The 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.
Youth Leaders were busy this past weekend as they were among an army of Volunteers who participated in the annual Special Olympics Bowling event at Milford Lanes. Youth Leaders volunteering with Special Olympics has been a cornerstone of their Volunteer experience. It has made an enormous impact in their experience. So much so that many Youth Leaders use the experience as part of their college entrance essay.
Pat Tarasovic has been invited to be a Guest Presenter to the staff of all the Special Olympics New England offices during their general session at the New England Special Olympics Conference on October 14th, 2016. The featured topic will be “How to effectively recruit and work with Volunteers.”
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Valley United Way Corporate Volunteer Council Companies helped feed the Valley families in need this Thanksgiving!
On the same day, Prudential Financial in Shelton filled 45 extra large boxes with all the fixings for a large family, along with turkeys for their meals. Prudential has been feeding Valley families at Thanksgiving for over ten years.
Click here for photos from these companies food collections
The Valley Council for Health and Human Services is having their Annual Meeting & Community Awards Presentation on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at the Brownson Country Club, 15 Soundview Avenue, Shelton, CT Registration begins at 7:30 AM.
In addition to presenting their community awards, the program will include an interactive simulation on the life of someone who falls into the category of A.L.I.C.E., which stands for Assets Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The acronym was developed as a simple way to illustrate the plight of the over 25% of the Connecticut population living above the poverty line, but still struggling with economic challenges. You can find the full A.L.I.C.E. report here. To make a reservation, click here.
We want to offer our congratulations and best wishes to the graduates of this year’s Readership Greater Valley program, a collaborative effort of Valley United Way, the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Council of Health & Human Services. (Photo courtesy of Fed Ortoli) Continue reading
Team Building Initiative
The 2015-2016 Valley United Way High School Volunteer Council kicked off its year by spending the day at Camp Jewell in Colebrook, CT. Students from all 6 high schools along with their Advisers were on hand to participate in team building initiative that will help them get to know one another and create a plan for their upcoming year! Plans are beginning for their 2nd annual Community Day in May of 2016!
Click here for photos from the day
Our Financial Education Series for the fall centered on the challenges and opportunities for retirement. The series began on September 10 a great presentation on Social Security by Robert Rodriguez of Social Security Administration. The series was scheduled to end on November 10, but low attendance had lead to a cancellation of the event. We’ll be back after the first of the year with a new series. All programs in the series are free, and dinner is included.
We want to thank PitneyBowes for their sponsorship of the series.
Meet Victoria Martins!
Victoria has joined 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. Victoria 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. She will finish her time with us working on the 2nd Annual Community Gala! Continue reading