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.


Education

Because every child and youth deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, United Way of Meriden and Wallingford is committed to providing the building blocks for a strong positive development. We support early childhood learning, homework assistance, after-school enrichment, physical activity, youth leadership and family support programs that provide important life navigation for children, youth and their families, as well as mentoring and tutoring initiatives.

Financial Stability

Whether it is instability due to a family crisis, unemployment or a history of financial insecurity, United Way of Meriden and Wallingford and our partners provide education, training and resources to help people break the cycle of poverty, overcome financial hardship and reduce homelessness. We know stability starts with safe, decent, affordable housing. By connecting our neighbors to housing resources along with job training and employment opportunities, we help create an opportunity for independence and a better quality of life.

Health

Access to health care is vital for children to grow and develop and for adults to live a full and productive life. Providing comprehensive medical and mental health care for those with insufficient coverage goes beyond a doctor’s visit. It means helping people prevent, manage and treat all aspects of their health. It means giving them the information and resources needed to make healthy choices for their families. By providing children access to behavioral health services, seniors with transportation to medical appointments, with mental health first aid training and by aligning community-wide goals with expertise from our network of partners, we help individuals achieve optimal health and live independently and productively in our community.

Results

United Way of Meriden and Wallingford invests $589,920 to 20 partners (providing 26 programs) and 4 initiatives focusing on education, health, financial stability and basic needs to address economic mobility challenges across Meriden and Wallingford.

$58,839.61 Directed to local agencies supporting families with emergency food and shelter
105 Food baskets donated to families for Thanksgiving
96 Families adopted through the Adopt-A-Family program

Other Impact Areas

2-1-1

Run by United Way of Connecticut, 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 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

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 world 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

Alice Saves (SaverLife)

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 participate in SaverLife CT, go to http://www.ctalicesaves.org and sign up. 
(Important: To receive the savings rewards, in addition to the chance to win prizes, you must sign up on the above website, not on SaverLife’s national website.) To register, you must have an account with a bank or credit union based in the United States that participates in SaverLife.

For more information about this program visit:  https://alice.ctunitedway.org/saverlife-faqs/

In-Kind Assistance

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.

Vita

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 $54,000 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.

Lend A Hand

Volunteerism is one of the ways United Way brings people together to solve our most difficult challenges and build a stronger community.  When you volunteer with us, you will be sharing your time and talents with those who need it most.

Feel the impact of your efforts through purposeful volunteer service opportunities like skills-based volunteerism, special events, corporate volunteerism and board trainings.

United Way works to create a culture of volunteerism through the workplace that can boost morale through our Day of Caring event, the holiday programs including holiday food baskets, Adopt a Family and the Giving Trees plus our signature NFL Players’ Weekend spring event. United Way connects corporations in Meriden and Wallingford with opportunities that will be individually meaningful as well as collective impactful.

Partners

We partner with local agencies and community organizations to better reach those that need our support most. Some of our partners include:

Funded Partners

  • Beat the Street Community Center Inc. 121 South Colony Street Meriden, CT 06451
  • Boys and Girls Club of Meriden 15 Lincoln Street Meriden, CT 06451
  • Catholic Charities, Inc. 81 Akron Street Meriden, CT 06450
  • Child Guidance Clinic for Central Connecticut 384 Pratt Street Meriden, CT 06450
  • Columbus House/Wallingford Emergency Shelter 586 Ella T. Grasso Blvd. New   Haven, CT  06519
  • Connecticut Legal Services, 62 Washington Street Middletown CT  06457
  • Girls Incorporated of Meriden 130 Lincoln Street Meriden, CT 06451
  • Kuhn Employment Opportunities 1630 North Colony Road Meriden, CT 06450-0941
  • Literacy Volunteers – Meriden Office – 14 West Main Street Meriden, CT 06451
  • Master’s Manna 428 South Cherry Street Wallingford, CT  06492
  • Meriden Wallingford Chrysalis 14 West Main Street, Suite C Meriden, CT 06451
  • Meriden YMCA 110 West Main Street Meriden, CT 06451
  • Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters 30 Laurel Street Hartford, CT 06106
  • Senior Transportation Services Inc. 830 Corbin Avenue New Britain, CT 06052
  • Rushford Center Inc. 883 Paddock Avenue Meriden, CT 06450
  • Salvation Army 23 St. Casimir Drive Meriden, CT 06450
  • Spanish Community of Wallingford 284 Washington Street Wallingford, CT  06492
  • Ulbrich Boys and Girls Club 72 Grand Avenue Wallingford, CT  06492
  • Wallingford Family YMCA 81 South Elm Street Wallingford, CT 06492
  • Women and Families Center 169 Colony Street Meriden, CT 06451 

Community Partners

  • Community Health Center of Meriden 134 State Street Meriden CT 06450 <
  • Meriden Soup Kitchen 460 Broad Street Meriden CT 06450
  • New Opportunities of Greater Meriden 74 Cambridge Street Meriden CT 06450
  • Shelter NOW 43 St. Casimir Drive Meriden CT 06450

I wish to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to be able to receive rides from Senior Transportation Services to my medical appointments.

Your volunteer driver program providing rides to medical appointments for physically challenged seniors has been a godsend for me over the past two plus years.

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