On September 17th, Valley United Way kicked off its 46th Annual Community Campaign at Hubbell Incorporated in Shelton. Though relatively new in the Valley, Hubbell is celebrating their 125th anniversary this year - just one year younger than United Way. Hubbell has been a long time supporter of United Way and that support has only grown stronger since their move to the Valley where their campaign is in the top three in the entire Valley.
Remarks were made by Fred Ortoli, Chair of the Board of Directors, Mark Lauretti, Mayor of Shelton, John McFarland, United Way Board Member from Hubbell, Tom Steeves, 2013-2014 Campaign Chair, and Jack Walsh, President and C.O.O. of Valley United Way. A Campaign Goal of $1,050,000 was announced.
This year’s Campaign Underwriters include Webster Bank, Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C., Edward F. Adzima & Riverview Funeral Homes, Fred Ortoli Photography, Griffin Hospital, Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company, Ned Miller Agency, A Division of Starkweather & Shepley Insurance, Townline Self-Storage LLC, and Venman & Co. LLC.
This year’s Campaign Cabinet includes Alan Mogridge, Bill Pucci, Bill Purcell, Chris Hill, Frank Michaud, Fred Ortoli, Janice Sheehy, Jimmy Tickey, Lauren Price Kazzi, Melissa Pucci, Mike Caleca, Mike Gnibus, Robert Gambardella, Ron Villani, Suzanne Major, Tom Steeves, and Tom Sutnik.
At the Kickoff the Board of Directors at Valley United Way announced a new Special Issues grant opportunity in the amount of $25,000. The issue that the board is focusing on is Early Childhood Education in the Valley. This area was identified in the Valley Cares Quality of Life report as an area where the Valley could do better, and there has been a growing movement (Early Childhood Task Force & Graustein Memorial Fund Discovery Grants) in the Valley creating an infrastructure that has been facilitating progress. Valley United Way will give a preference to collaborative efforts that can demonstrate measurable outcomes. Preference will also be given to programs that have parental involvement. Applications will be accepted immediately, and an announcement of the successful grant(s) applications will be made at the end of October.
Valley United Way also announced that it is instituting a periodic series of workshops and seminars designed to help individuals and families with financial planning. United Way will be partnering with leading experts in all areas of economic importance to provide the free series of programs. The first sessions in the series will be hosted by Barnum Financial at their offices at 6 Corporate Drive in Shelton. The first program on October 22 will focus on the importance and benefits of financial planning. A week later on October 29 there will be a second program designed for people in their 20s and 30s on the typical financial decision that they would typically be dealing with at that time. A program to be held at United Way on November 19 will be presented by United Way Board member Thomas Sutnik, a former judge of probate and current who will speak on estate planning. Future topics in the series will include buying a home, planning for college, retirement planning and Social Security among others.
See pictures from the event here