Shelton, CT- Valley United Way Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it recently awarded over $258,000 to its network of agencies for FY 2020-21.
According to Board Chair, Michael Gnibus, “Valley United Way’s goal is to develop and organize direct financial and other support, to help meet the identified needs of the five communities in the Lower Naugatuck Valley in partnership with local agencies. The three broad areas that this funding supports includes: preparing youth to succeed, strengthening families, and helping people in crisis.”
Valley United Way’s awards are especially needed this year as many non-profits are expecting additional financial challenges as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to have a ripple effect on the local economy. Despite its own financial challenges from Coronavirus, Valley United Way’s Board of Directors, according to Mr. Gnibus, “made a courageous decision to keep the FY 20-21 funding total level with FY 19-20’s, given the pressing needs of partner agencies and those they serve.”
All funds that support these agencies are taken from fundraising efforts Valley United Way implements through its workplace campaigns and community fundraising efforts. Interim President David Kennedy noted, “Valley United Way is proud to continue supporting a superb network of 17 Valley non-profits with expertise in providing health, social service, and youth services to families throughout our five-town area. Of course, that network would not be possible without the exceptional financial support that United Way receives annually from corporations and businesses, their employees, and hundreds of individual donors. In partnership, we Live United in the Valley every day – and resident’s lives are better because of it.”
Valley United Way’s largest corporate and workplace supporters include BIC Corporation, Edgewell Personal Care, Griffin Hospital, Hubbell Incorporated, Iroquois Pipeline, Prudential Financial, and Webster Bank. Together, they account for almost 75% of the funds raised by Valley United Way last year.
Upon receiving the letter that confirmed its funding, Shaye Roscoe, CEO of Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys & Girls Club, said, “There are no words that can truly express our sincere gratitude to David Kennedy, the Board of Directors and the Allocation Committee for their generous support of our Organization and the members we serve. We are so humbled to have been selected as a recipient for this allocation knowing that there were many qualified applications and it was a very difficult year. “
To see the agencies that are being supported for the 2020-2021 fiscal year visit: http://www.valleyunitedway.org/our-impact/funded-agencies/.