United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut Announces First Round of Grants from Its Neighbors in Need Fund

Apr.30, 2020

(Hartford, Conn.) April 30, 2020 – United Way has made 12 awards in its first round of grants from its COVID-19 response fund, Neighbors in Need. The grants, totaling $127,000 will support local nonprofits in delivering important services to those most impacted by the pandemic. The awards will ensure that local families receive assistance related to rent; utilities; food; and, telehealth.

Understanding that the needs of our communities continue to grow and evolve, United Way launched its Neighbors in Need emergency response fund in late March.

“We stand with our community – residents, government agencies, the private sector and the nonprofit sector – ready to face the immediate challenges and those that lie ahead,” said Paula S. Gilberto, President and CEO, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. “I am grateful to the individual donors and local workplaces for their generosity and to our hardworking partners who are on the frontlines making sure community needs are met. While these times are unprecedented, I am proud to be a part of a community that comes together to support our neighbors.”

The first round of grants, totaling $127,000, are supporting the following community-based organizations:

Food and Emergency Assistance (grocery store cards; food; utility and rental assistance; and, basic household supplies):

  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Norwich ($10,000; Windham service office)
  • Catholic Charities, Inc. Archdiocese of Hartford ($20,000)
  • Family Life Education, Inc., Hartford ($5,000)
  • Hispanic Health Council, Hartford ($10,000)
  • Human Resource Agency of New Britain ($10,000)
  • The Village for Families & Children, Inc., Hartford ($10,000)
  • United Services, Inc., Windham ($2,000)
  • Windham Area Interfaith Ministry ($10,000)

Domestic Violence and Shelter: To provide safe shelter and access to basic necessities:

  • Prudence Crandall Center, Inc., New Britain ($15,000; domestic violence shelter for men, women and children)
  • Soromundi Commons – YWCA Hartford Region ($10,000; homeless shelter for women)
  • South Park Inn, Inc., Hartford ($15,000; homeless shelter for individuals and families)

Mental and Behavioral Health: To support technology needs associated with telehealth, etc.:

  • Community Mental Health Affiliates, New Britain ($10,000)

Additional grants will be made from United Way Neighbors in Need on an ongoing basis.

These grants were made possible by our generous individual donors and workplaces who have contributed to United Way Neighbors in Need. Special thanks to: American Savings Foundation; Santander Bank, N.A; Sun Life; TD Bank, through the TD Bank Charitable Foundation; The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain; The Farmington Bank Community Foundation; Stanley Black & Decker; and, UPS.

As the pandemic continues to evolve, so too will the needs of our community. To learn more about United Way’s COVID-19 response efforts or to make a donation to United Way Neighbors in Need, visit https://unitedwayinc.org/emergency-response/

About United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s vision is a community where opportunities are available for every child to succeed in school and for every family to achieve financial security. United Way brings people and resources together to address immediate needs and finds 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 http://www.unitedwayinc.org.

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