Vital Community Agencies Receive Resiliency Grants to Survive Pandemic

Nearly $700,000 Distributed to Agencies by United Way

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In June of 2021, United Way of Western Connecticut awarded $695,000 in grants to 44 agencies across Northern Fairfield County, Southern Litchfield County, and Stamford .

Thanks to generous donors like you, we were able to support these vital agencies after a very difficult year caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Since March of 2020, the pandemic has taken a huge toll on nonprofits as they struggled to meet the needs of clients who suddenly lost jobs or wages, or found themselves with children at home all day, every day. The agencies had to mobilize to meet unprecedented demand, while providing services safely and often remotely--and frequently without the volunteers they so often rely on.

Because the pandemic changed so many aspects of home and family life, community nonprofits not only had to address basic needs, such as food and shelter, they also had to meet increased demands for mental health services, educational supports, and child care,

"Because the pandemic affected everyone--from the elderly who needed food, to the infant child of an essential worker who needed care--it stretched our communities' safety nets to their limits," said Isabel Almeida, president of United Way of Western Connecticut.

"We are extremely grateful for this award, as we see more young people struggling with mental health challenges," said Julie Schmitter, Executive Director of Danbury Youth Services. "DYS has continued to offer in-office services to our most vulnerable clients even during the pandemic, and we see an increase in referrals our agency. This funding will help some of or most struggling families access the mental health services that they need."

"We are so grateful for your partnership," said Nancy Coughlin, Chief Executive Officer at Person-to-Person in Stamford. " Your support helps families put food on the table, keep the lights on, and stay in their homes as they work towards self-sufficiency."


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