RWA Volunteers With United Way

The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority partnered with United Way for an employee Day of Caring at Barnard Environmental Magnet School.

Employees of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA) came together to make an impact in the greater New Haven community. United Way organized the project for RWA volunteers at Barnard Environmental Magnet School in New Haven.

In the school courtyard, volunteers in LIVE UNITED t-shirts weeded, built planter beds and a new picnic table, and added additional storage to the courtyard shed.

“The work in the courtyard is amazing,” stated Lana Rowan, theme coach at Barnard Environmental Magnet School. “It looks unrecognizable.”


As the outdoor courtyard was being beautified, another group of volunteers worked indoors. Some painted classrooms, while others helped to organize the school library – implementing a new tracking system which would enable teachers to choose grade level-appropriate books for their students.

“Since its founding 170 years ago, the RWA has believed in the importance of being a good neighbor and giving back to the communities we serve,” said Ted Norris, RWA Vice President of Asset Management, Chair of the RWA’s 2019 United Way Campaign Committee, and Board Chair for the United Way of Greater New Haven.

“The staff and educators do incredible work at Barnard Environmental Magnet School, preparing the next generation of leaders and environmental scientists,” remarked Ted. “It was our pleasure for Team RWA to lend a hand with needed upgrades, repairs, and beautification efforts so that the educators there can even better serve their students.”


Robert McCain, Principal of Barnard Environmental Magnet School, was encouraged by the help United Way and RWA volunteers provided. “Our teachers were so impressed with the quality of the workers and the amount of work that was done,” he stated. “We are blessed to have such dedicated people helping our students.”

Looking for a way to make an impact in your community alongside your coworkers? Contact our volunteer coordinator, Dennis Velasquez, at [email protected]

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