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Take the 2014 Turkey Challenge

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 Kicks Off Campaign with Volunteer Reading Event

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.

Gemma Moran Honored as Placemaker for Her Pioneer Work

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.

12th Mobile Food Pantry Site Opens

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.

I spy-cribs!

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.

Become a Volunteer Reader

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:

Allocations Volunteer Application

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.


Please disclose in the field above whether you or any members of your immediate family or household has a present or past connection as an employee, board member, client, donor, contractor, colleague, volunteer, or partner with any of the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut partner agencies listed below. Also list any other Southeastern CT not-for-profit or social service agency with which you have a Board or employment affiliation.

Agencies: Alliance for Living, The Arc New London County, Catholic Charities, Child & Family Agency, Connecticut Legal Services, Covenant Shelter New London, Drop In Learning Center, Jewish Federation of Eastern CT, Madonna Place, Martin House, OIC of New London County, Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, Riverfront Children's Center, Safe Futures (formerly the Women's Center of SECT), Sound Community Services, SCADD, Thames River Community Service, TVCCA, UCP of Eastern CT, United Community & Family Services, and VNA (Visiting Nurse Association) of SECT.

As a volunteer for United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, I may learn personal, privileged, and/or confidential information concerning funded programs. I will ensure that this information remains confidential and is not disclosed, whether I am actively engaged in volunteer activities or my volunteer involvement with United Way of Southeastern Connecticut has ended. By checking this box, I hereby pledge to keep private and confidential all such information.


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