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

May.29, 2020

21 Community-Based Organizations to Receive Grants Totaling $286,000

(Hartford, Conn.) May 29, 2020 – United Way has made 21 awards in its second round of grants from Neighbors in Need, its COVID-19 response fund. The awards will support local nonprofits in delivering important services to 6,000 individuals impacted by the pandemic.

“While each of us has been affected by COVID-19, the pandemic underscores the health and economic disparities of lower-wage earners and people of color; the vulnerability of those already hungry, homeless or developmentally compromised; the elderly; and, those experiencing domestic violence,” said Paula S. Gilberto, President and CEO, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. “We continue to respond quickly to the growing needs we see in our community through United Way Neighbors in Need.”

United Way Neighbors in Need has awarded $413,000 to community-based organizations to date, helping more than 7,000 individuals throughout the region.

The second round of grants, totaling $286,000, are supporting services of the following community-based organizations:

Emergency Material Assistance/Basic Human Needs (grocery store cards; food; utility and rental assistance; and, basic household supplies):

  • American School for the Deaf (Greater Hartford): $5,000
  • Chrysalis Center (Greater Hartford): $10,000
  • Community Health Resources (Greater Hartford): $15,000
  • Community Renewal Team (Greater Hartford): $10,000
  • Consolidated School District of New Britain: $10,000
  • Operation Fuel (Central and Northeastern Connecticut): $20,000
  • Our Piece of the Pie (Hartford): $10,000

Emergency Material Assistance and Behavioral Health Support (food pantry and mental health services):

  • Hockanum Valley Community Council (Greater Hartford/East of the River): $15,000

Food/household items (food; toiletries; diapers; cleaning supplies; etc.):

  • Connecticut Food Bank: $25,000
  • Foodshare: $25,000
  • Healing Meals Community Project (Greater Hartford): $10,000
  • Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford: $15,000
  • KNOX (Hartford): $10,000
  • Services for the Elderly of Farmington: $6,000
  • The Salvation Army Southern New England Division: $20,000

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services (additional staffing/training; personal protection equipment; supplies):

  • FAVARH, The ARC of Farmington Valley: $10,000
  • HARC (Greater Hartford): $10,000

Shelter/Housing support (additional staffing; safe shelter and access to basic necessities):

  • Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness: $20,000
  • Journey Home (Hartford/New Britain): $20,000
  • Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation (Hartford): $15,000
  • YMCA of New Britain – Berlin: $5,000

Additional awards will be made from United Way Neighbors in Need on an ongoing basis as funds are raised and need exists.

These grants were made possible by individual donors, corporations and foundations that have contributed to United Way Neighbors in Need including: 3M Purification Inc – Stafford Springs; American Savings Foundation; Bank of America; Berkshire Bank; Community Foundation of Greater New Britain; Deloitte; Farmington Bank Community Foundation; Navigate Affordable Housing Partners; Nutmeg Foundation; Santander Bank; Sentry Insurance; Stanley Black & Decker; Sun Life Financial Group; TD Bank, through the TD Bank Charitable Foundation; The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company; UPS; and, Wells Fargo Bank.

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