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United Way Announces Grants to Promote Independence and Financial Stability

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is pleased to announce that two grants have been approved for programs that help individuals and/or families living in New London County improve their financial stability. As part of United Way's partnership with the selected programs, funding will be provided for one year to pursue and accomplish the goals indentified by United Way.

A volunteer Grant Review Team reviewed all of the applicants and made funding recommendations to United Way’s full Board of Directors. These partner organizations will be expected to provide regular updates on the accomplishments of the funded program, and they will meet periodically with United Way volunteer Community Investment Teams to discuss strategies and progress.

The Career Support Program at Safe Futures received $16,000 to help increase educational and job opportunities, workforce readiness, job search, and employment skills leading to improved employment levels and increased income to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking.

The Success Program at Higher Edge received $7,000 for tailored mentoring to ensure that low-income/first generation college students remain on track to attain their college degree.

The 2016 ALICE Report confirmed that 33 percent of households living in New London County could not afford basic needs such as housing, child care, food, health care, and transportation.  This includes both households living below the Federal Poverty Level and those living above that level but still struggle to afford basic household necessities. 

As part of United Way’s commitment to addressing the challenges faced by ALICE families and individuals that struggle to make ends meet, this grant opportunity was made available to increase financial stability for those living in New London County.