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Beyond Slacktivists: Millennials, Volunteering and Social Cause

Slacktivism. It means quick and easy social or political participation, like signing an online petition. Some argue that –tech-savvy Millennials in particular -- who participate in the public square online but don’t show up in person –don’t care enough or are too lazy to “really” get involved.

Submitted by Peter Schaller on Created: March 20, 2017 - 9:58am
Submitted by Peter Schaller on -- Updated: March 20, 2017 - 10:03am

Blizzard Hits Connecticut, United Way 2-1-1 Connects Hundreds to Help

Rocky Hill, Conn. - As the Blizzard of 2017 moved through the state of Connecticut on Tuesday March 14, United Way 2-1-1 stepped into action. As the statewide point of entry for coordinated shelter, 2-1-1 call specialists fielded many calls from Connecticut residents in need of shelter and seeking warming centers as the storm brought travel in the state to a standstill. People living in Connecticut often hear state and local leaders referring to 2-1-1 when the weather takes a turn for the worst, and this blizzard was no exception.

 

Submitted by Amy King on Created: March 15, 2017 - 12:26pm
Submitted by Amy King on -- Updated: March 16, 2017 - 2:02pm

Sporting Events Promoting Neighbor to Neighbor

United Way of Greater New Haven is partnering with the Athletics Departments at Albertus Magnus College, Quinnipiac University, Southern Connecticut State University, University of New Haven, and Yale University to promote the Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) Text to Give campaign at local sporting events. United Way will be sharing N2N Text to Give information at basketball and ice hockey games in the month of February.

Submitted by Peter Schaller on Created: January 31, 2017 - 10:37am
Submitted by Peter Schaller on -- Updated: February 28, 2017 - 2:22pm

Job Opportunity: Director of Leadership Giving

Job Summary

United Way of Greater New Haven (UWGNH) brings people and organizations together to create solutions to Greater New Haven’s most pressing challenges in the areas of Education, Income and Health. We tackle issues that cannot be solved by any one group working alone.  

Submitted by Kathleen Norwoo... on Created: January 12, 2017 - 4:56pm
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Funding for cold weather protocol services must be reinstated

Originally published in the New Haven Register Sunday, December 18, 2016.

 

Thursday, December 15 was a bitterly cold and windy day.  No matter where you went, one of the main topics of conversation was how cold it was.  After the sun set, the temperatures went even lower.  It was not a night any of us would want to spend outside. 

 

Submitted by Peter Schaller on Created: December 18, 2016 - 1:05pm
Submitted by Peter Schaller on -- Updated: December 18, 2016 - 1:14pm

2016 ALICE Report: 38 Percent of Connecticut Residents Can’t Meet Basic Needs

Two years after a United Way report found that 35 percent of Connecticut households were struggling, we are two years farther away from the Great Recession — but the percentage of families earning below a basic survival budget in Connecticut has grown a bit, a new report says.
 
The latest, updated “ALICE Report,” released Sunday, found that “there are higher numbers of people and families that are not reaching that survival budget,” said Jennifer Health, president and chief executiv
Submitted by Peter Schaller on Created: October 10, 2016 - 9:36am
Submitted by Peter Schaller on -- Updated: November 21, 2016 - 4:01pm

Summer Food Truck Adding Books To The Menu

United Way of Greater New Haven teamed up with New Haven's successful summer meals program and New Haven Reads to deliver children’s books to families in New Haven. The truck pulled into Cornell Scott Hill Health Center's corner lot for the festivities.

Submitted by Zoe Hunter on Created: August 23, 2016 - 1:14pm
Submitted by Zoe Hunter on -- Updated: August 24, 2016 - 9:47am

Volunteer At This Year's Kindergarten Canvass

Teachers, principals, and volunteers are getting ready to hit the streets for the 2016 Kindergarten Canvass to welcome New Haven’s youngest students to their school career. We want to make sure the newest students to our local schools start strong. We’re looking for volunteers to join the fun as we knock on doors August 27th and 29th to offer welcome packets to parents and families of incoming kindergartners. Each family will receive a children’s book thanks to the generosity of our partners and other items to make sure they're connected to available community resources.

Submitted by Peter Schaller on Created: August 15, 2016 - 9:59am
Submitted by Peter Schaller on -- Updated: August 29, 2016 - 11:37am

New President and CEO of United Way of Greater New Haven Starts Optimistic With a Sense of Urgency

July 1, 2016

Jennifer Heath began her first day as President and CEO of United Way of Greater New Haven on July 1, 2016. This comes after serving in other positions at the organization for a decade, most recently as Executive Vice President.

Ending chronic homelessness in the region is the first major community goal that Heath is focused on in her new role – and community leaders have her back.

Submitted by Peter Schaller on Created: July 1, 2016 - 7:14am
Submitted by Peter Schaller on -- Updated: July 1, 2016 - 7:16am

State Recognition For United Way Parenting Program

A New Hope in Connecticut

 

Reflection From Charlie Slaughter, MPH, RD CT Dept. of Children and Families

 

I attended the Circle of Security Celebration hosted by United Way of Greater New Haven on June 3, 2016. A number of parents shared how Circle of Security Parenting impacted the quality of their relationship with their child. What they shared about how Circle of Security Parenting helped shift the quality of their relationship with their kids moved me deeply and prompted me to write this essay.

 

Submitted by Peter Schaller on Created: June 7, 2016 - 3:09pm
Submitted by Peter Schaller on -- Updated: June 7, 2016 - 3:24pm

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