Helping You Make A Difference
UNITED WAY OF MERIDEN AND WALLINGFORD STRIVES TO BE
A thriving nonprofit with a strong base of community and corporate support. We are the leading choice for directing donations to the most critical causes in Meriden and Wallingford. We are an efficient and effective organization with the highest standards of transparency and accountability.
We envision a thriving community where
All families and individuals are stable and have the resources they need to be healthy, safe, and on a path of growth. A thriving community where people care about each other they are engaged in and proud of their community.
United Way does a lot more than raise money! We fund effective programs, stimulate individual and corporate volunteerism, connect people with resources work in partnership with others to improve our community.
Creating this community of caring expands our ability to bring people together to impact lives well beyond what we could do with funding alone.
United Way of Connecticut’s, 2-1-1 helps people find and access the health and human services they need, including food, shelter, and other basic needs. They assist parents and caregivers with finding the best child care for their family. They serve as a coordinated gateway to services for children with developmental or behavioral needs through programs. They respond in the event of weather emergencies, natural disasters, and family and personal crises of any kind, and they work with partners in the state government, local United Ways and Connecticut’s communities to implement strategies that can lead to community impact.
United Way of CT’s 2-1-1 serves as a critical resource to support members of our community who find themselves in need of assistance. The free and confidential referral service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 2-1-1, 860-571-7500, or visiting https://www.ctunitedway.org
The service is also used as an entry point for homeless individuals and families, or those at imminent risk of becoming homeless, to access an available shelter or housing resource.
1% of your contribution to our United Way is invested in this valuable resource.
ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, is a new way of defining and understanding the struggles of households that earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a bare-bones household budget.
For far too many families, the cost of living outpaces what they earn. These households struggle to manage even their most basic needs – housing, food, transportation, childcare, healthcare, and necessary technology.
When funds run short, cash-strapped households are forced to make impossible choices, such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent, filling a prescription or fixing the car. These short-term decisions have long-term consequences not only for ALICE families, but for all of us.
We envision a community where all those who work to keep our local economies running can support themselves and their families.
Traditional measures of poverty do not capture the magnitude of people who are struggling financially. Our mission is to make the invisible visible by shining a light on the true number of families struggling in the U.S.
Our new metrics offer a better way to count and understand ALICE, and to ultimately inform policy decisions to affect positive change for this growing portion of our population. Armed with this data, we aim to change the national dialogue about the impact on families, communities, and all of us when financial crisis is the norm for so many.
More information about ALICE is available at: https://www.unitedforalice.org/home
When companies help their workers achieve a strong financial footing, everyone wins.
Connecticut’s United Ways have launched ALICE Saves, an initiative designed to help employees develop a lifelong habit of saving, and other positive financial behaviors.
This initiative combines SaverLife, a proven savings product from the California‑based nonprofit of the same name, and TrustPlus, a successful financial coaching program operated by the New York‑based Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners.
Employee savings is a core component of financial health. A savings habit – and the stability it brings –could be as important as income. Savings addresses financial instability by providing a way for families to save for short‑term emergencies and long‑term assets, such as a college education or a home.
SaverLife CT is a free online program that actually pays people to save! It is part of the Connecticut United Ways’ ALICE Saves initiative, in partnership with EARN, an innovative nonprofit organization.
It works like this: Individuals link their bank accounts to EARN’s savings program, called SaverLife. Savers who put aside at least $20 per month will earn $10 for each month that they hit the savings goal during the 6-month period after which they sign up. By keeping their bank accounts linked, Savers will also have opportunities to win additional prizes.
To register, you must have an account with a bank or credit union based in the United States that participates in SaverLife. (Important: To receive the savings rewards, in addition to the chance to win prizes, you must sign up on the website listed below in the red button, not on SaverLife’s national website)
TrustPlus is a virtual or telephone financial coaching program designed to assist employees who need help working with creditors, finding emergency resources or, managing their budget during these challenging times. Connecticut United Ways is making this critical program available to our employer partners at no cost through September 30.
The program provides one‐on‐one support for employees using an innovative digital platform. It combines a human connection with action‐oriented tools, helping people solve short‐term financial challenges in a confidential, non‐judgmental setting.
Employees can be confident that their information will not be shared with anyone; all information shared by employees with TrustPlus coaches is confidential.
Sometimes, the most valuable assistance has nothing to do with money, but is a contribution of a product or item that an agency can really use. Each year, United Way collects and distributes computers, furniture, clothing, food and other items that are needed by agency programs.
Feel free to contact us if you have other items you think our partner agencies could use.
You can get your taxes done free, with no hidden fees or strings attached. United Way of Meriden and Wallingford, in partnership with HRA of New Britain, offer free tax preparation sites for individuals residing in Meriden and Wallingford throughout the tax season. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides low-income workers and families with free tax preparation and filing. The goal is to bring unclaimed tax credits to these individuals, and thus to the community
All volunteers at our VITA sites are IRS-certified and ready to help you prepare your tax return and get you all the money due to you! If your household income is less than $56,000 then you are eligible to have your taxes done at local VITA sites in Meriden and Wallingford, free.
Appointments are required, so call the HRA appointment line at (860) 356-2000 and make sure to request a site in Meriden or Wallingford. Sites include Meriden Public Library, Wallingford Public Library and Spanish Community of Wallingford. If you have any questions about this program, contact our office.