Join Us at the 2016-2017 Campaign Kickoff!

kickoff invitation 2016-2017All are welcome to join in the fun at the 2016-2017 Annual Community Campaign Kickoff! Tuesday, September 27 from 5:00-7:00pm at the newly renovated, state of the art, Emmett O’Brien Technical High School in Ansonia. Guests will hear the plans for the upcoming Valley United Way Campaign, learn about how their dollars make an impact in our local community and get a first look inside Emmett O’Brien! Tours will be provided along with hors d’oeuvres from Emmett O’Brien’s Chef Valle. This event is free to attend, but all guests must register in advance.  Click here for more details and to reserve your spot!

This event is made possible by the generosity of our Marquis Sponsor: Iroquois-2016-full_color_logo

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Chamber Announces Gold Seal Awards – VUW is Well Represented


headshot2The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients for the 2016 Gold Seal Awards, and Valley United Way’s current and past board chairs are on the list. Past chair Janice Sheehy will be receiving the prestigious Platinum Award while current chair Jen Bull will be receiving the Gold Seal Award. A banquet presented by People’s United Bank honoring this year’s recipients will be held on Wednesday, October 26th at LaSala Banquet Hall at the Sons of Italy in Derby. Continue reading

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Grow Your Own Gardening Program Finishes

garden2The Grow Your Own gardening program came to an end for 2016 with the last educational program hosted by Massaro Community Farm. Caty Poole gave a very informative and interactive presentation related the the wide variety of ways to preserve the harvest for year round use. Continue reading

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Sara Aylward Moving to United Way in New York City

German,SaraSara Aylward, VUW’s Director of Resource Development, is taking the next significant step in her career path within the United way system. She is leaving Valley United Way to take on the position of Manager, Communications at United Way of New York City, one of the largest United Ways in the country.

Sara got her start with United Way as a member of Valley United Way’s Youth Leadership Program when she was a student at Ansonia High School. She served an internship here while she was a student at Central Connecticut State College and after graduation held positions with a United Way in Maine and the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County before joining Valley United Way’s staff four years ago.

She was recently accepted to participate in the exclusive, United Way Worldwide LEAD Program. Leaders Engaged in Accelerated Development (LEAD) is United Way’s global headquarter’s engagement and professional development platform for high- performing and high-potential leaders. This is a significant accomplishment and an honor to receive, as LEAD only accepts 30 members worldwide, each year.

United Way President & C.O.O. Jack Walsh said, “We are saddened to see Sara go, but extremely happy for her. This is a fantastic opportunity for her in her career, and I’m sure that she will continue her outstanding work in New York. She will always be a part of our Valley United Way family, and we are extremely proud of all that she has accomplished and will continue to accomplish in the future.”


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Leadership Greater Valley Class of 2016


Another great class for Leadership Greater Valley started on Thursday, September 15 with a session devoted to Leadership Traits. The second session on September 22 featured a bus trip across the Valley highlighting historic sites and some of the great leaders of the past in the Valley.

Leadership Greater Valley is an incredible partnership among Valley United way, the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Council for Health & Human Services.

Click here for more photos of the first session or here for pictures from the tour.



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Prudential Investment Sales Team volunteered over a half day at the Spooner House

Prudential Investment Sales Team led by Manager Dan Pascone and coordinated by Pat volunteered over a half day at the Spooner House. They deep-cleaned, organized the kitchen and served lunch to the residents. They painted the cafeteria/dining room, hallways up and downstairs, cleaned all the lockers. Helped arrange the food bank shelves and was able to clean all the stairways.
Most of the Volunteers were from the Shelton Prudential office and others traveled in from Pennyslvania.
They were a group of “10” and accomplished so much and did a GREAT job!
For more photos, click here!
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Prudential presented Workshop to Valley United Way Youth Leaders


Twenty Four Valley United Way Youth Leaders were at Prudential at One Corporate Drive yesterday to participate in a special workshop. This was the fourth year that the Youth Leadership Group participated and learned incredibly valuable skills from Prudential Senior Staff.

Click here to read more about the Workshop!

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Leadership Greater Valley 2016 Begins Next Week

Group2015_smallApplications are now being accepted for the 2016 Leadership Greater Valley Program which is a joint venture of Valley United Way, the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Council for Health & Human Services. The nine week program starts on September 15 and combines leadership skill building with community education. Click here to learn more and get an application.

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Valley United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council Sends 134 Students Back to School in Style!

BTS-2016-048On Thursday, August 25, 2016 members of the Corporate Volunteer Council gathered in Derby at Irving Elementary School to proudly send 134 students in great need back to school in style and ready to learn.  The students at Irving Elementary who participated in this program are some of our community’s most vulnerable, and certainly in need of assistance to go back to school with all the necessary supplies, like notebooks, pencils, crayons and backpacks. A huge thank you to all of the companies who donated, Jen Olson, Principal of Irving School and her staff and our Youth Leaders! To read the full story, see a complete list of donors and check out photos from the event click here.


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Jimmy Tickey Excited to Lead Campaign!

Tickey, Jimmy 2016Valley United Way would like to announce our new Campaign Chair for the 2016-2017 Annual Community Campaign, Jimmy Tickey! Jimmy and his campaign cabinet are excited to help Valley United Way reach its goal of raising $1,000,000 in support of our funded partners.

Jimmy Tickey grew up in Shelton, attended Shelton Public Schools, and continues to call Shelton home. He graduated from Fordham University in New York City with a degree in Business Administration and Economics.

Jimmy has a strong sense of service to his community and has been involved with the Valley United Way since he was in Valley United Way’s Youth Leadership Program in high school. He is proud to lead the Valley United Way Community Campaign this year and is looking forward to working with community leaders, businesses and residents to collectively fight for a stronger community. Jimmy hopes to strengthen families across the Valley, encourage youth to succeed and assist people in crisis.

Read more about Jimmy and his plans to lead the United Way Campaign here!

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