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Make Your Reservation to the 47th Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner!

Valley United Way’s 47th Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner will be held on Tuesday, April 21 at Molto Bene Italian America Kitchen – 557 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia. During the business part of the meeting corporators, board members and officers will be elected. United Way will also recognize companies and individuals who have contributed to the success of the Annual Community Fund Raising effort. The prestigious 2015 Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award will be presented to Ron Villani.

Click here to make your reservation.

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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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United Way Announces Ron Villani as 2015 Flynn Award Recipient

villani,ron2015Valley Unite Way is pleased to announce that Ron Villani is the recipient of the 2015 Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award. The award is the Valley’s oldest and most prestigious community service award. It is named for the late editor of The Evening Sentinel and has been presented annually since 1971. The award is presented for a lifetime of service to the community, encompassing more that one town or organization.  Click here to learn more about Ron and the award.

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Community Corporate Cup – Perkin Elmer Darts Champs

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PerkinElmer’s Dinesh Venkataramanan and Amit Patil are the 2015 Community Corporate Cup Darts Champs. Click here for complete Darts results.

The Community Corporate Cup is under way with the Healthy Team pre-testing done and the Bowling and Darts tournaments completed. The standings are incredibly close. However, there is much more to come and you can still register for all other 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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