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Thursday, July 2, 2020
This week’s Middlesex United Way guest column is taking the opportunity to use our platform in future weeks to help elevate the voices of those in the Black community. This week features a guest column written by Middletown resident, Patricia A. Alston. We want to do our part to create an environment where everyone is heard and seen. — President and CEO Kevin Wilhelm. MIDDLETOWN — I have lived in Middletown for 10 years. I grew up in Waterbury,... Read More
Thursday, July 2, 2020
This week’s Middlesex United Way guest column is taking the opportunity to use our platform in future weeks to help elevate the voices of those in the black community. This features a guest column written by Middletown resident, Bishop William J. McKissick Jr. We want to do our part to create an environment where everyone is heard and seen. — President and CEO Kevin Wilhelm. MIDDLETOWN — After observing the brutal murder on May 25 of Mr. George... Read More
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Editor’s note: This week features a guest column by Middletown resident Lanea Sellem. “We want to do our part to create an environment where everyone is heard and seen,” according to CEO and President Kevin Wilhelm, who usually writes this column. MIDDLETOWN — I remember growing up in Hartford, an all-black community in the north end, and being the only household that was white. Then, for a better education and a better life, my mom decided to... Read More
Thursday, July 2, 2020
MIDDLETOWN — I’ve been reflecting a lot lately about the impact of COVID-19 and the impact of racial justice issues that are wrenching our hearts. I don’t want to be silent, but I want my voice to add something to the conversation, to the pain, to potential solutions. I don’t want to speak just to speak. I’m proud of Middlesex United Way for affirming our long-term publicly stated interest in making sure all people thrive in the communities we... Read More
Thursday, July 2, 2020
MIDDLETOWN — With seemingly all of our daily life activities dependent on the internet right now, it is more important than ever to make sure we have reliable, working service. Internet access is vital to working from home, finding out news and educational resources, and to help people stay connected with loved ones. Comcast will continue to offer 60 days of free Internet Essentials service to new customers through June 30. They will also... Read More
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Editor’s note: This week’s column is guest written by Middlesex United Way intern Kaitlin Binnington. President and CEO Kevin Wilhelm will return next week. MIDDLETOWN — In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Middlesex County and the rest of Connecticut have taken tremendous leaps toward working from an asset-based and strengths-based framework, rather than the traditional deficit model. We’ve made masks for our essential workers and most... Read More
Thursday, July 2, 2020
MIDDLETOWN — The Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund has announced that more than 1,000 households across the state have now benefited from the initiative. The fund is a unique joint effort launched by all 15 United Ways in Connecticut to help those who lost jobs, wages or child care, or who were otherwise financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Partnering with social service agencies across Connecticut, the fund has identified... Read More
Thursday, July 2, 2020
MIDDLETOWN — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has recognized the additional financial burden on individuals as well as families with children in school. I would like to take the opportunity to highlight these new changes, as well as explain how it will affect recipients’ monthly benefits. Due to the school closures, families received a P-EBT card. Students listed as receiving free or reduced-priced meals at their school before it... Read More
Thursday, July 2, 2020
While dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19, it is understandably very stressful for people, and the mental health effects of COVID-19 are undeniable. While the healthcare system is struggling to keep up with this global pandemic, mental health treatment must also be kept in mind. Depression alone is one of the top leading causes of disability across the planet, and these circumstances are not helping. Some people are completely isolated living... Read More
Thursday, July 2, 2020
MIDDLETOWN — We are working with dozens of individuals, churches, civic and community groups in Middlesex County, but our volunteers come from all parts of the state, such as Monroe, West Haven, Hartford and Meriden. Through our community engagement, we have identified the need for thousands of face masks in Middlesex County. In a little over a week since launching our organizing efforts, we have delivered nearly 500 masks to our community... Read More

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