Valley Hunger Study

Valley-Hunger-Study-CoverThe Valley Hunger Study is being published by Valley United Way with the cooperation of the Valley Council Food Security Task Force and funding from the Prudential Foundation, which is part of Prudential Financial’s Corporate Social Responsibility, in an effort to present the community with a clearer picture of hunger and access to food in the Valley. Working with the Community Results Center at United Way of Connecticut, United Way and the Task Force the groups researched the extent of hunger in the Valley and the resources currently being directed to alleviate hunger. Click here to learn more about hunger in the Valley and what is being done to alleviate the problem.

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1997 Flynn Award Winner Passes

douglasWe were saddened today to hear of the passing of a gentle and kind man, Julius Douglas. Julius was the recipient of the 1997 Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award for a lifetime of achievement, and you can read the write-up from his award here. Even in retirement he remained active, and he was very active in the Valley’s All America City effort back in 2000. Our condolences to the family as he will be greatly missed!

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Youth Leaders Volunteer at Special Olympics Bowling

SpecialOlympics-2015-002Youth Leaders were busy this past weekend as they were among an army of  Volunteers who participated in the annual Special Olympics Bowling event at Milford Lanes. Youth Leaders volunteering with Special Olympics has been a cornerstone of their Volunteer experience. It has made an enormous impact in their experience. So much so that many Youth Leaders use the experience as part of their college entrance essay.

Pat Tarasovic has been invited to be a Guest Presenter to the staff of all the Special Olympics New England offices during their general session at the New England Special Olympics Conference on October 14th, 2016. The featured topic will be “How to effectively recruit and work with Volunteers.”

Click here for photos from the event

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Valley Families Thankful for CVC Companies

Valley United Way Corporate Volunteer Council Companies helped feed the Valley families in need this Thanksgiving!

SpoonerHousePitney Bowes “IMPACT 2017” contributed two full car loads of food and toiletry donations, as well as $735.00 in cash as volunteers filled baskets for Valley families at Spooner House.

VincentdePaul-067In tradition, Basement Systems in Seymour donated nearly 100 turkeys along with boxes of food to make Thanksgiving Dinners special for the people at St. Vincent De Paul.

VincentdePaul-028On the same day, Prudential Financial in Shelton filled 45 extra large boxes with all the fixings for a large family, along with turkeys for their meals. Prudential has been feeding Valley families at Thanksgiving for over ten years.

Click here for photos from these companies food collections

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Valley Council Annual Meeting to Showcase A.L.I.C.E.

Valley Council LogoThe Valley Council for Health and Human Services is having their Annual Meeting & Community Awards Presentation on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at the Brownson Country Club, 15 Soundview Avenue, Shelton, CT Registration begins at 7:30 AM.

In addition to presenting their community awards, the program will include an interactive simulation on the life of someone who falls into the category of A.L.I.C.E., which stands for Assets Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The acronym was developed as a simple way to illustrate the plight of the over 25% of the Connecticut population living above the poverty line, but still struggling with economic challenges. You can find the full A.L.I.C.E. report here. To make a reservation, click here.

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Congratulations Leadership Greater Valley Graduates

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We want to offer our congratulations and best wishes to the graduates of this year’s Readership Greater Valley program, a collaborative effort of Valley United Way, the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Council of Health & Human Services. (Photo courtesy of Fed Ortoli) Continue reading

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HSVC Visits Camp Jewell

Team Building Initiative

HSVC-Jewell-2015-127The 2015-2016 Valley United Way High School Volunteer Council kicked off its year by spending the day at Camp Jewell in Colebrook, CT. Students from all 6 high schools along with their Advisers were on hand to participate in team building initiative that will help them get to know one another and create a plan for their upcoming year! Plans are beginning for their 2nd annual Community Day in May of 2016!

Click here for photos from the day

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Financial Education Series – Last program cancelled

SocialSecurity-001Our Financial Education Series for the fall centered on the challenges and opportunities for retirement. The series began on September 10 a great presentation on Social Security by Robert Rodriguez of Social Security Administration. The series was scheduled to end on November 10, but low attendance had lead to a cancellation of the event. We’ll be back after the first of the year with a new series. All programs in the series are free, and dinner is included.

We want to thank PitneyBowes for their sponsorship of the series.

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