Financial Education Series Focus is on Retirement

One major decision that everyone is eventually confronted with is retirement – when, how, how long and how well. The one thing that you don’t want to do is hesitate to plan now!


This series of educational programs at United Way sponsored by Pitney Bowes, will focus on everything you need to know about planning for and living a successful retirement. We have three sessions scheduled with experts in the field including the Social Security Administration. Click here for more information.

We’re also bringing back local attorney and former probate court judge Tom Sutnik to repeat the popular Estate Planning Basics program on November 16. Click here for complete information and registration.


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Dedication to Education

Pitney Bowes Takes Action

IMG_6540IMG_5366Pitney Bowes is at Irving School in Derby today participating in Dedication to Education. 50 volunteers will be there all day inside and outside in the rain landscaping, painting rooms and planting tons of mums. After a great breakfast provided by David M. Grant Caterers, they will get to work helping one of our Valley Schools!

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Thank You!

Thank You For Making Our Annual Community Campaign Kickoff a Huge Success!

Kickoff2014-157_smallerThanks to the support of those who attended our 47th Kickoff event, we were able to raise $2,500 towards this year’s campaign. The generous donation of a Google Chromebook by Tim Kolestos was used as a thank you prize to be won by those who donated and our very own Youth Leader, Andrea Lynn Alabarell, was the lucky winner of the drawing. Thanks to the support of those who attended, our Valley schools of Derby, Seymour & Shelton, along with the Bassett Family Fund and GE’s campaign, we have kicked off this year’s campaign with over $100,000 in funds raised!

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47th Campaign Kickoff Highlights!

Valley United Way’s 47th Campaign Kickoff

kickoffinvite We want to thank everyone who attended the 47th Annual Community Campaign Kickoff held at the Rotary Pavilion on the Shelton Riverwalk. The weather was perfect, attendance was great and the food was delicious. We’ll have much more on the event later Wednesday, but for now, enjoy some of Fred Ortoli’s pictures from the evening.

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Who won the Chromebook?


Andrea Lynn Alabarell who just happens to be a Youth Leadership member was the happy winner of the Chromebook at the 2014 Community Campaign Kickoff. Watch for more of the story on Wednesday.

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Prudential Cares: About Our Youth Leaders

Prudential Annuities Hosts Communication Training for Youth Leaders

Pru-training2014-064Valley United Way’s Youth Leaders were invited to Prudential Annuities to participate in a special training on the skills of communication. Joining them are Monica Curry (Director, Learning and Development), Mark Rasmussen (Project Director) and Jenifer Kryzanski (Director, Program Manager) along with Youth Leader advisers, Scot Lang, Colleen Holt and Mike Gnibus. Some of the topics included embracing feedback for personal and professional growth, more effectively and confidently receiving feedback and introduction to crucial conversations.

Click here to read more about their experience!

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Youth Leadership Program Highlighted by Former Member

Jimmy Tickey Writes Guest Column in Honor of Youth Leadership’s 25th Year!

Tickey,JimmyJimmy Tickey has written a guest editorial for several papers about his experiences with our Youth Leadership Program, now celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary, both while in the program and as a board member for Valley United Way.

Click here to read his article

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