All New London County residents are invited (by Gemma herself, below!) to take the 2014 Turkey Challenge! Our goal is to collect 3,500 frozen turkeys prior to Thanksgiving to ensure that every family in need in the region is able to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Please consider donating a turkey or even running a drive within your business or organization.
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut has received a $25,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2014 Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) to conduct a study to determine the feasibility and sustainability of a Food Hub in New London County.
The 2014 Campaign kicked off at the Cabaret Theater at Mohegan Sun with breakfast and a rally. Campaign Co-chairs Brian Orenstein, CEO of Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, and Wayne Burgess, President of the Southeastern CT Central Labor Council, recognized many of the 200 volunteers that had gathered by calling out their many achievements on behalf of United Way.
A celebratory event was held in honor of Gemma E. Moran, founder of the Food Center that bears her name and is located in New London, on Saturday, September 27. Moran recently turned 90 years of age, and the Food Center reached a milestone 25th anniversary the previous year. The event at the Garde Arts Center titled “A Legacy That Sustains Us,” reflected on Moran’s legacy of hunger activism and the early years of establishing the Food Center. Labor leaders were on hand to share their tales of how and why the Food Center began.
United Way launched its 12th monthly distribution site for the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center Mobile Food Pantry program at Three Rivers Community College (TRCC). The location is a central one for the surrounding communities and all are welcome to visit the pantry as needed. Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8 are the upcoming dates for this fall with distribution occuring from 5-6:00 p.m.
Curling up to sleep at night in my nice, safe bed is one of my favorite things to do. When I found out one of our partner agencies needs cribs that are up to code for some families that do not have a place for their babies to sleep, I felt compelled to help. After checking the codes, I cleaned off one that has been stored for the past 2 years, since my daughter had outgrown it. I am looking forward to tomorrow when a team will deliver it.
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What this place needs is you - at the 2014 Campaign Kickoff!
You're Invited to Be a Volunteer Reader!
Over two reading events last year, United Way mobilized 65 volunteers to read to more than 3,700 local students. Reading is a critical bridge to success in school, work and life, and you can help kids succeed by signing up to be a volunteer reader on Wednesday, October 8, immediately following the United Way Campaign Kickoff event.
Here's how it works:
At United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, Community Investment is the oversight and funding of a multi-million dollar network of partner programs offered at local health and human service agencies. Allocations volunteers act as stewards of donor dollars, ensuring they are wisely invested in local programs that demonstrate need in the community, are managed efficiently, and produce positive results.