July 2, 2022

TTYS Receives Funding from Middlesex United Way

Middlesex County, CT – Middlesex United Way Board of Directors recently approved fund distributions in the amount of $964,304 for fiscal year 2011-12. This amount is $45,000 more than was allocated in 2010-11.  Tri-Town Youth Services was awarded $17,550, which includes funds to support the Healthy Communities Healthy Youth program and funds to support the School Readiness Initiatives.

This funding includes support to 49 programs in Middlesex County, the installation of multiple Born Learning Trails on Day of Caring on September 7, two future requests for proposal in Education and Housing, and $30,000 for new opportunities this fall that will help United Way reach its Five Year Goals for the Common Good.

The breakdown of fund distributions by focus area is: $148,156 for education; $141,350 for income; $498,080 for health; and $130,433 for housing. Visit www.middlesexunitedway.org/distributions for a complete list of distributions.

One of United Way’s partners in the Healthy Communities-Healthy Youth & School Readiness initiatives is Old Saybrook Youth & Family Services. Heather McNeil, Director, says “Partnering with United Way helped us add a significant component to our ‘Community Service’ project.” says Heather McNeil, Director of OS Youth and Family Services.  “Students from grades 7- 12 have the opportunity to engage in a project that identifies need within our community and the ‘Hunger Project’ students chose to combine the recent United Way Diaper Drive with their efforts to gather resources for the local food pantry.  Not only did they make a significant contribution to the pantry of both food and much needed diapers, but the students commented on how they gained a greater awareness of health risks associated with families not having enough resources for diapering supplies for their children.”

In addition to these distributions and included in the overall amount, United Way 2-1-1 was allocated $16,285. 2-1-1 is a 24-hour information and referral helpline that is available free of charge to anyone in Connecticut. 2-1-1 is a partnership between Connecticut United Ways and the State of Connecticut.

Leading the program review and fund distribution each year are Community Impact volunteers who bring experience and expertise in health and human services. Four volunteer teams, based on the four focus areas meet regularly throughout the year, evaluate program performance and financial health, and analyze program results. United Way’s Community Impact Council then makes funding recommendations to the full board of directors for final approval.

Kevin Wilhelm, Middlesex United Way Executive Director, notes “This hard work is done by dedicated individuals who volunteer their time to make important decisions. They have a passion for giving back and strengthening our community.”

If you are interested in becoming a Community Impact volunteer or would like to volunteer on Day of Caring on September 7, please contact Middlesex United Way at (860) 346-8695 or visit www.middlesexunitedway.org and click on ‘Volunteer.’

Middlesex United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Our focus is on education, income, health and housing – the building blocks for a good quality of life. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. You are invited to be part of the change by giving, advocating and volunteering.

Middlesex United Way serves the towns of Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.