HARTFORD – United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut recently received a $260,000 grant from Eversource to support United Way’s Community Campaign.
The Community Campaign began Tuesday at the regional level, but the campaign’s kick off for New Britain will be on Sept. 28.
“Eversource has been a supporter of United Way for many years and we have greatly benefitted from all of their support,” Maura Cook, Director of Marketing Communications at United Way, said.
“Over the last five years they have actually given more than $1.3 million to our United Way all combined. We received this grant early in July, we went, and they did a check presentation to us for this year’s grant of $260,000 which is extremely generous of them, we are very excited.”
Cook added that the nonprofit has a lot of goals for this year and it needs the support from business like Eversource to accomplish those objectives.
“United Way invests about $1 million per year in the city annually, thanks to companies such as Eversource,” Cook said.
United Way will use the funds mainly in the areas of youth success, economic mobility and access to health and basic needs.
Investing money in programs that help students graduate from high school on time and programs that help families have financial security are at the top of the list of United Way’s goals.
“We really are going to focus it on investing in programs that are making great progress toward some of those goals,” Cook said.
United Way also mobilizes volunteers to support the programs in the community and their staff sits side by side with their partners to help the organization accelerate its progress.
Last year 1,100 children from New Britain and Berlin were able to access early childhood education services that helped them prepare for Kindergarten through United Way’s programs.
In addition, 1,500 students from the area participated in school and academic programs with the goal of helping them improve their academic skills.
These include english and math summer programs.
“We are really proud of that work and we have amazing partners in New Britain in the area of education,” Cook said.
Some of United Way’s partners in New Britain are the Coalition for New Britain’s Youth, the Consolidated School District of New Britain, the Opportunities Industrialization Center of New Britain, the YMCA and the YWCA.
Eversource spokesman, Mitch Gross, said it is important for the company to be engaged in the community.
“This is another example of how we serve the neighborhoods where we work and live,” Gross said. “We are committed to helping develop strong communities, and the work done by United Way benefits the entire community.”
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org