Valley Hunger Study Released

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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Community Corporate Cup – Bowling is Saturday

Breakfast-007Healthy Team participants getting nutritional tips from Melissa Mitri at the Healthy Breakfast.

The Community Corporate Cup is under way with the Healthy Team pre-testing completed and the Healthy Breakfast held this morning at Griffin Hospital. The first big team even is coming up this Saturday, March 7 – Bowling. Learn more and register here. Registration is live for all events in the 2015 Community Corporate Cup – a great opportunity to improve your health and well being in 2015. Click here for more information, schedule and registration. You can also use the drop down menu at the top of the page to access individual events.

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Valley United Way transitioning to new on-line volunteer service

After fourteen years with the on-line Volunteer Solutions platform for its volunteer matching service, Valley United Way will be moving to an e-Volunteer platform in late April. The current Volunteer Solutions site will be deactivated as of March 1, but it will take some time to get the new site up and running. Continue reading

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Grow Your Own to Combat Hunger

Grow-Your-Own-PosterWhen was the last time that you had a vine ripened tomato fresh out of the garden – or maybe a bright green pepper or a crispy cucumber? Imagine how much better they would taste if you had grown them yourself! Now consider how we can help eliminate hunger in the Valley by helping people to grow some fresh fruits and vegetables on their own!

In one response to the Valley Hunger Study, Valley United Way will be partnering with local food banks/pantries and shelters to make that a possibility for many clients currently using the food banks and shelters. Click here to learn more about this upcoming project.

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Youth Leaders Announce Allocations Granted

Valley United Way’s Youth Leadership Members Allocate $2,000 in funding to Valley Youth Programs

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. This year marks their 25th year!

Thanks to a grant from Prudential, Valley United Way Youth Leadership members traveled to Camp Jewell in Colebrook, CT. They arrived on Friday, January 30th, 2015. Twenty members of the program reviewed Request for Proposals applications and after many hours of discussion, they determined which requests were granted. This year $2,000 was available to allocate to programs they felt met the needs of youths in the community determined by their annual needs assessment. The following areas were identified as of critical concern to Valley teens: drugs & alcohol, bullying, texting & driving, teen violence, the arts, stress, mentors and after school activities.

To see how the money was allocated, click here.

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2015-2016 Youth Leadership Class Accepting Applications

2014-01meeting-025Valley United Way’s Youth Leadership Program is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 class!

Click here to submit your application.

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A.L.I.C.E. Study Documents Financial Hardships in CT and Valley


United Ways in Connecticut are releasing a groundbreaking study showing the impact of economic hardship in Connecticut in a way not often recognized in the past. The report uses ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) as a term to describe the many people in our state who work hard every day, but still struggle to make ends meet. Continue reading

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Youth Leaders Return from Camp Jewell

Valley United Way’s Youth Leadership members which included students from Ansonia, Derby,  Lauralton Hall, Notre Dame (West Haven)  Seymour, Shelton and St. Joseph’s High School,  have  just returned from their annual Camp Jewell Allocations weekend.
Camp Jewell, a YMCA Outdoor Center in Colebrook, provided experienced instructors who are incredibly skilled in drawing analogies between each activity and the work the Youth Leaders engage in throughout the year.

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