This past month was one of the hottest in recent memory, and we are bound to have at least one more heat wave before the end of the season. Whether it was heading to the pool, a beach, or even a shopping mall, many of us sought out a way to cool down. The challenge, however, is when we have to return home — many of us may not be able to afford the increased energy usage required in cooling a home.
Without access to air conditioning in these heat...Read More
Many of us are fortunate to have adequate medical insurance, but that is not the case for many local families. Prescription costs and co-pays can get so high that families may have to miss paying certain bills for the month, or even just chose to risk going without essential medication. Fortunately, FamilyWize was created to help people forced to make these tough decisions.
FamilyWize is a free program and has saved participants an average of 45...Read More
Middlesex United Way works in the areas of education, income, health and housing because we all need a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family, good health, and a safe, adequate and affordable place to live.
Every day, our partners in education, income, health and housing amaze us with the incredible work they do to strengthen lives and improve community conditions here in Middlesex County. Today, I’d like...Read More
While summer is known for bringing barbecues, beach days and picnics, it unfortunately also tends to bring heat waves and hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, and the greatest risk for Connecticut is usually from mid-August to mid-October.
Fortunately for us, this means families still have time to develop an emergency supply kit and family plan. The 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week health and human services...Read More
With July approaching, I would just like to take a moment to reflect on the whirlwind that was June. It seemed like every week we were hosting an event, and our staff, partners and volunteers all stepped up to the plate. Needless to say, I am very proud of the results.
The Liberty Lends a Hand Campaign encourages bank employees to take part in volunteer projects and collections throughout the entire month of June. Employees can take part in two...Read More
At United Way, we believe communities are stronger when our neighbors have food on their table, a roof over their head, and gas in their car so they can get to work.
This is not an unreasonable hope, but, unfortunately, too many families are struggling to make ends meet presently. And for those who are just getting by, they may now fall short with changes Congress just recently proposed.
A House bill is threatening to reduce or remove food...Read More
Tax time can be stressful for all of us and for families who need the money, it’s also an additional expense.
That’s why we are proud to be a partner in the Middlesex VITA Coalition, which offers free tax preparation assistance to low- and moderate-income families.
Here in our office, from January through April, we host a VITA — or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance— a site where families can make an appointment to have a certified volunteer help...Read More
The Middlesex United Way Young Leaders Society will hold its third annual Putts for a Purpose Charity Miniature Golf Tournament at Torza’s Golf in Cromwell.
The event, June 21 at 5:30 p.m., will feature one round of miniature golf, dinner, drinks, and the opportunity to network — all for a worthy cause.
All the proceeds raised from the event will benefit Middlesex County schools for the purchase of much-needed supplies. Each $30 ticket includes...Read More
National Mental Health Month is observed in May. Mental illnesses are the biggest cause of disability and illness in the world. Depression alone is one of the top leading causes of disability across the planet. It is important to continue to shine a light on mental illness and share with you some mental health services available in our community.
Throughout Connecticut, United Way 2-1-1 connects people to resources and assistance with mental...Read More
The summer solstice is almost here, and to celebrate, Middlesex United Way is encouraging hundreds of volunteers to take part in Day of Action June 21.
Day of Action is an annual event that mobilizes the power of volunteers to create positive change in more than 450 communities around the world. This event is held traditionally on the longest day of the year, and Middlesex United Way is committed to rallying our community together for this year’...Read More