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Basement Systems to Rebuild Playground at Ansonia Nature Center

Valley United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) is celebrating its 20thanniversary in fine tradition, by making the greatest positive impact in the Valley.  

When Alison Rubelmann, Executive Director of the Ansonia Nature Center was guest speaker at a recent CVC monthly meeting, and explained the epic need for help in building their playground, the CVC knew it had to respond. 

At about the same time, Basement Systems of Seymour expressed interest in a major community service project for which its employees could contribute.  Continue reading

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BIC, CDWG Share Corporate Cup Run/Walk Title

Run-2016WinnerMichelle Wieler of Iroquois and Fred Wills of CDWG are the Women’s and Men’s Division winners of the 2016 Corporate Cup Run which was part of the Valley YMCA’s Sunset Race won by Tim Milenkevich. Approximately 100 Corporate Cup participants took part in either the run or the walk resulting in BIC and CDWG finishing in a first place tie in the team results.

Click here for the story and complete results.

The 2016 Community Cup winner will be announced at the Corporate Cup Awards Reception at Griffin Hospital on June 27 at 5:30. Reservations may be made by clicking here.

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Corporate Volunteer Council Selects Irving School

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Valley United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) has selected Irving School, in Derby for the 2016 CVC Back to School Clothes for Kids Project. This will mark the sixth time that the CVC has selected Derby students and have spent a total of $144, 625.00. To date the CVC has outfitted 2,853 Valley children in need and spent $578,140.00. Continue reading

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VUW President Retiring in November

WalshIt is with mixed emotions that Valley United Way announces the retirement of John J. Walsh “Jack”, President & C.O.O. Jack has served as President for the organization for 27 years, beginning his career with them in 1989. Jack, a life-long resident of Derby, is committed and passionate about making the Valley a better place to live and work. He will be retiring at the end of November.

During his leadership, Jack helped Valley United Way create many successful programs to strengthen collaboration and build resources including the Youth Leadership Program, Volunteer Center, and Valley Council for Health and Human Services and Leadership Greater Valley. In addition, he was instrumental in the creation and execution of the Corporate Cup, a collaborative event with Griffin Hospital, Valley YMCA and Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce to improve health and wellness for Valley employees through a series of fun, competitive events. He was also one of the leaders of the group that earned the Valley the All America City Award in 2000. Continue reading

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Griffin Hospital Hosts Sports Center Raffle to Benefit Valley United Way

griffin-logo-2016x2Griffin Hospital is donating $1000 worth of Sports Center Gift Cards for a special raffle to benefit Valley United Way. Tickets are $5 each and enter you in for a chance to win 1 of 4 prizes. All are welcome to enter for a chance to win

 

1st Prize $400

2nd Prize $300

3rd Prize $200

4th Prize $100

All winners will be drawn on June 3rd with 100% of the proceeds with go to benefit Valley United Way.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

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Community College Student Held Fund Raiser

Pisano,James-006James Pisano is a very active and highly motivated student at Naugatuck Valley Community College who also happens to be planning an altruistic life of helping others. When he arrived at the United Way office a few weeks ago, he was on a mission to learn more about the nonprofit side of Valley life and how he might put his talents to use.

Fast forward two weeks, and he had come up with his own plans to assist Valley United Way by organizing a fund raiser that encapsulated both Valley United Way and one of our partner agencies – Big Brothers & Big Sisters. His project is a clothing drive operated through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Donation Center on Clifton Avenue in Ansonia from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 21 – an ideal time for a little spring cleaning. Big Brothers Big Sisters takes the clothing and will pay United Way a fee for every pound collected.

James is an honor student at NVCC and also the president of the Dance Club. He is also a mentor in the Seymour school’s Bound for Success program with 5th and 6th graders. He got some of his inspiration from Eric DiStasi and Ed Strumello from the school system. He has also been active in helping coach soccer at the Seymour Middle School and with the Total Sports Academy in Hamden. When he was a student at Seymour High School he participated in soccer, cross country and indoor track, so all of this is a way of giving back to his community for what others have done for him in the past.

So take a look through your closets for items that never seem to find their way off their hangers and do yourself and James a favor by donating them on May 21.

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Jennifer Bull is new chair of Board of Directors

Jennifer-Bull_0915_newJennifer S. Bull, an Accounting and Audit Principal of DHL&S in Shelton was elected as Chair of the Board of Directors at Valley United Way’s at the 48th Annual meeting on April 26, 2016. You can learn more about Jen, the officers of the board and all the board members here. You can also see a listing of all our corporators here.

Valley United Way is fortunate have such a talented group of volunteers guiding the organization.

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Letter Carriers Food Drive – Thanks

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“Grow Your Own” Gardeners Ready to “Grow”

Gardeners 2016

Grow-Your-Own-Poster.jpgGrow  Your Own gardening program participants are ready to “grow” after picking up everything they need to have their own fruit and vegetable gardens. The participants picked up their pre-packaged tool kits and spent time in the garden department at Home Depot in Derby selecting the plants that they will be growing this summer. They had previously participated in an educational session with the CT Agricultural Experiment Station back on March 30.

GYO2016-029Thank you this great group of Home Depot staffers for all their help making for a smooth pick up session.

Now in its third year, this program works with participants from local food banks and shelters to help them grow their own fruits and vegetables. Once they get their gardens going, there will be two additional sessions at Massaro Community Farm where they will learn all about pest and weed issues and how to harvest and preserve the food for year round use. This program is funded with a grant from the Raymond P. Lavietes Foundation.

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NPI/Medical is #1 in Corporate Cup Horseshoes

Horseshoes 2016 - Final Four

The Community Corporate Cup Horseshoes Tournament turned into an epic battle between teams from NPI/Medical and CDWG. Click here to see the full results.

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