Greenwich United Way Kicks Off Annual Campaign

Greenwich United Way Board Chair Anne Sherred, Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei, and Greenwich United Way CEO David Rabin at Greenwich Town Hall. Contributed photo

Greenwich United Way Board Chair Anne Sherred, Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei, and Greenwich United Way CEO David Rabin at Greenwich Town Hall. Contributed photo

The Greenwich United Way  kicked off its Annual Campaign on Wednesday at the Town Hall. Campaign contributions will help ensure every member of the Greenwich community has the opportunity to be healthy, educated and self-sufficient.

Greenwich United Way Board Chair Anne Sherred and Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei discussed the strength and importance of the Annual Campaign at the kickoff event.

“Since moving to Greenwich more than 30 years ago, I have always been moved by how members of our community care for and support one another,” Sherrerd said. “The Annual Campaign we’re beginning tonight brings the entire community together in support of each other and, most importantly, the nearly one-third of our residents who are either below the federal poverty line or struggling to get by.”

“The Greenwich United Way’s research and outreach efforts through the Annual Campaign and their Needs Assessment enable the community’s needs to be addressed,” said Tesei. “I encourage everyone to support the campaign.”

Jaime Eisenberg is chairing the campaign for the second year in a row and her team includes Greenwich United Way Tocqueville Chair Sabrina Pray Forsythe.

Greenwich United Way CEO David Rabin described the Annual Campaign’s Community Investment Process in which volunteers will do a deep dive into approximately 20 grant applications to recommend grant levels. The Greenwich United Way Grants Committee then votes on those recommendations and follows-up to measure the impact and success the recipient organizations experienced.

“With our thorough Community Investment Process, our grantees must prove results-based accountability. This enables us to discover the actual outcomes of the programs we fund, ensuring the biggest bang for the buck of our donors,” said Rabin.

“From our founding as a community chest and council in 1933, our vision has not changed nor wavered,” said Rabin. “When we talk about being the fabric of the community, the Greenwich United Way acts as the loom and the weavers, bringing community partners together to tackle our most pressing issues, ensuring that Greenwich remains a premier community for all who live here.”

To contribute to the Annual Campaign or inquire about joining Community Investment Process volunteers, visit https://greenwichunitedway.org.

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.