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About Your United Way

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all, focusing Live Unitedon helping children to thrive, providing basic human needs, and promoting independence and community wellness. United Way rengages people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done. Everyone is invited to be part of the change by giving, advocating and volunteering. That’s what it means to Live United.

Our Mission: To change our community by helping people in need through responsible use of donations.

Our Vision: United Way of Southeastern Connecticut will be the recognized leader of challenging socially important projects while continuing to fund critical human services programs. Our leadership will visibly change New London County for the better.

What We Do

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is a locally-based non-profit organization. Chances are many of your friends and neighbors have received assistance or support services from a United Way funded partner program. We bring together organizations, businesses, and people to help solve our community's most pressing problems.

So, what does United Way do? Your donation to United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is invested in 75 local health and human service programs and initiatives that work together to provide a safety net of services that create real, lasting change in New London County.

How do we do it? After the funds are raised each year, community volunteers go to work determining where to invest your donation. These volunteers are recruited throughout the community, representing people from all walks of life that live and work in New London County. Anyone from the community is invited to volunteer and get involved with our fund distribution.

Allocations volunteers spend countless hours reviewing each funded program, including visits to each program, interviews with agency personnel and board members, analysis of budgets and audits, review of the total number of clients served, and evaluation of the overall effectiveness of each program. Together with United Way staff, volunteers decide how the funds are invested in local programs that get results, help people, and improve community conditions.  

Does United Way operate its own programs?  Yes, throughout the years and through the voice of the community United Way, recognized pressing needs that had to be fulfilled within our community. Therefore, we fund and administer the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center, Project Warm-Up, and Individual Development Accounts in partnership with Liberty Bank.  

Does United Way administer programs that it does not fund? Yes, United Way works within the community on a federal and state level to bring together people and organizations for the betterment of southeastern Connecticut.  United Way of Southeastern Connecticut and the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center administer the New London County Fund to End Homelessness, Emergency Food and Shelter Program, FamilyWize RX Discount Cards, The Diaper Bank, Day of Caring.