Valley United Way to distribute $470,000 to 26 agencies

Valley United Way's board of directors has approved more than $470,000 in allocations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that began in July.

The process was conducted by the Allocations Committee that is composed of 25 community volunteers headed by Valley United Way board member Ron Villani.

Agencies submitted funding requests in May, and committee members then visited with the agencies to examine programs and budgets, and made recommendations that were voted on by the local United Way’s full board.

Never an easy process

Jack Walsh, president and chief operating officer at Valley United Way, lauded the work of the committee while noting it’s not easy to make funding decisions when there is never enough money to meet the needs of so many worthwhile agencies and programs.

"Our volunteers are very thorough in their reviews and very thoughtful and fair in their recommendations,” Walsh said. “The board is thankful for their expertise and dedication in determining how best to make an impact which donors have earmarked for programs and services in the Valley."

Breakdown of allocations

The allocations to agencies serving the Valley are:

— American Red Cross ($18,000)

— Big Brothers Big Sisters ($4,000)

— Boy Scouts / Housatonic Council ($40,000)

— Boys & Girls Club ($85,000)

— Catholic Charities ($35,000)

— Christian Counseling Center ($6,000)

— Derby Day Care Center ($3,700)

— Domestic Violence Center ($24,500)

— Family Resource Center / TEAM Inc. ($9,000)

— Girl Scouts Connecticut / Trails Council ($4,000)

— 2-1-1 Infoline ($10,000)

— International Institute ($1,400)

— Julia Day Nursery ($1,500)

— Meals on Wheels / TEAM Inc. ($9,500)

— New Haven Legal Assistance ($2,000)

— Parent Child Resource Center ($48,000)

— Rape Crisis Center ($20,000)

— Recreation Camp ($7,000)

— SONCCA ($500)

— Spooner House ($26,000)

— St. Vincent DePaul ($7,000)

— U.S.O. ($450)

— Valley YMCA ($40,000)

— Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut ($10,000)

— Volunteer Center ($50,000)

— Wellmore Inc. ($9,000)

Allocation Committee members

Members of the Allocations Committee were Tom Christiano, Mark Daconto, John DeGray, Jim Geissler, Dave Grant, Johanne Henderson, Jennifer Kalasardo, Fran Leach, Rob Lesko, Rich Marazzi, Sharon Massafra and Kurt Miller.

Also, Ned Miller, Kristie Raines , Patty Reynolds, Richard Rosen, Brian Sexton, Bob Smits, Phyllis Sochrin, Bob VanEgghen, Rob VanEgghen, Ron Villani, Tom Welch and Phil White.

Valley United Way’s mission

Valley United Way is a philanthropic resource for the Valley towns of Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Oxford and Seymour. It works to match the needs of the community and the interests of donors to improve the quality of life in the community.

The local United Way focuses on initiatives addressing youth, families and people in crisis. Learn more about the nonprofit organization, based on Grove Street in Shelton, at