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Our Mission

Our Mission
To improve the lives of hard-working, struggling households by mobilizing the resources of local communities to create lasting change.

Our Vision
We are committed to ensuring that every child enters school ready to learn, every family is financially stable, and every community we serve is healthy and strong. We are the recognized leader in identifying issues and pathways to solutions.

Where We Serve
United Way of Western Connecticut serves 15 towns in three distinct communities – Northern Fairfield County, Southern Litchfield County and the City of Stamford

Our Goals
United Way intends to impact the lives of the
ALICE population, increase their financial stability and ultimately reduce the number of ALICE households in Western CT. To accomplish this, we must listen to ALICE, focus on targeted outcomes that will improve their lives, and measure the success for continual improvement.

Our Values

  • Bold: aspirational, striving for big impact
    We want to make a lasting impact on the community we serve and keep bold goals in the forefront. We are willing to take risks in piloting new approaches to improve the lives of struggling households

  • Innovative: forward thinking, entrepreneurial, embracing change
    We are focused on forward thinking with an entrepreneurial enthusiasm, acting more like a “start-up” than an institution. We embrace change by being both nimble and flexible. We continuously look for promising practices across the country.

  • Collaborative: organizational learning, solving complex problems
    We are constantly learning and improving within the organization. Recognizing that the need for collaborating not only within the organization, but with the community in order to make a big impact and solve complex problems. Partnering organizations and people with lived experiences bring great value and strength to our work.

  • Trustworthy: purposeful, data driven & results focused, transparent, accountable, provide excellent service
    Our work has a clear purpose that is data driven and outcome focused. We are committed to bringing quality service to all our work to improve and strengthen our communities. Transparency and accountability, both to donors and the community that we serve, are key concepts we implement throughout our practice.