Impact Stories

Family
Monday, May 2, 2022
Parenting is tough, and at times it can get downright noisy.  “Nothing prepared me for that screeching,” said 46-year-old Lorena Venegas from East Haven.  Lorena and Juan’s twin daughters were just 4 pounds 8 ounces and 4 pounds 12 ounces when they came home from the hospital.  Those girls, Emma…
smiling woman
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Prior to the pandemic, Quanella, mom of four, provided for her family through a steady job. However, as per diem employee, she was one of the first to be let go when her company made unplanned staffing cuts. “All my income was ripped away in the blink of an eye. I worked all my life, so, when this…
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Lanaysia United Way creates connections and helps people like Lanaysia find stability and balance so that they can dream of a better future. Lanaysia needed to find a place of her own. As a 9-1-1 dispatcher with two young kids, she sought space and stability to start thinking about her future. “I…
Woman being interviewed
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Meet the voices from our 2021 Campaign Video who tell their own stories of how United Way has made a difference in their lives. Each and every member of our community has their own voice. United Way empowers everyone to share their own stories and find a way to get involved. Surrenity talks about…
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
This year, Day of Caring will take up an entire week of community service and volunteer activities! Whether you’re interested in rolling up your sleeves in-person or participating virtually, we have an opportunity for you. EVENTS Women and Family Life (Guilford) - October 11, 9:30am-12:00pm Help…
Friday, July 9, 2021
July 9, 2021  What an amazing success! During Week of Action, volunteers rolled up their sleeves to create a stronger local food system through service projects. By putting in over 300 hours of hard work, we helped our partners across the region expand access to food and sow the seeds of long-term…
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
We can all play a role in ending homelessness. As a family leaves shelter and enters a new home, they need supplies to make it a home of their own. Gather a few items with your kids to teach them about helping those in need, run a full collection at your workplace as a corporate service project, or…
teacher
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Can a parenting framework called Circle of Security-Parenting help teachers better manage their classrooms? United Way and a growing number of teachers in greater New Haven say yes.  “The atmosphere of the classroom changed a lot,” said Sonia Garcia.  Sonia has been a teacher at LULAC Head Start…
Jamir
Friday, April 30, 2021
Jamir In the early Spring, 22-year-old Jamir found herself homeless after a family conflict. She called 2-1-1 and was able to get into Beth-El Center’s No Freeze Shelter, but because of COVID-19 restrictions and capacity limits, she was unable to remain there long-term. For the next three months,…
Ralph
Friday, April 30, 2021
Ralph Ralph gets up before the sun rises. His alarm goes off at 4:30 in the morning so that he can catch the bus and make the hour-long trek across New Haven. He makes it to his job by 6:30, ready to work alongside another carpenter for the day. The pair is responsible for maintenance at city parks…