Valley United Way
54 Grove Street
Shelton CT 06484
Contact Information
Address 54 Grove Street
Shelton, CT 06484-
Telephone (203) 926-9478 x
Fax 203-926-1368
Web and Social Media
Corporate Volunteer Council & Youth Leadership Council working together
Valley United Way and its predecessor organizations (Community Chest, Red Feather, etc) have been raising and distributing funds to support the delivery of health and human service programming in the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut, (Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour & Shelton) since the 1930's. Volunteers annually conduct a community wide fund raising campaign, a community needs assessment and an allocation process to fund needed services in the community.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1969
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director Mr. John Joseph Walsh
Board Chair Ms. Janice Sheehy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Webster Bank
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,130,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,131,501.00
Valley United Way and its predecessor organizations (Community Chest, Red Feather, etc) have been raising and distributing funds to support the delivery of health and human service programming in the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut, (Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour & Shelton) since the 1930's. Volunteers annually conduct a community wide fund raising campaign, a community needs assessment and an allocation process to fund needed services in the community.

Valley United Way has been the Valley’s leading philanthropic resource since the early days of the Community Chest and Red Feather movements in the United States back in the 1930’s. In 1969 the five Valley towns combined their efforts under the umbrella of the Valley United Fund which has since evolved as the Valley United Way. Its strength is its base as a local fund raiser and funder of local programs and services as well as a leader and convener on quality of life issues in the Valley.

Over the years, Valley United Way and its predecessor organizations have raised and distributed millions of dollars to help improve the quality of life in the five town Valley area. Its strength has always been the volunteers who live and work in the community and make the funding decisions so important to the community.

The services provided by Valley United Way have increased dramatically as it has moved beyond its earlier role of just raising and distributing dollars. Valley United Way was one of the first United Ways to recognize the importance of community engagement beyond the giving of dollars. It has established a Volunteer Center and through the Center has developed a Youth Leadership Program and a High School Volunteer Council to involve the youth of the community. Our Corporate Volunteer Council represents a dramatic collaborative effort with area businesses to promote good corporate citizenship through philanthropic and volunteer activities.

We led the effort that resulted in the creation of the Valley Council for Health and Human Services which brings together the Valley’s nonprofit community to work together on issues of importance to the community. Working with the Council and also the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, we created the Leadership Greater Valley program to recruit and train a new generation of volunteer leaders for the Valley.

Valley United Way was also a leader in several other initiatives that helped build the foundation for the Valley’s selection as one of 10 All America City award winners in 2010.

Valley United Way has also been a leader in the use of technology to improve communications. We were the first United Way in Connecticut to have a website, and we continue to be a leader in the use of newer social media tools such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
With its move to new quarters, Valley United Way supports Valley nonprofits with free meeting and training space.

Valley United Way's mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Valley United Way will measurably improve the lives of people in our community through:

  • Philanthropy Raising dollars to invest in identified community priorities.
  • VolunteerismInspiring people to make a difference by giving their time.
  • CollaborationWorking with others to build coalitions that leverage resources to address identified community priorities.

During the past year we have not only conducted a successful community campaign funding a variety of needed programs in the Valley area, but also clothed 197 needy children for school bringing our total for this program to over 2,700 children. Our Corporate Volunteer Council conducted monthly food and clothing drives local nonprofits. Our Youth Leadership Program celebrated its 25th anniversary and our Leadership Greater Valley Program also graduated and placed 20 new adult volunteer leaders for our community.

We also served as the community agent for the Discovery Early Childhood efforts for the region as well as Ansonia and Shelton's city efforts.We continued to host and provide administrative support for the Valley Council of Health and Human Services.

United Way also provides meeting and training space for Valley nonprofits in both of our conference rooms at no cost.
The major highlights of the year included the release of the A.L.I.C.E. Report in collaboration with all the United Ways in CT followed by our own Valley Hunger Study. These studies on the state and local level showed the challenges faced by many of our residents to meet the most basic standards for a quality life in Connecticut.
We are currently working on follow-up action steps with both studies, but the Hunger Study itself will help to improve the food distribution system in the Valley for both food banks and consumers. 
Valley United Way raises funds to support a wide variety services in the Lower Naugatuck Valley and welcomes the support of the general population. We are investing in community services centering on health, education, and family stability with an emphasis on youth services, early childhood education, counseling, and senior services.
We are also currently focusing on food and hunger in the Valley and helping to improve the lives of the A.L.I.C.E. population in the Valley.
CEO Statement

It is my pleasure to serve as President/CEO of Valley United Way, a position that I have held for over 26 years. I believe that our United Way embodies the real strengths of the United Way movement, namely being intimately involved with the community we serve. In our case, that holds true for all of our staff. Every staff member either lives in the Valley or grew up and went to school here and we have a total of 120 combined years of service to Valley United Way.

I was actually involved as a volunteer for Valley United Way for fifteen years before I took this job and had the opportunity to see the unique role that United Way played in the community. I was the Director of the Recreation Camp, one of the older organizations funded by United Way. United Way funding made our programs possible, and United Way also gave me the opportunity to go out to the community to tell the unique story that is the Recreation Camp. Valley United Way and its predecessor organizations have been serving the Valley since the 1930’s, and I am proud to be part of that great tradition.

The funds that we raise here in the community stay in the community unless a donor directs them to go elsewhere. Decisions on funding are made by volunteers who live and work in the community and know its needs through personal experience.

Though fund raising and allocation of funds are cornerstones of every United Way, we are also leaders in our community in bringing people together for the benefit of the community. Our Volunteer Center is an incredible community resource that fosters direct community involvement through volunteerism. Within the Volunteer Center we have our Corporate Volunteer Council and the High School Volunteer Council which harness the incredible spirit and compassion of two different generations of volunteers to better serve our own community. We also are training the next generation of volunteer leaders through our Youth Leadership Program which is now in its 25th year.

I could go on and on about our numerous involvements in the community, but perhaps the best way to keep up with us would be to visit our website, or check us out on Facebook. You might follow us on Twitter, read our Blog or even check out our YouTube video channel. We may be firmly rooted in the past, but we are just as excited about our future in making the Valley a better place to live and work.


Board Chair Statement

One of the real strengths of Valley United Way is the volunteer leadership of the organization. It is my pleasure to now serve as Board Chair after having served on the Board not only of Valley United Way, but several other organizations that make our Valley great. My community involvement stems from my parents who instilled that tradition of giving back to the community where we live or work.

Though we have an excellent staff, an active and involved Board of Directors is critical to the success of the organization. Ultimately, it is the Board that sets the policy and the vision for the organization and is responsible for the governance of Valley United Way. We are fortunate to have a diverse, knowledgeable and dedicated group of community leaders serving on our Board. They are people who live and work in the community and have a great desire to serve the community.

Board members take leadership roles in all our activities and Board members chair all of our committees ensuring that the Board is always fully engaged in our programs and services. I would also like to point out that all Board members are also donors themselves, and very generous in sharing their time, talents and treasures.

Like all Boards, we are faced with the challenges of a difficult economy and increasing demands for financial and other support. We are also dealing with the changing demographics of our population, shifting needs in the community and the technological changes affecting our business and the way that we communicate with our community.

Rest assured that our Board is up to the challenge, and our participation in is just another indication of our ability to change to meet the needs and opportunities that we face.


Please take the time to visit our website for all the latest information on what we are accomplishing for the betterment of our Valley.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations / Philanthropy/Charity/ Voluntarism Promotion (General)
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton Connecticut
The Volunteer Center, a division of Valley United Way, serves as a community resource boosting volunteerism in the Valley by matching the skills and interests of Valley volunteers with the needs of nonprofit agencies providing services in the Valley.

The Center maintains a database of volunteer opportunities listed by nonprofit agencies in the Valley. It also coordinates the Corporate Volunteer Council (Area Businesses) and the High School Volunteer Council (Area High Schools) as well as United Way's Youth Leadership Program.

The Center's new on-line e-Volunteer site is always available to supplement live contact with the Center's Director, Patricia Tarasovic.

Population Served Other Named Groups / /
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Visit our Volunteer Center website for full information:
Description The primary objective of the Youth Leadership Program is to develop teens into future community leaders. They learn about community needs in the Valley and the importance of nonprofit agencies and the role volunteerism plays in addressing those needs. Applications are accepted annually from students either attending high schools in the Valley or residing in the Valley and attending schools outside the Valley.
Population Served / /
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. For full story, visit our website for Youth Leadership at

Close to seventy companies are members of the Corporate Volunteer Council which is a program coordinated by Valley United Way's Volunteer Action Center. The group's enthusiasm, skill and community spirit is leaving an indelible mark on the Valley and improving the quality of life through their everyday efforts that demonstrate that they and their employees care about the community in which they live and work.

The purpose of the CVC is:

1. Networking: Providing a way for companies operating corporate volunteer programs to exchange information and help other companies in the community start corporate volunteer programs.

2. Community-needs identification: Providing a forum where member companies can learn about community needs for employee volunteers. Information is transmitted when the CVC invites a local nonprofit agency to present information on its need for volunteers during a regularly scheduled CVC meeting.

3. Joint Projects: Providing a way for member companies to work together on a community need or problem that is too large or complex for one company to handle alone. Currently active ongoing projects include:

Since 1994 the CVC has also taken on major projects on an annual basis. The two annual projects are the Week of Caring projects which generally involve a very hands on "construction and renovation" project for an area nonprofit organization and the Back to School Clothes for Kids Project which adopts the neediest children in one Valley grammar school providing children with back to school clothing and encouragement for a successful start to the new academic year.

Special Projects

Population Served Adults / /
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Visit our website at for full details of the accomplishments of this incredible group.
Description Valley United Way has operated a unique local program which allows individuals and businesses to list items that they would like to donate to area nonprofits. The listings are shared with area nonprofits and agencies needing the items are quickly matched with the donors.


Donors simply need to call or e-mail United Way with the list of items to be donated and the contact information.

Items should be in good condition and usable by an agency or its clients.
Population Served / /
Description Leadership Greater Valley is a joint program offered by Valley United Way, the Valley Council for Health & Human Service and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce. The program was first started in 1996 through the efforts of United Way and the Council and received a major boost in 2001 when the Chamber became a partner.

What is it about?

Leadership Greater Valley (LGV) combines leadership skill building with community education. During the nine-week program, participants get a bird’s-eye view of the issues facing the community, begin developing the leadership skills necessary to assume leadership roles and are exposed to involvement opportunities in the community. The class is limited to 20 selected individuals – those who will have the personal opportunity to learn from the leaders of many local organizations and associations. Leadership Greater Valley is unlike other programs because it provides a catalyst for community vision and change – it builds a better tomorrow for all of us.

Population Served / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Valley United Way works collaboratively with a variety of other organizations in the community including the Valley Council for Health and Human Services, the Valley Early Childhood Task Force and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce on a number of programs not specifically United Way. It also hosts the Valley Council for Health and Human Services and serves as the community agent for Ansonia, Shelton and Regional Discovery early childhood efforts.
Valley United Way also hosts a variety of meetings and trainings for area nonprofits in its two conference rooms that are made available at no cost.
CEO/Executive Director
Mr. John Joseph Walsh
Term Start Feb 1989

Jack Walsh is the President and C.O.O. of Valley United Way. A life-long resident of Derby, he has been with United Way since 1989. Jack was previously a teacher in Shelton and Derby as well as the head boys basketball coach at Shelton High School. He was also the Director of the Recreation Camp in Derby, a United Way funded agency, for fourteen years.

During Jack's tenure, Valley United Way has grown as a community resource by adding the Youth Leadership Program, the Volunteer Action Center, and the partner Agency Council which has since expanded to become the Valley Council for Health & Human Services. He was also one of the leaders in the Valley's successful effort in the All America City competition.

Jack is currently a member and past Chair of the Chief Professional Officers Council for United Way of Connecticut and past member of the Board of Directors at United Way of Connecticut.

Jack is an active member of the community. He is a past Chair of Derby's Park & Recreation Commission and currently chairs the City's Greenway Committee. He is also Chair of the Electronic Valley project, member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer at the Derby Neck Library and a member and past president of both the Derby/Shelton Rotary Club and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He is a past President of the Board of Directors for the Derby Historical Society and is a former member of the board of directors for the Hallock's Landing Senior Housing Project.

 Jack is a corporator for Griffin Hospital and a member and past Co-chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Yale/Griffin PRC. Jack is a member of the Board of Directors for the Online Journalism Project. He is also one of the founders and a  committee member for the Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race. He is on the Community Advisory Board for the Yale Community Rowing Program.

He is a past recipient of the Chamber of Commerce's Gold Seal Award as well as its Platinum Award. He also received the Lewis Savitsky Staff Excellence Award presented by the Valley Council of Health & Human Service Organizations. He has also received the Valley Council of Governments' Hazel Knapp Award for regional leadership and the Derby Historical Society's Dr. John I. Howe Award. In 2007, he received the Parent Child Resource Center’s Outstanding Service to Children and Families award. He was also named to the Boys & Girls Club Alumni Association Hall of Fame.

The Lower Naugatuck Valley Bar Association presented him with their Liberty Bell Award in 2008.

In 2010 the YMCA presented him with their Strong Community Builder Award. The Women and Heart Disease Committee at Griffin Hospital presented him with their "Caring Heart" Award in 2011. In 2012, he received the Spirit of St. Mary - St. Michael School award from the school.


Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 300
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Volunteer Center Director

Pat Tarasovic is the Director of the Volunteer Action Center at Valley United Way. Pat was first Director of The Volunteer Action Center when it was started in 1991 and served until 1999 when she joined Birmingham Group Health Services as their Director of Development and dedicated over four years to the agency to help them as they launched a very aggressive Development Plan.

During her first tenure at Valley United Way, Pat created the Valley’s award-winning Corporate Volunteer Council and High School Volunteer Council in addition to running the Youth Leadership Program.   

A very active member of the community, Pat was the Co-founder of the Oxford Cultural Arts Commission, and oversaw the building of Oxford’s bandstand and the initiation of its concert series. She co-chaired Oxford’s successful bicentennial and 350th anniversary events. She has served on the towns Beautification Committee and several other town committees. Pat was also a Co-founder of the award winning Oxford School Volunteer Program. She served as the Statewide President of School Volunteer Program  and represented the State on National issues.  

Pat served as President of the Oxford Junior Women’s Club and later went on to Serve as Director of the Connecticut Junior Women. She was also Co-Chair of the Valley’s All America City Weekend Gala and Celebration and a delegate in both 1999 and 2000. 

Pat has been a driving force in the Valley’s LEAD Program which has now merged with the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce to become the Leadership Program. She is also Co Chair of Healthy Valley and is a Past-president of the Derby/Shelton Rotary Club.

She is a past recipient of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce's Gold Seal award, the Valley Council of Health and Human Services Lewis Savitsky Award, the Birmingham Group Health Services Good Neighbor Award, the Ansonia’s Women in History 2000 Award and the Valley YMCA Volunteer of the Year Award.

Her most recent award is the "Valley Women Making A Difference in the Valley " award which she received on October 1, 2009.

Title Director of Resource Development


Sara Aylward is the Director of Resource Development with ties that go back to her initial involvement as a student in the Youth Leadership Program where she first developed her passion for service.

The Ansonia High School interest in community involvement followed her to Central Connecticut State University where she earned a BA in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science. She put those skills to work at Valley United Way during her senior year when she served as an unpaid intern in communications and marketing.

Following graduation, Sara went to work at the United Way of Mid-Maine in Waterville, Maine where she served as Resource Development Coordinator. She helped coordinate all aspects of a very successful campaign that raised $730,000 over a large, rural area.

She returned to Connecticut, and worked for the United Way of Coastal Fairfield county as Program Coordinator of the Voluntary Action Center there. She has also served as a volunteer during that time as well. Not surprisingly, she has been a volunteer advisor to Valley United Way’s Youth Leadership Program!

At Valley United Way, Sara is in charge of all aspects of not only the annual community campaign, but also special events and leadership and endowment giving. She also serves as staff liaison to the Marketing Committee.

Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
CEO Comments Valley United Way is facing the same challenges that all nonprofits are facing. During a very difficult time for our economy, the needs are greater than even ever, while the challenge to raise additional funds in the economy is also greater than ever.
Board Chair
Ms. Janice Sheehy
Company Affiliation Webster Bank
Term Apr 2015 to Apr 2016
Board of Directors
Ms. Jennifer Bull Dworken Hillman LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C.
Mr. Freeman Burr Shelton Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Patrick Charmel Griffin Hospital
Mr. John DeGray Point Energy Solutions
Mr. Gregory P. DeStefano Marcum LLP
Mr. Michael Gnibus GE Global Patent Operation
Ms. Johanne Henderson BIC Corporation
Ms. Mona Kadiwar Edgewell Personal Care
Ms. Eileen Lopez-Cordero United Illuminating
Mr. John McFarland Hubbell
Ms. Deb McGuigan Prudential Annuities
Ms. Carol Merlone Ansonia Public Schools
Mr. Ned Miller Ned Miller Agency, A Division of Starkweather & Shepley Insurance
Ms. Mary Ann Miskowicz Better Packages
Mr. Fred Ortoli Fred Ortoli Photography
Mr. Joseph Pagliaro Jr.Riverview and Adzima Funeral Homes
Ms. Ruth Parkins Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company
Mr. Jospeh Perun People's Bank
Mr. William Purcell Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Richard Rosen The RH Rosen Group
Mr. Tom Steeves American IT Solutions
Mr. Thomas Sutnik
Mr. Dominick Thomas Cohen & Thomas
Mr. James Tickey Jimmy's World
Ms. Kristen Urso-Rio GE Global Growth & Operations
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 17
Female 9
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
CEO Comments
Valley United Way is constantly interested in developing new volunteer leaders in the community, and was the leader in establishing the program now known as Leadership Greater Valley which is run in conjunction with the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Council for Health & Human Services to recruit and train a diverse new group of volunteer leaders for the community. Five graduates of that program have served on Valley United Way's Board.
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30 2016
Projected Revenue $1,130,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,131,501.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
2014-2015 Annual Report2015View
Valley Hunger Study2015View
2013-2014 Annual Report2014View
2013 Annual Report2012View
Annual Report2011View
Annual Report2010View
Annual Report2009View
Annual Report2008View
Annual Report2007View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$838,383$752,612$844,560
Investment Income, Net of Losses$51$51$94
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$780,105$848,557$823,924
Administration Expense$105,224$114,708$105,845
Fundraising Expense$199,084$186,415$176,082
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.900.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%74%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue19%20%17%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$808,079$800,083$841,244
Current Assets$719,247$708,724$740,689
Long-Term Liabilities$121,191$128,882$117,023
Current Liabilities$204,313$215,417$164,442
Total Net Assets$482,575$455,784$559,779
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.523.294.50
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets15%16%14%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
CEO Comments Valley United Way has a very capable finance committee which meets, reviews financial data and reports to the Board of Directors every month. A separate Audit Committee works with an outside auditor to prepare the annual audit which is also presented to the full Board of Directors for review and action each year.
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.


Address 54 Grove Street
Shelton, CT 06484
Primary Phone 203 926-9478
CEO/Executive Director Mr. John Joseph Walsh
Board Chair Ms. Janice Sheehy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Webster Bank


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