United Way and several community partners established a fund, Our Communities United…Hurricane Sandy and Her Aftermath, to support health and human service organizations that, due to Hurricane Sandy, were challenged in their ability to provide critical support to individuals and families in need.
Hurricane Sandy caused trees to fall along the property line on Route 32, which almost demolished the fence at Thames River Community Service, Inc. in Norwich (left). On weekends and after school or when daycare lets out, Thames River children play baseball and other group games, play on the playscape, swings, and slide behind the building.
Prior to the storm, they had been protected from the busy traffic by a wooden fence. The damage left significant gaps in the fencing which was a safety concern for families who live there, staff, providers and visitors.
As part of a United Way Day of Caring volunteer project, a group of Electric Boat employees removed and disposed of what remained of the old fence. With funds awarded from the Our Communities United initiative, Thames River Community Service, Inc. replaced the old fence with a secure 4’16’’ white vinyl picket fence so that residents could safely use and enjoy the yard again. See "after" photo at left - what a difference!
This success was a great collaboration by Thames River Community Service, Inc., General Dynamics-Electric Boat, United Way and partners. Many thanks to the individuals and companies that donated to the Sandy relief efforts!