Greenwich United Way Annual Campaign: Why They Need Community Support by Dec. 31

Norm Roth, Karen Keegan, David Rabin, Peter Tesei

Greenwich Hospital President and Greenwich United Way Advisory Board member, Norman Roth; United Way board chair Karen Keegan; United Way CEO David Rabin and Firs Selectman Peter Tesei. Contributed photo

With only one month left until the Greenwich United Way awards its grants as part of their Community Investment Process, the organization is appealing to the Greenwich community for support.

The Annual Campaign funds the grants awarded through the organization’s Community Investment Process, that gives priority to mental health, youth and self-sufficiency.

Annual Campaign dollars come from Greenwich residents and local workplaces including Greenwich Town Hall, Board of Education and Greenwich Hospital.

Fundraising events also raise money for the grants that will be awarded in January of 2018.

Services provided by partner agencies and programs that receive Greenwich United Way grants. These benefits include:

  • 57,000 rides provided to elderly or disabled residents
  • 864 children and adults were provided behavioral health services at an outpatient clinic
  • 1,000 victims of domestic violence received counseling
  • 150,000 meals were distributed to those who otherwise might have gone hungry
  • 100 adults battling addiction received aid
  • 600 children received preschool scholarships

“Because the Greenwich United Way is uniquely positioned, it is the only organization with the means to understand where funds are needed most,” said Greenwich United Way Board Chair, Karen Keegan.

In late October, the Community Investment Process activated 20 volunteers from the Greenwich community. Each volunteer is provided with data from the Needs Assessment and grant applications submitted by human service agencies.

Then the teams work together to conduct a thorough investigation into each request for funds. After analyzing the data, site visits are scheduled and agency directors are interviewed. This process that enables the Greenwich United Way to eliminate overlap of resources and provide agencies with valuable insights.

Anyone who does not receive the mailing can visit the Greenwich United Way website to make a donation or send a check to the Greenwich United Way at 500 West Putnam Avenue, Suite 415, Greenwich, CT 06830. Follow Greenwich United Way on Facebook to learn more and for Annual Campaign news in real time.

The Greenwich United Way shares a name with approximately 1,400 other similar organizations across the nation, although the Greenwich, Connecticut division is a privately incorporated, locally governed, nonprofit agency. As a volunteer driven organization, the Greenwich United Way exists to help identify and address the human service needs specific to its local community and to create and affect meaningful solutions. Through various fundraising efforts, the organization is able to directly allocate the funds necessary to accomplish this goal. The Greenwich United Way also invests in and conducts collaborative efforts to address broad based community needs with partnering nonprofit agencies.