Young Leaders United, an affinity group with United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, is hosting its first benefit event for United Way and its Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center. This exciting and fun “golfing for good” nighttime golf game takes place on Friday, August 31 at the Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Baltic. Registration is at 6 p.m. with golf beginning at dusk.
As I drove to the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut office this morning, half-listening to the radio as I slowly woke up, I heard a fact that made me sit up and pay attention: a new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), ranks Connecticut 3rd out of all 50 states in terms of income inequality between the top 1% and remaining 99% of residents.
Charlie is a dedicated supporter of United Way who believes strongly in the value of serving his community. We caught up with him to ask about his volunteer experiences and what motivates him to give back.
Hi! Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Charlie Witt, and I got involved with United Way over 30 years ago by being a campaign co-chairman at Electric Boat. I run the campaign on second shift.
What kind of volunteering do you do at United Way?
We’ve all heard the warnings from researchers about how too much social media use is bad for us, and as someone who spends a lot of time on social media both for work and in my personal life, I usually just tune them out. I tend to think there are a lot of benefits to social media, and I definitely wouldn’t label it as unequivocally harmful. But I recently spent a weekend with friends and couldn’t help noticing how much of our time together was recorded and repackaged for consumption by others.
Happy Independence Day! Cookouts, fireworks, and outdoor fun are par for the course, but you can make your holiday a little more meaningful with these four ways to Live United.
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut’s Board of Directors has approved funding in the amount of $2,201,636 for the fiscal year 2018-19. This funding supports 49 programs at 25 nonprofit agencies in New London County that work together to provide a vital network of services to help those in need.
Join Young Leaders United for this fun "Golfing for Good" event and benefit at Mohegan Sun Golf Club on August 31
Retirement brings big changes, but is also a great time to evaluate your priorities and make choices that will help you be happy and fulfilled. Volunteering is one way to stay active and engaged, and comes with numerous benefits for both you and your community (just ask our retired volunteers here at United Way). Here are my Top 5 Reasons to Retire United:
When it comes to homelessness, the prevailing image is distinctly urban. Search Google images for “homeless” and you get images of people surrounded by cement, skyscrapers and sidewalks. Because of this, it can be easy to forget that homelessness can affect people anywhere- even in the smaller cities, suburbs, and rural areas that make up much of Connecticut.
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) supplements the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, to help people with economic emergencies (non-disaster-related). EFSP funds are used to supplement feeding, sheltering, rent/mortgage or utility assistance efforts for programs already in existence. Funding is made available by the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency and administered locally by United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. Funding amounts are determined nationally by a board chaired by FEMA.