What is United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut (United Way)?
Founded in 1924, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to improve lives for children and families throughout central and northeastern Connecticut, including the Greater Hartford, New Britain, Windham and Enfield regions.
What is United Way’s mission and vision?
Our mission is to engage and bring together people and resources committed to the well-being of children and families in our community.
Our vision is a community where opportunities are available for every child to succeed in school and for every family to achieve financial security.
What is the value of United Way?
United Way is committed to addressing immediate needs and finding long-term solutions to challenges facing our community. We do this by investing in programs and services, leading community change initiatives and mobilizing resources and volunteers.
We know that for many children, adults and families, recovery from the economic, health and learning loss impacts of COVID-19 will not be immediate.
The pandemic has taught us the value and importance of taking care of one another. The goal is not to get back to where we were, it is to build back better, to a future with more equitable outcomes for all. That is what it means to LIVE UNITED.
When you give to United Way, you are supporting a network of partners who are working together to meet the complex needs of people in our region, efficiently and effectively.
How does United Way help working families?
The 2020 Connecticut United Ways ALICE* Report revealed that 38% of households in our state have income which falls below what is needed to pay for basic necessities such as housing, food, child care, health care, technology, and transportation.
Challenges facing ALICE households are complex and it’s a long journey to self-sufficiency and success, yet we are making progress. With our partners, donors and volunteers, we connect ALICE and other hard-working individuals with opportunities to get ahead through United Way-supported programs and initiatives.
*ALICE, stands for – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
What is the United Way Community Campaign?
When you partner with United Way, you and your colleagues have an opportunity to invest in comprehensive solutions where you live and work. In doing so, you also join a worldwide network dedicated to building a better life and a stronger community—for everyone.
What choices do I have when making my gift to the campaign?
You may make a gift directly to United Way to support our focus areas (Youth Success, Family Financial Security, Access to Health, Basic Needs, United For Racial Equity, and COVID-19 Recovery) and/or designate your gift to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of your choice.
Be sure to check with your employer for a matching gift program to make an even greater impact.
Why give to United Way?
United Way is committed to addressing immediate needs and finding long-term solutions to challenges facing our community. We do this by investing in programs and services, leading community change initiatives, and mobilizing resources and volunteers.
Over the last year, United Way responded to needs of those affected by COVID-19 while also supporting programs that ensure that children succeed in school; people get jobs and are financially secure; people are healthy; and, basic needs are met.
How have gifts to United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut made a difference locally?
- Nearly 90% of children birth to age 5 achieved developmental milestones, such as language and literacy skills, preparing them for kindergarten.
- Nearly 4,000 children enrolled in early childhood education programs, that provide quality child care for parents while they work and equip children with kindergarten-readiness skills.
- 2,781 students in kindergarten through eighth grade received programming and services to keep them on track and engaged academically.
Family Financial Security
- 8,700+ households received no-cost tax preparation services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which resulted in nearly $24.5 million in refunds returned to families.
- 2,000 individuals received benefits screenings for programs that provide income support, such as SNAP, child care and health care. These supports help families stretch their budgets.
- 750 adults gained employment in industries that provide livable wages, opportunities for advancement and benefits.
Access to Health and Basic Needs
- 10.9 million pounds of food were distributed through regional food banks to local food pantries.
- 103,500 calls were made to United Way 211 for information and referral services. 211 connects callers, at no cost, to critical health and human services in their community.
- 3,600 people were connected to emergency resources such as rent/utility assistance, medical equipment, clothing or transportation assistance.
How can I become a United Way Leadership Investor?
Leadership Investors are individuals who give $1,000 or more annually. Gifts of $1,000 to $9,999 are recognized by our local Constitution Society while those who give $10,000 or more are recognized as members of the National Tocqueville Society.
I would like to designate my gift to a specific agency. How do I do this?
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut is honored to partner with your employer in helping employees give back to issues they care about. If you direct a portion or all of your gift to any qualified not-for-profit organization recognized as a 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service that is Patriot Act compliant, please include the name, address and phone number of the organization.
If we cannot locate your directed organization, or if it is not an IRS qualified 501(c)(3) organization, or it does not meet above requirements, we will make every reasonable attempt to contact you. If we cannot reach you, your gift will go to United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.
Please note that designated gifts are not monitored by United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.
I would like to designate my gift to a specific agency, but I do not know the designation code.
We can look up the designation code in our database and provide it to you. However, if we are unable to locate a designation code for your agency, we will research your agency and create a code upon receiving your pledge card. Any information you can provide about your agency is helpful.
How will I be acknowledged by the agency?
By checking the box that reads: “Please check here if you want to be acknowledged by the organization to which you have directed a gift.”
The agency that you designated to will receive a report that lists your name and gift amount. If this box is left unchecked we will pass along the gift, but list you as anonymous.
Does United Way charge a fee for contributions designated to agencies?
Yes, contributions directed to organizations through United Way are subject to a 10 percent fee (includes administration and fundraising costs), capped at $100 per directed gift (assessed on a pro-rata basis upon gift proceeds received).
How do you calculate the amount paid out to the agencies I chose?
United Way pays when your gift is received from you or from your employer via payroll deductions. For payroll deduction gifts, collections are tracked when provided by the employer. When donor detail is not provided on payroll payments, payments are applied proportionately to all payroll donors for that company.
Contributions will be distributed directly to designated organizations on an ongoing basis if proceeds and pledge details are received by United Way on or before the end of the month preceding payout.