Longtime Valley volunteer being honored by United Way

Joe Andreana of Oxford has been selected to receive the 44th annual Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award from the Valley United Way.

Andreana has been involved with many local nonprofit organizations, including the Valley United Way, where he was on the board of directors and Executive Committee. He chaired the United Way’s annual community fund-raising campaigns in 2002 and 2003.

He is a board member and chairman of the Strategic Affairs Committee for Griffin Health Services, and a current board member and past board president of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys & Girls Club.

Andreana also has been involved with the Katharine Matthies Foundation, Valley Advisory Committee to the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, United Methodist Frontier Foundation, and United Methodist Homes Foundation.

In his hometown, he was a member of the Oxford Economic Development Commission.

Praised as a 'humanitarian'

“In addition to all that he has done in the Valley,” said United Way President Jack Walsh, “Joe has also traveled to other parts of the country to help those who have been victims of natural disasters. He is truly an example of why this award has the word humanitarian in it.”

In his professional life, Andreana held managerial positions with GTE Service Corp., Southern New England Telephone and AT&T.

Honors lifetime of community service

The Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award is presented for a lifetime of service to the community, encompassing more than one town or organization.

The award will be presented at Valley United Way’s 46th annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, April 29 at the Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby.

Valley United Way supports and creates initiatives addressing youth, families and people in crisis in Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Oxford and Seymour.