Our PowerUp Program Mission:

Encourage and support motivated individuals to get into their upskilling career path to earn a stronger income to better support their families.

United Way of Meriden and Wallingford’s PowerUp program initiative came to fruition after conducting a series of focus groups with stakeholders: community nonprofit partners, local funders, community leaders, corporate partners. The topic around local “workforce” was consistently mentioned moving United Way into their new community impact area.

PowerUp is aimed to serve the ALICE Population (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). With 50% below ALICE Threshold in Meriden and 33% below the ALICE Threshold in Wallingford, United Way knows something must be done to bring these struggling families to a comfortable position. PowerUp participants will transition from unemployment and underemployment to full, sustained employment with United Way’s Workforce Navigators acknowledging the need for a range of supportive, wraparound services to keep participants focused. The timeline will be different for each participant.

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United Way of Meriden and Wallingford fund 14 nonprofit partner agencies and their wrap-around services to target motivated workers who may experience the insecurity of unmet basic needs and meet these needs.

Career Enhancement
Kuhn Employment Opportunities
Career Enhancement Support Services
Boys and Girls Club of Meriden
Catholic Charities
Girls Inc. of Meriden
Meriden YMCA
Spanish Community of Wallingford
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater New Haven
Wallingford Family YMCA
Workforce Childcare Support
Childcare for Workforce
Childcare Support Services
Meriden YMCA Childcare Support Services
¡Adelante! America Youth Leadership
After-School Youth Services
Childcare Services
Domestic Violence
Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis
Workforce Supporting Services-Basic Needs
Master’s Manna
MM Food Distribution for Workforce Support
Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven
Literacy to Power the Workforce
Mental Health
Child Guidance Clinic for Central CT
Behavioral Health Workforce Supporting Services
Substance Abuse Support
Treating Meriden’s Workforce- SUD & Recovery
Senior Transportation Services
Senior Transportation


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