As a single mother with three boys, Annie was resigned to the fact that she would not be able to afford extra-curricular programs for her children. So when she learned that the local arts agency was able to offer scholarships, she saw doors open unexpectedly for her children. The scholarships are made possible, in part, by funding through the United Way of Western Connecticut.
“If not for the generosity and kindness of this community, my kids would never have had the opportunity to learn and grow and create their personal masterpieces!” she said. She explains that her children have taken
great pride in their creations in their clay class, and always look forward to attending. One of her boys has sensory issues, and she feels that the program has been particularly beneficial to him.
Since his involvement in the arts program, she says, “I have noticed changes that touch my heart. I get more hugs, which may seem superficial, but I assure you it is not. A calm embrace from a child with sensory issues is not insignificant."
At United Way of Western Connecticut, we believe that ALL children should have access to quality after-school and enrichment programs, regardless of their parents’ income. Last year, we helped to make after school programs more affordable for 2,500 children. And since 2017, we have funded enrichment activities for 900+ children in our region.
Your support to United Way creates memorable experiences for children who often have limited opportunities beyond the classroom. Thank you for making stories like Annie’s possible.