Last year, Old Saybrook residents benefited from United Way initiatives and programs provided by our funding partners such as:
- 193 residents were served through the Early Childhood Council. Middlesex United Way’s school readiness initiative supports local Early Childhoods Councils and is working with school systems, early childcare providers, and parents throughout Middlesex County to identify and assist our youngest children who have social and emotional problems before they enter kindergarten. The programs assist children to become school ready and educate their parents about the important role they play in their child’s earliest years.
- Middlesex United Way partners with Youth Service Bureaus in 13 of the 15 towns in Middlesex County—including Old Saybrook—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%.
- 115 boys and 184 girls participated in the Boy Scouts of America, Connecticut Rivers Council, and the Girls Scouts of Connecticut, respectively.
- 793 residents received food through The Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries, an interfaith ministry that serves lower Middlesex County and provides food and fellowship to people in need and educates our communities about hunger and poverty.
- 68 residents were served by The Connection Counseling Centers, licensed outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment centers.
- 161 residents received support from The Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc., which provides mental health for children and families.
- 532 residents called United Way 2-1-1, a toll-free statewide helpline that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- 23 residents took part in Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore’s tutoring program, which teaches basic reading and English as a Second Language to adults who cannot read, write or speak English, or who would like to improve their basic skills.