United Way of Greater New Haven brings people and
organizations together to create solutions to Greater New Haven's most pressing
challenges in the areas of Education, Health, and Financial Stability. We tackle
issues that cannot be solved by any one group working alone.
Urbanization and industrialization grew rapidly in this period of American history, and human needs began to outpace the ability of friends and neighbors to meet them, culminating in the Great Depression. Precursors to United Way such as Denver’s Charity Organization Society and local War Chests across America formed to meet those needs in a coordinated fashion by raising and distributing funds, assessing community need, advising relief agencies and ensuring financial efficiency. In 1919, the Community Chest of Greater New Haven was founded.
World War II and the postwar era saw the growth of United Way’s formal relationships with large companies, unions and local and national government. The introduction of payroll deduction made giving more convenient and financially feasible for the average American worker and United Ways took advantage of their increased national presence by running national media campaigns, while still retaining a local focus. In 1952, the New Haven Community Chest evolved into the United Fund of Greater New Haven, which in 1971 merged with the Community Council to form today’s United Way of Greater New Haven.
As the U.S. began to shift from an industrial economy to a service economy, United Way became a field of professional practice, with training and development in core areas of business, programs such as National Corporate Leadership, 2-1-1 infoline and a partnership with the National Football League were developed, As the Internet became an increasingly important communication tool, United Way established its presence online. In Greater New Haven, United Way increased community participation in our grant-making process and established priority areas to more effectively target community needs.
Our 3 priority areas are we have identified are what we need as the basic building blocks for a good life; education, income and health. A quality education that leads to a stable job; income that can support a family; and good health…yet these are beyond the reach of many residents in our community.
Working with many partners, United Way leads initiatives that not only help people in need but also create lasting, community-wide impact resulting in greater education, income and health opportunities for everyone.
United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. Together, united, we can change what we see in the world.
* Success By 6 is United Way of Greater New Haven’s initiative to ensure that more children throughout the region come to school ready to learn and have a solid foundation for lifelong success. Over the last year more than 1,000 children ages birth through 5 benefited from high-quality early care and education opportunities.
* More than 288 parents benefited from learning more about child development and how they can best support their child's learning.
* UWGNH created the Secure Start Network to help programs provide Circle of Security-Parenting sessions to help parents understand how to improve their relationship with their child through better caregiving.
* UWGNH provided an opportunity for 1,552 children to receive afterschool programming.
* Last year, our workforce development partners helped 91 people with significant barriers to employment get a job. 78% of those individuals increased their household income; 57% are in jobs that pay more than $10 per hour; 23% moved above 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (considered a measure of financial self-sufficiency in Connecticut).
* Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, more than 3,800 low-income working individuals received free tax assistance and secured more than $9.1 million in returns.
3. Health & Basic Needs
* We have increased children's access to healthy food through the New Haven Public Schools' Food Truck, which served more than 24,000 meals to children and youth during the summer in under-served New Haven neighborhoods.
* 2-1-1 InforLine. Residents from our region made 51,322 service requests during FY 2015. The top three inquiries were for public assistance, housing, and utilities/heat.
* Children enter school developmentally on track in terms of health, literacy, social, emotional and intellectual skills.
* Young people graduate from high school.
* Families and individuals achieve greater financial success.
* Families and individuals live in stable affordable housing.
* People are mentally and physically healthy and have access to nutritious food.
* Individuals and families have their basic needs met in the areas of housing, food.
1. The Trauma Coalition is a network of partners committed to creating a system of care to treat Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs. The coalition is a collaborative between United Way of Greater New Haven, Clifford Beers Clinic, the City of New Haven and New Haven Public Schools and seeks to eradicate community violence, school failure, reduce incarceration rates, improve overall health and, in short, create a safer, healthier community for children and families.
One of the main ways that the NHTC is supporting the community to achieve this goal is to provide services and supports to New Haven Public Schools staff, teachers, students and families.
United Way of Greater New Haven is seeking support for Smart About Money, a free budget coaching program that helps households set and achieve their financial goals through a series of one-on-one sessions with trained volunteer budget coaches.
3. United Way is looking for support to continue Success By 6 to support access to quality care and education and parents' knowledge of important developmental milestones.
4. United Way brings together the caring power of people to create change in our region and to improve lives. United Way seeks general operating support to advance our work with the community and achieve our desired result of eliminating the education and income disparities in Greater New Haven.
· Improvements in PHYSICAL Indicators: (obesity, chronic physical or mental condition, passing rate on state fitness tests)
· Improvements in SOCIAL-BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Indicators: (sense of personal safety, reports of drug and alcohol use, reports of exposure to violence, number of out-of-school suspensions)
· Improvements in STUDENT ENGAGEMENT Indicators: (rate of unexcused absences, reports indicating students feel good about their school and look forward to activities and programs)
· Improvements in FAMILY ENGAGEMENT Indicators: (number of parents who attend Report Card Night, meetings and conferences, reports indicating parents feel welcome in the school, rate of excused absences)
The goal of Success By 6 is to ensure thatchildren enter school developmentally on track in terms of health, literacy, social, emotional and intellectual skills regardless of race or socioeconomic status.
United Way has adopted Results Based Accountability to track and measure the impact of its programming in the community. As part of this work, United Way researched trends in early care and education and worked with community partners to identify a set of core performance measures to monitor program success and learning. United Way collects mid-year and end-of-year reports from partners; these reports provide data about how much service was provided, how well the services were provided, and how participants are “better off” to help inform our work and to ensure community goals are being achieved.
United Way secured new federal dollars and is partnering with All Our Kin and LULAC to implement a new Early Head Start Program, making quality full-day, full-year care available for 41 infants and toddlers and their families in New Haven.
Nineteen child care programs in New Haven, East Haven, West Haven and Hamden serving over 600 children participated in the Accreditation Initiative supported by United Way, which helped them successfully complete the national accreditation process, a hallmark of high-quality early care and education.
In 2011, nearly 600 parents reported learning from Success By 6 programs how to best support their children's development and learning.
A Coordinated Access Network is a region designated by the CT Department of Housing responsible for coordinated entry into shelter services.
Greater New Haven Coordinated Access Network is a collective effort of providers, embedded in GNH Opening Doors, implementing coordinated entry and exit services.
SAM graduates will have: increased household income, reduced household debt, saved at least $300, increased utilization of mainstream financial services
SAM participants reported that 90 days after completing the program:
· 50% increased the frequency with which they use and follow a budget
· 50% increased awareness of their spending patterns
· 50% continued to decreases their expenses
· 100% continued progress on achieving their financial goals after the programs
SAM collects data on a comprehensive set of performance measures that track the program’s quantity and quality of services and impact on the households served at the point of assessment, program completion, and post-completion. A formative evaluation conducted by Technical Development Corporation (TDC), a nonprofit consulting and research group specializing in evaluation of nonprofit program services, demonstrated that SAM had a significant impact on imroving participating household’s financial position and documented a high-level of confidence among participants in their understanding of financial practices and ability to apply this knowledge.
A family in New Haven with a moderate income had a child in her first year of college, and the parents were facing what felt like insurmountable red-ink at the end of each month. The parents and student were working, but the bills didn’t add up. By working with a SAM budget coach, the family learned to look at their income and expenses collectively – including the new obligations that college required – and discovered ways to decrease their household expenses. Staying in college is more viable and the household is more stable now that the family is in the black at the end of the month.Volunteer budget coaches bring a wealth of financial and community knowledge to the program, and provide a highly effective and efficient way to provide much needed services to residents struggling with financial uncertainty.
The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and United Way of Greater New Haven launched Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine (N2N) in the winter of 2009 to raise awareness and funds to address an increase in critical housing and hunger needs in Greater New Haven by investing in local organizations that meet emergency needs & help people avert or pull-out of crises.
The ultimate goal of Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine is to provide families and individuals the footing for longer-term financial security by helping people avoid crisis in the first place. United Way invests in programs that provide economic opportunities for those in need affording individuals and families the support they need to achieve or maintain economic success and independence.
United Way brings together a diverse set of stakeholders who make investment decisions that will have the greatest impact in our community. To that end, volunteers came together to make funding recommendations based on a competitive application process and their expertise around the needs and resources in our community.
As organizations face diminishing resources and increasing demands for services, the community has rallied around this effort helping to raise nearly $2 million to provide more individuals and families with one-time emergency food, shelter and relief assistance to get back on their feet.
As a result of Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine:
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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A strong community not only meets its members’ basic needs but also works to create long-term solutions to their problems. Provide people with affordable housing, enough to eat and access to affordable health care and you enable them to envision a better future for themselves.
Greater New Haven’s vibrancy is linked to its communities’ support of its neighborhoods, public gardens and sports, as well as its commitment to the protection of its people and pets.
A strong economy begins with a community that supports its people. When you support workforce training, financial literacy and public transportation, you enable individuals and families to work where they live, increasing their chances of economic success.
Educate a child and you change a community. For the child, a good education means better career opportunities and higher lifetime earnings. College graduates enjoy better health and are more inclined to volunteer and vote. For the community, supporting our youths’ educational goals results in a stronger society.
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