Our Work

Family Financial Security

Supporting United Way helps families get on the pathway to a financially secure future. Together with our partners, we offer a comprehensive approach to connecting individuals with skills and training for jobs in our region as well as the financial services and supports to achieve their goals.


We invest in integrated programs and initiatives that provide employment services, financial coaching and connection to income supports which help families on their path to financial security. We also convene multi-sector partnerships focused on better connecting systems to advance employment opportunities for individuals in our region. Here are some examples:

Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford: United Way is the lead partner for the Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford – a nationally recognized employer led effort that aims to connect lower wage workers with industry specific training and support to find jobs that are in demand by local employers. Over the years, we have convened hundreds of employers, in key industries – including health care, manufacturing and transportation/distribution/logistics – to create a pipeline of qualified employees that meet workforce demand in jobs that pay family-sustaining wages with opportunities for career advancement.

Tax Assistance:  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a partnership of United Way, the IRS, The Village for Families & Children, Inc. and Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc. which provides tax preparation services at no cost to eligible families at community locations throughout our region. In addition, online filing is also available at myfreetaxes.com.

CWP Navigation Tool

The HOYC Youth Training and Employment Navigation Tool is designed to promote access and engagement for disconnected youth in the Greater Hartford Region.  The tool will be available on the HOYC website, United Way 2-1-1, and elsewhere with mobile compatibility.  Youth will complete a brief survey relating educational needs, career interest, and desired services.  The tool will then direct the youth to a list of programs and services provided by HOYC partners that is tailored to youth’s individual survey responses.


Each listed program/service will have a contact link that is directly connected to a point person at the partner organization who is responsible for rapidly reaching out to youth in responds to a referral from the tool.


Once a connection is established between the youth and the service provider, youth will either be enrolled into programming or referred to another service with a “warm” handoff from the initial point of contact to another staff person.


It is important to note that in order for your HOYC Navigation Tool results to be saved, you must first create a 2-1-1 Account.  If you do not want to save your results, you will not need to create a 2-1-1 Account.