Last year, Westbrook residents benefited Middlesex United Way initiatives and programs provided by our partners such as:
- 340 Westbrook children were served by the Westbrook Early Childhood Council, which works to reduce the number of children reaching kindergarten who demonstrate challenging behavior. This is part of Middlesex United Way’s 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.
- 916 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%.
- 737 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.
- 85 girls and 79 boys participated in the Boy Scouts of America, Connecticut Rivers Council, and the Girls Scouts of Connecticut, respectively.
- 52 residents were served by The Connection Counseling Centers, licensed outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment centers.
- 56 residents received support from The Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc., which provides mental health for children and families.
- 37 Westbrook residents received support from the Women & Families Center Sexual Assault Crisis Services, which offers support services and support groups for survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones.
- 24 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.
*Updated July 2013