Pratt & Whitney Donates 200,000 Face Masks to United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut to Protect Against Spread of COVID-19

Jan.26, 2021

Hartford, Conn. (Jan. 26, 2021) — United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and Pratt & Whitney have partnered to distribute 200,000 single-use adult face masks for residents statewide through Connecticut United Ways.  

“United Way is proud to partner with Pratt & Whitney to help people stay healthy as we continue to navigate COVID-19,” said Paula S. Gilberto, President and CEO, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. “This donation is just one way United Way partners with companies in support of local children and families. We’re grateful to Pratt & Whitney for this donation. 

The facemasks will help to minimize the further spread of COVID-19 within local communities. The Town of East Hartford received 8,000 facemasks through its partnership with United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. 

“On behalf of the Town of East Hartford, we are incredibly grateful to be the recipient of such a generous donation of facemasks,” said Mayor Marcia Leclerc. “East Hartford is proud to have community partners like United Way and Pratt & Whitney, and their continued and ongoing support is appreciated and greatly valued. This donation will be used to help slow the spread of COVID-19 within our communities and allow us to continue the work of delivering critical services through these challenging times.” 

Since April 2020, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut has distributed more than 320,000 face masks (reusable and single use) to organizations statewide by coordinating donations from companies, civic organizations and volunteers. Those interested in making a donation should contact Phil Blonski, Senior Manager, Community Engagement, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, at or 860-493-1132. Instructions on making homemade cloth masks can be found at 

About United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut 

United Way brings people and resources together to address immediate needs and find long-term solutions to challenging problems. United Way does this by investing in programs and services, leading community change initiatives, and mobilizing resources and volunteers to ensure that children succeed in school, people get jobs and are financially secure, people are healthy, and basic needs are met during tough times. For more information, visit  

Media Contact: Elyssa M. Millspaugh | United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut | | 860.493.1119