Danbury United Way Back-To-School Drive Valued at $43,770
United Way administers this program in three Western Connecticut hubs each year: Danbury, New Milford and Stamford. This year, 720 children were served by the program, which represented a value of $136,370 invested into the region.
This year, Danbury’s Park Avenue graciously hosted United Way’s Back-To-School Distribution Day on August 22. Thanks to the generosity of individuals and corporations in Danbury, this United Way program continues to help children from struggling families start the new school year on a positive note with a new backpack filled with school supplies, toiletry items and a gift card for clothing purchases. This program is one of United Way’s signature initiatives for students from ALICE® households (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) that alleviates a very real strain for families living paycheck-to-paycheck.
“For us, the best part of United Way’s Back-To-School program is the excitement of the students as when they come in to pick up their backpacks and school supplies,” said Kimberly Morgan, United Way of Western Connecticut Chief Executive Officer. “Their enthusiasm is matched only by their parents’ relief that their children are fully prepared to start the school year with confidence.”
“Our Back-To-School Program alleviates a very real financial strain for struggling, hard-working families at the start of the school year, which can be exciting, but also busy and stressful time,” Morgan added.
Programs like United Way’s Back-To-School could not exist without the support of our community. We are deeply grateful to volunteers Kathy Shook and Patty Moses for their dedication to providing organizational and logistical support to keep the Back-To-School Program in Danbury running smoothly. The success of this program would not have been possible without the support of donors in our community, including private individual donors and the following greater Danbury companies:
To become involved in the Danbury Back-To-School Program, please contact Morgan Greening at 203-297-6736.