What We Are Doing

United Way of Greater New Haven is leading the coordinated response to meet the basic needs of our neighbors during this crisis while building a more just, inclusive community for the future. We have helped thousands of people who are struggling to find housing, feed their families and provide early education resources. Leveraging 100 years of experience, your support enables United Way of Greater New Haven to be responsive to the needs of our neighbors today and build a strong community for tomorrow.

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

Updates

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

August 3, 2020 – Hamden Neighborhood Pantry

Week 5: Volunteers served 375 individuals from 118 households.

In partnership with St Anne’s Soup Kitchen, UWGNH is running the Hamden Neighborhood Pantry every Monday this summer from 10-11AM. Click here for more info.

 

August 3, 2020 – Food Delivery Update

Pantry to Pantry (COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program) Week 19: In collaboration with Door Dash, we were able to deliver groceries to 951 households.

 

July 31, 2020 – Fair Haven Pop-Up Pantry

Volunteers served 1,100 individuals in the Fair Haven and surrounding communities.

 

July 27, 2020 – Hamden Neighborhood Pantry

Week 4: Volunteers served 433 individuals from 118 households.

In partnership with St Anne’s Soup Kitchen, UWGNH is running the Hamden Neighborhood Pantry every Monday this summer from 10-11AM. Click here for more info.

 

July 27, 2020 – Food Delivery Update

Pantry to Pantry (COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program) Week 18: In collaboration with Door Dash, we were able to deliver groceries to 1,016 households.

 

July 20, 2020 – Hamden Neighborhood Pantry

Week 3: Volunteers served 346 individuals from 90 households.

In partnership with St Anne’s Soup Kitchen, UWGNH is running the Hamden Neighborhood Pantry every Monday this summer from 10-11AM. Click here for more info.

 

July 20, 2020 – Food Delivery Update

Pantry to Pantry (COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program) Week 17: In collaboration with Door Dash, we were able to deliver groceries to 958 households.

 

July 13, 2020 – Hamden Neighborhood Pantry

Week 2: Volunteers served 314 individuals from 87 households.

In partnership with St Anne’s Soup Kitchen, UWGNH is running the Hamden Neighborhood Pantry every Monday this summer from 10-11AM. Click here for more info.

 

July 13, 2020 – Food Delivery Update

Pantry to Pantry (COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program) Week 16: 89 volunteers made deliveries to 963 households.

July 6, 2020 – Hamden Neighborhood Pantry

In partnership with St Anne’s Soup Kitchen, UWGNH is running the Hamden Neighborhood Pantry every Monday this summer from 10-11AM. Click here for more info.

Week 1: 10 volunteers served 227 individuals from 57 households.

 

July 6, 2020 – Food Delivery Update

Pantry to Pantry (COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program) Week 15: 85 volunteers made deliveries to 908 households.

 

June 29, 2020 – Food Delivery Update

Pantry to Pantry (COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program) Week 14: 89 volunteers made deliveries to 945 households.

 

June 21, 2020 – Food Delivery Update

Pantry to Pantry (COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program) Week 13: 104 volunteers made deliveries to 994 households.

 

 

June 15, 2020 – Food Delivery Update

Pantry to Pantry (COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program) Week 12: 104 volunteers delivered pantry groceries to 963 households.

 

June 8, 2020 – Food Delivery Update

Pantry to Pantry (COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program) Week 11: 101 volunteers delivered groceries to 1,007 households.

 

June 1, 2020 – Food Delivery Update

Pantry to Pantry (COVID-19 Emergency Food Delivery Program) Week 10: 107 volunteers delivered groceries to 883 households.

 

 

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.

July 27, 2020 – Housing Update

Since March, 258 adults and children housed from shelter and 526 community members given resources to avoid entering shelter. 

 

June 11, 2020 – Housing Update

Since March, 208 individuals have been housed from shelter and 417 individuals have been given resources to avoid entering shelter.

 

April 23, 2020 – Housing Update

Since March, 75 households were housed; 61 families were diverted from having to enter 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.

July 27, 2020 – Mask Making & Deliveries

Working with MakeHaven and other generous donors, UWGNH has distributed over 7,000 face masks and shields to 70 local organizations including shelters, hospitals, food providers, and learning centers.

 

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.

June 18, 2020 – Third & Forth Round Grants Awarded

The Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund has released a third and forth rounds of grants totaling $1.4 million to 80 organizations who are assisting individuals in populations hit hardest by COVID-19.

To read more, click here.

 

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 Round 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 Round 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!

July 13, 2020

A total of 512 gift cards totaling $102,400, funded by the Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund, have been distributed to individuals and families in need.

 

June 1, 2020

A total of 255 gift cards have been distributed to individuals and families in need throughout Branford, East Haven, New Haven, Hamden, and West Haven.

 

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!

Unite Together

Increased pressure is being put on community-based organizations to deliver services to the most vulnerable members of our region. We are stronger when we are unified, and it is going to take all of us to mitigate the impacts and recover as a community. UWGNH has ways you can help: 

Volunteer and Lend a Hand

UWGNH is working with community partners to gather the latest information on their urgent short-term volunteer needs and supplies needs. This list will be updated regularly. Please contact these organizations directly to inquire about their specific needs and opportunities to help.

Share 2-1-1

Please let people know that 2-1-1 is a free, 24/7 resource for up-to-date information about community resources. You can also check out GNH Community for a list of resources.

Check on Your Community

In addition to taking a look at our list of volunteer opportunities, a great way to help is to reach out to a neighbor or check in on a family member you haven’t connected with recently. We can all help to create a sense of community during this time of social distancing. You can also visit our Community Resource page for additional services available to those in need during this time. 

Make a Donation

In times of crisis, UWGNH plays a critical role in helping our community to weather the storm and build resiliency going forward. To support the immediate and ongoing needs of our community, please click here, visit our Ways to Give page, or contact Maria Arnold, Chief Development Officer at [email protected].

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