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October 11, 2007

Greater New Haven Performs Acts of Kindness

Oct. 11, 2007

Media Contact: Michelle Wade, 203.772.4202
Cell – 860.834.0128

United Way’s commitment to volunteerism and civic engagement
illustrated through Days of Caring Efforts

(New Haven, Conn.) United Way of Greater New Haven engaged thousands of local volunteers right here 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 called Days of Caring. From Sept. 9-15, Days of Caring volunteers logged over 3,300 hours worth approximately $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, presently taking place. Company teams and volunteers participated in projects like 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 for anything from school supplies to diapers. These projects helped build relationships between volunteer groups and nonprofit agencies in the Greater New Haven area. To view photos from the various events visit our photo gallery at http://www.uwgnh.org/.

“Drives throughout the region collected more than 3,800 books, $2,500 worth of food, 3,500 baby diapers, 1,000 baby wipes, 100 toys, and 108 backpacks filled with school supplies,” said Jennifer Heath, Vice President for Community Leadership at United Way of Greater New Haven. “Days of Caring reminds us that together we can achieve results that no one can accomplish alone.”

“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 and raising awareness about the number of hard-working non-profits.”

United Way of Greater New Haven would like to extend its sincere thanks to its Days of Caring partners for all of their continued support: Yale-New Haven Hospital, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, and WTNH News Channel 8/MYTV 9.

About United Way:
United Way brings together the caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change and to improve lives. To do this we: help identify our region's greatest needs and best opportunities for change; raise dollars and invest those dollars for results; connect people to their caring through volunteer opportunities.

More information about United Way of Greater New Haven's community leadership and how you can help can be found at http://www.uwgnh.org/.

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