Getting Started


We are more than fundraisers, we are hand raisers and game changers here to make a big impact and ensure that every child and every family has the opportunity to succeed. We want to engage with you year-round to create strategic opportunities for your employees to give of their time, talent and treasure.

Key Offerings

Workplace Campaign: During workplace campaigns, employees have the opportunities to give directly to United Way and other causes that they care about. United Way provides multiple ways to give, including payroll deduction. Our team will work with you to build a campaign that engages employees and builds teamwork and morale by making giving impactful and fun.

Volunteer Engagement: United Way has an extensive offering of volunteer opportunities. Whether employees are looking for a teambuilding project for a full or half day; an ongoing community based opportunity; or an chance to join a board or committee, we have it covered.

How And What We Do

Funding Programs That Make A Difference

Local volunteers work to evaluate and determine funding for our local programs. This process ensures that our programs are designed, evaluated and funded by local citizens. It is a dynamic and flexible process that relies on a program demonstrating how it changes peoples’ lives in the community as well as what it needs to accomplish that change.

Using a Results-Based Accountability model, our agencies design their programs according to both the qualitative results they want and also the quantitative needs they have in order to make those results possible. Along the way, they tell us what benchmarks will be met.

Our volunteers and agencies receive ongoing training, technical assistance and support that they need from this United Way. It is more than goal-setting… it is goal achieving.

Amy Jakobeit, Board President, used these community volunteers as allocators. This year’s programs were reviewed and funded by:

Carl Anderson – Masonicare

Mark Atkins – Mirion Technologies

Doug Bellfy – Synergy Financial Planning

Richard Clark – Webster Bank

Stan DeCosta – Mary Wade Home

Marinerva Diaz – Webster Bank Customer Care Center

Rajan Doering – Quinnipiac University

Jane Fisher – Wallingford Public Library

Rosanne Ford – Midstate Chamber of Commerce

Craig Hazel – Kuhn Employment Opportunities

Andre Holloman – Keller Williams Realty

Susan Manganello – Protein Sciences Corporation, a Sanofi Pasteur Corporation

Gina Marcantonio – G. Marc & Associates

George McGoldrick – George E. McGoldrick AIA

Kieren Moore – Law Offices of Kieren Moore

Alan Ponchick – Community Foundation of Central CT

Cheryl Poryanda – Webster Bank

Frank Ridley – FWR Consultants

Mike Rohde – Community Health Center

Dave Sharron – Meriden Public Schools

Lucas Thomas – Burns & McDonnell

If you want to be considered for our next allocations process, please contact us.


Thank you for supporting United Way’s Community Campaign! We are so grateful for your efforts in helping to ensure that children and families in our region succeed. Giving should be easy and accessible and we are here to make sure that it is. We have tools and resources to support you in managing a giving campaign that is fun, engaging and impactful for all of your employees.

The Value of Giving

More and more, employees and customers are attracted to companies that are committed to the community and create opportunities for them to connect with the causes they care about most.

Employee campaigns are a great opportunity to engage employees, build a spirit of teamwork and increase morale all while making an impact on the community.

The Volunteer Center of the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford has been the liaison for our agencies in matching the needy families in the community with corporate groups who wish to “adopt” these families for the holidays.

Agencies screen the families to determine eligibility so that you know your generosity is going to the most needy families in the community — families that would “go without” for the holidays.

Frequently requested items are toys, food, clothing and sometimes household items.  Families can be small or large and, on occasion, senior citizens.

If this program sounds right for your employees, just do the following:

  • Choose a contact person.
  • Determine how many of your employees will be participating.
  • Collect the funds.
  • Decide who will do the shopping.
  • Contact The Volunteer Center of the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford at 203-235-4403, ext. 12.

Once your contact person answers some general questions, a match is made!  From this point on, your contact person deals directly with the agency.

United Way is your partner in employee engagement. United Way offers workplace engagement activities that bring employees together to solve tough challenges. We have a large and trusted network of community partners which allows our team to offer unique experiences to fit your workplace culture and values.

United Way Year of Caring
  • Half or full day projects held at a community partner agency
  • Great for team building
  • United Way staff identifies the project and will work with your team to ensure that the day runs smoothly
  • Sites throughout central and northeastern Connecticut