Valley United Way is working with the Valley Council for Health & Human Services to examine food and hunger issues in the Valley. The Council has established a Food Security Task Force to look into the causes and extent of the problem in the Valley and the capacity of the community to deal with the issue. United Way is working with a grant from the Prudential Foundation to provide assistance to the committee in the form of a study to be conducted by the United Way of Connecticut’s Community Results Center. Continue reading →
After the Howe Avenue fire, many tenants were not only without a home, they were without every momentum, photo and keepsake they ever had. Thirty people lost everything in that fire, some of which they can never get back. Appliances and furniture can be replaced but the countless photos and videos they lost can never be recreated. Prudential Annuities is helping them capture new memories by donating Canon Power Shot cameras to each of the households displaced by the fire.
Deborah McGuigan said, “The intent of these cameras is to help those tenants capture new memories for the future.” With these cameras, tenants can start focusing on the good to come and put this very sad incident behind them.
Featured in the photo above are (from left to right) Jennifer Myers, Executive Assistant from Prudential Annuities, Suzanne Reilly, Director of Family Support Services of TEAM Inc., Deborah McGuigan, Chief of Staff from Prudential Annuities, and Patricia Tarasovic, Valley United Way Volunteer Center Director.
On Tuesday, February 25th the members of the Youth Leadership Program held their monthly meeting. Members from the Valley Youth Programs identified in their allocations process were invited to attend the meeting and receive their checks.
Valley United Way has a great Youth Leadership Program which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with the 2014-2015 group. Applications for the limited number of openings are now being accepted. Click here to learn more and to complete an application.
Registration is open for all events in the 2014 Griffin Hospital Community Corporate Cup now in its 24th year. Pre-testing for the Healthy Team is finished, but registration for all other events is still open. Bowling is up next on March 15. Click here to register now. Click here to learn more about the Corporate Cup or here to see the full schedule of events for 2014.
Thanks to the generosity of Prudential, displaced tenants from the Howe Avenue fire are receiving $100 gift cards to help them with some of their incidental needs in the aftermath of the tragedy. The cards are being distributed by TEAM, Inc. as part of their case management in working with clients to find long term housing. Prudential joins those who are trying to restore normalcy to the lives of the tenants. Continue reading →
Valley United Way is struggling to raise the last of this year’s campaign goal, which will help support our 24 partner agencies. We need your help to make our fundraising goal so we will be able to continue to support the programs and services in the Valley that help all those who live, work and play in our community. Now is the time to be a part of the solution! If you haven’t made a donation to Valley United Way, there is still time and if you have please consider giving just a little bit more to help people in need. All donations must be collected by June! For more information on making a donation call us at (203) 926-9478 or click “Donate Now” from the menu at the top of the page. Thank you for helping to make a measurable difference in our Valley community! Here are some examples of groups helping us right now: Continue reading →
Our Youth Leaders have returned from their annual Winter Allocation Retreat at Camp Jewell in Colebrook with the announcement of their 2014 grants. The weekend marks the culmination of a year of activity as the Youth Leaders spent the weekend completing their allocations process by reviewing and evaluating the applications that they had received for the $2,000 in funding that they are about to give out.
You can see what they funded by looking at the video above. You can also check out the full weekend through the pictures posted on our Facebook page by clicking here.