Emergency Response

United Way Women United Power of the Purse Luncheon and Silent Auction

With Featured Speaker Deborah Rosado Shaw

United Way Emergency Response

COVID-19 Response Fund

Neighbors in Need

Neighbors in NeedOver the last several weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in increased cases and widespread closures of businesses, schools, and nonprofits creating increasingly dire economic consequences for local families.

In response, we have launched our United Way Neighbors in Need fund to assist individuals and families in central and northeastern Connecticut with food; emergency assistance; and, childcare. A portion of the funds we raise will also support statewide efforts for food and emergency assistance through the Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund, a collaboration among local United Ways. As this pandemic continues to evolve, so too will the needs of our community. Both funds will allow for flexibility in meeting those needs.

At United Way, we are committed to ensuring basic needs are met. We need to work together to achieve that, now more than ever. We can’t do it alone and we can’t do it without you.

Please consider a gift to United Way Neighbors in Need. While the path ahead might feel uncertain, we know that together we will make a difference and support our neighbors. Thank you for your ongoing generosity and support. Stay well.

Eligible organizations: Apply for one-time funding to support residents who have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. Learn more.

United Way 2-1-1

Governor Ned Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut has partnered with United Way of Connecticut to launch an information hotline for questions from the public regarding issues related to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). People who have questions can call 2-1-1 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider to seek treatment.

Access Health CT Special Enrollment

Access Health CT Enrollment
As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to threaten public health, Access Health CT announced a NEW Special Enrollment Period for qualified uninsured Connecticut residents.

This Special Enrollment Period is open until April 2, 2020.

To see if you are eligible call 855-805-4325 (TTY: 1- 855-365-2428). Enrollment is available by phone only.

The Access Health call center will be helping people enroll Monday through Friday, from 8am to 5pm.

To learn more visit learn.accesshealthct.com.

Click HERE to download answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Donate Technology

Goodwin University is looking to access donated laptops that will get in the hands of students, or funding to be able to purchase laptops for students. The students who don’t have laptops are often the people who are struggling to think about basic needs.

Contact Sandra Ward: SWard@goodwin.edu if you are able to help.

Status of Events and Volunteer Opportunities


March 31 – The Parkville Market “Sneak Peek” is postponed. We are working with our partners to determine next steps and will be in touch with updates next week.

April 2 – Our virtual Annual Meeting will be held for the election of board members from 5:30-6:00 p.m. [RSVP]

Our 95th anniversary celebration and presentation of the Community Service Award will be postponed to a later date.

On Schedule

April 30 – United Way Women United Fashion, Philanthropy & Fun

May 8 United Way Emerging Leaders Society Beyond the Bell

June 11 United Way Women United Power of the Purse Luncheon and Silent Auction

Volunteering Status

  • United Way Community Impact Team (Partnership Meetings) are POSTPONED. For more information, please contact Diana Desnoyers.
  • United Way Readers is CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. For more information, please contact Phil Blonski.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites (in partnership with The Village for Families & Children) are CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. For more information, please contact Phil Blonski. For information and updates on sites in New Britain, call 860-225-8601. The U.S. Dept. of Treasury has extended the 2019 filing deadline from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. The State of Connecticut has announced they will follow the same guidelines. Additionally, if you owe taxes for 2019 of less than $1 Million you have until July 15, 2020 to pay your balance in full without penalty or interest.