Creating a Community of Possibilities.
Together, with our partners, community leaders, donors and volunteers, we:
- Prepare youth for academic success with a focus on early childhood education, grade-level reading and transition to high school;
- Connect people with good jobs and opportunities to learn how to save and grow their money; and,
- Provide individuals and families with immediate emergency assistance, such as food, shelter, and quality health-related services.
Here’s how your dollars make a difference:
- EDUCATION: Helping children and youth succeed academically and in life.
- FINANCIAL SECURITY: Ensuring families become more financially secure.
- HEALTH: Supporting healthier lives.
- BASIC NEEDS: Providing access to immediate emergency assistance, such as food and shelter.
Why choose United Way Community Investment?
United Way is a champion for working families.
Connecticut United Ways released the ALICE Report, a study of financial hardship in our state. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
Despite working full time, one in three households in our region are ALICE, struggling to pay bills, put food on the table, and make ends meet. This affects a child’s ability to succeed and a family’s financial and physical health. This affects our entire community.
The challenges facing ALICE households are complex, but we are making progress. By bringing together people, partners and resources, we work toward lasting solutions, not short-term charity–focusing on education, financial security, health and basic needs–the building blocks for a good quality of life.
No one organization can do it alone. It is through connecting people and passions that we’re able to make our region an even better place to live, work and raise a family.
Click here to Meet ALICE. You will be surprised to learn that you already know her.
How your dollars make a difference.
Some United Way Campaign results made possible through gifts to Community Investment last year:
- More than 2,500 children in quality early childhood education programs gained skillsneeded to succeed in kindergarten.
- More than 1,000 United Way volunteers created literacy kits for nearly 3,200 children in our region.
- More than 230 children were helped by volunteer United Way Readers once a week and 90 percent improved their literacy skills.
- 3,300 youth in after-school programs improved their academic performance.
- More than 4,800 youth improved skills needed for academic success, such as study skills.
- More than 4,900 people were connected to services such as childcare assistance, rental subsidies, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)and public healthcare with assistance from United Way-supported programs to help them better make ends meet.
- Nearly 11,400 filers received $29.1 million in federal refunds and credits through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and MyFreeTaxes.
- 100 percent of United Way Volunteer Budget Coaching participants improved their financial management skills while working to pay down debt, repair credit and reduce spending; 61 percent said they reduced debt.
- 1,600 people improved career skills through training on computers, customer service, critical thinking and communication.
- Nearly 600 people in United Way-supported job training programs were able to secure employment.
- More than 23,500 people received basic food assistance.
- More than 3,000 people received emergency shelter.
- Nearly 1,000 people were assisted by disaster services in response to emergencies, such as a fire or flood.
- Nearly 110,000 individuals in our 40-town region were connected to information and referrals through
United Way 2-1-1.