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United Way of Middlesex Announces Funding for Local Programs

East Haddam and Haddam-Killingworth Youth and Family Services to receive a total of $45,000 in grant monies.

Middlesex United Way Board of Directors recently approved fund distributions in the amount of $964,304 for fiscal year 2011-12. The amount, $45K more than was allocated in the previous year, includes grant monies to Youth and Family Services in the towns of East Haddam and Haddam-Killingworth.

The breakdown of funds for programs in East Haddam & Haddam-Killingworth supported by Middlesex United Way are:

  • East Haddam Youth & Family Services – $9,000 to Heathy Communities Healthy Youth (HCHY).
  • East Haddam Youth & Family Services – $15,000 for School Readiness programs.
  • Youth & Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth – $9,000 to Heathy Communities Healthy Youth (HCHY).
  • Youth & Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth – $12,500 for for School Readiness programs.

One of United Way’s partners in the School Readiness initiative is East Haddam Youth & Family Services. Cindy Praisner, Early Childhood Coordinator, touched upon the impact of United Way’s support.

“One of the wonderful things we have been able to provide in East Haddam is a Family Resource Center. Through this Center we had many programs including a school readiness playgroup."

According to Praisner, a mom from this group commented, "I have nothing but wonderful things to say of Miss Joy’s preschool hour. I would never consider it just a playgroup, because it was so much more! With my husband losing his job this year there was no way we could afford to send Alex to preschool, as we had the year before. No matter how much you work with your child at home, there is such a difference actually being in a preschool setting with other children. Alex learned a lot this year and really enjoyed himself as did I.’”

The 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.

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 their website

Middlesex United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Their 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.        

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