Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Let's hear it for United Way

NEW HAVEN — United Way of Greater New Haven and its Days of Caring participants recently collected more than 100,000 baby diapers for distribution to agencies in Greater New Haven.
The diapers, which are valued at $20,000, were collected through events and in donations by area businesses, are used to "provide relief that will help children in our community start life healthy and ready to learn by ensuring families have access to diapers," United Way said in a statement.
The first annual town of Branford and United Way Touch-A-Truck event, for instance, brought in more than 25,000 diapers from 1,300 Branford residents. Covidien Surgical Devices, with its global headquarters in North Haven and U.S. headquarters in Norwalk, collected more than 31,000 diapers that were donated to The Diaper Bank.

Companies that helped make the Diaper Drive possible are: In New Haven: Yale New Haven Hospital, Carmody & Torrance, Murtha Cullina, The New Haven Register, Proliance International, Inc., TD Bank North, Webster Bank, Wilbur Smith & Associates and WTNH. In North Haven: Covidien, ACES, Connex Credit Union, Marlin Fire Arms, Petra Construction Corp., the Town of North Haven and the Joyce C. Budrow Senior Center. In Hamden: Amphenol Corp. Guilford: Barnum Financial, Wal-Mart, Webster Bank and Guilford Savings Bank. Branford: Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford Parks and Recreation, Controlled Air, Neurogen and Webster Bank. Norwalk: Covidien. West Haven: Eder Brothers and Vine Products Manufacturing Co. Trumbull: Girl Scouts of CT. Orange: Hubbell, town of Orange, UPS and Webster Bank. Stratford: Sprint Nextel. Woodbridge: Stop & Shop. East Haven: Webster Bank and Town Fair Tire. Madison: Webster Bank and Madison Exchange Club.

United Way of Greater New Haven recently engaged thousands of local volunteers in New Haven, Bethany, Branford, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, West Haven and Woodbridge through its week-long community service event, Days of Caring.
More than 3,000 Days of Caring volunteers last month participated in more than 130 projects that logged volunteer hours worth about $100,000 to benefit the region’s nonprofit agencies, schools and parks.
The annual celebration of volunteerism serves as a kick-off to United Way’s workplace campaign, now taking place. Company teams and volunteers participated in projects such as beautifying and renovating facilities, creating games and "hands-on" information stations for kids, sorting supplies, planting and landscaping, and planning or donating to a collection drive from school supplies to diapers.
The projects help build relationships between volunteer groups and nonprofit agencies in Greater New Haven and raise awareness of critical community issues related to education, income and health. To view photos from various events visit a photo gallery at "The drives throughout the region collected more than 5,000 books, over 100,000 baby diapers, and 29,000 school supplies," said Amy Casavina Hall, director of Community Impact at United Way of Greater New Haven. "Together we can achieve results that no one can accomplish alone. With, with all of our outstanding results, and over $100,000 worth of volunteer hours and $20,000 in donated diapers, the most important part is that volunteers were able to touch the lives of those in need and influence the condition of us all." "Civic engagement is one of United Way ’s strategies to improve lives and build stronger communities," said Jack Healy, chief executive officer of United Way. "Through Days of Caring, we strive to increase the number of people who are active, engaged citizens in their communities by providing a wide spectrum of opportunities while at the same time raising awareness about the many hard-working non-profits in our region."
United Way of Greater New Haven extended sincere thanks to its Days of Caring partners: Yale-New Haven Hospital, Covidien Surgical Devices, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, and WTNH News Channel 8/MYTV 9.

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