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2016 Roberta K. Eichler Heart of Gold Scholarship

Pictured above, United Way EVP Bridget Fox, left, with Bridget Smith, the 2015
Roberta K. Eichler Heart of Gold Scholarship winner.

The Volunteer Center of United Way of Western CT is pleased to announce that we are now seeking applications for our Roberta K. Eichler Heart of Gold Scholarship.  The $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to support and promote the continuing education of an outstanding student volunteer from our community.  Thank you to all who have submitted applications, a winner will be announced within the next month. 


Congratulations to the 2015 Stamford Volunteer Day Winners!

 Pictured above - 2014 Stamford Volunteer Day Winners & Honorable Mentions

Each year The Volunteer Center of United Way of Western Connecticut honors community volunteers who have made a positive impact in the city of Stamford.  We receive dozens of nominations from nonprofits, schools and community members and are pleased to share the 2015 winners below:

New Youth Male Individual - Andy Anorga (Person-to-Person)

New Youth Female Individual - Alexandra Walker (Soundwaters)

Established Youth Individual - Maeve Flaherty (Neighbors Link Stamford)

New Adult Individual - Wilson Sango (Americares Free Clinic of Stamford)

Established Adult Individual - Alda Braccia (various agencies)

Established Adult Group - AITE PTSO (AITE)

Established Senior Individual - Peter Russell (Bartlett Arboretum/University of CT Master Gardner Program)

Established Senior Group - Harvard Business School - Community Partners (Family Centers)

Volunteer of the Year - Donald Axleroad - (ARI of CT)

Click here to see pictures from the 2015 Stamford Volunteer Day awards ceremony on Friday, January 8, 2016.

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.

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.