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A.L.I.C.E. Report Updated – Has Anything Changed?

aliceOct2016.inddUnited 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

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Announcing 2016-2017 Valley United Way Youth Leadership Officers

 
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The Youth Leaders elected their officers for  2016- 2017! They are Co-President’s:  Anand Vaish, a Senior at Shelton High School and Katherine Simonetti a Senior at Lauralton Hall, Co-Communication Chairs:  Grace Brangwynne, a Junior at Seymour High School and Jessica Ries, a Junior at Shelton High School and Co-Secretaries: Lauren Pawlowski, a Junior at Shelton High School and Katherine Wojick, a Junior at Ansonia High School.

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New Videos Tell United Way Story

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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.

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Boys & Girls Club Is 60 Years Old

The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley will be celebrating their 60th anniversary with a Gala on November 10 at The Waterview in Monroe (Click here to learn more). We congratulate them and thought you might find this video featuring Shaye Roscoe speaking about the Club and its relationship with Valley United Way. The video was produced for us by Griffin Hospital.

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Thanks for attending the 2016-2017 Campaign Kickoff

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Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 2016-2017 Community Campaign Kickoff. Click here to see our Facebook photo album.

This event was made possible by the generosity of our Marquis Sponsor: Iroquois-2016-full_color_logo

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Chamber Announces Gold Seal Awards – VUW is Well Represented

headshot2The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients for the 2016 Gold Seal Awards, and Valley United Way’s current and past board chairs are on the list. Past chair Janice Sheehy will be receiving the prestigious Platinum Award while current chair Jen Bull will be receiving the Gold Seal Award. A banquet presented by People’s United Bank honoring this year’s recipients will be held on Wednesday, October 26th at LaSala Banquet Hall at the Sons of Italy in Derby. Continue reading

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Grow Your Own Gardening Program Finishes

garden2The Grow Your Own gardening program came to an end for 2016 with the last educational program hosted by Massaro Community Farm. Caty Poole gave a very informative and interactive presentation related the the wide variety of ways to preserve the harvest for year round use. Continue reading

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Sara Aylward Moving to United Way in New York City

German,SaraSara Aylward, VUW’s Director of Resource Development, is taking the next significant step in her career path within the United way system. She is leaving Valley United Way to take on the position of Manager, Communications at United Way of New York City, one of the largest United Ways in the country.

Sara got her start with United Way as a member of Valley United Way’s Youth Leadership Program when she was a student at Ansonia High School. She served an internship here while she was a student at Central Connecticut State College and after graduation held positions with a United Way in Maine and the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County before joining Valley United Way’s staff four years ago.

She was recently accepted to participate in the exclusive, United Way Worldwide LEAD Program. Leaders Engaged in Accelerated Development (LEAD) is United Way’s global headquarter’s engagement and professional development platform for high- performing and high-potential leaders. This is a significant accomplishment and an honor to receive, as LEAD only accepts 30 members worldwide, each year.

United Way President & C.O.O. Jack Walsh said, “We are saddened to see Sara go, but extremely happy for her. This is a fantastic opportunity for her in her career, and I’m sure that she will continue her outstanding work in New York. She will always be a part of our Valley United Way family, and we are extremely proud of all that she has accomplished and will continue to accomplish in the future.”

 

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Leadership Greater Valley Class of 2016

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Another great class for Leadership Greater Valley started on Thursday, September 15 with a session devoted to Leadership Traits. The second session on September 22 featured a bus trip across the Valley highlighting historic sites and some of the great leaders of the past in the Valley.

Leadership Greater Valley is an incredible partnership among Valley United way, the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Council for Health & Human Services.

Click here for more photos of the first session or here for pictures from the tour.

 

 

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Prudential Investment Sales Team volunteered over a half day at the Spooner House

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Prudential Investment Sales Team led by Manager Dan Pascone and coordinated by Pat volunteered over a half day at the Spooner House. They deep-cleaned, organized the kitchen and served lunch to the residents. They painted the cafeteria/dining room, hallways up and downstairs, cleaned all the lockers. Helped arrange the food bank shelves and was able to clean all the stairways.
Most of the Volunteers were from the Shelton Prudential office and others traveled in from Pennyslvania.
They were a group of “10” and accomplished so much and did a GREAT job!
For more photos, click here!
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