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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Annual Report is available on-line

Annual Report Cover 2015-2016The Annual Report 2015-2016 is now available to read online by viewing our Annual Report Page which also contains all the annual reports dating back to 2000.


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Healthy Dinner Completes Healthy Meal Series


When you think about healthy meals, pizza and cake are probably the last things that come to mind. However the final meal in the Community Corporate Cup Healthy Team meals series changed that perception! Griffin Hospital is undergoing renovations, so instead of the usual sit down meal with fine linens and china, thins were switched into a pizza and salad buffet with beet cake for dessert. Continue reading

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TEAM Presented With First Mildred Davey Award

Davey Award 2016 - TEAM, Inc.

At it’s 48th Annual Meeting on April 26, 2016, Valley United Way awarded the Mildred Davey Agency of the Year Award to TEAM, Inc. for the level of service that it provides to Valley residents to improve the quality of life in the Valley. The award is named in honor of Mildred Davey a life long Shelton resident who was a very active leader in the community including her strong involvement with the Valley’s nonprofit community. Click here to learn more.

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Thank You for Attending the Annual Meeting!

 Thank you to all of those who joined us at the 48th Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner!AnnlMeet2016-133

This annual event gives Valley United Way the opportunity to say thank you to all of our corporate partners, donors, agency partners and volunteers who help make our work possible.  To see a list of all those companies and individuals awarded for their generosity and support and to see pictures from last nights event, click here!

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