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United Way Announces Funding Opportunity for Programs Helping Youth

United Way is requesting proposals to partner in delivering programs that drive positive change for adolescents in New London County. As part of United Way’s partnership with selected programs, funding will be provided for up to two years to pursue and accomplish the goals identified by United Way. The range of award is $5,000-$20,000 annually. Proposals are due by Friday, April 1, 2016 by 4:00 p.m.

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Volunteer Readers Needed for Next United Way Reading Day

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is partnering with local schools across New London County in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The event on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 is Read Across America, an initiative of the National Education Association (NEA) to gather students, parents, and community members together to share their love and joy of reading. The annual reading day coincides with the birthday of the beloved children’s author.

2-1-1 Taking Calls Since 1976

It's 3 pm in 1976 and a 15-year-old girl is thinking about running away from home. It's midnight in 2015 and a depressed older man is contemplating suicide. Who did they both call? 2-1-1.

2-1-1 is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It is the celebration of a great concept - a unique help-by-telephone service made available for free to Connecticut residents, year-round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Home heating assistance is available for those in need

Project Warm-up is a heating assistance program of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut which collaborates with local service providers to meet the home heating needs of families in southeastern Connecticut that are experiencing a short-term crisis. Last winter, Project Warm-Up provided more than 280 households with home heating assistance so that they would not go cold.

Food Hub Feasibility Study Results Released

The results of a year-long study of the feasibility of establishing a food hub in the region have been released. The study was spearheaded by United Way and the New London County Food Policy Council (NLCFPC), undertaken to determine the optimal model for a food hub in New London County, the financial viability of such a food hub, and to understand the impact a hub might have on the health, wellness, agriculture, and the economy.

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