Since 1990, Valley United Way Youth Leadership members have distributed small, venture grants to community organizations in the Valley area. These grants are aimed at helping to fund new and/or expanding programs that serve the needs of Valley Youth. On February 1, 2016 twenty members of the program reviewed Request for Proposals applications and determined which requests were granted. Continue reading →
Team, Inc. kicked off their employee campaign for Valley United Way on February 9th, with a “Magic is Caring” theme. Employees joined in the fun with a magic show and card tricks from local magician Bryan Lizotte of Magic Moments of Shelton. After the performance, employees learned just how much of an impact their donations have to the programs and services in our Valley, including two of their own: Meals on Wheels and the Family Resource Center that receive funding each year from Valley United Way. Thank you to Team, Inc. and their staff for an amazing campaign kickoff! Click here for photos!
On January 23, despite the snow, dedicated United Way supporters gathered at the Trumbull Marriott for a night of great food, dancing, auctions and the star of the evening a 2 1/2 hour performance from Keys to the City Dueling Pianos. A great time was had by all who attended and proceeds from the event went to benefit Valley United Way! A special thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers, auction donors and attendees! Click here to read more and see photos from the event!
Valley United Way’s High School Volunteer Council is 20 years old! At its meeting hosted by Shelton High School on January 29, SHS Headmaster Dr. Beth Smith welcomed the five other Valley High Schools. Dr. Smith, a charter member of the HSVC, was also the guest speaker and she highlighted the early years of the Council and its mission and goal – to unite all six Valley High Schools to work together on community leadership service projects that will make an impact and meet the needs of the Valley Community. Continue reading →
The Derby-Shelton Rotary Club is partnering with other Rotary Clubs in District 7980 to distribute 40,000 specially prepared meal packages to those in need through area food banks. Rotarians from around the District will be taking a bulk food delivery on February 20 in Middletown and working together to package and box the meals for delivery.
Rotary reached out to Valley United Way for assistance in helping with the distribution in the Valley area. United Way has had a long history of working on such projects dating back to the first Letter Carriers food drives and the Harvest House projects leading up to the Valley Hunger Study and the Valley Council for Health & Human Services Food Security Task Force. Continue reading →
Gardeners picking up their plants and tools in the spring
We may be heading into the heart of winter, but we’ve got brighter days ahead on our minds as we announce that applications are now being accepted for the third annual Grow Your Own gardening program. This unique program which is made possible through a grant from the Raymond P. Lavietes Foundation provides the tools, training, seeds and plants for people to be successful in growing their own food this year.
This is just one response to the Valley Hunger Study that has Valley United Way partnering with local food banks/pantries and shelters to make gardening a possibility for many clients currently using the food banks and shelters. Click here to learn more about this exciting project and for an application.
Valley United Way is accepting nominations for the Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award – the Valley’s oldest and most prestigious award for Community Service. The award has been presented annually since 1971 and recognizes individuals for lifetime service in the Valley area. It is restricted to living individuals and their service must encompass more than one town and more than one organization. The award will be presented at United Way’s Annual Meeting in April. Click here to learn more and to make a nomination.
2-1-1 is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It is the celebration of a great concept – a unique help-by-telephone service made available for free to Connecticut residents year-round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The service began operation in 1976 when the State of Connecticut and United Way leaders recognized that although there were thousands of agencies, programs and services serving people, it was a challenge for Connecticut residents to find and access the services that best met their needs. Infoline was created to provide a single, central source of information about human services in Connecticut. It was the first statewide system of its type, supported by a partnership of United Ways and the State of Connecticut. In 1999, Infoline became 2-1-1 making Connecticut the first state to use the three digit 2-1-1 number on a statewide basis. Continue reading →