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King of the Hill 5K Road Race

King of the Hill was held on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at The Matrix Center in Danbury.  The rain didn't stop  the 300 participants who ran.  We had the first woman ever to win the race with a time of 19:18 (photo above).  The race was a great success with over $11,000 raised.  There were 17 Corporate Teams from the greater Danbury community who participated.  THANK YOU to our generous King of the Hill sponsors:  The Matrix Corporate Center, Amica, Amphenol, Western Connecticut Health Network, Nestle Waters and Woodbridge Running Company.

CLICK HERE  for a link to the race results

CLICK HERE  for a link to race photos


Back to School Drives - Greater Danbury, Greater New Milford and Stamford

United Way of Western Connecticut sponsored three successful Back to School Drives to support families in the greater Danbury, greater New Milford, and City of Stamford. Collectively across these three communities, nearly 950 children were sponsored and close to $204,000 worth of donated items were collected.  Area businesses, civic groups and individuals donated,  personalized items including; school supplies, backpacks, school supplies, personal care items, clothing and gift cards.  Volunteers from pour Workplace Volunteer Council, Youth Leadership form New Milford High school, United Way’s Youth Volunteer Corps and Women’s Mentoring Network’s youth volunteers all contributed to making the collection and distribution run smoothly.


That's a Wrap, our 2015 Summer of Service is in the books!
Northern Fairfield County and Southern Litchfield County Summer of Service

We had a spectacular summer with our Youth Volunteer Corps, Summer of Service Program!  Our youth volunteers worked hard at Harrybrooke Park, Ives Concert Park, Head Start, Dorothy Day, Morning Glory, Salvation Army, Interfaith AIDS Ministry, New Milford Senior Center, Green Chimneys, Jericho Partnership, Pratt Nature Center, Still River Alliance, Lake Kenosia Park, United Way of Western CT, and Wooster Cemetery. Various projects that we did include  weeding, gardening, reestablishing trails and paths, reading and interacting with youth, organizing food pantries, painting a porch at United Way, learning about organic farming, the importance of bees and maple syrup production,  restoring headstones, teaching technology to and learning from senior citizens, serving food to those in need and much more! A big thank you to youth, parents and agencies who made this experience so rewarding for everyone involved!

Stamford Summer of Service

What a great three weeks our Youth Volunteer Corps volunteers had at our Summer of Service program. The Stamford youth, ages 11-14, spent their time at Childcare Learning Centers, Mill River Park Collaborative and Stamford Museum & Nature Center.  Some of the projects we did were assisting teachers in structured projects, inventory of First Aid kits,  put on waders and trimmed invasive plants in and along the riverbank, learned about sustainable gardens, plants and groundskeeping, spread mulch behind the preschool on the trail, made paper pulp removed rocks from the sheephill and cleared branches and brush on the trails.  Thank you to the youth who participated and made it such a fun 3 weeks.  We'd also like to thank our non-profit partners who hosted us this year and made it such a success.  Thank you to LaRocca's Country Market for the generous lunch donation, we appreciate your support!  

Summer Reading Partners finishes up!

The Volunteer Center of United Way of Western Connecticut’s  Summer Reading Partners program engaged corporate volunteers who read with small groups of rising fourth and fifth graders over the last  four  weeks. We  read  James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl with youth at  the  Boys and Girls Club of Stamford and the Stamford Family YMCA., to boost reading skills during the summer months while school is out of session. At the conclusion of today each child went home with a copy of the book provided by the United Way. THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to read to the youth. 

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

2013 Summer Reading PartnersEach week we submit volunteer opportunities to be printed in The Stamford Advocate and The News-Times. Click Stamford or Danbury to find opportunities in your area.

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Ready Set Let's Read

    Recruiting Volunteer Readers - Ready Set Let's Read Did you know that simply reading with a child is the best way to prepare them for school?

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Summer of Service

    We are excited to share that we had a successful Summer of Service.  More than 150 youth were engaged in the Greater Danbury and Stamford communities in service-learning projects.  Some agencies we partnered with were Head Start, Dorothy Day, Mill River Park Collaborative, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Childcare Learning Centers and Salvation Army in Danbury.  We had a wonderful summer with the Youth and feel great knowing we helped to make a difference in our community.

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Stamford Summer of Service

    The mission of Summer of Service is to increase volunteer opportunities for youth ages 11-14 by providing them with enriching experiences while at the same time addressing critical community needs.