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Jack Walsh has been named as the 2017 recipient of the Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award. The award is 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 involving more than one organization or one town.
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Hard on the heels of the ALICE Report issued by the United Ways in Connecticut, the Valley has a full report of its own – Understanding the Valley Region, A Community of Well Being. The new report which was produced under the leadership of the Valley Community Foundation with financial support from the Foundation, Valley United Way, Bassett Family Fund, Griffin Health Services, and the Katharine Matthies Foundation.
The Foundation convened an Advisory Committee of Valley leaders in 2014 which helped produce a Snapshot in 2015 and the full report this year. The report was written by Mary Buchanan and Mark Abraham of DataHaven, with assistance from staff at the Valley Community Foundation. It relies on data from federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as information collected directly from Valley residents as part of the statewide 2015 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey.
The report was unveiled with a panel of Valley leaders offering comments and an overview of the report held at the Scinto Auditorium in Shelton. Sharon Closius of the Valley Community Foundation served as the moderator. Panel members included Jack Walsh, Patrick Charmel, David Morgan, Bill Purcell, Suzanne Reilly and Chris Clouet.
It is expected that the report will serve as a basis for further discussion and action as happened with earlier reports such as the Healthy Valley Study and others.
United Ways across the state recently released an update to the groundbreaking A.L.I.C.E. Report first issued in November 2014. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – a household with income above the Federal Poverty Level but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. In 2014, United Ways in Connecticut, along with United Ways in four other states, released state-specific reports to put a face on working families who struggle financially. Two years later United Ways in 15 states are now reporting on ALICE in their states. You can read the short Executive Summary here. To download a copy of the full report click here. Continue reading
Thanks to the generous support of Griffin Hospital, Valley United Way has five new videos showcasing the work of Valley United Way and its relationship with area companies and nonprofits. The five videos feature Michael Law of Edgewell and Jeff Bruner of Iroquois Gas speaking about their involvement with Valley United Way while Shaye Roscoe of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys & Girls Club and David Morgan of TEAM, Inc. talk about their agencies and how they work with Valley United Way. The fifth video features VUW President Jack Walsh sharing his perspective of Valley United Way and its role in the Valley.
Griffin Hospital sponsored the videos which were produced by Webouts, which does much of Griffin’s own videography.
You can see the complete playlist of videos here.