Community Impact Updates

As the Coronavirus pandemic strikes our region, United Way of Greater New Haven is called upon to provide leadership, expertise, coordination, advocacy, and resources to solve our community’s most challenging problems. For 100 years, we have been caring for our neighbors and in this moment our commitment is stronger than ever.

During this time of great uncertainty, we are focused on helping the most vulnerable members of our community by meeting immediate needs and developing long-term solutions in creative and compassionate ways. 

Follow our updates below to learn more about the work United Way of Greater New Haven is doing to make an impact.

Updates

May 27, 2020 – Food Delivery Update

Pantry to Pantry (COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program) Week 9: 106 volunteers delivered groceries to 918 households.

 

May 18, 2020 – Food Delivery Update

Pantry to Pantry (COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program) Week 8: 98 volunteers delivered groceries to 832 households.

 

May 12, 2020 – Food Delivery Update

Pantry to Pantry (COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program) Week 7: 108 volunteers delivered groceries to 724 households.

 

May 4, 2020 – Food Delivery Update

Pantry to Pantry (COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program) Week 6:  81 volunteers delivered groceries to 547 households.

 

April 14, 2020 – Food Delivery Update

Last week, the COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program, expanded to 43 drivers, 49 delivery routes, and made 243 food deliveries to community members in need!

 

April 6, 2020 – Food Delivery Model Expands

Last week, the COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program, established by the Coordinated Food Assistance Network, in collaboration with the City of New Haven’s Food Systems Policy Division and United Way of Greater New Haven, expanded to 26 drivers, 29 delivery routes, and made 148 food deliveries to community members in need. This week, the program will expand deliveries to Hamden residents.

 

March 25, 2020 – New Food Delivery Model Launched

The Coordinated Food Assistance Network, in collaboration with the City of New Haven’s Food Systems Policy Division and United Way of Greater New Haven, established the COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program. This initiative will allow food pantry clients to receive grocery deliveries during this difficult time.

The food delivery model launched at Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen this week. Volunteers delivered groceries from the pantry to 17 residents in need.

May 21, 2020 – Mask Making & Deliveries

Working with MakeHaven and other generous donors, UWGNH has distributed over 6,000 face masks and shields to 65 local organizations including shelters, hospitals, food providers, and learning centers. 

 

April 30, 2020 – Mask Making & Deliveries

Working with MakeHaven and other generous donors, UWGNH has distributed over 4,700 face masks and shields to 53 local organizations including shelters, hospitals, food providers, and learning centers. 

 

April 1, 2020 – Mask Making & Deliveries

MakeHaven members and community neighbors are working together to create hundreds of masks and face shields this week! United Way has been able to collect and deliver the masks to food pantry delivery services, homeless shelters, hospice clinics, and other local partners who are serving our neighbors in need. 

To join this making initiative or to participate in a virtual sewing circle for tips, advice, and inspiration, visit www.makehaven.org.

Not a maker, but want to help with mask delivery? Click here to contact Dennis, our Volunteer Coordinator.

 

March 27, 2020 – Thermometer Donation

Thanks to Regional Water Authority, a long-standing United Way supporter and partner, for responding to an urgent need by donating 48 thermometers to local shelters who are serving the most vulnerable members of our population at this time.  

May 11, 2020 – Funding Application Now Open

The Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund is now accepting applications for grant funding. The application is open to organizations working to respond to issues resulting from the pandemic.

Due Dates for Upcoming Application Rounds:
May 15, 5:00 PM
May 29, 5:00 PM

Click here to learn more and apply today.

April 28, 2020 – Second Grants Awarded

The Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund has released a second round of grants totaling $677,000 to 36 organizations who are assisting individuals in populations hit hardest by COVID-19.

To read more, click here.

 

April 3, 2020 – First Grants Awarded

The Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund announced the first round of grants totaling $600,900. These grants have been distributed to 28 organizations who are assisting individuals impacted by COVID-19 in the areas of basic needs (food and shelter/housing), health services, and social services.

To read more, click here.

 

March 23, 2020 – New Funds Established

Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, the needs of our community are increasing daily. There are people who are seeking help today who have never needed it before.

UWGNH is responding through partnerships that will allow your donation to have the greatest impact.

The Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund, a partnership with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, will ensure people have access to food, housing, emergency assistance, and health services by supporting organizations on the front line. 

The Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund will get financial resources to individuals and families who need it most to pay for food, utilities and other basic necessities, including those who are out of work or have reduced work hours.

By working together, we will emerge from this crisis stronger, more connected, and with brighter days ahead.

Click here donate today!

May 11, 2020

A total of 227 gift cards have been distributed to individuals and families in need throughout Branford, East Haven, New Haven, Hamden, and West Haven. 

 

May 6, 2020 – Giving Tuesday Now

UWGNH raises $43,300 for Neighbors United on Giving Tuesday Now 2020

 

May 2, 2020 – Neighbors United

United Way of Greater New Haven expands on the Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund to launch Neighbors United. The goal of this program is to deliver financial support directly into the hands of families in our region.

 

May 1, 2020

A total of 211 gift cards, funded by the Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund, have been distributed to individuals and families in need throughout Branford, East Haven, New Haven, Hamden, and West Haven. 

 

April 20, 2020

An additional 63 gift cards, funded by the Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund, have been distributed to individuals in Branford, East Haven, New Haven, and West Haven to help local residents purchase urgent household basic needs. 

 

April 14, 2020 

24 gift cards, funded by the Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund, have been distributed to individuals in West Haven and New Haven. These funds are provided to pay for food, utilities, gas, and other necessities, with the goal of immediately addressing the urgent household basic needs. 

 

April 3, 2020 – Funds Distributed to Families in Need

Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund is beginning to disburse payments to those who are suffering the financial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund has raised approximately $450,000 for the first round of distributions to help Connecticut residents who have lost their jobs, lost hours at work, or may be facing other financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To read more, click here.

 

March 23, 2020 – New Funds Established

Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, the needs of our community are increasing daily. There are people who are seeking help today who have never needed it before.

UWGNH is responding through partnerships that will allow your donation to have the greatest impact.

The Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund, a partnership with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, will ensure people have access to food, housing, emergency assistance, and health services by supporting organizations on the front line. 

The Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund will get financial resources to individuals and families who need it most to pay for food, utilities and other basic necessities, including those who are out of work or have reduced work hours.

By working together, we will emerge from this crisis stronger, more connected, and with brighter days ahead.

Click here donate today!

April 23, 2020 – Housing Update

Since March 15th, 75 households were housed; 61 families were diverted from having to come in to shelter, and 275 individuals from congregate shelter settings were given motel rooms to achieve social distancing. 

 

March 24, 2020 – Hotel Rooms Provide Shelter

Our Coordinated Access Network team spent several days working with the city to hotel over 85 people to keep them safe and able to achieve social distancing.

April 13, 2020 – Early Head Start Assistance

In the midst of the pandemic, United Way of Greater New Haven is working with local partners to engage with children and families enrolled in our Early Head Start program.

  • Diapers have been distributed to families’ homes
  • Teachers are staying connected with children and families virtually by storytelling through digital platforms
  • Donated toys, books, and other materials have been compiled into care packages for families
  • Resources on self-care and wellness have been provided to EHS partner staff members

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