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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CVC is Ready for a New School Year


There are going to be a lot of smiling faces at Irving School in Derby tomorrow as the Corporate Volunteer Council dropped off bins full of personalized clothing for tomorrow’s Back to School rally. Watch for more information and pictures tomorrow.

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Youth Leadership Alums in Action

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The FIRST Youth Leadership ALUMNI VOLUNTEER project was held on August 13th,when 15 YL alumni students arrived at 7:45 am the Spooner House in Shelton to cook breakfast for the residents. They cooked pancakes, scrambled Eggs, amazing fruit salad with home fries, bacon and sausage along with bagels and cream cheese!

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Sara Aylward Selected for Prestigious United Way Program

German,SaraValley United Way would like to congratulate Sara Aylward, Director of Resource Development, for her recent acceptance into 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. Continue reading

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America Red Cross Installing Free Smoke Alarms

The American Red Cross is installing free smoke alarms and providing fire safety education to residents in the Lower Naugatuck Valley. The program has been made possible in part, due to grants from the Valley Community Foundation and the Valley United Way.

The smoke alarm installations are part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries. The grant from the Valley Community Foundation focuses on smoke alarm installations and education in the towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton. Continue reading

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Leadership Greater Valley 2016 Accepting Applications

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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United Way Welcomes New Graphics Designer/Storyteller

Valley United Way is pleased to announce that Tam Tran has joined the staff as the part time Graphics Designer/Storyteller.

She recently graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Master of Arts degree in Communication & Media and began her work at Valley United Way right after her graduation.

Tam is in charge of creating and developing visual concepts for print media, social media and website materials of Valley United Way.

Tam’s position is funded through a grant from the Raymond P. Lavietes Foundation.

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CVC Assists Basement Systems with a new playground in Ansonia

At a recent Corporate Volunteer Council meeting  Allison Rubelman, Director of Ansonia Nature Center was the speaker, and she told Council members about theneeds to replace the playground at the Center which had recently been demolished after 25 years of service. The playground was well used, but had become a safety risk and had to be torn down recently.
The Big Build PosterAt the same time the CVC was in search for a project for their annual Week of Caring and Basement Systems was looking for a project as well. A meeting was held at Basement Systems with Larry Janesky, Allison, Pat Tarasovic of the CVC and Basement Systems staff. It was quickly decided to do an immediate site visit. Larry saw the empty playground and heard the many stories of children’s heartbreak and disappointment and decided right then and there that this would be their project. Continue reading

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Food Bank Helps People Through Tough Times

This is the second in a series of stories about the work of United Way and its partners in the community being put together by volunteer Richard Gelfand as a public service for United Way. Rich is a veteran publicist and PR specialist who truly enjoys assisting people and businesses with their communication needs. We thank him for sharing his time and talent with us. The Seymour Oxford Food Bank is one of the agencies participating in the Valley Council’s Hunger Task Force.

People from all walks of life are thankful recipients of the generosity from local and regional food banks. Many times it is for those who you’d never even think needed assistance. When you think about a food bank and the people who go there, what is the picture in your head? Many people would mention the homeless, the addicted and the mentally ill, for starters. But would you think about someone at your church, a neighbor, someone who is employed and has a safe place to live? Maybe even one of your friends — even a family member? Food banks benefit many sectors of society when people are in dire need of assistance.

One of those food banks, the Seymour Oxford Food Bank (SOFB), is right here in the Naugatuck Valley. Continue reading

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