In addition to the Gemma Moran United Way Labor Food Center, Project Warm-Up, United Way 211 and Day of Caring, United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is a primary partner in these programs which further Community Investment efforts:
- FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Cards
- Independent Development Accounts
- Gorin's Collaborative Furniture Bank
FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discounts Cards are distributed by United Way throughout our community. The FamilyWize card helps lower the cost of medicine by an average of 35% or more for people without insurance or who take medications not covered by their plan. These discount cards can be used by everyone in the community, not just people without insurance. They can even be used by people with health benefits, including Medicaid and Medicare. To find out if your pharmacy participates in the FamilyWize network, please click here.
The cards are similar to insurance in that they are show to a pharmacist who then offers a discount which helps clients better afford their prescription medications. It is good for several years and an entire family can use it, even if members have different last names. To date, this program has saved members of our community thousands. Just check out the counter to the right!
To print a card click the counter image at right. Or, save the paper and just text the word “family” to 700700 and get a free FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card sent to your cell phone by text. Then simply show the text to your pharmacist and they will automatically apply the FamilyWize discount to the cost of your medicine. To learn more about the program and where cards can be used visit the FamilyWize website.
The Connecticut IDA program is an initiative of the CT Department of Labor which strengthens families and communities by facilitating self-sufficiency and economic stability through financial education and asset development. Our United Way and Liberty Bank partnership features a special interest bearing savings account which offers a dollar-to-dollar match up to $1000 by each Liberty Bank and United Way to assist low income families saving to buy a first home. Participants must meet with a case manager, make regular contributions to the account and complete courses on topics such as setting up a budget and understanding the mortgage process.
For more information about the program or enrollment call Antonio Gooding at Libery Bank at 860.892.2507
Our partnership with Gorin's Furniture, a family owned business since 1936, strengthens home environments in our community by distributing essential furnishings to those in need. The Furniture Bank collects good quality, gently used furniture such as bed frames, dressers, bureaus, dinette sets, couches, chairs and coffee tables. Eligible individuals then go through a pre-screening process at one of our participating partner agencies in order to get a delivery of requested items. Those typically in need of such assistance include victims of disaster, heads of households with children escaping domestic violence, previously homeless people leaving shelters and transitional housing, as well as families simply struggling to stay above the poverty line.
Click here for program details and donation guidelines.
To donate furniture please call Wendy at Gorin's Furniture at 860.887.2579
To find an approved agency to request furniture call or email Maggie Marley at UWSECT at 860.464.3325