Valley groups get special funding from United Way

Valley United Way's Board of Directors recently approved allocations of nearly $475,000 to agencies providing a variety of health and human services in the Valley area.

The decision came as the culmination to a thorough process where agencies submitted budget requests and program information followed by site visits and reviews from 20 volunteer members of the allocations committee co-chaired by Ron Villani and Ned Miller.

The committee made their funding recommendations to the full board which approved the following allocations:

— American Red Cross, $18,000.

— Big Brothers Big Sisters, $4,000.

— Boy Scouts, Housatonic Council, $40,000.

— Boys & Girls Club, $86,500.

— Catholic Charities, $35,000.

— Christian Counseling Center, $6,000.

— Derby Day Care Center, $4,000.

— Domestic Violence Center, $24,500.

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

— Girl Scouts, CT 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.

— N.H. 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, $1,500.

— Visiting Nurse Association of SCC, $10,000.

— Volunteer Center, $50,000.

— Wellmore, Inc., $9,000.


"Our volunteers conduct a very comprehensive review of the agencies and programs and are very thoughtful and fair in their recommendations,” said Jack Walsh, president and COO of the Valley United Way. “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."

Members of the allocations committee were Tom Christiano, Mark Daconto, John DeGray, Jim Geissler, Dave Grant, Jennifer Kalasardo, Rob Lesko, and Mary McNelis. Also serving were Ned Miller, Mary Ann Miskowicz, Allie Rafferty, Cindy Rinaldi, Brian Sexton, Michele Siu, Phyllis Sochrin, Bob VanEgghen, Rob VanEgghen, Ron Villani and Tom Welch.

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

United Way supports and creates initiatives addressing youth, families and people in crisis.