Summer is the hungriest time of the year for millions of low-income kids across the country and in Connecticut. In New London County, the childhood food insecurity rate is more than 18%. Being food insecure means that someone doesn’t when or where they may access their next meal.
The Bulletin publisher and MDA-UAW president to lead fundraising effort
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut has named Campaign Co-chairs for the 2017 fundraising effort as William Louis, president of the MDA-UAW Local 571, AFL-CIO, and Nadine McBride, publisher of The Bulletin (pictured at left at May's Campaign Appreciation and Awards Event).
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut hosted its Campaign Celebration event on May 5th to recognize local businesses and organizations that ran outstanding fundraising campaigns and volunteer year-round on behalf of United Way. More than 350 community leaders and volunteers gathered at Mohegan Sun to celebrate around the theme "Anyone can be a hero."
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is excited to announce the creation of a new affinity group, Young Leaders United. This group of individuals are ages 21-40 who want to get more deeply involved in Southeastern Connecticut. Young Leaders United participants will have opportunities to Give, Serve, and Inspire their local community.
Increasing the number of financially stable households in the City of Norwich is the purpose of new funding awarded by the Boston Federal Reserve. Called the Working Cities Challenge Grant, a core team, led by United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, has set a goal to increase the number of low-income and diverse households in Norwich who become financially stable by 20% over the next ten years.
An estimated 80-100 million Americans are currently uninsured or underinsured and can have challenges paying for their prescription medication. That’s why United Way of Southeastern Connecticut partners with FamilyWize to help households meet the cost of their prescription medications.
On January 27, 2017 United Way of Southeastern Connecticut elected four new board members at its Annual Meeting. They are:
United Way of Connecticut 2-1-1 has been connecting people to vital services in their communities for more than 40 years
National 2-1-1 Day, celebrated on February 11th (2/11) each year, recognizes the more than 200, 2-1-1's located throughout the country. 2-1-1 is a free, confidential information and referral service that connects more than 93 percent of our nation to essential health and human services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year either online or over the phone.
On April 1, 2017, $139,638 will be available in Emergency Food & Shelter Program funds (EFSP) to organizations in New London Census County to supplement already existing emergency food and shelter programs. The funds are made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency. Funding amounts are determined nationally by a board chaired by FEMA. In 2016, EFSP funding in New London County provided 26,827 meals, 2,740 shelter bed nights, 134 households with rental assistance, and 48 households with utility assistance.