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United Way 2-1-1: Helping Children and Families Cope with Trauma

In response to Friday's tragedy in Newtown, 2-1-1 Child Care has created a list of resources to support caregivers. These resources can be found on the 2-1-1 Child Care website, www.211childcare.org and include valuable information on how to help children and caregivers heal in the aftermath of a trauma.

Dial 2-1-1, Connecticut's statewide, toll-free, 24 hour information and referral service or click here for additional mental health, emergency preparedness and grief counseling resources.

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United Way of Western Connecticut Responds to the Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School

SUPPORT FUND ESTABLISHED FOR COMMUNITY AND FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS

United Way extends our most sincere condolences and prayers to all those families affected by the devastating events in Newtown/Sandy Hook, Connecticut. While the eyes of the world may be on Newtown/Sandy Hook, to the staff, volunteers and contributors to United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC), Newtown is home. We will stand with this community and everyone affected directly and indirectly by this senseless event as we face the days and weeks ahead.

Mobile Food Pantry and Robert Irvine Event

 On December 29, the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is partnering with The Garde Arts Center in New London to introduce its new mobile food pantry to the community. United Way and the Garde will host a food drive to fill the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center’s new mobile pantry on December 29, from 10am - 10pm at the Garde Arts Center located at 325 State Street. We will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items. All food will go to the food center to help feed families in need throughout New London County.

Donation from Dominion Resources Fills the Gap in Thanksgiving Needs

A timely contribution from Dominion Resources to the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center will completely fulfill Thanksgiving food needs at the organization. Dominion announced they will provide a gift of $8,000 to be used to purchase turkeys and traditional and healthy side dishes for holiday baskets for families struggling with hunger and to support community meal sites.

VISTA Reflections: Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief

 “As an Americorps VISTA, I felt it was my duty to respond in some way to the call for help following the devastation caused in our community by Hurricane Sandy. I was glad to be able to help by working at the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center. I worked to inform towns and agencies that the food center and other locations in the community would serve as a hub for disaster relief items such as food, water, blankets, batteries, and flashlights. I then helped to sort and distribute the items that had been donated.

Disaster Grants Available to Union Plus Program Participants

Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to help eligible participants in the Union Plus Credit Card, Insurance, or Mortgage programs who are facing financial hardship due to the disaster. The money does not have to be repaid. Funds are limited to the nearly $370,000 available in the Union Plus Disaster Relief Fund.

To qualify for a Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant, you must:

Red Cross Offers Cold Weather Safety Tips

As temperatures drop for the next few days, the American Red Cross wants everyone to stay safe and warm. Exposure to cold and snow can cause injury or serious illness, such as frostbite or hypothermia, and as temperatures drop, people may resort to alternative heat sources, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning or fires. Red Cross offers the following tips on how to best care for yourself and your family when temperatures drop:

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