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Do you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit?
The Earned Income Tax Credit is a critical, and often underutilized, tax credit for low- to moderate-income households. Each year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognizes Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day to help raise awareness for… more
Danbury’s Age Well Community Council Hosts Roundtable Conversation with Community Leaders
  The Age Well Community Council hosted a virtual conference alongside Danbury-area community partners and legislators to discuss the council’s progress, new initiatives, and crucial findings impacting the aging community. The Council–which… more
Stamford Summer Literacy Initiative Makes Reading Fun
  Many children succumb to a phenomenon called "Summer Slide." They lose ground in reading over the summer months when they are not in school.  To combat Summer Slide, Stamford Cradle to Career has conducted the Stamford Summer Literacy… more
Students Have a Fun and Educational Summer After a Difficult Year
Stamford Cradle to Career Partners with Schools on Summer School Program  After more than a year of staring at screens and disrupted school schedules, Stamford students in kindergarten through grade eight were able to attend a free, full-day… more
 "My Children Never Had To Go To School Hungry"
Refrigeration Units Allow Families In Need To Access Fresh, Perishable Food  Struggling families often forgo purchasing fresh produce because of its high cost. United Way of Western Connecticut led the formation of the Danbury Food Collaborative… more
Food Distributions at Danbury High School Help Thousands
More than 3,400 individuals and families in the greater Danbury community have benefited from a drive-thru food distribution that takes place on Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm at Danbury High School. More than 128,000 pounds of food have been… more
Going High Tech to Address the Problems of Struggling Families
Digital Platform Called Prosperi-Key Provides Access to Services 24/7  While addressing the needs of paycheck-to-paycheck households, United Way of Western Connecticut realized that most struggling people don't have time to track down the services… more
United Way's Educational Funding Changes Lives Every Day
  United Way's Educational Funding Changes Lives Every Day  A car accident last year sent 7-year-old John’s world crashing down: his father was killed, and his mother now struggles to raise him alone while caring for his ill grandmother. The… more
Bridge to College Keeps Stamford High School Graduates on Track
Program Makes Sure Students Attend College in the Fall The college admissions process can be daunting for even the most savvy students and their parents. But for high school seniors who are the first in their families to go on to higher… more
Stamford After School Programs Offer Fun For Students, Peace of Mind for Parents
United Way-Funded Programs Keep Kids on Track While Parents Work Allison leaves for the train to Stamford at 4:45 am for her first job, while her 7-year-old and 12-year-old daughters sleep. Her older daughter gets the younger ready for school… more