A NEED IS IDENTIFIED, AND UNITED WAY DONORS ANSWER
"United Way is the first to give us money to help," said Paola Serrecchia, Program Director for Adult Education and Community Outreach at JUNTA.
United Way of Greater New Haven learned late last week that the influx of families from Puerto Rico was straining the food delivery efforts in Fair Haven, and that there were going to be many families without enough food for Thanksgiving.
United Way donors answered the call for help, and in just a few days, we collected $3,750—enough to provide food for 75 families.
Jennifer Heath, President and CEO of United Way of Greater New Haven, delivered the check to JUNTA—the organization coordinating the distribution of food for the hungry families in Fair Haven.
The line of people waiting for assistance snaked out of the front room and into the hallway. When the check was given to Paola Serrecchia, Program Director for Adult Education and Community Outreach at JUNTA, she started tearing up.
“United Way is the first to give us money to help,” said Paola.
JUNTA’s mission is to provide services, programs and advocacy that improve the social, political, and economic conditions of the Latino community in greater New Haven, while nurturing and promoting its cultural traditions as it builds bridges with other communities.
And with the quick and generous response of United Way donors to this immediate need right before the holidays, we are working together to improve lives in Fair Haven right now.