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: You’re ensuring children stay on track for kindergarten and academic milestones in order to graduate high school college and career ready.
- FINANCIAL SECURITY: You’re helping people get jobs, manage finances and get on a path to a financially secure future.
- HEALTH: You’re connecting families with health services, supporting healthier beginnings and healthier lives.
- BASIC NEEDS: You’re providing people with assistance during tough times 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 last year:
- More than 2,600 children in quality early childhood education programs gained skills needed to succeed in kindergarten.
- More than 200 children were helped by volunteer United Way Readers once a week and, 90 percent improved their literacy skills.
- Nearly 300 children in the Summer Enrichment Experience maintained or improved their reading skills over the summer.
- More than 3,900 youth improved their academic performance as a result of United Way-supported programs.
- Nearly 12,000 filers received $28 million in federal refunds and credits through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), including over $7 million in EITC credits-money that can be used to save, pay bills, and invest back in the community.
- 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.
- More than 400 people in United Way-supported job training programs were able to secure employment.
- Over 450 adults improved their education and employment potential by attaining either their high school diploma/GED or employment credentials/licensure.
- More than 15,000 people received basic food assistance.
- More than 2,200 people received emergency shelter.
- Nearly 1,000 people were assisted by disaster relief services in response to local emergencies such as fire or flood.
- More than 4,000 people found safety/services related to sexual assault or domestic violence.
- More than 113,000 callers in our 40-town region were connected to information and referrals through United Way 2-1-1.