Right now it’s easy to feel isolated and overwhelmed by the gravity of what's happening. But even though we are apart, we are United. We are still a community.
We are a community that is full of hand-raisers and doers. One full of people who are strong, compassionate, generous, and full of resolve. We know that when we come together, we’ll get through this and be stronger on the other side.
We know, because we’ve seen the power of community. The power of this community.
The Power of Community
United Way of Western Connecticut has served Greater Danbury, Greater New Milford and Stamford for many years. During that time, we have seen this community face and survive crises, downturns and hardships by working together, supporting each other and creating innovative solutions to intimidating problems.
During the last two months, this power of community has been on full display as our friends and neighbors respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses, nonprofit partners, and individuals have all answered the call for help. Whether it is working with the Mayor’s office to register volunteers and help vulnerable seniors access food in Stamford, coordinating food deliveries with Boehringer Ingelheim in Danbury, or partnering with social services in New Milford to get funds to those in need, we have seen how acts of kindness large and small create change.
A Worldwide Day of Giving and Unity
To add power to this moment, we are asking you to give on May 5 during #GivingTuesdayNow, a special worldwide event. On this first Tuesday of May, thousands of people and organizations around the world will be coming together in acts of unity and giving as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
What You Can Do
If you are looking for a way to give back and safely connect to your community again, we ask you to donate during #GivingTuesdayNow.
By donating to the ALICE Emergency Fund--which serves only the people in our 15-town region--you’ll provide monetary and food assistance to those in need, right now. Thanks to generous people in this community, United Way of Western Connecticut has been able to provide urgent crisis relief to many of our neighbors. To date:
- 500 families are receiving $20 per week in fresh produce and up to $50 per week in other grocery discounts.
- An additional 275 families have received $200 to help pay for basic needs like food, utilities, prescriptions and gas.
Though there is much to celebrate, many more people still need help. So we are asking generous people in the community like you to do what you always do – come together and give to strengthen our communities.
Every dollar you donate goes directly to those in need. $100 pays for five weeks of fresh produce for one family. $200 gives much needed relief to families suddenly out of work or coping with reduced work hours due to COVID-19.
When you give on or before May 5 to the ALICE Emergency Fund or to the Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund to help neighbors across our great state, your full donation will be directed to neighbors, near or far, who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donate today and help show the power of community.