FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – The United Way of Western Connecticut is conducting community conversations throughout Danbury, Darien and Stamford to understand the specific challenges and experiences individuals and families face in their daily struggles to make ends meet.
Meetings will be held on the following dates:
- Tuesday at 6 p.m. with Danbury Community Messengers in the United Way Conference Room, 83 West St., Danbury
- Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. with Families Network and their staff at Families Network, 5 Library Place, Danbury
- Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Family Centers, 60 Palmer's Hill Road, Stamford
- Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Person-to-Person, 1864 Post Road, Darien
- Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at Childcare Learning Centers, 195 Hillandale Ave., Stamford
In order to be relevant and effective in today’s fragile economy, UWWC is focusing on a growing population of residents in the community called ALICE. ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working, but unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation.
United Way intends to impact the lives of ALICE in Western Connecticut by funding programs and collaboratives that target specific issue areas that most impact ALICE households, particularly in the areas of education, income and health.
UWWC is seeking broad participation in the conversations to better inform decisions addressing the needs in the community. They are looking for individuals who work hard and live paycheck to paycheck to come forward and share their experiences and recommendations for assistance.
“UWWC is looking forward to opportunities to engage with community members and gather a deeper understanding of critical needs beyond what quantitative data can tell us on its own,” said Kim Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut. “By soliciting dialogue, we expect to narrow our focus and evolve our solution-driven approach.”
If interested in advocating or being part of a community conversation visit UWWC here . If unable to participate in a community conversation, take the online ALICE survey, available in English and in Spanish, here .
All responses are anonymous, unless participants choose to share their contact information.
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