‘Help Today. Hope for Tomorrow.’ is theme of Yale-United Way Campaign

President Peter Salovey with 2019 Yale-United Way Campaign co-chairs.
President Peter Salovey with 2019 Yale-United Way Campaign co-chairs. Left to right: Meghan Dahlmeyer, director of finance and administration, West Campus; Salovey; Jennifer Heath, CEO, United Way of Greater New Haven; Fred Borrelli, chief administrative officer, Yale School of Medicine.

Ivanna and her 7-year-old son Carmello are now living in an apartment after two years of homelessness thanks to the 2-1-1 program that connects those in need with local community resources. Kirsten landed a job after years of unemployment thanks to the help of Secure Jobs. AdaRose, age 3, no longer goes to bed hungry thanks to a mobile food pantry and other programs aimed at addressing food insecurity.

These individuals were among the 53,112 people helped last year alone by programs funded by the United Way of Greater New Haven.

Help Today. Hope for Tomorrow.” is the theme of the 2019-2020 Yale-United Way campaign, which formally launched on Oct. 1.

In New Haven and surrounding communities, families are experiencing hunger, homelessness, unemployment, and many other challenges. An important force for change is United Way of Greater New Haven,” said President Peter Salovey in an email announcing the launch of the annual fundraising effort.  

Donations to the campaign support programs in the 12 towns comprising the United Way of Greater New Haven: Bethany, Branford, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, West Haven, and Woodbridge.

Among the 53,112 people served by United Way last year were:

  • 3,767 children (and 224 adults) who benefited from expanded access to parenting courses;
  • 2,684 families who were served at mobile pantry sites; and
  • 1,876 individuals without permanent homes who were housed through regional housing programs (an additional 1,603 families were provided with housing options other than shelters through the United Way’s diversion programs).

United Way-funded agencies also served pre-school children through the Early Head Start program, helped unemployed adults find new careers, and sponsored free tax return preparation sites, among many other services.

Yale has committed $100,000 in matching funds for new or increased faculty and staff contributions made through payroll deduction. The Yale-United Way campaign has set a goal of raising $1.35 million this year. Over the past three decades, Yale employees have contributed more than $22.5 million through the annual Yale-United Way campaign.

Current faculty and staff can donate to the campaign through payroll deduction. All others can contribute via a check or credit card. For more information or to donate, visit the Yale-United Way of Greater New Haven website.

If you have never participated in the Yale-United Way campaign before, please consider contributing this year,” said Salovey. “If you are a recurring donor, I hope you will participate again. Your support is essential.

By being part of this effort, we can show our neighbors that we value each other,” he concluded. “Please join me in providing help today and sharing hope for tomorrow for this year’s Yale-United Way campaign.”

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