No one else in the community has the breadth and depth of connections with civic, corporate, government, school, community, and nonprofit organizations that United Way has. We have the capacity to bring partners together to effect systemic change around important issues.
We provide backbone support for the Stamford Cradle to Career (SC2C) collective impact partnership, which engages more than 50 community partners to align community resources to ensure equity and excellence in education, for every child, from cradle to career. This year, SC2C launched a collaborative literacy project with after-school and summer programs in the city. The collaborative also launched a public awareness campaign to promote prenatal care to collect baseline data on maternal and infant heath.
DanburyWORKS is a collaborative of Danbury agencies and institutions focused on reducing the number of immigrants and people of color who are in poverty by 30 percent within 10 years. During the first three years, DanburyWORKS will address the barriers to participating in education and/or job training programs that increase wages. In the short-term, it focuses on reducing those barriers by building trust among the diverse cultures in Danbury, improving English language proficiency, and increasing access to affordable licensed childcare.
DanburyWORKS was awarded the Boston Federal Reserve’s Working Cities Challenge grant in February 2018 in the amount of $450,000 over three years.
“This is just the start of a lot of hard work on behalf of Danbury’s residents. I’m looking forward to following their progress over the coming years,” said Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren of Danbury’s collaborative.