September is Hunger Action Month, when Feeding America and member food banks, including the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center right here in New London, ask everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community, all month long.
United Way has released three new dates for tours of its partner programs this fall. The tours are sponsored by Foxwoods Resort Casino/Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation which provides a comfortable shuttle van and a driver for all tours.
In Connecticut, 1 in 4 households have earnings that exceed the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) but fall short of a basic cost of living threshold. We call these households ALICE - an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, and together with the 10% of Connecticut households in poverty, more than one-third of Connecticut households (35%) are struggling to make ends meet.
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is partnering with FamilyWize to help households meet the cost of their prescription medications. How does it work? FamilyWize acts like a big buying group, pulling together millions of people that either have no health insurance (the uninsured), have high medication costs, or need to buy medicine not covered by their plan (the underinsured).
Many people volunteer because they say it makes them feel good. Well now there’s some evidence to show that it truly does improve people’s health and well-being to spend time giving back to a good cause.
UnitedHealth Group recently conducted a national study and found that the majority of participants reported feeling healthier after a volunteer experience. In addition to reports of improved self-esteem and sense of purpose in life:
For the fourth year in a row, we're holding a communitywide drive to collect school supplies to help ensure kids go to school with confidence and with the material supplies needed to perform successfully in the classroom.
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut’s Board of Directors has approved fund distributions in the amount of $2,554,181 for the fiscal year 2015-16. This funding supports 50 programs at 21 nonprofit organizations in New London County that work together to provide a network of health and human services to help those in need and improve community conditions.
Success of challenge was achieved by a region coming together and working collaboratively to create a system that allows a homeless person to quickly exit shelter into permanent stable housing.
Summer Meals are free, nutritious meals provided for kids and teens 18 years and under when school is out of session for the summer. No registration, paperwork, parental supervision, or ID is required. Children do not need to be receiving free or reduced price meals during the school year in order to receive free Summer Meals.
The 2015 AFL-CIO Golf Tournament is set for Monday, August 31 at Great Neck Country Club in Waterford. This year's event benefits Project Warm-up, a program providing one-time, emergency heating assistance to those experiencing a short-term crisis in our community. Project Warm-up ensures that no one falls through the cracks and freezes in their home. Last winter, Project Warm-up helped more than 280 households in Southeastern Connecticut.