Our second annual school supply drive has yielded more than 8,000 items, nearly 2,600 more than last year. We are grateful to the community for rallying together to ensure that New London County students have the materials supplies needed for academic success. Click here to view photos of the deliveries to local schools on our Facebookpage.
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You have an opportunity to support our efforts around education. We partner with schools throughout New London County all year long to help students and teachers achieve their goals.
The Campaign Co-chairs for our 2015 fundraising effort have been announced. Nikki Gullickson (at left in photo), Assistant Superintendent of Stonington Public Schools, and Donna Yother, President and owner of SAVA Insurance Group in Waterford will oversee the campaign. Last year’s United Way Campaign raised $5,791,303 to benefit 71 local programs and initiatives that provide a network of health and human services for people in need in New London County.
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.