Valley Council’s community awards presentation

The Valley Council for Health & Human Services will hold its Annual Meeting and Community Awards Presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The event will feature keynote presenter Maura Cook. The breakfast meeting and awards presentation, which is sponsored by the Valley Community Foundation, will be held from 7:45-10:15 a.m. at Brownson Country Club.  All Valley residents and community partners are welcomed.

Maura Cook will present “Making Choices” an interactive exercise to help the Valley community relate to what it is like to be “ALICE” an acronym for Asset, Limited, Income, Constrained Employed which represents a study of Financial Hardship in Connecticut, states Diane Stroman, Valley Council Chairperson. “We’re also delighted to highlight the valuable work that Valley groups and individuals are doing to improve the health and quality of life of residents.”

On the occasion of its Annual Meeting, the Valley Council will present three community service The Agency/Program of the Year Award recognizes a nonprofit agency that has made a  significant and lasting contribution to the health and well being of Lower Naugatuck Valley residents.  This year’s award will be presented to Master’s Table Community Meals for

providing services that make significant and lasting contributions to the well being of Lower

Naugatuck Valley residents. Master’s Table Community Meals mission is to feed all who are

hungry and offer hope for a better future.

The Lewis Savitsky Staff Excellence Award, named in honor of a long-time Valley United Way

employee and community leader, is presented to individuals for excellence in their roles as

employees in the nonprofit community.  This year’s honoree is Nick Gentile, Work force

Specialist for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program, of The WorkPlace. He is being honored for his commitment to helping homeless, unemployed and under-employed veterans find stable housing.

The Richard O. Belden Community Service Award, named in honor of late State representative Richard O. Belden, is given to an individual or group whose efforts have made a significant contribution to improving the quality of life of Valley residents.  The Council will present the 2015 Belden award to Harry Burlakoff, for his work assisting countless Non-Profits in the region. Harry is a member of the Valley United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council.

A full invitation and registration information for the Valley Council Annual Meeting and Awards presentation is available online at or by calling the Valley United Way at 203-926-9478. Registrations will also be accepted at the door. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:45 am. The registration fee is free for Valley Council Members, $20 per person for additional staff and $25 per person for non-council members.