You might have noticed that we're just a little excited here at United Way lately. We love our work to advance the common good, and we really love when we have something new and innovative to share that can change more lives and improve community conditions.
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut launched a mobile food pantry program to bring food directly to remote areas of New London County and to serve those considered most at-risk for food insecurity. The launch event took place at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in New London on the national United Way Day of Action. The Day of Action is held every year on June 21, the longest day of the year, to bring awareness to an important cause or issue.
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut hosted the unveiling of Nourishing Change: The New London County Food System Baseline Report. It is the first comprehensive look at the county’s food system and includes in-depth reports on food access, community health, and the childcare and school food environments. The report is a collaboration between United Way and the New London County Food Policy Council, and its recommendations will guide the work of both organizations moving forward.
The New London County Food Policy Council’s work has depended greatly on the amazing work of three AmeriCorps VISTAs hosted and partially funded by the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. This year we were fortunate to host three wonderful VISTAs - Joe Attwater, Mary Gates and Ellen Mail (pictured below at the Garde Arts Center event on December 29, 2012).
National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive is largest one-day drive in the nation
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 21st annual food drive, called Stamp Out Hunger, to combat hunger and food insecurity this year on Saturday, May 11. On that day, letter carriers will collect non-perishable donations from customers as they deliver mail along their postal routes.
This week is National Volunteer Week, and a time when we extend an extra "thanks" for all volunteers do to make United Way work.
Volunteers make an impact here at United Way in many capacities - from serving on our Board of Directors, Allocations teams or other committees to participating in Day of Caring projects at nonprofits and the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center to volunteering within their company to help run a United Way workforce campaign.
In support of the inaugural Design and Build Competition to benefit the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center, four local Wireless Zone’s are teaming up with The Day to collect cans for the CANSTRUCTION. In honor of the first year, Wireless Zone, A Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer, is donating a $25 gift certificate to any individual who comes in to one of the local retail locations and contributes two cans to the cause!
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut hosted its Campaign Celebration event to recognize local businesses and organizations that ran outstanding fundraising campaigns on behalf of United Way. More than 300 community members gathered at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton to celebrate the achievement.
Keith Fontaine of The William W. Backus Hospital also elected to serve two-year term as Board Chair
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut elected seven new directors to its Board of Directors at the organization’s Annual Meeting held on Friday, March 22, 2013. Keith Fontaine, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at The William W. Backus Hospital, was elected to serve as Board Chair for a two-year term. Melodie Peters, President of the AFT Connecticut, was elected as Vice Chair of the Board for the same term.