United Way of Southington provides full funding for 10 community agencies despite coronavirus

Published on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 11:27
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

SOUTHINGTON – The United Way of Southington was able to provide full funding this year to the 10 community agencies that they serve, despite challenges with the coronavirus.

Rob Flood, president of the Board of Directors for United Way of Southington, announced that Southington United Way was able to maintain full funding levels.

“I believe that we are one of the only organizations able to allocate 100% during these challenging covid-19 times”, said Flood. “Although it’s been difficult to hold fundraising events, our Board of Directors felt that it was more important than ever to support our heroes – the nonprofit agencies that support the people of Southington.”

Agencies supported by the local United Way include Bread for Life, Southington Community Services, the Southington YMCA, the YWCA Sexual Abuse Hotline, The Prudence Crandall Center, the Margaret Griffin Center for Child Development, Senior Transportation, and the Child Guidance Center and Literacy Volunteers.

Flood said that the local United Way meets with all beneficiary agencies to discuss their needs prior to the fundraising campaign. He said that they are “amazing people who have done an amazing job.” He said he is confident that United Way of Southington will be able to meet their fundraising goals to assist them.

Barbara Mackay, allocations chair for the Southington United Way, said she was impressed with the ways in which the beneficiary agencies adjusted their services due to the impact of the virus while still being able to support their clients.

“Within days they found on-line techniques allowing them to maintain contact with clients,” she said. “Staff assumed responsibilities previously performed by quarantined volunteers. Different delivery methods were immediately created to bring meals to those most in need. These professionals are truly among the ‘Heroes of 2020.’”

Jack Eisenmann, executive director of United Way of Southington, explained that Southington’s United Way, founded in 1926 is a single town agency that supports only those people who live in Southington that are in need. He thanked the businesses and citizens whose donations allow the local United Way to continue to meet that need.

“Currently, our Board of Directors is working on ways to raise money through this year’s third and fourth quarters,” he said. “Right now, we are asking for donations through our annual mail campaign. Donations of any amount will help your Southington friends and neighbors in need.”

Those who wish to support the United Way of Southington can mail a check donation to Southington United Way, PO Box 546, Southington, CT 06489.

For more information on United Way of Southington, call 860-628-4565 or visit unitedwayofsouthington.org.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 11:27. Updated: Tuesday, 15 September 2020 11:29.