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United Way of Southeastern Connecticut Announces 2012 Program Funding

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut Announces 2012 Program Funding
$4.3 Million to be distributed to support health and human service programs.

 

Gales Ferry, CT – The Board of Directors of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut has approved a community distribution of over $4.3 million in public donations to fund health and human service programs serving residents of southeastern Connecticut.  Funding will be distributed beginning on July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013, United Way’s fiscal year.

 

Sixty- five community volunteers, from various backgrounds and professions, donated well over 40 hours of personal time to review programs administered by our partner agencies.  The study of United Way partner programs, known as the Allocations Process, lasts six months.  The model Allocations volunteers utilize for evaluation targets each programs demonstration of need, efficiency and program results, also known as outcomes.  To perform this study, Allocations volunteers review agency funding applications, visit each agency, interview agency personnel and board members and analyze agency budgets and financial audits.   

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut’s rigorous allocations process ensures that contributions are fulfilling our mission of changing our community by helping people in need through responsible use of donations.  United Way’s allocation process also helps its partner agencies to leverage additional funding from state, federal and private grants.

 

Nancy Bulkeley, United Way Board Chair, noted that, “Sixty-five volunteers from community businesses and organizations worked for six months to make these allocation’s decisions.  They worked hard, knowing that we are all impacted by the current economic conditions in the region.  But, as always, the community has been generous and believes in the safety net which the United Way partner agencies, Project Warm-Up, and the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center provide for us all.  This year’s campaign will be asking people to “Give United.”  It takes all of the agencies to form a strong support system for all who need help in the region.  We are grateful for the volunteers and for the agencies who serve us with passion and expertise.”

Included in the funding distribution are United Way community investment programs: Project Warm-Up, the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center, United Way 2-1-1 and the American Red Cross CT Region programs, Armed Forces Emergency Services and Disaster Services.   “It is notable,” stated Virginia L. Mason, President and CEO of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, “that the ability of our Food Center to raise funds from grants, direct mail and individual contributions is increasing annually.”  United Way will be funding 31% of the Food Center operations in the next year; grants and donations support the remaining 69%.   Project Warm-Up is supported annually through grants, donations from local foundations and United Way.  In addition to its support of over 95 free food distribution sites in New London County, in 2011 the food center provided sixteen United Way partner agencies with food to support their programs with a value of $463,625. 

 

At the close of the Allocations Process the Volunteers were asked to reflect on their experience, one volunteer stated, “ I was surprised at the real level of community need – I realized how truly fortunate that I have been in my life and that in many instances my “problems” are really just complaints.  I am resolved to be more “grateful” each day.”

 

The 23 agencies and 55 programs funded for Fiscal Year 2013:

 

Alliance for Living                                                                                                     $69,328
                The Living Center

The Arc New London County                                                                                  $54,661
                Community Life and Advocacy

Big Brothers Big Sisters of SECT                                                                              $114,215
                One-to-One Friendships

Boys & Girls Club of SECT                                                                                         $3,000
                Project Learn

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich, Inc.                                                         $196,726
                Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment
                Emergency Financial Assistance
                Intensive Case Management
                Mental Health Clinic
                Pregnancy Services

 Child & Family Agency of SECT                                                                               $417,393
                BP Learned Mission Children’s Programs
                Early Childhood Services
                Parent & Child Counseling
                School-Based Health Care Centers
                Young Parents Program

Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.                                                                               $33,500
                Legal Services

Covenant Shelter of New London, Inc.                                                                    $55,872
                Emergency Shelter

The Center: A Drop-In Community Learning & Resource Center                       $91,505
                Enrichment/Tutorial Program
                Reading is Fundamental
                Teen Life Skills

Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut                                                              $13,458
                Crisis Intervention
                Senior Isolation Relief

 Madonna Place                                                                                                          $139,436
                Families First
                Family Support Center
                Fatherhood Initiative

Martin House, Inc.                                                                                                     $137,826
                Housing with Support Services

OIC: Opportunities Industrialization Center of New London County                $215,556
                Case Management
                Certified Nurse Assistant/Geriatric Aide Training
                Culinary Arts Program
                Employment Training
                Project Employment
                Stopping Domestic Violence

Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center                                                                            $48,462
                Senior Transportation
                Human Services
                Senior Activities

The Riverfront Children’s Center                                                                             $146,295
                Children’s Center

SCADD: Southeastern Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, Inc.         $87,688
                Detoxification & Evaluation
                Halfway Houses
                Outpatient Services

Sound Community Services                                                                                      $52,510
                Intensive Outpatient Services

Thames River Community Service, Inc.                                                                   $85,217
                Family Housing with Support Services

TVCCA: Thames Valley Council for Community Action                                          $20,940
                Little Learners Early Child Care & Education

UCP of Eastern Connecticut                                                                                        $16,780
                Disability Support

United Community & Family Services                                                                       $428,752
                Adult Day Centers
                Dental Health
                Outpatient Behavioral Health
                Parent Aide Program
            Primary Medical
                RSVP- Retired & Senior Volunteer Program

Visiting Nurse Association of SECT                                                                             $139,788
                Community Mental Health
                Home Health Care
                Maternal Child Health

Women’s Center of SECT                                                                              $184,746
                Emergency Assistance
                Emergency Shelter
                Individual/Family Support
                Violence is Preventable

 

The distribution totals include donor designations.

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is a non-profit organization that improves the lives of people who live and work in New London County and strengthens the community through local health and human service programs. Programs and partnerships that the United Way supports improve community wellness, help children thrive, supply basic human needs, and promote independence.