The Greenwich United Way (GUW) Board of Directors Annual Meeting was held on June 16 at Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, CT.
Members of the organization's staff and Board welcomed seven new Board members: Jeffrey Coviello, Kristina Gabelli, Carey Wunsch Giannetti, Alyssa Keleshian, Patrick Kerney, Cory Anne Logan and Karin McShane. Mario Forlini was named Board Chair and former Board Chair Eileen Kim transitioned to the GUW Advisory Board.
“In many ways, the GUW has been training its whole life for a year like the one we just finished,” said Kim. “In the face of COVID, the organization stayed focused on its long-standing mission… we just operated at a slightly faster pace than in the past and accomplished so much.”
"Even before joining the board, I have always been impressed with the way the Greenwich United Way is there for the community. I am especially excited with how much progress ECAGS has made in three short years,” said Forlini. “I look forward to serving in my new role as the organization expands its focus on the unmet needs highlighted by the recent Needs Assessment and develops lasting solutions to serve our town.”
GUW CEO David Rabin provided highlights of the work conducted in the past year.
“Our dollars into the community totaled more than $2 million this year through grants and our own programming, positively impacting the lives of 28,254 town residents,” said Rabin. “We raised and granted more than $900,000 with our COVID Relief Fund, which was a true testament to why the Greenwich United Way is here – to step in in times of crisis and help as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.”
Rabin delivered an overview of the organization’s efforts to close the achievement gap in town that exists among at-risk children entering kindergarten. The Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions (ECAGS) program began three years ago and has since proven uniquely effective in addressing its mission.
“The return on the investment we make in ECAGS is a more vibrant, productive group of people who are able to lift themselves up and break the cycle of poverty, helping everyone in the community,” said Rabin.
Rabin provided details on the 2020 Needs Assessment unveiled in February and how the data on human services needs in Greenwich will help in creating a blueprint for the GUW’s future programming.
In addressing the high costs of childcare, Rabin reported on the new childcare provider now operating in the space vacated by the YMCA at St. Roch’s. Grace Day Care and Learning Center is now up and running and accepting GUW scholarships for qualifying families.
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