Join a great team of people in building a community garden to help food insecure residents get the nutrition they need to live healthier lives.
Valley United Way is looking for volunteers for our Grow Your Own Community Gardens located in Ansonia and Derby CT. The Program is designed to help lowincome, food insecure residents in the Ansonia and Derby neighborhoods with the means and know how to grow their own fresh vegetables and fruit in a community garden.
VOLUNTEER Assignments include:
Pine Lot Garden – Located at 28 Howard Ave, Ansonia CT, Duties – requires at least two people to lift empty rain barrels on cinder blocks, requires someone with a truck to get the cinder blocks and enough strength to move them to the garden. The spouts on the barrels will need to be changed to a higher location on the barrels. Estimated time is 2 hours.
Pine lot and Gatsion Park – Located at 28 Howard Ave and 4th Street in Ansonia CT – We need someone with a truck to pick up the paver stones and take them to both garden locations and place them around the raised garden beds. Estimated amount of time is 4 hours. This can be a team activity and requires people with strength to lift 16X16 paver stones and carry them to the garden location.
This is a great opportunity to make a difference and help families while providing fresh vegetables and fruit for them to eat!
Please contact Susan Meek to sign up or for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-926-9478
Vintner’s Dinner Has been Postponed
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“Wine the Night Away”
Valley United Way Exceeds Fundraising Goal
After 10 years of nearly reaching the annual campaign goal, Valley United Way is happy to announce they have met and exceeded the $1 million goal set for the 2016-2017 year.
Valley United Way has raised more than $1,050,000. That is $50,000 more than the campaign goal.
“Thanks in part to all those who contributed to the Valley United Way, we have reached our $1 million campaign goal this year. I am grateful to all those who supported our efforts, and our community will be better — and stronger — because of it,” said Jimmy Tickey, the Valley United Way campaign chair.
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Jack Walsh has been named as the 2017 recipient of the Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award. The award is the Valley’s oldest and most prestigious award for community service. The award has been presented annually since 1971 and recognizes individuals for lifetime service in the Valley involving more than one organization or one town.
Click here to read more about Jack and the award.
Hard on the heels of the ALICE Report issued by the United Ways in Connecticut, the Valley has a full report of its own – Understanding the Valley Region, A Community of Well Being. The new report which was produced under the leadership of the Valley Community Foundation with financial support from the Foundation, Valley United Way, Bassett Family Fund, Griffin Health Services, and the Katharine Matthies Foundation.
The Foundation convened an Advisory Committee of Valley leaders in 2014 which helped produce a Snapshot in 2015 and the full report this year. The report was written by Mary Buchanan and Mark Abraham of DataHaven, with assistance from staff at the Valley Community Foundation. It relies on data from federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as information collected directly from Valley residents as part of the statewide 2015 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey.
The report was unveiled with a panel of Valley leaders offering comments and an overview of the report held at the Scinto Auditorium in Shelton. Sharon Closius of the Valley Community Foundation served as the moderator. Panel members included Jack Walsh, Patrick Charmel, David Morgan, Bill Purcell, Suzanne Reilly and Chris Clouet.
It is expected that the report will serve as a basis for further discussion and action as happened with earlier reports such as the Healthy Valley Study and others.
Click here to read the Executive Report. The full report can be found here.
United Ways across the state recently released an update to the groundbreaking A.L.I.C.E. Report first issued in November 2014. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – a household with income above the Federal Poverty Level but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. In 2014, United Ways in Connecticut, along with United Ways in four other states, released state-specific reports to put a face on working families who struggle financially. Two years later United Ways in 15 states are now reporting on ALICE in their states. You can read the short Executive Summary here. To download a copy of the full report click here. Continue reading
Thanks to the generous support of Griffin Hospital, Valley United Way has five new videos showcasing the work of Valley United Way and its relationship with area companies and nonprofits. The five videos feature Michael Law of Edgewell and Jeff Bruner of Iroquois Gas speaking about their involvement with Valley United Way while Shaye Roscoe of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys & Girls Club and David Morgan of TEAM, Inc. talk about their agencies and how they work with Valley United Way. The fifth video features VUW President Jack Walsh sharing his perspective of Valley United Way and its role in the Valley.
Griffin Hospital sponsored the videos which were produced by Webouts, which does much of Griffin’s own videography.
You can see the complete playlist of videos here.