Greenwich United Way Awards 24 Community Impact Grants to Local Organizations

The Greenwich United Way awarded Community Impact Grants to local health, education and self-sufficiency programs across 24 partner agencies including four first-time recipients: Girls With Impact, Julian Curtiss Preschool, UJA JCC, and Wheel It Forward.

Additional grantees were: Abilis, Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Building One Community, Children’s Day School, Family Centers, Filling in the Blanks, Food Bank, Horizons, Inspirica, Jewish Family Services of Greenwich, Kids In Crisis, Laurel House, Liberation Programs, Neighbor To Neighbor, Pacific House, River House Adult Day Center, The Rowan Center, Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG), YMCA of Greenwich, and YWCA of Greenwich.

Grants were made to programs in priority areas – mental health, self-sufficiency and early childhood education – as identified by the results of comprehensive research conducted by the Greenwich United Way.

“After an in-depth Community Investment Process, we put our donors’ capital to work where needed most, positively impacting thousands of lives,” said David Rabin, CEO of Greenwich United Way. “We remain committed to our mission to ‘find it, fund it, fix it’ so that every Greenwich resident has the opportunity to be educated, healthy and self-sufficient. We are grateful for the generous support of our donors and volunteers who contribute the time, talent and funds to make our hometown a better place.”

Greenwich United Way Community Investment grants are awarded to local organizations based on submission of grant applications and a rigorous review process by dozens of community volunteers. Greenwich United Way volunteers on the Community Investment Process committee review grant applications from human services agencies that serve Greenwich residents and visit program sites. Following intensive evaluation of the financials, applications and other data, trained volunteers recommend funding to the Greenwich United Way Board of Directors. The Community Investment Process is guided by the research of local needs as published in Greenwich United Way Needs Assessment Report and Executive Summary.

The following programs received 2022 Community Investment Grants:

Abilis: Birth to Three – Provides early childhood support for individuals with special needs
Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich: Power Hour Tutoring – Provides homework support, tutoring and technology engaged activities, encouraging members to develop daily habits of completing homework and studying
Building One Community: Workforce Development Program for Low-Income Immigrants – Provides workforce training for and hiring assistance to the immigrant community
Children’s Day School: Scholarship – Scholarship for high-quality early care and education for children ages 6 weeks through five years
Family Centers: Literacy Volunteers – Provides adult students with the literacy skills and knowledge necessary to achieve personal and occupational goals
Filling in the Blanks: Greenwich Weekend Meals Program – Fights childhood hunger by providing children in need with weekend meals
Food Bank – Provides nutritious food to non-profit organizations that feed the hungry in the Greenwich area
Girls With Impact: 2022 NextGen Greenwich – Delivers a mini-MBA’ program to equip girls with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become the leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators of tomorrow
Greenwich Public Schools: Julian Curtiss Preschool – Provides quality education with high expectation for student success and excellence
Horizons: Strengthening Academic Skills – Academic and enrichment program serving under-resourced K-8 Greenwich public school boys performing at or below grade level upon entry
Inspirica: Family Housing – Seeks to end homelessness and housing insecurity by providing programs and services that help families achieve stability and independence
Jewish Family Services: Immigration and Legal Services – Provides acculturation and immigration services for individuals and families and helps them connect with the Greenwich community
Kids In Crisis: KidTalk – Meets the mental health needs of the children and middle school teens attending the afterschool and summer programs in Greenwich
Laurel House: Supported Education – Assists economically disadvantaged participants with a mental health disability in obtaining post-secondary education or vocational certification through each step of the application, enrollment, and course/degree achievement process
Liberation Programs – Provides treatment for all types of substance use disorders including alcohol, opiates, depressants, and stimulants
Neighbor to Neighbor – Offers food assistance with its Supplemental Food Program and Summer Supplement Program
Pacific House: Emergency Meals Program – Shelter for homeless provides meals for those in need
River House – Provides respite for caregivers of low to moderate income elderly families
Rowan Center: Closing the Gap – Works to prevent sexual assault and violence by providing prevention education for developmental disability populations
Transportation Around Greenwich (TAG): FEED Greenwich – Provides weekly food deliveries to Greenwich homes
UJA JCC: Dignity Grows – Provides pre-packaged, one month’s supply to individuals in need of menstrual products and toiletries
Wheel It Forward – Makes it easy to borrow and donate durable medical equipment
YMCA of Greenwich: Summer Camp Scholarship Program – Eight-week summer camp programming for children of COVID essential workers
YWCA of Greenwich: Housing Solutions – Provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children and pets and offers services such as counseling and court advocacy