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United Way of Western Connecticut Responds to the Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School


United Way extends our most sincere condolences and prayers to all those families affected by the devastating events in Newtown/Sandy Hook, Connecticut. While the eyes of the world may be on Newtown/Sandy Hook, to the staff, volunteers and contributors to United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC), Newtown is home. We will stand with this community and everyone affected directly and indirectly by this senseless event as we face the days and weeks ahead.

Mobile Food Pantry and Robert Irvine Event

 On December 29, the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is partnering with The Garde Arts Center in New London to introduce its new mobile food pantry to the community. United Way and the Garde will host a food drive to fill the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center’s new mobile pantry on December 29, from 10am - 10pm at the Garde Arts Center located at 325 State Street. We will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items. All food will go to the food center to help feed families in need throughout New London County.

VISTA Reflections: Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief

 “As an Americorps VISTA, I felt it was my duty to respond in some way to the call for help following the devastation caused in our community by Hurricane Sandy. I was glad to be able to help by working at the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center. I worked to inform towns and agencies that the food center and other locations in the community would serve as a hub for disaster relief items such as food, water, blankets, batteries, and flashlights. I then helped to sort and distribute the items that had been donated.

Town by Town Donation Collection Locations

The following towns and sites have generously offered to serve as collection points for those wishing to donate non-perishable food, bottled water, clean blankets, batteries, flashlights and other emergency supplies to others still struggling in the aftermath of Sandy. Items will be distributed to people residing in that town. You may also drop off any of these items at United Way or the Gemma Moran United Way Labor Food Center.

Local Businesses "Challenge" Community to Match Donations to United Way Relief Efforts

The New London law firm of Faulkner & Graves, P.C. has made a donation of $500.00 to United Way of Southeastern Connecticut’s relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The contribution matches an earlier gift of $500.00 from the Waterford Hotel Group that kicked off the effort.

The firm hopes to “challenge” others to contribute as well, in the form of financial contributions or non-perishable food items, bottled water, clean blankets, batteries, flashlights, and other supplies that are needed during this time.

New Americorps VISTA Sworn In at United Way

United Way welcomed Ellen Mail (second from right in photo) as the newest to join the Americorps VISTAs working with the New London County Food Policy Council.

Pictured in the photo are: Maggie Marley, UWSECT staff; Virginia Mason, UWSECT President & CEO; Joe Attwater, VISTA, Genevieve Caron, VISTA; Mary Gates, VISTA; Jennifer Blanco, VISTA; Ellen Mail; and Kelly Horton,Vice President, Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center.

United Way President & Campaign Co-Chair Thanks Dominion Nuclear Connecticut, Inc for all their support!


Left to right….. 

Richard MacManus - Director, Nuclear Safety & Licensing, Dominion Nuclear CT
Harry Rodriguez, L+M Hospital Health Care Workers and Co-Chair of the 2012 UW Campaign
Virginia Mason, President CEO United Way of Southeastern CT
Steve Scace – Site Vice President, Dominion Nuclear CT
Nancy H. Bulkeley, Community Affairs Rep. & Board  Chair, United Way of Southeastern CT


United Way Needs Assessment

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut in partnership with Lawrence + Memorial Hospital hired The Center for Research and Public Policy to provide resident and community leader input on quality of life, current standard of living and community met, under-met and unmet need.  Although 95% of the repondents reported that thier quality of life was good or very good, almost 40% viewed thier financial standard of living as poor or declining.  This appears to be a direct reflection of the current economy. 


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