Starting today, give for tomorrow

Tomorrow is full of questions. But the answers are up to us.

Give for a new tomorrow

Starting today, help us build a future where everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive.

Our new normal is a world of uncertainty and change. That will take some getting used to. But we need to do more than adapt to a post-pandemic world. We need to build a better one. Thousands of people in our community were devastated by the events of 2020. They need your support to rebuild their lives.

At the beginning of the year, none of us were prepared for what we would confront. And no one knew how many in our community would need our help.

Faced with a once-in-a-generation challenge, United Way of Western Connecticut stepped up. United Way staff, donors, volunteers and our entire community came together in an unprecedented way. We helped our neighbors who were most impacted by the global pandemic and economic downturn get the relief and support they needed:

  • 3,400+ people across the state received $200 in cash assistance--totaling more than $680,000--from local and statewide United Way COVID relief funds. 
  • 640+ people were eligible for $20 of free, fresh produce and other grocery discounts each week through the end of June as part of our Healthy Savings program.
  • Nearly $50,000 worth of free, fresh produce was provided to families in need through the end of June through Healthy Savings.
  • 18 food pantries and providers received $45,000+ in grants to purchase food during the height of the pandemic's first wave.
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But there is so much more to do.

Thousands of families in our community still struggle with unemployment, food insecurity, housing and health challenges. Many don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or how they will pay the rent or the bills, teetering on the edge of financial disaster without back-up savings.

Students of all ages are struggling through a school year marred by instability. Adults face mental health challenges like anxiety and depression. Many Americans who were already struggling before the pandemic—like low-wage workers, people of color, LGBTQA+ individuals, and those with disabilities—were hit harder than the rest. Consider this:

Education and Youth Success

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Health and Food Security

  • More than 1 in 10 don’t know where their next meal is coming from
  • 18% of kids struggle with childhood obesity
  • Nearly 1 in 5 adults live with a mental health challenge

These are our neighbors. And they cannot wait any longer for relief, support, equality, the opportunity to live a healthy, thriving life.

United Way: Keeping Our Communities Strong, Now and In the Future

This year has demonstrated that we don’t live in the equal society we’ve always cherished. But we can make it so.

At United Way, we are working toward a new tomorrow for our community, one that offers a new path forward for greater justice and equity through:

We must build a better future for our community, one where every person and every family has an equal opportunity to thrive. We can begin the new year with hope, with possibility, with action.

Let’s not put off until tomorrow the work that we can start today. Together, we can build a tomorrow that is better than yesterday. For every single one of us.

All we need to do is Start Today United.

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