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United Way Campaign Raises $25.3 Million

EAST HARTFORD — More than 500 local company volunteers and leaders gathered Tuesday to celebrate the official conclusion of the 2011 United Way Community Campaign, which serves the 40 towns of central and northeastern Connecticut.

To date, the 2011 United Way Community Campaign has raised $25.3 million, and more results are on the way.

Natalie Morris, chair of the Board of Directors for United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and director of Employee Benefits and Human Resources Systems for United Technologies Corporation, announced the results of the campaign Tuesday during a celebration at the Pratt & Whitney hangar in East Hartford.

“We’ve been through some challenging times together over the past few years, but we’ve overcome these obstacles together,” Morris said. “I can’t tell you how proud I am to be part of a movement that is finding lasting solutions to issues impacting each and every one of our communities.”

A parade led by the East Hartford High School marching band and grand marshals Maggie FitzPatrick and Mark Boxer from Cigna opened the event.   A theatrical presentation based on the play “Our Town” illustrated how United Way improves lives and changes community conditions. The play followed the story of “Amanda,” a single mom who lost her job, and how she turned her life around through support from United Way. Emceed by Logan Byrnes and Erika Arias of Fox CT, the luncheon also featured entertainment from the Pratt & Whitney Screamin’ Eagles Jazz Band, which won first prize in United Way’s “Band Together” battle of the bands during the campaign kickoff in September.

The campaign makes an enormous impact in the community in the areas of education and financial stability, while providing a safety net of health and human services.

In addition, more than 8,000 people participated in a United Way Day of Caring in 2011, and in the 20-year history of Day of Caring, more than 65,000 people from 220 workplaces have given their time.

The United Way Community Campaign is a joint effort of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and Community Health Charities of New England to change lives and improve community conditions.



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United Way To Kick Off Annual Campaign

HARTFORD — The United Way will kick off the official start of the United Way Community Campaign today at noon with the Battle of the Bands offering entertainment “rain or shine” at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford.

Today also marks the 20th annual Day of Caring, which will be celebrated with more than 1,000 volunteers from 26 local workplaces completing 20 signature volunteer projects all over central and northeastern Connecticut.

United Way Day of Caring began in 1992 with 430 volunteers. It’s a massive volunteer effort aimed at changing community conditions in central and northeastern Connecticut.

Today’s 20th annual Day of Caring also launches a Year of Caring, with volunteer projects continuing through the year. Nearly 8,000 volunteers from 90 companies are expected to complete 325 projects during the Year of Caring.

Year of Caring projects will focus on United Way’s interest areas-education, income and health, including a safety net of services. Volunteers will read to children, prepare meals for the hungry, assist with community cleanup projects, recruit volunteer budget coaches, and more.

This year’sKickoff festivities will feature bands from local companies that support United Way. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.


More than 54,000 people and 600 workplaces participate in the United Way Community Campaign, a joint effort of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and Community Health Charities of New England. The United Way Community Campaign provides the building blocks of a good life – education, income, and health, including a safety net of services – for everyone in the 40 towns of central and northeastern Connecticut.


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Hartford Resident ‘Loaned’ To United Way

HARTFORD — A local woman was tapped to work with United Way as one of several corporate sponsored executives in the area.

Shari Fiveash is one of twelve executives loaned or sponsored by a local corporation to assist with the 2010 United Way Community Campaign through the end of November.

Fiveash is sponsored by Pratt & Whitney.

As a Loaned Executive, Fiveash meets with local businesses and their employees on behalf of the Community Campaign. All 12 Loaned Executives are sponsored or loaned by local corporations, which helps United Way to reduce staffing costs and overhead so that more than 85 cents of every dollar raised through the campaign can benefit programs and services that help people improve their lives.

Fiveash has nearly 30 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. She runs a consulting firm, Fiveash Consulting, and recently developed a community strategic tourism plan for Rose City Renaissance in Norwich. She volunteers with the Hartford Rescue Mission and Center Point Community Church. Fiveash holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri.

A joint effort of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and Community Health Charities of New England, the United Way Community Campaign is the largest annual health and human service fund-raising effort in Connecticut and the second largest in New England. The campaign raises resources to help ensure that everyone in central and northeastern Connecticut has access to the building blocks for a good life: education, income and health.

The 2010 campaign goal is $25.8 million.

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