United News November 2019

Nov.25, 2019

November Edition

The Power of Giving

December 3 is GivingTuesday a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their local communities. Join us from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at State House Square, Hartford, where staff and volunteers will be collecting donations to keep people healthy and warm this season through the United Way ALICE Fund.

Learn More About GivingTuesday

Your Donation Matters

Time is running out! Don’t forget to make your tax-deductible charitable donation by December 31, 2019. United Way is proud to offer a variety of ways for you to give:

  • Contribute online at unitedwayinc.org/donate;
  • Mail a check to: United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Attn: Finance, 30 Laurel Street, Hartford, CT 06106;
  • Contact United Way’s Lisa Cretella, to:
  • Transfer from your IRA directly to United Way without increasing your adjusted gross income;
  • Donate stock and save on capital gains tax; or,
  • Establish a United Way Donor Advised Fund and make distributions to causes you care about simpler than ever before.

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Thank You

In this season of gratitude, we at United Way would like to extend a special ‘thank you’ to all who’ve contributed to the well-being of local children and families through the 2019 United Way Community Campaign. Together, we’re ensuring that children succeed in school; people get jobs and are financially secure; people are healthy; and, basic needs are met during tough times.

Volunteer Spotlight: Volunteer Friday – December 6, 2019

Volunteer with United Way by creating Books and Basics kits. Each kit includes a book, a prop you’ll make that highlights the story, gloves and a hat. Help keep children warm this season while building their home libraries.


Season of Giving – Now through December 16, 2019

Various Times | Various Locations

United Way wants to make it easy to get involved and give back this holiday season. Select one of the drives below to host with your organization, family or friends:

  • Grocery Store Gift Card Drive
  • School Supply Drive
  • Toy Drive
  • Winter Gear Drive

Learn More

Save the Date: #GivingTuesday – December 3, 2019

#GivingTuesday is a day when people around the world come together to give back. Help kick off the season of giving by supporting United Way December 3 by “liking”, commenting and sharing our #GivingTuesday social media posts. Follow @unitedwayinc on social media for more details in the coming weeks.


Black Friday and Cyber Monday – November 29, 2019 and December 2, 2019

When shopping on Amazon online, please use the URL smile.amazon.com and select “United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut” as your charity of choice when making your purchases. Amazon Smile will donate a gift of 0.5 percent of your order total to our United Way at no additional cost to you.


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 
December 2019-April 2020

Various Times | Various Locations | CT

We’re excited to once again be a part of the VITA Campaign. VITA is a no-cost tax preparation program for working families who earn up to $56,000 annually.

Four out of 10 households struggle to make ends meet in central and northeastern Connecticut. As a VITA volunteer, you’ll be helping working families receive the tax credits and refunds they’ve earned. Get started now! No prior experience is required, and free training is provided.

Volunteer opportunities include:
Tax preparers: complete tax returns for filers
Savings and intake specialists: ensure that taxpayers are ready for their appointments, manage daily site calendars and speak with filers about opportunities to save their refunds
Translators: translate for English as a Second Language filers at tax sites, primarily Spanish-speakers