Although the United Way is one of the most internationally recognized brands – and the largest philanthropic organization in the world – each United Way is completely local. What makes the United Way so unique is that all funds raised into our local United Way – the Valley United Way – stay in our community.
Our Valley United Way works in Shelton, Derby, Seymour, Ansonia and Oxford to strengthen families, support senior citizens, help people in crisis, and prepare youth to succeed.
I have been living united ever since my introduction to the Valley United Way as a member of their Youth Leadership Program when I was in Shelton High School. The experience of serving our community for the betterment of others has stayed with me my entire life and continues to drive my involvement today as the Valley United Way’s Community Campaign Chair.
The Valley United Way makes a real difference in the lives of hard working people who can’t make ends meet, communities who are responding to crisis, and to young people who are being prepared for a bright future. The Valley United Way is thinking strategically about their work so that there are long-term solutions and stability for families in our area.
The Valley United Way has joined Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that encourages generosity worldwide. So, after you brave the lines and shop on ‘Black Friday,’ buy local on ‘Small Business Saturday,’ and browse online on ‘Cyber Monday’ please join millions of others as we give back on Giving Tuesday.
In the last year alone, your donations helped the Valley United Way to assist 107,964 Valley residents by providing basic needs, assisting people in crisis situations, aiding senior citizens and preparing youth to be successful in their endeavors.
The old adage is true – with the United Way, you give once but help many. Please join us in Giving Tuesday this year, and help us fight for a stronger community now and in our shared future.
Please consider making a contribution that will have an impact here in our community by giving online at www.valleyuniteway.org; or by check to the Valley United Way, 54 Grove Street, Shelton CT 06484.