City of Stamford

United Way of Western CT helps ALICE prosper in Stamford

United to help hard-working, struggling families in Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut’s third largest city, has played an important economic role to our state and our nation since the American Colonial era. Despite its economic health and cultural vitality, many residents face a number of challenges.


  •   The cost of living is high and on the rise. The cost of basic household expenses in Connecticut is $77,832 for a family of four (two adults with one infant and one preschooler) and $24,672 for a single adult.
  •   Despite the city's prosperity, 33% of households are ALICE and struggling to afford basic needs.
  •   Stamford residents are burdened by housing costs: 55% of the city's renters and 44% of homeowners spend more than one third of their income on housing, which stresses household budgets at all levels.

Our Work

To help the hard-working families in Southern Litchfield County, we are focusing on: increasing access to quality childcare and education; increasing access to healthy food; giving people the tools they need to help them save and become more financially stable. Learn more about Our Work

Stamford Community Council

Highlights in Stamford

United Way programs that make a meaningful impact in Stamford include the Stamford Food Collaborative, Back-To-School Program, GROW and the Mobile Food Pantry.

Here’s how United Way has served Stamford residents' needs in the past year:

Childhood Success

  •   255 children receive early childhood care and after-school subsidies
  •   451 children have out-of-school activities funded through the ALICE Enrichment Fund
  •   350 backpacks filled with school supplies distributed to children

Health and Food Security

  •   20+ members of the Stamford Food Collaborative
  •   200 Healthy Savings Cards distributed in the community for the Healthy Savings Program

Financial Stability

  • 107 clients receive free one-on-one budget coaching and financial stability workshops