Last year, Portland residents benefited Middlesex United Way initiatives and programs provided by our partners such as:
- 1,411 residents 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%.
- 1,411 residents were served by the Portland Early Childhood Council, a diverse group of local professionals, parents, and caregivers dedicated to providing quality programs, activities, and early childhood resources to young children and their families. These educational and enriching opportunities are designed to support the social, physical, and behavioral readiness of all Portland children starting Kindergarten. This is part of Middlesex United Way’s countywide school readiness initiative, which 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.
- 122 boys and 140 girls participated in the Boy Scouts of America, Connecticut Rivers Council, and the Girls Scouts of Connecticut, respectively.
- 69 Portland 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.
- 20 residents received support from the Women & Families Center’s Sexual Assault Crisis Services, which offers support services and support groups for survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones.
- 29 Portland 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.
- 816 Portland residents called United Way 2-1-1, a toll-free statewide helpline that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
*Updated July 2013