Last year, Middletown residents benefited Middlesex United Way initiatives and programs provided by our partners such as:
- 49 Middletown residents participated in the Even Start Family Literacy Program through Middletown Adult Education. Even Start provides parents with infants and toddlers and low educational level with the training and support they need to: create a literate home environment, improve employability skills through adult education, and participate in the education of their children. Even Start improves the educational levels of both adults and children with the overriding goal of breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.
- 98 Middletown residents utilized the services of the John J. Driscoll United Labor Agency. 100% of Clients at United Labor Agency reported they improved their job seeking skills, 69% received job interviews, and 57% obtained employment.
- 2,933 Middletown residents were served by Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Many clients of Amazing Grace have strained and limited budgets and often have to choose between rent, paying utility bills, and buying food. Outreach workers at the pantry meet with many of these individuals to help them connect with other needed social services.
- 346 boys and 426 girls participated in the Boy Scouts of America, Connecticut Rivers Council, and the Girls Scouts of Connecticut, respectively.
- 920 youth were served through the Healthy Communities-Healthy Youth Initiative. Middlesex United Way partners with Youth Service Bureaus in 13 of the 15 towns in Middlesex County to implement the Healthy Communities-Healthy Youth initiative, a countywide effort to reduce risky behaviors such as substance abuse and violence in youth by developing their assets, traits they need to be successful in life, and by strengthening community assets, the conditions needed for young people to thrive. Based on recent survey data, youth throughout Middlesex County reported that substance abuse decreased by 25%, violence decreased by 24%, and antisocial behavior decreased by 11%.
- 570 Middletown children were enrolled in Kids Korner at the Northern Middlesex YMCA, and 98% of parents say the program has enabled them to maintain their employment.
- 808 Middletown children received dental care through Community Health Center’s Mobile Dental Program, which provides high quality, affordable dental care to low income children, many who are underinsured or uninsured.
- 132 Middletown residents stayed at The Connection’s Eddy Shelter, which provides emergency shelter for adult men and women as well as resources and referrals to prevent and end homelessness.
- 60 Middletown families at risk of homelessness remained in their homes thanks to one-time assistance through the Middlesex County Coalition on Housing & Homelessness Prevention Fund.
*Updated July 2013