We look at the big picture
A good education is essential to getting a good job. An income that can cover today’s needs and save for tomorrow solidifies a family’s foundation. Good health helps children succeed at school and enables adults to be productive at work. It’s all CONNECTED.
Here’s how your dollars make a difference:
- EDUCATION: Children succeed academically and in life.
- FINANCIAL SECURITY: Families become financially secure and independent.
- HEALTH: Individuals are healthier.
- BASIC NEEDS: Everyone has food, shelter and essential services.
United Way is a champion for working families.
Recently, Connecticut United Ways released the ALICE Report, a study of financial hardship in our state. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
Despite working full time, one in three households in our region are ALICE, struggling to pay bills, put food on the table, and make ends meet. This affects a child’s ability to succeed and a family’s financial and physical health. This affects our entire community.
The challenges facing ALICE households are complex, but we are making progress. By bringing together people, partners and resources, we work toward lasting solutions, not short-term charity–focusing on education, financial security, health and basic needs–the building blocks for a good quality of life.
No one organization can do it alone. It is through connecting people and passions that we’re able to make our region an even better place to live, work and raise a family.
Click here to Meet ALICE. You will be surprised to learn that you already know her.
To learn more about becoming a Community Investment volunteer, please contact Liz Buczynski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some 2014 United Way Campaign results through gifts directly to United Way last year:
- 4,600 youth improved skills, such as study skills, needed for academic success.
- Nearly 3,200 youth in after-school programs improved their academic performance.
- 2,500 children in quality early childhood education programs gained skills needed to succeed in kindergarten.
- Nearly 1,600 children in our community received United Way Literacy Kits made by more than 600 volunteers.
- 770 people in job training programs were able to secure employment.
- More than 2,275 people improved career skills through training and workforce development programs.
- More than 4,400 people were connected to services such as childcare assistance, rental subsidies, SNAP, and public healthcare with assistance from United Way-supported programs to help them better make ends meet.
- Nearly 800 people improved their educational level. Of those, 79 percent of those in educational classes received their high school credentials, and 73 percent of those striving for licensure or employment credentials were successful.
- More than 26,500 people received basic food assistance.
- United Way 2-1-1 handled more than 104,000 calls and answered more than 130,000 requests for services for people in our 40-towns.
- More than 2,400 people who received counseling services demonstrated improved stability.