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United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut to Invest $200,000 in Community

Hartford, Conn. (September 27, 2017) — United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut today announced $200,000 in awards for programs and partnerships that benefit children, youth and families in local communities.


The awards provide support for new initiatives that will benefit middle grade students in East Hartford, and lower-income families throughout the region.


“United Way is committed to identifying and addressing the root causes of tough challenges in our community,” said Paula S. Gilberto, President and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. “We’re working with local school districts and community based organizations to find the best ways to bring people together to solve the issues that matter most.”


Students who fall off track academically in middle school are more likely to drop out before they graduate from high school. In East Hartford, the new “On-Track for Graduation” program will provide academic and social emotional supports for 45 middle school students. East Hartford Public Schools will utilize data to identify off-track students and work closely with these students throughout the school year and summer to connect them with academic and other community-based supports.


“This investment will help youth stay on track and meet academic milestones in order to graduate high school college and career ready,” said Gilberto.


Programs like this are a critical step toward creating a pathway to financial stability in our community, as more than one in three families in our region doesn’t earn enough to afford basic needs — even when they are working.


Food pantries can be a source of help during tough times, and can also provide information and services to help people gain financial stability. To help more food pantries shift their practices of hunger relief from solely providing emergency food, to a holistic approach that promotes self-sufficiency and healthy behaviors, Foodshare will partner with Urban Alliance and University of Saint Joseph. Through the “More than Food” initiative, the partnership will develop, test and implement an online assessment tool that food pantries can use to improve the scope and quality of services provided to those in need.


“Together, with our partners, we can go beyond temporary fixes to create lasting change in communities in our region,” said Gilberto.


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About United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut brings together people and resources committed to the well-being of children and families in our community, where opportunities are available for every child to succeed in school and for every family to achieve financial security. For more information, visit