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October 22, 2008

Greater New Haven Performs Acts of Kindness

Oct. 22, 2008
Media Contact: Michelle Wade, 203.772.4202
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Greater New Haven Performs Acts of Kindness

Community’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, Days of Caring. From Sept. 15-21, over 3,000 Days of Caring volunteers participated in over 130 projects which logged volunteer 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 from school supplies to diapers. These projects helped build relationships between volunteer groups and nonprofit agencies in the Greater New Haven area and raise awareness of critical community issues related to education, income and health.. To view photos from the various events visit our photo gallery at http://www.uwgnh.org/.

“The drives throughout the region collected more than 5,000 books, over 100,000 baby diapers, and 29,000 school supplies,” said Amy Casavina Hall, Director of Community Impact at United Way of Greater New Haven. “Together we can achieve results that no one can accomplish alone. With, with all of our outstanding results, and over $100,000 worth of volunteer hours and $20,000 in donated diapers, the most important part is that volunteers were able to touch the lives of those in need and influence the condition of us all.”

“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 while at the same time raising awareness about the many hard-working non-profits in our region.”

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