As the President and CEO of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, my heart is broken for the world I inhabit and those affected by recent events. United Way of Southeastern Connecticut takes pride in its ability to fund partner agencies to serve families and help the community. The unjust murder of George Floyd, following the growing awareness of the pandemic is heart breaking. Today we continue to experience events that should have been left behind years ago: discrimination and racism. We cannot ignore what is hidden; change must come from true desire to make things better and to support decency and caring.
We are outraged about the long history of police brutality against Black Americans in the United States. We grieve with the survivors of systemic racial violence in this country. We want to be a part of the solution and see the principles we have embraced become reality: equity and social justice. We are committed to encouraging community thought and conversations that bring about positive change. We appreciate the work of other Connecticut United Ways and programs working to make things better.
We believe in the capacity of our staff and Board of Directors to speak the truth and to work to eradicate discrimination, racism, and inequality, and to stand for truth, kindness, and togetherness.
Virginia L. Mason
President and CEO
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut
283 Stoddards Wharf Road
Gales Ferry, CT 06335