Volunteer celebration

Valley United Way celebrates their donors and volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Celebration. Volunteers and businesses received recognition for their community impact through fundraising or volunteering efforts.

SAVE THE DATE: May 30, 2019



Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award

The Charles H. Flynn Award is the most prestigious community service award named for the late editor of The Evening Sentinel. 

Valley United Way is accepting nominations for the Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award. The award, which is the Valley’s oldest and most prestigious award for community service, has been presented annually since 1971 when Alice Russ Cochran of Shelton was named the first winner. The 2018 winner was Ruth Parkins. The award is restricted to living persons whose service has been to the entire Valley community. Their service must not be limited to just one town or one organization.

The award is named for the late Mr. Flynn, who was, at the time of his death, editor of The Evening Sentinel and had been one of the founders of the Valley United Fund. He had been president of the Ansonia Community Chest. In 1968, he led that organization into a merger with the Derby-Shelton Community Chest and the Seymour United Fund which resulted in the formation of what is now known as the Valley United Way.

Anyone wishing to nominate someone for the Flynn award may do so by submitting an electronic nomination form below. The award will be presented at United Way’s Annual Dinner Meeting in April.


Mildred M. Davey Partner Agency of the Year Award

Mildred Davey was a friend, colleague and mentor to many in the Valley community. She was a lifelong resident of Shelton who was a tremendous leader in the Valley community. Many know her best because of her involvment with the Hewitt Management Corporation when they were on of the Valley’s largest nonprofits providing quality senior care. It was awarded to St. Vincent DePaul who has been serving the lower Naugatuck Valley towns since the early 1990’s.