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Friday, March 13, 2015
By Kevin Wilhelm One of the reasons we embarked on the ALICE study is to influence policy as we educate our lawmakers about the financial realities facing families in Connecticut. If you haven’t yet heard about the ALICE Report, it’s a look at financial hardship in Connecticut, particularly those who are above the federal poverty line but below a basic cost of living threshold. This represents one in four Connecticut families. Fixing conditions... Read More
Monday, March 9, 2015
By Kevin Wilhelm Housing is the single largest – and least flexible – expense in most family budgets. Analysts agree that housing should cost no more than 30 to 33 percent of your income. However, many Connecticut families spend as much as 50 percent of their income on housing, leaving too few dollars for other basic needs.  The result – bad options and lots of stress – hurts families and has a ripple effect throughout the community. In... Read More
Monday, February 9, 2015
MIDDLETOWN -- Gary Simonsen, retired co-founder and president of PrimePay, was honored with Middlesex United Way’s highest and most prestigious volunteer honor Jan. 29 at the at the organization’s annual meeting. The Community Service Award recognizes an individual for his or her length and continuity of volunteer service to Middlesex United Way. Simonsen’s involvement with Middlesex United Way is extensive. He has served on the Board of... Read More
Monday, February 9, 2015
Clockwise from top left: Meghan Slater, Kimberly Hogan, Janet Porriello, Kevin Reich, and Maribeth Breen. By Kevin Wilhelm We are so lucky to have the best volunteers.  Every year, when we elect and appoint new members to our Board of Directors, I am inspired by their excitement and willingness to serve. At our annual meeting on January 29, we welcomed five new board members: Maribeth Breen, Kimberly Hogan, Janet Porriello, Kevin Reich and... Read More
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
MIDDLETOWN—Families with a household income of $53,000 or less are eligible for free tax preparation assistance now through April 11, 2015 at two sites in Middletown. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is an official IRS program, and all tax preparers are trained and certified to ensure that low- to moderate-income families receive the refunds and credits that they have earned, including the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits... Read More
Monday, December 1, 2014
By Kevin WilhelmMiddlesex United Way What are you thankful for this year? Once again this year, I am thankful to be surrounded by a generous community of people who open their hearts. I had the honor of participating this year in the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project, a partnership of businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, faith-based groups, schools, municipalities and individuals that come together to assemble and distribute more than... Read More
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Has there been a time in your life when you struggled to make ends meet? When you avoided your landlord or carefully planned when to pay a credit card bill and when to pay your electric bill?  For some of us, this may have been our life after we got our first job or had our first child.  But for many Connecticut families, the stress of living paycheck to paycheck is their life day after day, month after month and year after year. In a report... Read More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Volunteers are needed for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to help low- to moderate-income households prepare and file their taxes to ensure they get back the money they have earned. VITA is a national program of the IRS, and volunteers are trained and certified to ensure that working families and individuals are filing for all of the appropriate tax credits. The program also helps people avoid costly fees associated with tax... Read More
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Nonperishable food donations for the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project will be collected at two simultaneous Fill-A-Bus events Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stop & Shop and Price Chopper in Middletown. The Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project was established four years ago to ensure that all Middletown families who are struggling can still enjoy a Thanksgiving feast. The Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project... Read More
Friday, October 17, 2014
MIDDLETOWN – Registration begins Oct. 27 for Middletown families to apply for a basket of Thanksgiving food from the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project. The Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project was established four years ago to ensure that all Middletown families who couldn’t afford to purchase a Thanksgiving meal could still enjoy a feast on Thanksgiving. The Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project will assemble baskets of food... Read More

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