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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Financial Education Series Starts With College Planning and Retirement Planning

CollegePlanningWith the new school year under way, Valley United Way’s Financial Education Series will also be resuming with a fitting topic for the beginning of a new school year – College Planning.

That will be followed it up with a retirement planning series in October and estate planning in November.

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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.

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Valley United Way Welcomes New Campaign Assistant

Meet Emily Bernson!

Assistant 001Emily will be joining us at Valley United Way as our Campaign Assistant thanks to a grant from Webster Bank. She will be assisting with all aspects of the Annual Community Campaign and events.  Emily will be working to increase donations and build corporate & individual relationships. In addition, she will be working on prospect research to attract and gain new development partners.

Emily graduated from Newtown High School and went on to graduate from High Point University with a degree in Non-Profit Leadership & Management. She has worked with large national non-profit organizations such as The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

When not working at Valley United Way, Emily works at The Inn at Newtown as a server. She enjoys hiking in her spare time, playing with her adorable rescue puppy, Bella, and likes to indulge in her favorite treat, dark chocolate!

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