United News October 2019

Oct.31, 2019

October Edition

United Way Emerging Leaders Society Hosts Case Competition

United Way Emerging Leaders Society recently hosted its second Case Competition to provide leadership development and engagement opportunities for young professionals. Teams were paired with executive mentors to develop innovative ways of partnering with Unite Way. Their ideas on advancing corporate social responsibility goals and contributing to positive community change were presented before a panel of judges that included regional and national corporate executives. A team of young professionals from Aetna, a CVS Health Company, mentored by Brent Robertson, Co-Founder, Fathom, developed the winning proposal. The team now has an opportunity to work with United Way to implement their idea.

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United Way Continues Commitment to Creating Healthier Communities

A new health initiative recently launched in Hartford is part of United Way’s ongoing work with community partners to improve the quality of life for residents. The North Hartford Triple Aim Collaborative, a sponsored initiative of United Way, is a multi-sector team focused on population health improvement.

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Thank You: Omar Coffee

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut is pleased to announce the launch of its new coffee line in partnership with Omar Coffee. A portion of proceeds from the United Way-branded/Omar Coffee products will be donated to United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Unum

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut teamed up with Unum employees to make literacy kits to help build children’s home libraries and provide parents with interactive props related to the book’s story. Engaging parents in reading to their children and building a home library are important steps in achieving grade-level reading by the fourth grade.

 Read for the Record – November 7, 2019

8:30-10:30 a.m. | Burns Latino Studies Academy | 195 Putnam Street | Hartford, CT

Join United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut in Hartford for the 14th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®, a campaign mobilizing volunteers to read in classrooms. Volunteers are still needed to read to children in Hartford. The goal is to have the most people reading the same book on the same day to children across the globe. This year’s book is “Thank You, Omu!” by Oge Mora.


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.


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