graciously hosted United Way’s Back-To-School Distribution Day on August 22, which served 292 children this year and represents an investment of $43,770 into the Greater Danbury community. We are deeply grateful to volunteers Kathy Shook and Patty Moses for their dedication to providing organizational and logistical support to keep the Back-To-School Program in Danbury running smoothly. The success of this program would not have been possible without the support of donors in our community, including private individual donors and the following greater Danbury companies:
Adecco Employment Services, BlueCrest, Cartus, CironeFriedberg LLP, Crown World Mobility, Danbury Police Athletic League, Dental Associate, DRS Technologies, Duracell, Global Jet Capital, JAR Associates, Leadership Danbury, Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, MannKind, Metro PCS, Meyer Jabara Hotels, Pitney Bowes, Praxair, Reynolds & Rowella, Savings Bank of Danbury, Spectrum Brands, UTC Aerospace, Ventura Law, Waterworks, Webster Bank, Wells Fargo, Western CT Health Network, and Western CT Federal Credit Union
To become involved in the Danbury Back-To-School Program, please contact Morgan Greening at 203-297-6736.
Greater New Milford
United Way wrapped-up its 27th annual Back-To-School Program in New Milford, which served 313 Greater New Milford students this year and represents an investment of $62,600 into the Southern Litchfield County community. We are deeply grateful to volunteers Susan Denino, Jeanne Faure, Patti Guastello, Sharon Stephen, Joan Conn, Tricia Gregory, Don Gregory, Nancy Macklin, Bob Macklin, Mike Scofield, Laura Abbott, Michelle Holmes, Mari Leonard, the Youth Volunteer Corps of Western Connecticut and to James Coffey and the Knights of Columbus for providing organizational and logistical support. The success of this program would not have been possible without the support of private individual donors, foundations and corporations, including Kimberly-Clark, Ultra Pure LLC, Dental Associates, Don Clady and the New Milford Thrift Mart.
To become involved in the New Milford Back-To-School Program, please contact Katy Francis at 860-354-8800.
This year, 116 students from families in need attending Roxbury and Stillmeadow elementary schools were the beneficiaries of this year’s Stamford Back-To-School Program, and represents an investment of about $30,000 into the Stamford community. Thanks to the generosity of corporations in Stamford, this United Way program continues to help children from struggling families start the new school year on a positive note with a new backpack filled with school supplies, new clothes, a winter jacket, sneakers, underwear and socks. We are deeply grateful to youth volunteers from the Women’s Mentoring Network in Stamford for providing their support for the Back-To-School Program by assisting with the collection and distribution of all items. The success of this program would not be possible without the support of our corporate donors in our community, as follows: Allegis Global Solutions, The Ashforth Company, Barnum Wealth Management, Cotiviti, Day Pitney, Deloitte, Equity Residential, Granoff Architects, Greenwich Associates, Heidmar, NBC Universal, Nestle Waters, O'Connor Davies, Patriot Bank, Philips, Pitney Bowes, Thomson Reuters, and U.S. Trust.
To become involved in the Stamford Back-To-School Program, please contact Nicole Granskog at 203-833-6034.