Creating a Community of Possibilities.
Together, with our partners, community leaders, donors and volunteers, we:
- Prepare youth for academic success with a focus on early childhood education, grade-level reading and transition to high school;
- Connect people with good jobs and opportunities to learn how to save and grow their money; and,
- Provide individuals and families with immediate emergency assistance, such as food, shelter, and quality health-related services.
Here’s how your dollars make a difference:
- EDUCATION: You’re ensuring children graduate high school college- and career-ready by entering fourth grade reading proficiently and acquiring skills needed for high school success.
- FINANCIAL SECURITY: You’re empowering families become financially secure by helping adults obtain and retain jobs that offer family-sustaining wages and career advancement, and by helping individuals and families increase their financial capability to achieve short- and long-term goals.
- BASIC NEEDS: You’re providing people with assistance for basic needs, such as food, shelter, and emergency support.
- HEALTH: You’re connecting individuals and families to healthcare providers and other ways to improve their health.
Why choose United Way?
United Way is a champion for working families.
Connecticut United Ways released the ALICE Report, a study of financial hardship in our state. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
Despite working full time, one in three households in our region are ALICE, struggling to pay bills, put food on the table, and make ends meet. This affects a child’s ability to succeed and a family’s financial and physical health. This affects our entire community.
The challenges facing ALICE households are complex, but we are making progress. By bringing together people, partners and resources, we work toward lasting solutions, not short-term charity–focusing on education, financial security, health and basic needs–the building blocks for a good quality of life.
No one organization can do it alone. It is through connecting people and passions that we’re able to make our region an even better place to live, work and raise a family.
Click here to Meet ALICE. You will be surprised to learn that you already know her.
How your dollars make a difference.
Some United Way Campaign results made possible through gifts last year:
- Over 2,400 children in quality early childhood education programs gained skills needed to succeed in kindergarten, such as language and literacy skills.
- Nearly 250 academically struggling students (matched with more than 160 UW Readers volunteers) improved their literacy skills; nearly 70 attained grade-level proficiency.
- Nearly 1,900 youth improved their academic performance related to grade-level standards.
- Nearly 600 middle grade students acquired the academic skills needed for high school success.
- Over 14 million pounds of food was distributed to human services agencies in our region through our partnership with Foodshare.
- Over 13,000 people were connected to emergency resources such as rent/utility assistance, medical equipment, clothing or transportation assistance to better make ends meet.
- More than 1,000 people received emergency shelter.
- United Way 2-1-1 provided information and referrals to more than 88,000 callers in our region.
- More than 3,000 people found safety/services related to sexual assault or domestic violence.
- Nearly 1,000 individuals increased their disposable income by accessing benefits.
- Nearly 12,000 people in our region filed their 2017 taxes at volunteer-run tax sites and received over $26 million in tax refunds and credits, including over $7 million in EITC credits- money that can be used to save, pay bills and invest back into the community.
- More than 550 people participated in financial management programs; more than 50% created and maintained a budget, made regular contributions to savings and reduced debt.
- More than 700 individuals improved their education and employment potential; nearly 350 individuals attained industry-specific credentials or certifications.
- Nearly 400 people in job training programs secured employment.
- Workforce Solutions worked with over 100 employers in key industries that offer career advancement opportunities for lower-income, lower-skilled employees: health care, manufacturing, and transportation, distribution, and logistics. Through employer-driven partnerships, the Collaborative helps lower-income, lower-skilled job seekers gain skills needed to advance in their career. In 2016, over 100 people attained career credentials and 80 gained new employment.
- Nearly 3,400 people accessed health insurance
- Over 2,300 people accessed healthy food through Meals on Wheels programs.