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Monday, November 19, 2018
MIDDLETOWN — Did you know there was an entirely free way to give back to your community, support the local economy and help a family financially? Maybe you haven’t heard of it, but the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program can help you accomplish all three. VITA is a national program that helps bring millions of dollars back to working people in our state. Through this program, volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS to offer free... Read More
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Gone are the days of 60-degree weather and sunlight after 5:30 p.m. The holiday season is right around the corner, and with the holidays often come excited families and gifts. It is heartbreaking to think about how many families will go without gifts this holiday season, but unfortunately, it is a sad reality in Middlesex County. The Middlesex United Way Young Leaders Society will host its sixth annual Holiday Social & Stuff-a-Cruiser event... Read More
Monday, November 5, 2018
What do you get when you gather artists, workplace experts, advocates, employers, city officials, nonprofit staff, single parents, philanthropists and community residents in one place to help solve a persistent community problem? A sorely needed discussion and place for innovation to thrive and solutions to be born.   The issue is poverty. Middletown is home to 43 percent of single-parent families, which is higher than the state average of 34... Read More
Monday, November 5, 2018
Like many of you, I have felt the frustration of sitting in traffic on Route 9 and interstates 84 and 95. Transportation is a huge issue in our state, especially for our most vulnerable citizens who don’t own a vehicle or are unable to drive. The 2-1-1 hotline, a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week health and human services number funded by United Way, has been keeping track of all calls received and is paying specific attention to transportation-... Read More
Monday, November 5, 2018
Here at Middlesex United Way, we are part of the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project, established to ensure that all Middletown families who couldn’t afford to purchase a Thanksgiving meal could still enjoy a holiday feast, and we’re gearing up to assemble 1,000 Thanksgiving baskets for local families and individuals in need.   Registration begins Monday for Middletown families to apply for a basket of Thanksgiving food. Registration will... Read More
Monday, October 15, 2018
MIDDLETOWN — Harry Eben Burr is a man who has touched many lives in his 50 years of business and community service, and this year we are taking a morning to let him know how much that means to us. We will be hosting our annual Middlesex United Way Roast, and this year’s guest of honor is certainly deserving. We are so grateful to Harry Burr for being the honoree of our seventh annual Middlesex United Way Roast. Burr is a longtime supporter,... Read More
Monday, October 15, 2018
To continue to improve the lives of people in our community, Middlesex United Way invests donors’ gifts in the highest quality programs throughout Middlesex County. The programs we invest in are ones that make measurable progress toward our goals in our four focus areas of education, income, health, and housing. Middlesex United Way envisions a community where students succeed academically, individuals and families are economically stable,... Read More
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
After this whirlwind week, I feel the need to take a moment to simply express how proud we are of the work our community is doing, and what a bright future we have ahead of us. We have just kicked off this year’s campaign, and our four co-chairs are more than motivated to share the work we do every day with others. So, in the spirit of this campaign’s start, let me take a moment to share with you all what Middlesex United Way is all about. We... Read More
Monday, September 24, 2018
We hope you will join us on Tuesday at Wesleyan University to help us kick-off our 2019 annual campaign. More than 100 individuals, old friends and new, will join us at Wesleyan University’s Center for Film Studies, located at 301 Washington Terrace in Middletown, for an evening filled with inspiration and camaraderie. On top of being able to meet, or simply catch up, with fellow-like minded community members, attendees will be served libations... Read More
Monday, September 17, 2018
More families in Connecticut are facing financial hardship, according to the 2018 ALICE Report released this month by Connecticut United Ways. The update to the original ALICE Report, which released in 2014, and again in 2016, reveals that more than 1 in 3 Connecticut residents are struggling to afford their basic needs. ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed, is defined as individuals or families who have earnings... Read More