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VALLEY UNITED WAY: OUR STORY


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here may not be another place in the country where United Way co-habits office space with a theater, but that’s exactly what Valley United Way and the Center Stage Theatre are doing in the old Lafayette School at 54 Grove Street in Shelton. In 2011, both groups found themselves looking for new homes as their leases were about to expire, and eventually their searches led them to the same location. However, the move required a lot more than just a building. When we first looked at the space for a new United Way office, it was obvious that the building offered some real potential, but also needed quite a bit of work. Having a vision for what could be was one thing, but making it a reality was quite another! And that’s where a lot of creativity, cooperation and hard work came together to turn the vision into reality. Mayor Mark Lauretti and the Shelton’s Board of Aldermen were very positive in negotiating a lease that was affordable for United Way and would be a positive re-use of a school building that had served Shelton since 1911. We were fortunate to receive a number of grants to help cover most of the cost of the move and renovation. The Katharine Matthies Foundation gave us a start when they provided the very first funding. Even before we knew we would be moving to this facility, they recognized the importance of United Way and the need for meeting and training space for the Valley’s nonprofit community. Next on board was the original supporter of our conference space, The Raymond P. Lavietes Foundation. Ray was one of the truly great men produced by the City of Shelton, and the conference room upstairs is just one piece of the enormous legacy that he has left us. The business community was also very supportive as The Pitney Bowes Foundation, Inc., a longtime friend of United Way, provided us with a grant. They were followed by our good friends at The United Illuminating Company and Better Packages. Sadly, we are losing Health Net of the Northeast because of their acquisition by United Health, but we will have a constant reminder

as we look around the office and see that all of our furniture was donated by Health Net. And finally, our newest philanthropic asset, the Valley Community Foundation provided the last key piece of funding to make this project possible. Now having said all of that about grant funding, we want to express our biggest thanks of all to Mike Marcinek and his extraordinary team at Fletcher Thompson. It was a cold and rather dreary winter day when Jack Walsh and Mike Marcinek first visited the site. They walked the halls and classrooms trying to determine if this could be a fit. In all honesty, it needed someone with a bit of vision to move from what was to what could be – and Mike was that person. He was the one who stepped forward and said we can do it – and then he made it happen. Mike and his talented team at Fletcher Thompson drew up the plans to convert the old media center to a corporate space complete with conference rooms. He then lined up the resources to make it happen. Through Mike’s efforts, all of the carpeting was donated as well as all of the new ceiling tiles. He worked with Debbie Lewis at Health Net to get all of the office furniture that we needed and to lay out the design. He coordinated work done by the students at O’Brien Tech from Ansonia. All of that was amazing, but what was even more amazing was the volunteer work provided by Mike and all the good people at Fletcher Thompson. They worked nights and weekends along with many other volunteers to turn a tired space into a vibrant new office and community resource. I don’t mean to belittle the work of all the other volunteers who made this happen, but I think the key role played by Mike and Fletcher Thompson needs to be singled out. In closing, United Way is thrilled to be in its fourth home. We value our partnership with the City, Center Stage Theater and all of the other groups that will eventually move into this space. As United Way celebrates its 125th year, this United Way is looking forward to many years of community service in our new home and we thank everyone who made it happen.


CHAIR/PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Fred Ortoli Board Chair Valley United Way

Jack Walsh President & C.O.O. Valley United Way

It’s been another incredible year at Valley United Way capped by our very successful move to our new office space in the old Lafayette School. That move is discussed in more detail elsewhere in this report, but we think it is another great example of our community working together to make something positive happen that benefits everyone. The collaboration of government, business and nonprofits that made the move possible, which is also the story written in the pages of this report, has helped make the Valley a better place to live, grow up, work and play in. We need to start by thanking Joe Pagliaro, his campaign cabinet, the many campaign volunteers and all the donors who have contributed the financial resources to make the work of United Way possible. We do an incredible amount of work through volunteers, but we must never lose sight of the fact that there is a real need for financial support to keep the programs and services of area agencies functioning. Donors are the lifeblood of those services, and we are fortunate to have people like Joe and his team

willing to step forward and lead the effort to raise those funds. Once the dollars are raised, we rely heavily on our Allocations Committee to make the hard recommendations to the Board of Directors on where the money should go. Those decisions are never easy, but our volunteers do an incredible job to distribute the funds fairly and efficiently to get the greatest possible return in terms of impact. Ultimately, it is the Board of Directors which has to act on those recommendations, and we are fortunate to have a board drawn from all walks of life in the Valley who have the talent and dedication to unselfishly serve their community. We are extremely proud of our hands on involvement in the community beyond the direct financing provided to so many worthy agencies. We are very fortunate to help produce the future leaders of our community through the work of our Youth Leadership Program and the High School Volunteer Council. When given the opportunity to lead, our young people never cease to amaze at the talent and enthusiasm they bring to every project that they undertake. That same spirit is exemplified by our Valley business community through their involvement with the Corporate Volunteer Council. Though Harvest House IV and the Back to School Clothes for Kids projects may have been their most visible work, behind the scenes they benefit the community year round through their clothing, food and cell phone collections as well as their special holiday projects for the needy. We think every community in the country could benefit by copying their work. We also value our work with the outstanding nonprofit sector in the Valley. We are proud to host and provide support services for the Valley Council for Health & Human Services which just might be the most outstanding example of nonprofit cooperation and collaboration in the entire state. Their goal is to provide an effective and efficient health and human service delivery system in the Valley, and they have created something very special in the Valley. In closing, as you look through these pages keep in mind that United Way is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and the work going on right here in the Valley exemplifies all that is good about a movement that does so much to improve the quality of life throughout the entire county.

GIRL SCOUTS OF CONNECTICUT Oxford Girl Scout Troop 60850 collected 15 large boxes of items from the community ranging from socks to toothbrushes to send to troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Valley United Way Staff

Gail Catlin – Loaned Exec provided by a grant from Webster Bank Pat Tarasovic – Volunteer Center Director Carol Anzidei – Administrative Assistant Jack Walsh – President & C.O.O. Nancy Roshka – Accounting & IS Coordinator Laurel Vicidomino – Director of Resource Development Joyce Saltes - Volunteer

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MEMBERS OF THE CORPORATION (Terms to expire 2012)

Joseph Andreana Karen Arnold* Judith W. Augusta Jean Axtell Kenneth Baldyga Joyce Barcley* William C. Bassett William H. Bassett Bertha M. Belden Kim Boveri Richard Bshara William F. Bubbico Jennifer Bull Kristin Bures Adrienne Cabral William Carlson Robert Casagrande Lauren Casalveri Felicity Celantano Patrick Charmel James E. Cohen Eugene Coppola Eileen Lopez-Cordone Marilyn Cormack Virginia C. Costigan Susan Coyle Joseph Crisco Sam Crocker* Thomas D’Addario Louis Dagostine* John Daniell Charlene DeFilippo John DeGray Susan DeLeon* James DellaVolpe Edward DeMarseilles Gregory P. DeStefano Harry P. DiAdamo Jr. Nancy S. Dickgiesser Joshua M. Dickinson Angelo E. Dirienzo Laura J. Donahue Martha Dulla William Dunlop Eleanor M. Duplese

Frederick J. Elmy Lynne S. Farrell Richard Feher* Craig Finney Jo-Lynn Flaherty Thomas A. Gabianelli Peter Galla* Christopher A. Gallo Dorothy Gandy James E. Geissler Peter J. Ghione Dennis Gleason* David J. Grant David M. Grant Thomas I. Greene Debbie Grisgraber* Pennell Hamilton William Harrison* Richard Haskell* Johanne Henderson M. Elizabeth Kennard Richard Knoll David Labriola Mark A. Lauretti Joseph D. LoPresti Ernestine Luise H. Tom Nickse Michael S. Marcinek Mary Anne Mascolo Carol Merlone Edward W. Miller Jr. William M. Miller William M. Miller Jr. Sue Millican William C. Nimons Deborah Noack Fred Ortoli Frank Osak Joseph Pagliaro Jr. Ruth Parkins Al Patuzzi* Mary Pepe William C. Partington Lynne Perry William C. Powanda

Calvin K. Price Melissa Pucci William Purcell Josie Quinn* Patricia Reynolds* Jack Ribas Kathy Riddle David M. Rifkin Mary Ann Drayton Rogers Paul F. Roy Eileen Ryan George J. Ryan James E. Ryan Shelly Saczynski Mary Ellen Samatulski Robert Saracino* Kenneth E. Schaible Kenneth V. Schwartz Paula Scinto Brian Sexton Janice Sheehy Maria A. Smith Karen Spargo Colleen M. Spooner Gregory Stamos Charles Stankye Jr. Diane Stroman Nicholas J. Tarasovic Cheryl Tedesco* Dominick J. Thomas Stephen Tracy Robert C. VanEgghen Robert J. VanEgghen Christopher Venice Ronald Villani Robert Walsh* Thomas J. Welch Philip White Mitchell D. Williams Michael Wynne Sandra Zuraw

Dominick Thomas

Ron Villani

*2011 Agency Representatives to the Corporation

Jean Axtell

United Way 2-1-1 received over 6,400 calls from residents of the Valley United Way area in 2011. The most prevalent calls were for help with basic needs, utility assistance, and food resources. Bill Bassett and Ernie Luise

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Bill Bubbico

Ruth Parkins

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CAMPAIGN CHAIR MESSAGE Campaign Cabinet 2011-2012 Freeman Burr Shelton Board of Education Frank Michaud Michaud and Acavallo, CPA, LLC Fred Ortoli Fred Ortoli Photography

Joseph Pagliaro, Jr.

you can see throughout this annual report, Valley United AsWay and its many partners do some amazing things in the

community. The underpinning of those efforts - and a measure of the community’s spirit, compassion and generosity - is the Annual Community Campaign. It has been my pleasure to serve as your Chairman for the last two years and to be joined by so many other caring and committed individuals who understand the importance of philanthropy in our Valley Community.

William Pucci Sports Writer William Purcell Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce Jack Ribas Boys and Girls Club of the LNV Janice Sheehy Webster Bank Thomas Sutnik

There are many ways to measure the quality of life in any community, and certainly philanthropy is one of them. Individuals, groups and businesses come together to provide the necessary resources to support a wide variety of needed services, and I am happy to report that philanthropy is alive and well in the Valley as proven by the outpouring of support for the annual campaign.

Jimmy Tickey Jimmy’s World Network Ronald Villani University of New Haven Laura Wabno City of Derby

Though the economy has not fully recovered from recession, the campaign continues to show the Valley is still a place where neighbors support neighbors, and the Annual Community Campaign continues to make that an easy exercise as one gift supports a wide variety of needs. An effort like this requires a great team, and I am pleased to say that I had a great team in place this year. Our campaign cabinet was outstanding, and their dedication and time devoted is greatly appreciated. The many campaign coordinators and other volunteers make our corporate campaigns fun and rewarding for everyone involved, and their good work needs to be acknowledged. I also want to thank the Board of Directors and staff at United Way for their energetic support and leadership in ensuring that we have the tools needed to make this effort a success. I want to especially thank Laurel Vicidomino who has been a true partner during these two campaigns. Laurel is leaving United Way, and we are going to miss her spirit and enthusiasm.

Campaign Cabinet

And finally – and most importantly – let me thank all of the donors large and small who truly do make this campaign special. The basic premise of United Way is that by involving everyone, we all share the load – a little bit from everyone produces a large result at the end of the day. Thank you all for making this a truly rewarding experience, and please continue your support in the years ahead.

United Way Friends

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42nd Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian

DAVID M. GRANT In recognition of “outstanding volunteer leadership” in the Lower Naugatuck Valley Valley United Way is pleased that David M. Grant has been chosen as the winner of the 2012 Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award. As the owner of David M. Grant Caterers, he is responsible for one of the Valley’s most celebrated catering services, in business since 1974. He has built a solid reputation for quality food and superior service throughout Southwestern Connecticut. He has also built an incredible reputation for community involvement. He is a past president and member of both the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley and the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club (Twice!). He currently serves on the board of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce where he also is a past president. He is also the Vice President of the Shelton Economic Development Corporation. Grant is also a founding board member of the Valley Community Foundation. His service at Valley United Way included two terms as a member of the board, a term as Vice President, and he also chaired the successful 2008-2009 Community Fund Raising Campaign. No stranger to volunteering his services, Grant has received numerous awards for his efforts. The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce presented him with their Gold Seal Award in 1996 and in 2007, he was selected as the Platinum Award winner. He has won both the Raymond P. Lavietes Service to Youth Award from the Boys & Girls Club and the Raymond P. Lavietes Award from the Shelton Economic Development Corporation. The Parent Child Resource Center selected him for their Outstanding Service to Children and Families Award. Later this spring, he will also be receiving the Good Scout Award from the Housatonic Council Boy Scouts of America. He is also a Paul Harris Award winner with the Derby/Shelton Rotary Club. Dave is a native of Derby, graduate of Derby High School and Quinnipiac College. He has been married to Gail Frosceno for 37 years, and their two children David J. Grant and Michael M. Grant are both involved in the family businesses. Dave and Gail live in Shelton. Jack Walsh, President and C.O.O. of Valley United Way, said, “Listing Dave’s accomplishments and awards is no small task as he has successfully taken on so many challenges that make the Valley a better place to live and work. However, Dave does so many things that people never hear about that are just as significant”. He pointed out the May 2001 fire at Ansonia Latex Foam. Dave just happened to be driving in the area when he saw what had happened and realized the enormity of the disaster and the need to support the fire and police personnel working at the site. Within minutes, Dave was also on the scene starting up his grills and cooking for all the fire, police, and safety personnel on the scene until the fire was out. “Dave doesn’t just talk about doing things for the Valley, he makes them happen”, said Walsh.

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The award is named for the late Mr. Flynn, who, at the time of his death, was editor of The Evening Sentinel, a daily newspaper that was the main source of community information in the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Mr. Flynn had also been one of the founders of the Valley United Fund. He had been president of the Ansonia Community Chest. In 1968, he led that organization into a merger with the DerbyShelton Community Chest and the Seymour United Fund which resulted in the formation of what is now known as the Valley United Way..

Charles H. Flynn

Past Recipients 2011 --- Harry DiAdamo, Jr. 2010 — Dominick J. Thomas, Jr. 2009 — Fred Ortoli 2008 — Jack Ribas 2007 — Diane Stroman 2006 — William C. Nimons 2005 — David M. Rifkin 2004 — Janice Sheehy 2003 — Kenneth E. Schaible 2002 — Joseph A. Pagliaro, Sr. 2001 — Norman Santa 2000 — William C. Bassett 1999 — William D. Coffey 1998 — William M. Miller 1997 — Julius I. Douglas 1996 — Mary L. Pepe 1995 — Madeleine Sobin 1994 — John F. Costigan 1993 — Raymond P. Lavietes 1992 — John W. Gatison, Jr. 1991 — Doris L. and G. Bush Clark

1990 — G. Jeffrey Reynolds 1989 — Bartholomew J. Hennessey 1988 — Rev. Francis M. McKenna 1987 — Edward Cowey 1986 — Frank Casalveri 1985 — George Berman 1984 — Helen T. Ragusa 1983 — Richard L. Schuster 1982 — Edmund P. Strang 1981 — Anna L. LoPresti 1980 — Joseph A. Doyle 1979 — Edward W. Miller 1978 — Franklin S. Harris 1977 — Margaret C. Belden 1976 — Audrey E. Heusser 1975 — Irene G. Smith 1974 — Edward J. Cotter, Jr. 1973 — Donald W. Mark 1972 — L. Raymond Darling 1971 — Alice Russ Cochran

Humanitarian Award Committee William C. Nimons, Naugatuck Valley Savings & Loan Fred Ortoli, Fred Ortoli Photography Jack Ribas, Boys & Girls Club of the LNV David Rifkin, eGlobalfares Janice Sheehy, Webster Bank Diane Stroman, TEAM, Inc. All committee members are past Flynn Award recipients.

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GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. Board of Directors

Eileen Lopez-Cordone The United Illuminating Company

Officers

John DeGray Point Energy Solutions

Fred Ortoli* Chair Fred Ortoli Photography William F. Bubbico* Vice-Chair Pitney Bowes Gregory P. DeStefano* Treasurer Marcum LLP

Michael Gnibus GE Global Patent Operation Johanne Henderson BIC Corporation Joseph D. LoPresti Barnum Financial, An Office of MetLife

William Purcell Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce

Campaign Underwriters

Richard Rosen The RH Rosen Group

Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C.

Connecticut Basement Systems, Inc.

Janice Sheehy Webster Bank

Edward F. Adzima and Riverview Funeral Homes

Thomas Sutnik Attorney-at-Law

Fletcher Thompson

Dominick J. Thomas Cohen & Thomas

Gexpro

Fred Ortoli Photography Inform Printing

Michael S. Marcinek Fletcher Thompson

Jimmy Tickey Jimmy’s World Network, LLC

Carol Merlone Ansonia Board of Education

Robert VanEgghen PerkinElmer

Marmon Utility, LLC

Edward W. Miller Jr. Ned Miller Associates, Inc.

Ronald Villani* University of New Haven

Newtown Savings Bank

Jennifer Bull Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C.

Joseph Pagliaro Jr.* Edward F. Adzima & Riverview Funeral Homes

Philip White Better Packages

Prudential Annuities

Adrienne Cabral* Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P.

William C. Partington Naugatuck Valley Savings & Loan

*Executive Committee

Venman & Company, LLC

Melissa Pucci* Secretary Yale School of Nursing Other Members Jean Axtell Energizer Personal Care

Robert Casagrande Gexpro

2011-2012 Marquis Underwriter

Melissa Pucci Yale School of Nursing

Board of Directors

Joe Emanuel Prudential Annuities

Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P. Ned Miller Assoociates, Inc.

Townline Self-Storage, LLC The W.E. Bassett Company Webster Bank

Kimberly Tabb Prudential Annuities

Thank You Prudential Annuities!! Valley United Way wishes to thank Prudential Annuities of Shelton for once again serving as the official sponsor of this year’s Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner. They also kindly sponsored our Campaign Kick-off this past fall at Jones Tree Farm and Winery. We greatly appreciate Prudential’s support which gives us an opportunity to tell the story of United Way and to thank those who make our efforts possible. Prudential Annuities, a business segment of Prudential Financial, Inc., manufactures and distributes variable annuity products that provide tax advantages for those saving for retirement, and a way to transition their savings into guaranteed income they cannot outlive. Serving more than one million contract holders, Prudential Annuities is ranked No. 2 in variable annuity sales and No. 2 in variable annuity assets with approximately $109 billion in account values as of December 31, 2011. Learn more at www.retirementredzone.com.

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LEADERSHIP GIVING Tocqueville Society* United Way of America established this prestigious society as a national leadership recognition program to recognize individual donors who contribute $10,000 or more to their local United Way. William C. & Judy Bassett Ernestine & Nick Luise Friend A. Russ Fund Ken & Dorothy Schaible Ron & Peggy Villani The Raymond P. Lavietes Foundation

William C. & Judy Bassett, Ron Villani, Kenneth Schaible, Ernestine & Nick Luise

The Commodore Isaac Hull Society Valley United Way’s leadership-giving program, The Commodore Isaac Hull Society, recognizes those caring individuals who commit themselves to providing substantial support to our United Way. Members of the Hull Society are caring and sharing people who lead by example in the community by ensuring that needed human and social services continue to be made available to all citizens of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. These are the people who are in the forefront of the struggle to provide a better way of life to every age and generation.

2011-2012 Commodore Isaac Hull Society Members This list is accurate as of 3/31/2012)

Admiral’s Circle

Annual gifts of $5,000-$9,999 Ellen DiVerniero David Nord

Commodore’s Circle

Annual gifts of $2,500-$4,999 James Alsante Raymond & Janet Blanchette David & Gail Grant Joseph Pagliaro, Jr. Scott Rupff Charles Slife Jack Walsh *Level has anonymous donors 6

Captain’s Circle*

Annual gifts of $1,000-$2,499 Michael Barber William H. Bassett Bertha Belden Ray Bjorkman James Braun William Bubbico Jennifer Bull Freeman Burr Wayne Cable Al Cameron Dolores Chew William Chiarelli Barbara Clifford David Connors Edward J. Cooke Marilyn Cormack

Captain’s Circle (continued) Virginia Costigan Mildred Davey Richard Davies Joseph Debartolo Patricia Desautels Greg DeStefano Frederick J. Elmy Jessica Figueroa Robert Fiscus Linda Gabor Debbie & Chris Gallo Traci Gentry Salvatore J. Graziano Dennis J. Gleason Salvatore J. Graziano Pennell Hamilton Thomas Jones David Kimball Ellen Kritemeyer Mary-Ann Lambert James Lane Joseph LoPresti Stephen Mais Richard L. Matthies Francis H. Michaud, Jr. Mary Ann Miller Ned & Marianne Miller William M. Miller, Jr. Michele Montique William Murphy William Nimons Ruth Parkins Lynne Perry Pirog Family William Purcell Jack Ribas Paul Russo George & Bea Ryan John Ryan Paul Rychlik Lynn L. Saylor Don Seaman William Sperry Jeffrey Stockwell Diane Stroman Thomas Sutnik & Lynn Miller Nicholas & Patricia Tarasovic Dominick Thomas, Jr. Judith Turiano Anthony Vallillo Carl Vensel Joe & Laurel Vicidomino David Wiemer

Phil White Desiree Wolfe The following companies have one or more leadership givers in the Commodore Isaac Hull Society: Aetna Barnum Financial Group, An office of Metlife Basement Systems, Inc. Better Packages BIC Corporation BHcare Blum Shapiro Cohen & Thomas David M. Grant Caterers Duchess Family Restaurants Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C. Edward F. Adzima & Riverview Funeral Homes Energizer Personal Care Fletcher Thompson GE Elfuns GE Global Mobility General Electric Gexpro Goodrich Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce Hubbell Incorporated Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P. Marcum, LLP Michaud and Accavallo, CPAs, LLC Miller Investment Ned Miller Associates, Inc. New Alliance Bank People’s United Bank Shelton Public Schools Southern Conn Gas Company Stop & Shop Companies TEAM, Inc. The W.E. Bassett Company United Illuminating Company Valley United Way, Inc. Vishay Americas Visiting Nurse Association of South Central CT Clockwise, from right: Mike Marcinek, Bertha Belden, Ruth Parkins, Jennifer Bull, Paul Rychlik

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BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS “The Big Couple”

Before we married we made a commitment to volunteer some of our free time each year. During our first two years of marriage we assisted with several different organizations and although we enjoyed each experience, we didn’t feel as if we were really making a difference in someone’s life. After some research, we decided to volunteer for the Big Brothers Big Sisters, BIG COUPLE program. It gave us the opportunity to focus on just one child in our planned activities. After completing the application process we were matched up with a 9 year old boy. When we met him the first time with our Match Support Specialist, we learned a little bit about each other. My husband & I made a list of things we would want to do with our Little, and our Little made a list of things he would want to do with us, all based on prior and new experiences. Each outing is an opportunity to develop our friendship, which is one of the goals of the BBBS program, while sharing experiences together and learning more about each other. Several of our outings have been spent engaging in simple but meaningful activities such as making lunch, having picnics, playing Wiffle Ball and basketball, watching a movie while enjoying ice cream sundaes, spending time in the children’s section of Barnes and Noble and even visiting Home Depot to take advantage of their monthly free craft for children. Other times we have spent together enjoying ‘class trips’ such as going out for Hibachi, visiting the aquarium, and playing laser tag. All of these activities have become

Valley Council Award Winners

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much more meaningful because we are sharing them with our Little. Our most favorite outings were this past December when we visited Jones Family Farm, decorated gingerbread houses, and drove to see the Fantasy of Lights in New Haven. We do not have children of our own, but we have heard that when parents have a newborn, they begin to see life through the eyes of their child. Nearly every outing we find ourselves in the same situation. Not only have we had the opportunity to expose our Little Brother to new experiences, but he has involved us in activities that we haven’t participated in since we were very young. Like riding bikes, our Little wanted to do it so that’s just what we did! As a BIG COUPLE, we’ve had many opportunities for teachable moments, from being a good sport after a game of Chinese Checkers, to shopping for items to make pizza then estimating the cost of the grocery bill, to practicing communication skills by ordering food at a deli. And we’ve enjoyed every one of them. Big Brothers Big Sisters has truly been a rewarding program for us and we would recommend it to anyone who wants to make a difference in the life of a child. We don’t know where the future will take our Little Brother, but we feel we are two positive role models in his life are here to encourage him every step of the way. Kim & Joel Barbosa….

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CAMPAIGN AWARDS (Listings accurate as of 3/31/2012) Top Dollars Raised Campaigns Combined Corporate and Employee Giving of $10,000 or more 2011-2012 SPECIAL AWARDS BIC Corporation Energizer Personal Care CEO Leadership Award General Electric Mario Guevara, Griffin Hospital BIC Corporation Hubbell Incorporated Chairman’s Award Iroquois Gas Transmission Laura Wabno, System, L.P. City of Derby People’s United Bank Community Campaign Champion Shelton Public Schools Energizer Personal Care Sikorsky Aircraft Stop & Shop Companies CVC Corporate Citizen The W.E. Bassett Company of the Year United Parcel Service – East New Basement Systems England Living United Award Webster Bank

The Human Resource Consulting Group/Staffworks Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P. Most Creative Campaign Hubbell Incorporated Outstanding Coordinator and Campaign Team GE Corporate Shelton Kristen Urso-Rio & her Team Special Achievement Award Jennifer Bull Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C.

Employee Giving Awards GOLD (Employee per capita giving of $125 or more) BIC Corporation BlumShapiro Boy Scouts of America - Housatonic Council Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C. Energizer Personal Care First Niagra Bank Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P. Valley United Way

Iroquois campaign Team

SILVER (Employee per capita giving of $75 - $124.99) ACT – Spooner House Basement Systems, Inc. Better Packages Catholic Charities General Electric Hubbell Incorporated The W.E. Bassett Company United Parcel Service – East New England Vishay BRONZE (Employee per capita giving of $50 - $74.99) Julia Day Nursery Employee Participation Awards GOLD (Employee participation of 75% or more) Better Packages Boy Scouts of America – Housatonic Council Boys & Girls Club of the LNV Catholic Charities Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C. Energizer Personal Care Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P. Valley United Way SILVER (Employee participation of 50%-74%) ACT – Spooner House Basement Systems, Inc. BIC Corporation Hubbell Incorporated

Energizer Campaign Team

Julia Day Nursery Venman & Co, LLC Vishay BRONZE (Employee participation of 25%-49%) BHcare Blum Shapiro Curtiss Ryan Honda General Electric HR Consulting/Staffworks Parent Child Resource Center People’s United Bank Shelton, City of Shelton Public Schools SONCCA Spectrum Plastics Group Stop & Shop Companies The W.E. Bassett Company Valley YMCA Corporate Giving Awards GOLD (Corporate per capita gifts of $75 or more per employee) BIC Corporation David M. Grant Caterers Energizer Personal Care Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P. Ned Miller Associates, Inc. The W.E. Bassett Company SILVER (Corporate per capita gifts of $60$74.99 per employee) Hubbell Incorporated BRONZE (Corporate per capita gifts of $40$59.99 per employee) Bank of America General Electric

HR Consulting/Staffworks Venman & Co, LLC

Awards are based on information Valley United Way has on file at the time of the awards. We apologize for any possible errors.

Joe Pagliaro, Terry Jones, Christiana Jones

BIC Campaign Team

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Hubbell Incorporated Campaign Team

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CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEERS ACT – Spooner House Susan Agamy Liz Holcomb Ansonia Board of Education Amy Boccamazzo Missy Cook Rachel Josovitz Lisa Nicolari Fran Perrotti Paula Tyszka ATT Matt Kinney Bank of America Todd Cody Better Packages Mary Miskowicz Phil White BHcare Dick Feher Joyce Macauda BIC Corporation Elaine Bataille Don Castaldi Tony Derosa Susan Feher Karen Georgia David Gray Johanne Henderson Bill Hoagland Fatma Kikon Mary-Ellen Lacasse Doris Main Michelle Mehan John Millard Frank O’Connor Andy Rosato Joyce Servone Rose Thrasher Carl Vensel Mary Wojiski BlumShapiro Wendy Bogle Terri Rioux BSA – Housatonic Council Kevin Bishop Barbara Kinzig Boys & Girls Club of the LNV Jack Ribas Anne Wheeler

Catholic Charities Diane D’Amato City of Ansonia Jo Lynn Flaherty City of Derby Laura Wabno City of Shelton Charlene DeFilippo Kevin Gagnon Karen Lanigan Deborah Onderko Kathy Ramia Mike Sadick Connecticut Basement Systems Dan Fitzgerald Julie Morelli Curtiss Ryan Honda Jennifer Keever Derby Board of Education Anat Segal Kelly Anroman Tom Fulton Trish Martin Cathy Pomeroy Derby Day Care Gladys Lazurek Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C. Jennifer Bull Energizer Personal Care Jean Axtell Steven Charles Lisa Cook Patrick Kane Anthony Pietrini First Niagra Bank Patricia Fontes Renee Sajda Fletcher Thompson Connie Koch Michael Marcinek GE Corporate, Shelton Kathy Amann Val Bogner Richard Croll Peter DiMauro Michelle DiNatale Stephanie Gelman

Fran Leach Bob Smiths Catherine Toppin Kristen Urso-Rio

Shelton Board of Education Freeman Burr Kathy Riddle Sandie Zuraw

Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce Al Patuzzi

Sikorsky Aircraft Audrey Falaguerra Sue Falcha LeeAnn Kuehnert Rochelle Liska Mary Martin Marcy Spencer

Griffin Hospital Jo Clare Wilson Todd Shipley Cormac Levenson

Spectrum Plastics Group Carol Semanczyk Sue Testone

Hubbell Incorporated Nicole Clark Brooks Challenger John Milner Paul Rychlik

TD Bank Christopher Mastroni

Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P. Debra Benham Darlene Benham Adrienne Cabral Susan DeLeon Jeff Galdenzi Alan Grassia Sue Millican Samantha Woodward Julia Day Care Sharon Kelley Marmon Utility, LLC Jessica Earley Naugatuck Valley Health District Colleen Lindholm Karen Spargo Newtown Savings Bank Lynn Kieley Tanya Truax Parent Child Resource Center Sue Vogt People’s United Bank Colleen Bike Joseph Perun Lanoi Southiseng Mylena Vilaverde

Iroquois Execs!

GE Corporate Shelton campaign helpers

Newtown Savings Bank staff

TEAM, Inc. Sue Westine The W.E. Bassett Company Linda McPhail Town of Seymour Christine Conroy Valley YMCA Barbara Eckner Ryan Gleason Caitlan Kane Mark LaFortune Margaret Norris Chris Phipps Venman & Co., LLC Tefta Petro James Woods Vishay Kim Bovino Paula Scinto VNA of CT Mona Brockett VNA of South Central CT Vilma Irizarry Webster Bank Sharon Trask

Seymour Board of Education Pat Boyle

City of Ansonia employees

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SONCCA Arlene Swatson

HR Consulting/Staffworks Vivian DuBrava Robin Imbrogno

Yankee Gas Susan Trejo

BlumShapiro Campaign Team

Jack Ribas, Janice Sheehy, Bill Bubbico

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COMMITTEES Karen Crane New Alliance Bank

David M. Grant David M. Grant Caterer’s

Charlotte Madar Professional Travel Planners

Evaliz Albaladejo Cablevision Systems Corporation

Robert Curwen People’s United Bank

Sarah Gravelin Healthcare Navigation, LLC

Francine Maglione Basement Systems, Inc.

Anna Antonucci CG Automation Systems USA Inc.

Hilary Daly Energizer Personal Care

Jill Griffin CDW-G

Mandi Marcino The McIntyre Group

Andrea Atkinson Marmon Utility, LLC

Virginia DeDad Royal Service Travel

Christopher Guard Citibank

Kate Marks Marks of Design

Tara Barbieri CDW-G

Sharon DeDonato DeDonato Building Contractors, LLC

Reeta Gulati Citibank

Jennifer Martin Newtown Savings Bank

Kathy Barrios Freedom Disability/Alpha

Maria DeMaio Fletcher Thompson

Rose Gurn Pitney Bowes

Ned Miller Ned Miller Associates, Inc.

Erica Bartelson Health Net of the North East

Donna DiGianvittorio Regional Water Authority

Donna Hagh Webster Bank

Sue Millican Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P.

Kathy Belanger Market Data Retrieval

Brian Donahue SSC, Inc.

Antonietta Hallet Prudential

Mary Ann Miskowicz Better Packages

Colleen Bike People’s United Bank

William Drotos Computershare

Brenda Hazell Energizer Personal Care

Diana Musante Emhart Teknologies

Walter Binck Hamworthy Peabody Combustion

Eric Dumas Pitney Bowes

Johanne Henderson BIC Corporation

Karren Nash CDW-G

Cheryl Biros Ned Miller Associates, Inc

Jessica Early Marmon Utility, LLC

Sue Hitchcock Sikorsky Aircraft

Fred Ortoli Fred Ortoli Photography

Joseph Bogardus Barnum Financial Group

Michelle Fabozzi G. E.

Linda Hvizdo Homewood Suites by Hilton

Cathy Brennan California Closets

Louis Fazzino Pitney Bowes

Ryan Kaisoglus G. E.

Joseph Pagliaro Jr. Edward F. Adzima & Riverview Funeral Homes

William F. Bubbico Pitney Bowes

Gina Ferreri Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P.

Jennifer Kelley Energizer Personal Care

Corporate Volunteer Council

Kristin Bures HSBC Bank USA Harry Burlakoff Minuteman Press Adrienne Cabral Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P. Dana Cackowski People’s United Bank Robert Casagrande Rexel/Gexpro Joyce Cervone BIC Corporation Diana Cirillo Panache Hair Design Jeffrey Costa Barnum Financial Group

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Marie Figueroa Sikorsky Aircraft Finance Team Amy Fitzgerald Basement Systems, Inc. Dan Fitzgerald Basement Systems, Inc. Arlene Gardella Altair Global Relocation Matthew Golia Enterprise-Rent-a-Car Diane Golias Cablevision Systems Corporation Laura Gorman Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce

Lynn Kieley Newtown Savings Bank Connie Koch Fletcher Thompson Linda Kwong BIC Corporation Therese Lestik Freedom Disability/Alpha Debbie Lewis Health Net Dia Lozinak ITT Water & Wastewater Ann Lucas Altair Global Relocation Seleste Lucas Naugatuck Savings Bank

Brad Palazzo Comcast Cable Danielle Paolozzi People’s United Bank David Pendagast Keller Williams Realty Carol Pendagast Serra & DelVecchio Insurance Ed Pollock The United Illuminating Company Erin Rafferty GE Corporate Jerry Richter Emhart Teknologies Cynthia Rinaldi Webster Bank Dara Rosen Cablevision Systems Corporation Mary Ellen Samatulski TD Bank

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Committees Rob Sanford Altair Global Relocation

Finance Committee

Katie Scinto R.D. Scinto

Jennifer Bull Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C.

Daniel Shea Wells Fargo Bank

Gregory P. DeStefano Marcum LLP

Bonnie Sinclair NEC Infrontia, Inc. Donnalee Smith Pitney Bowes

Michael S. Marcinek Fletcher Thompson William M. Miller Jr. Miller Investment

Colleen Spooner CG Automation Systems USA Inc. Thomas Steeves Ferguson & McGuire

Marketing Committee

Alan Tolmich

Jean Axtell Energizer Personal Care

Alexis Tomczak PerkinElmer

Johanne Henderson BIC Corporation

Kathleen Turk BPA Worldwide, Inc. Rob VanEgghen DRS Seismic Consultants, LLC Robert C. VanEgghen PerkinElmer Saurabh Vaish Enterprise-Rent-a-Car Christopher Venice Marmon Utility, LLC Danielle Voss Cablevision Systems Corporation Wendy Wentworth The Greenwich Workshop Volunteer Center Advisory Committee Gail Catlin AuPair in America Martha Z. Denstedt Griffin Hospital Jo-Lynn Flaherty City of Ansonia Terri Houghton Community Volunteer Carol Kirby Reina Marasco Valley Regional Adult Education Melissa Pucci Yale School of Nursing Barbara Quinn United Methodist Homes Suzanne Reilly Sue Westine TEAM, Inc.

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Bob Hilliard Dan Iannielo Sacred Heart University William Joyce Sacred Heart University Deb Noack Sacred Heart University Fred Ortoli Fred Ortoli Photography Rich Rosen The RH Rosen Group Nominating Committee Adrienne Cabral Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P. Ruth Parkins Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P. William C. Partington Naugatuck Valley Savings & Loan Ronald Villani University of New Haven Fred Ortoli Fred Ortoli Photography Youth Leadership Caitlin Baker Sacred Heart Academy Alexander Barnard Holy Cross Ashley Benoit Ansonia High School Hudson Boles Shelton High School Christine Buswell Oxford High School

COMMITTEES

Talia Cirillo Derby High School Christina Cretella Seymour High School Jessica DeFelice Shelton High School Cristina Disorbo Sacred Heart Academy Elia D’Onofrio Derby High School Lisette Garcia Derby High School Tim Garrity Derby High School Billy Holt Derby High School Samantha Kalafut Derby High School Sukhmeet Kohli Seymour High School Jake Komar Notre Dame – West Haven Jake Lapinsky Seymour High School Abigail Lynch Seymour High School Caitlin Malloy Sacred Heart Academy Brienne Marks Shelton High School Jennifer Mezzquelle Notre Dame – Fairfield Daniell Mott Oxford High School Louis Nicoletti Ansonia High School Meghan Poole Shelton High School Travis Pyka Oxford High School Kevin Saksa Seymour High School Emma Bee Schwarz Oxford High School Kelsey Sullivan Shelton High School Aleksandra Szczesna Shelton High School Zach Volo Derby High School High School Volunteer Council Kyle Alicandro Ansonia High School

Cara Kiley Ansonia High School Heidi Schneider Ansonia High School Amy Boccamazzo Ansonia Advisor Reim Alian Derby High School Stephanie Dytko Derby High School Ray Kreiger Derby High School Justin Olenoski Derby High School Jennifer Dunnuck Derby Advisor Brian Nutcher Derby Advisor Zachary Nichols Emmett O’Brien Hayley Oliveria Emmett O’Brien Lexci Miller Emmett O’Brien Marie Meresko Emmett O’Brien Advisor Mike Varonka Emmett O’Brien Advisor Dan Mott Oxford High School Christina Buswell Oxford High School Jared Schulman Oxford High School Jeff Giovacchino Oxford Advisor Christina Cretella Seymour High School Monica Mordowanec Seymour High School Mike Conlan Seymour High School Erin Scozzafava Seymour Advisor Caroline Sweeney Seymour Advisor Michael Tartaglia Shelton High School Anthony Tartaglia Shelton High School Ola Szczensa Shelton High School Lorena Snell Shelton Advisor Lisa Papa Shelton Advisor 11


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They are all wonderful individuals!

r. McKenna St. Vincent de Paul Society’s mission is to “Help One Family at a Time”. This has certainly been the case for one Ansonia family - John and Sue Webster. Sue learned of St. Vincent de Paul through her husband’s case worker. He and 2 of their children suffer from mental illness. As you can imagine, many trips to doctors and psychiatric hospitals have caused much suffering and stress for this family. In addition, Sue had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and has other deteriorating health issues including poor eye sight, all of which make it difficult for her to find work.

Being aided by St. Vincent dePaul has certainly helped the family. “Staff members, Sandy and Cindy have been supporting us right from the beginning”, Sue said. “They and their staff of volunteers are all wonderful individuals.” Furthermore, the volunteers at the agency have formed a magnificent bond with Sue and her family. In addition to the much needed emotional support, the family receives food and gifts for the holidays from St. Vincent de Paul. Sue says she appreciates the help so much that when she is able, she will cook a large pasta dinner and invite her neighbors ‘in need’ to join them. It is important for Sue and her family to share their good fortune and pass the blessings onto others who also have difficulties. The Websters are in touch with Fr. McKenna St. Vincent de Paul every couple months or whenever they need extra help. They have been touched by the kindness and generosity shown to them and want others to know how much this has helped them in their daily lives. It sounds like the mission of “Help One Family at a Time” certainly rings true for Fr. McKenna St. Vincent de Paul.

Future farmer at work, Sam Jones, Jones Family Tree Farm, Shelton

HERITAGE FUND You can touch the future by making a bequest to Valley United Way’s Heritage Fund, a permanent endowment fund. This special fund has been created separate from the Annual Campaign and is our promise to the community that we will always be here to help those in need. It is your opportunity to touch the future by making a gift that will always be recognized and remembered for its enduring benefits to the community we serve.

Heritage Fund Donors George Berman Irene G. Smith

When you contribute to the Heritage Fund, you can be assured that your gift will be put to good use, today and for the years to come. There are a number of ways to contribute to Valley United Way’s Heritage Fund. Your attorney or financial advisor can guide you in selecting the options(s) that best suit you. Gift opportunities include: A bequest through your will

Life income gifts

Gifts of cash, stocks or real estate

Memorial and tribute gifts

For more information regarding the United Way Heritage Fund and the many ways that you can keep caring, please contact Valley United Way. BIC’s Championship Golf Course 18th hole

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CARING FOR OTHERS The Umbrella Program for Domestic Violence

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ver the past year, The Umbrella Program for Domestic Violence has sheltered 87 women and 56 children. As you can imagine there are many sad stories in domestic violence programs, but we would like to share one of a woman and her three children that has a happy ending with you. She came to us from another town where she was involved with the court system and a Family Violence Victim Advocate due to her husband’s abuse. Working with DCF and knowing there were safety issues at hand, the family’s new location was kept confidential. There were complex custody and confidentiality issues as her husband was well known in the community. Because of this, maintaining confidentiality of the safe house location was a challenge. Her husband became aware of her first location; fortunately we were able to move the family to another safe house where their new location was kept confidential for the remainder of the stay.  Custody issues were resolved which allowed for safe enrollment in schools and supervised visitation was set up through DCF to ensure the children were kept safe. The woman was also able to obtain counseling for her oldest child who had special needs. Through Violence Against Women Act housing, she was able to secure an

At the young professionals meeting: Bill Purcell Janice Sheehy Joe Pagliaro Melissa Pucci

apartment with a no trespassing order and has been offered a full scholarship to finish college. The children are happy and settled in a new school. Throughout her stay in our safe house this individual grew stronger despite all of the obstacles and setbacks she had to face. With our support and a safe place to stay, she was able to learn to advocate for herself and obtain the assistance she needed for herself and her children. When she first entered our program she would isolate herself from other residents and was hesitant to open up to staff. Through our continued support and encouragement, she began to trust that we would be there to assist her in whatever way we could and she began to trust in her own abilities. By the end of her stay she had become a strong advocate for herself and her children with the housing authorities, the school system and mental health service providers.

with all of their Christmas toys and continue to appreciate everything they received.

lthough the holiday season has ended, the smile on the children’s faces and the joy in their hearts has not. The children at the Shelton Safe Home continue to express and share their wonderment and surprise of how Santa was able to bring so many wonderful Christmas toys down the chimney on Christmas Eve. For many of the children residing in the home, this was their first true Christmas. To see the surprise on their faces on Christmas morning was an unforgettable gift to our staff and demonstrated the true meaning of Christmas.

This year was a little different in the home as three of the children were teenage boys who continuously and grumpily stated, “There is no such thing as Santa. Santa isn’t real.” Throughout the Christmas season, staff tried to instill the meaning of Christmas and encouraged these children to believe. When I arrived at work on Christmas morning, after presents had been opened, one teenage boy approached me with a huge smile upon his face. With a tear in his eye he stated, “Santa is real.” He smiled as he added, “It must have been the reindeer food that the little kids put outside.” He continued to smile as he told me all of the presents he had received. He added that this was “his first Christmas.” He also gratefully acknowledged that there are people (strangers) who don’t even know him who care. The image of his bright, smiling face will remain with me forever as this was the first real smile he has shared since being placed at the home.

Once again the “Friends of United Way” provided the most generous Christmas gifts for the children residing in the home during this Christmas season. It was truly beautiful seeing the sparkle in their eyes and the smiles upon their faces on Christmas morning. The children have not stopped playing

Once again, Family & Children’s Aid, Shelton Safe Home sincerely thanks the “Friends of United Way” for all of the wonderful Christmas gifts and for making Christmas morning so special. Your commitment and dedication to children in need is heartfelt and amazing!!!

“SANTA IS REAL!!”

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HIGHLIGHTS

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THANK YOU! Valley United Way, its 24 Partner Agencies and thousands of Valley residents who use the many programs and services provided through our Partner Agencies thank the following community individuals, businesses and professionals for their support of our 2011-2012 Annual Community Campaign (Listing reflects results reported as of 3/31/2012) A Quick Pick Crane Service Inc. Abbott Laboratories Alexander’s Hardware Altimari’s Little Italy Ansonia, City of Ansonia Copper & Brass Ansonia Public Schools Apicella, Testa & Company PC Aquarion Water Company Atkas, Ronald AT&T Augusta, Judith Averill, Richard B & J Electric Motor Repair Co. Bank of America Barnum Financial Group An Office of Metlife Bassett, William C. Belden, Bertha Bertie, Sara Better Packages BHcare BIC Corporation Big Y Supermarket, #99 Blanchette, Raymond Blanck,Anne Blum Shapiro Boris, Gregory Bradley, Henry Buckley, Mary Bug Busters Calvert Safe and Lock Capitol Barber Shop Catlin, Gail Catlin, Merrill Cavagnuolo, Emma China House Restaurant Clancy, Marie Clark, George Colonial Tavern Restaurant

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Comcast Comfort Keepers #325 Conti Associates Coppola, Eugene Coscia, Anthony Costigan, Virginia Curri, Michael Curtiss Ryan Honda Dabkowski, Kathleen Davey, Mildred David M. Grant Caterers DeAngelis, Richard DeGray, John Dellamonica, Anthony Derby, City of Derby Football Club Derby Public Schools Destefano, Gregory Dib, Donald Dirienzo, Angelo DiVerniero, Ellen Dodd, Harrison Donahue, Laura Donohue, John Drennan Joseph Dripchak, Stephen Duchess Family Restaurant Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte, Sterczala, P.C. Earthworks Excavating, Inc. People’s United Bank employees

City of Shelton employees

Ed’s Cleaners Edward F. Adzima & Riverview Funeral Homes Egnaczyk, R. Elmy, Frederick Emhart Teknologies Energizer Personal Care Fairbanks, Richard Farmer, Grace First Niagara Bank Fiscus, Robert Flynn, Joseph Fred Ortoli Photography Gabianelli, Thomas Gambacini, Nelson Garofalo, Barbara Gell, John General Electric Ghilardi, Madelyn Ghione, Peter Giardina, Joan Gleason, Dennis Glover, Leroy Goodrich Danbury Employees Helping Hand Fund Grassy Hill Lodge Graziano, Sal & Francesca Sergi Greco and Haines, Inc. Griffin Hospital Gulish & Associates

Halpin, Christine Hamilton Sundstrand Homa, Elizabeth HR Consulting/Staffworks Hubbell Incorporated Hull Funeral Home Hunter, Deneen Huntington Electric IBM Corporation & Retirees Industrial Wood Products Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P. Jenkins King Funeral Home Jimmy’s World Network, LLC Johnson & Johnson Joyce Van Lines Kligfeld, Michael Kuzma, Alice LAC Property Management Lerman, Robert Liberty Mutual Luise, Nicholas and Ernie Magellan Midstream Partners Mahoney, Mary Maksymiw, Michael Mario D’Addario Buick Marmon Utility, LLC Mascolo, Louise Matthies, Richard MCA Associates McCreery, Edward McNeish, Lee Mennillo, Alexandria Michaud, Jr., Francis H. Miller, William Miller Ward Funeral Home Miller, William & Joyce Moll, David Murphy, Maureen Murphy, Robert

Dave Kelly - Spectrum Plastics Group

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THANK YOU! Naiad Dynamics US, Inc. Naugatuck Savings Bank Naugatuck Valley Savings & Loan Ned Miller Associates Inc. Nickse, H. Tom Northeast Utilities Ortoli, Josephine Oxford Paint and Hardware Oxford, Town of Pagliaro, Ellen People’s United Bank Pfizer Pier 1 Imports Philips Medical Systems Pratt & Whitney Preferred Tool & Die Co. Professional Travel Planners Pucci, William R.D. Scinto Inc. R.J. Slowik Consulting Reynolds, Patricia Rider, Arthur Rogucki, Eileen Rosen, Richard Rte. 67 Storage Ryan & Tyma LLP Ryan, George Sadlik, Genevieve Sampieri, Robert Schiappa Janitorial Service Schwing, John Seccombe’s Men’s Shop Service Auto Parts Seymour Public Schools Seymour, Town of Shaffer, Beverly Shelton, City of Shelton Public Schools Sikorsky Aircraft Skuret, Daniel Sobin, Madeleine

Iroquois Campaign Team

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Spectrum Plastics Group Splan, Shawn Stamos, Gregory Stangel, Carolyn Stankye, Charles Stop & Shop Companies Sutnik, Thomas & Lynn Miller Sweeney, Joyce Sylvester, Leon Tamis, Donald The Hartford Financial Services The United Illuminated Company The W.E. Bassett Company The Yudkin Family Fund Thomas, Dominick Tucker, Lewis & Shirley Turski, Stanley United Parcel Service UnitedHealth Group Valentine, Nancy Valla, Dominic Vangor Engineering Corp. Venman & Company LLC Vishay Americas Volpe, Frederick Wal-Mart Webster Bank Weimann Brothers Manufacturing Co. Welch, John Wellington Restaurant Wellpoint Foundation Wells, Thomas Wells Fargo Wheeler, Wesley White Hills Express Wiemer, David Wright, Jane Xerox Corporation Young, Lois

Grant Funding Valley United Way is fortunate to have the support and cooperation of several other funders in carrying out much of our work in the community. Working together, we have a real impact on the lives of people throughout the Valley. During the year, grant funding assisted us in several areas: Graustein Memorial Fund: supports early childhood initiatives in Ansonia and Shelton as well as the regional effort in the Valley. . Raymond P. Lavietes Foundation: this generous funding helps to support the Volunteer Center and the Youth Leadership Program as well as to fund the technology that is the backbone for our operations and some of our marketing and communications efforts. Funds also supported the Lavietes Conference Room in the new office. Webster Bank: provided a special grant for a loaned executive to help us with our most important work – the Annual Community Fund Raising Campaign.

Sikorsky Aircraft and its employees: continued to support efforts to improve high school graduation rates in the area. Pitney Bowes: provided us with a number of special grants that assisted our Youth Leadership Program and projects conducted by the Volunteer Center’s Corporate Volunteer Council as well as a grant to assist with the community conference rooms in the new office. The Valley Community Foundation and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven: are providing support along with Valley United Way for the Valley Council for Health & Human Services. The Valley Community Foundation also made a grant supporting the SoupBowlTickets food effort. Katharine Matthies Foundation: funding supported the move to the new office and the creation of the Matthies Conference Room The Friend A. Russ Fund: makes an annual contribution that supports the full range of community programs supported by Valley United Way.

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ALLOCATIONS REPORT

Allocations Committee Richard Bshara City Hall, Ansonia Kristin Bures HSBC Bank

Adrienne Cabral Allocations Chair Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P.

Adrienne Cabral Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P. William Carlson Inform Printing Robert Casagrande Gexpro Back to Football Friday - Shelton School System

In some ways, the most difficult job at Valley United Way is that of an Allocations Committee volunteer - difficult because there is never enough money to meet all the needs of the programs supported by Valley United Way. At the same time, it is one of the most rewarding experiences as our volunteers have an opportunity to see the dollars at work making a real impact on the needs of the community. This year’s Allocations Committee did an outstanding job in examining budgets, visiting agencies, evaluating programs and developing funding recommendations for the Board of Directors decision. During the Allocations period covered in the audit, the Committee’s recommendations resulted in direct allocations $480,245 to partner agencies for their annual allocations. In addition, Special Needs grants in the amount of $57,139 were made using funds designated by donors for special areas of need. Though the dollars did not go through the allocations process, direct donor designations resulted in Partner Agencies receiving an additional $23,805 dollars and non-partner agencies receiving $49,450. I want to thank all of our committee members for their dedicated service. I want to especially thank our panel heads who not only participate in the annual partner agency process, but who also stay on year round to conduct the Special Needs Grants program which has continued to grow over the years. I also want to thank the Raymond P. Lavietes Foundation for supporting our online process, which is easy to use and efficient in managing the whole process. Please take the time to read through the other pages of this report where you can see listings of agencies and programs that benefited from the work of the committee.

Karen Nash-Compasso CDW-G Mark Daconto Basement Systems, Inc. Martha Dulla Grassy Hill Lodge Marie Figueroa Sikorsky Aircraft Peter Galla Naugatuck Savings Bank James Geissler Shelton Board of Education David J. Grant David M. Grant Caterer’s Alicia Gsell Hubbell Incorporated Tracey Hussey Shelton Public Schools Joseph D. LoPresti Barnum Financial Group, An office of MetLife Sharon Massafra Home Instead Senior Care Patricia Reynolds Richard Rosen The RH Rosen Group Tom Saksa Youth Leadership

Allocation/Designation/Fields of Service Payouts per audit FYE 6/30/2011

Allocations ‐ $480,245

4%

8%

9% Designations ‐ Partner Agencies ‐ $23,805 79%

Designations ‐ Non‐ Partner Agencies ‐ $49,450 Special Needs/Fields of Service ‐ $57,139

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Joseph Sedlock Shelton Public Schools Bonnie Sinclair NEC Brian Sexton Carla Sullivan Valley Community Foundation Robert VanEgghen PerkinElmer Christopher Venice Marmon Utility LLC Laura Wabno Derby City Hall Thomas Welch Welch, Teodosio, Stanek & Blake Hanna Zibluk Youth Leadership

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PARTNER AGENCIES (per audit 6/30/11)

Allocation

Designation

S pecial Allocation

Supporting People in Crisis American Red Cross Connecticut Region Area Congregations Together/Spooner House Family & Children’s Aid: Safe Homes Program Infoline – 2-1-1 Wellmore Behavioral Health New Haven Legal Assistance Rape Crisis Center of Milford The Umbrella Program - BHcare Visiting Nurse Association of South Central CT

$61,200 $658 $600 $20,000 $489 $2,500 $61 $9,745 $160 $16,150 $4,000 $17,834 $243 $28,750 $1,000 $12,000 $274 $4,919

Preparing Youth for Success Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern CT Boys and Girls Club - Lower Naugatuck Valley Boy Scouts – Housatonic Council Derby Day Care Center Girl Scouts of Connecticut Julia Day Nursery & Kindergarten Recreation Camp SONCCA

$5,500 $115 $83,800 $13,477 $2,552 $44,816 $2,263 $4,000 $28 $7,500 $224 $2,000 $171 $12,500 $1,000 $197

(Seymour-Oxford Nursery and Child Care Association, Inc.)

Hubbell United Way cupcakes!!!

Ice cream social at BlumShapiro

Strengthening Families Catholic Charities Father McKenna St. Vincent de Paul Society International Institute LNV Parent Child Resource Center Meals on Wheels – TEAM, Inc. United Services Organization (USO) Valley YMCA

$40,000 $1,211 $7,500 $813 $1,400 $250 $43,000 $1,146 $10,000 $2,646 $450 $44,600 $2,276 $4,004

Organization Board of  Directors

Executive Committee

Allocation Committee

Finance Committee

President & COO

Director of  Development

Campaign Cabinet

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Accounting & IS  Coordinator

Marketing Committee

Administrative Assistant

High School  Volunteer  Council

Volunteer Center Director

Corporate Volunteer  Council

Youth Leadership

Volunteer Center Advisory  Committee

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STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES (Per audit 6/30/11) June 30

2011

2010

UNRESTRICTED NET ASSETS UNRESTRICTED REVENUES, AND OTHER SUPPORT Campaign Contributions-current Less donor fields of service-current Less donor designations-current Provision for uncollectible pledges

Foundation grants Special events, and other Investment income In-kind

$1,161,461 (40,021) (96,168) (84,414) TOTAL CAMPAIGN 940,858

$1,059,395 (37,117) (68,760) (102,602) 850,916

TOTAL UNRESTRICTED REVENUES, AND OTHER SUPPORT

ALLOCATIONS AND FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES Allocations Functional expenses (including donated services, and facilities of $34,366 and 33,182) Community program services Management and general Fund raising Total functional expenses

190,090 62,468 406 ____34,366 $1,228,188

225,541 57,017 848 33,182 $1,167,504

480,245

479,847

387,021 121,454 __201,948 __710,423

411,219 112,136 188,343 711,698

Dave Grant and Bill Bubbico

TOTAL ALLOCATIONS & FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,190,668 $1,191,545 INCREASE (DECREASE) IN UNRESTRICTED NET ASSETS 37,520 (24,041) TEMPORARILY RESTRICTED NET ASSETS - contributions ______250 ______500 INCREASE (DECREASE) IN NET ASSETS 37,770 (23,541) NET ASSETS at beginning of year

NET ASSETS AT END OF YEAR

___388,293 $426,063

___411,834 $388,293

2011 Housatonic River Hero Award presented to Valley United Way

Valley Association of Realtors presents a Soupbowl Donation

Thank you, Fletcher Thompson & Friends!

The GE Corporate team in Shelton is grateful to support the Valley United Way and make a positive difference in the community. Our goal is to fill food pantries to fill lives, while opening hearts to open doors.

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Energizer Campaign Raffle

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TREASURER’S REPORT Greg DeStefano Marcum, LLP

As the economy continues to recover slowly from the depths of the recent recession, I am pleased to report that Valley United Way was able to maintain a balanced budget during the fiscal year thanks to the hard work of our Finance Committee and Board of Directors and the campaign success of Joe Pagliaro, Jr. and his committee and volunteers. The audited figures for the period ending June 30, 2011 reflect a year in which Valley United Way saw total campaign revenues rise to $1,161, 461 from $1,059,395 the previous year and total revenues of $1,288,188 from $1,167,504 resulting in a modest surplus for the year. Our reserves grew to $426,063 from

$388,293 and they remain within the prudent three to six month operating reserve guidelines established by the Board of Directors. During the fiscal year, $610,639 was allocated to the community. Direct allocations to partner agencies amounted to $480,245. An additional $73,255 was allocated through donor designated gifts and another $57,139 through the Special Needs grants program. An additional $90,619 was paid out to non-partner agencies as directed by donors. Donor designations continue to rise as a percentage of total giving, yet they remain below national averages. Non-campaign revenue, which includes grants, special events and in-kind revenues, continued to play a major role in our finances, amounting to $287,330 during the year. Of that amount, in-kind support amounted to $34,366 during the audit period.

throughout this annual report - result in significant additional resources benefitting the community. Those activities primarily carried out by our Corporate Volunteer Council included clothing children for the new school year, conducting monthly food and clothing drives and carrying out a wide array of special holiday projects that benefit the neediest in our community. The value of those efforts is enormous even though not part of the audited figures. It has been my pleasure to serve as Treasurer and to work with a very talented and devoted Finance Committee. Our committee has continued to work diligently in the months since the audit was completed to keep us on track during a very challenging economic time.

It is significant to note that the audited figures do not show the full financial impact of Valley United Way. Many of the activities conducted by Valley United Way - and highlighted

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION (Per audit 6/30/11)

Statement of Financial Position June 30, CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents Contributions receivable, less allowance for uncollectible amounts of $150,692 and $165,161 Accounts receivable Grants receivable Prepaid expense TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS Equipment less allowance for depreciation of $126,664 and $120,716 TOTAL ASSETS LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS CURRENT LIABILITIES Accounts payable and accruals Designations and allocations payable Deferred revenue – grants Deferred revenue – other TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES NET ASSETS Unrestricted net assets Temporarily restricted net assets TOTAL NET ASSETS TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS

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2010

$160,325

$211,013

523,550 11,650 13,700 4,410 713,635

420,656 13,000 13,500 3,446 661,615

2,957 $716,592

5,553 $667,168

$18,753 130,921 92,528 48,327 290,529

$17,880 126,199 105,746 29,050 278,875

425,813 250 426,063 $716,592

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he Valley United Way is a catalyst for change. We are in the business of helping people. Every day we are identifying needs in the Valley communities. We match these needs with the desires of those who genuinely want to lend a helping hand. Those who choose to make a difference know that the necessities, the people and the adversities in our community are real. As such, so are the results. Whether you picked up a hammer or a paint brush during the Week of Caring; whether you sponsored a child during Back

to School and provided him or her with the clothing and supplies to feel confident on the first day of school; whether you gave money, time or a can of soup; whether you helped us tell our story by sharing it with your families, friends, colleagues and social networks; on behalf of all those who received assistance because of your compassion, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. These accounts are your efforts at work in the Valley. From all of us at Valley United Way,

Thank you!

DONOR DESIGNATIONS Non-Partner Agencies and other United Ways

Total Amount designated: $90,619 Per audit FYE 6/30/2011

A Better World, The Adoption Connection American Cancer Society/Meriden American Cancer Society/NE Division American Cancer Society/Wilton American Heart Association American Red Cross Amped for Education Anti-Defamation League Area Congregations Together Army Hockey Association ASPCA Aspetuck Land Trust Autism Speaks Big Brothers Big Sister of Greater Houston Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Brothers Big Sisters/Texas Birmingham Group Birmingham Group/Umbrella Birmingham Group/VSAAC Boys and Girls Club of America Boys and Girls Club of Hall County Boys and Girls Club of the LNV Boys Village Bridgeport Hospital Foundation BSA/Ct Yankee Council BSA/Housatonic Council BSA/Trails West Council Catholic Charities Catholic Charities of Fairfield Cty 22

CES Foundation Cheshire Education Foundation Children’s Diabetes Foundation Community Action Agency of New Haven CT Fund for the Environment CT Humane Society Derby Day Care Center Derby Shelton Rotary Derby Youth Service Bureau East Shore Day Care Center Environment Defense Fund Family & Children’s Aid/Safe Homes Father McKenna St. Vincent de Paul Girl Scouts of Connecticut Granite United Way Green Chimneys Griffin Hospital Horizons at GFA House of Charity Infoline of South Central CT/211 International Institute Jericho Partnership Inc. Jones Center for Families Julia Day Nursery Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Lake Area United Way Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly Live Strong Foundation Make A Wish Foundation/CT Metro United Way Middlesex United Way Mikey’s Way Foundation Moose Charities Morris Foundation/Liberty Center Natl. Neimann Pick Disease Fdn New Haven Legal Assistance

Orange County United Way Orange Volunteer Fire Association Parent Child Resource Center Rape Crisis Center Recreation Camp Rotary District 7980/Gift of Life Fdn Salvation Army Save the Children Federation, Inc. Search, Inc. Shelton Civil War Monument, Inc. Shelton Economic Development Shelton Youth Service Bureau SONCCA St. Joseph High School St. Jude Children’s Charities St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital St. Martin de Porres Church Stand Up to Cancer Stratford Cat Project, Inc. Swim Across the Sound TEAM, Inc. TEAM, Inc./Meals on Wheels UJA/Westport United Methodist Homes of CT United Way of Metropolitan Nashville United Way California Capital Region United Way for Southeast Michigan United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area United Way of Allegheny County United Way of Central Indiana United Way of Coastal Fairfield County United Way of Dupage Area United Way of Eastern Maine

United Way of Forsyth County United Way of Gloucester County United Way of Greater Capital Region/Albany United Way of Greater Cleveland United Way of Greater Houston United Way of Greater Knoxville United Way of Greater New Haven United Way of Greater St. Louis United Way of Greenville County United Way of Kenosha County United Way of King County United Way of Mass Bay United Way of Metro Chicago United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta United Way of Metropolitan Dallas United Way of Metropolitan Nashville United Way of Milford United Way of Naugatuck/Beacon Falls United Way of Northwest CT United Way of Orange County United Way of Roanoke Valley United Way of Salt Lake United Way of the Bay Area United Way of the Mid South United Way of Treasure Valley United Way of Volusia/Flagler Counties United Way of Western CT USO of New York Valley Regional Adult Education Valley YMCA Visiting Nurse Association Women & Girls Fund/CFGNH YMCA/Ralphola Taylor Community Center Young Parent Program

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2011 COMMUNITY CORPORATE CUP

The Community Corporate Cup has been a United Way tradition since 1991 involving our United Way, The Valley YMCA, Griffin Hospital and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce in a program designed to improve the health and quality of life for area employees in a fun filled way. Over the years we have not quantified the pounds lost, stress relived and blood pressure results normalized, but it has been enormous. The event itself revolves around the healthy team competition and a range of other competitive events. Points are earned over the course of three months and eventually one company emerges as the winner. In 2011, that company was CDW-G. They broke Perkin Elmer’s four year hold on the title with a very strong finish that included victories in the final two and three of the last four events. In what may have been an omen of things to come, CDW-G got off to a great start in the very first event when Evelyn Allen rolled a perfect game in bowling – the first in the history of the Corporate Cup. They also took first place in the Run/Walk, Wiffleball and the Healthy Team competition. PerkinElmer finished a strong second and managed to capture individual titles in Orienteering, Run/Walk and Mini-Golf. BIC Incorporated finished in third place for the second straight year while a couple of former winners, Spectrum Plastics and Birmingham Group rounded out the top five.

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TEAM

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CDW-G

159.50

2

Perkin Elmer

150.50

3

BIC

141.00

4

Spectrum Plastics

132.58

5

Birmingham Group

129.75

6

Fletcher Thompson

120.25

7

TEAM, Inc.

118.25

8

United Illuminating

84.50

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Valley YMCA

76.17

10

Calvert Safe & Lock

62.33

11

Griffin Hospital

55.25

12

Chamber Health

38.17

13

Gordon Rubber

18.50

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THE VOLUNTEER CENTER Youth Leadership The Youth Leadership Program, established in 1990, develops teens into future community leaders through education about community needs and how local nonprofit organizations are assisting. Youth leaders conclude their year-long experience by evaluating requests for proposals and allocating funding to their agencies and programs of choice. • 30 Youth Leaders • Allocated $2,000 • Volunteered over 777 hours • 2011 Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce Silver Award Winner

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THE VOLUNTEER CENTER High School Volunteer Council The High School Volunteer Council, created in 1994, gives students from Valley High Schools the opportunity to interact with one another, practice leadership skills and gain a broader understanding of community issues. Monthly meetings are hosted at each of the Valley High Schools. • Volunteer Leadership group projects established. • Community Leadership modeled • High School monthly reports presented to the Council representing Valley community leadership

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CORPORATE VOLUNTEER COUNCIL Back to School

CVC companies adopt children who attend a Valley-based school and live below the poverty line. For each adopted child, the companies purchase two complete outfits, a winter coat and a backpack full of school supplies in an effort to increase attendance during the first days of school. • 150 children attending Shelton elementary schools received $30,000 worth of supplies in 2011. • To date this program has reached 2,157 Valley children and provided school supplies and school clothing valued at over $400,000.

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CORPORATE VOLUNTEER COUNCIL Week of Caring The CVC completed its 17th

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annual Week of Caring project…the building of Harvest House IV. Pitney Bowes was once again named the “Marquis Sponsor”. Valley United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council community effort to help feed the Valley people in need provided thousands of cans and boxes of food for Valley agencies to give to the families they serve. Also underwriting the event were: Platinum-PerkinElmer; Gold - BIC Corporation and First Niagara and Newtown Savings Bank; Silver -Iroquois Gas Transmission, Health Net and Valley Community Foundation. Many other companies held food drives and volunteered. Emmett O’Brien Vocational Technical School’s CADD and Carpentry Dept designed and built the new House. It was a great success!

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LEADERSHIP GREATER VALLEY include Valley history of the Valley, business ethics and economic development among others. At the conclusion of the program, our Volunteer Center works with the graduating leaders to place them in volunteer leadership positions throughout the Valley. We are fortunate to have three graduates of the program currently serving on the Board of Directors here at United Way.

Leadership Greater Valley graduated its 16th class in 2011, and published its first Alumni Newsletter. LGV is a very unique collaborative of United Way, the Valley Council for Health & Human Services and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce. It is open to adults who aspire to be community leaders and provides them with an experience that exposes them to all aspects of life in the Valley. The program begins in the fall and includes weekly programs that Leadership Greater Valley Class of 2011

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The Volunteer Center is Always Open with Volunteer Solutions Volunteers are the backbone of Valley United Way and we value the special relationship between volunteers and the communities in which they serve. We strongly encourage all Valley-based nonprofits and volunteer groups to list their opportunities through Volunteer Solutions. Opportunities and special needs can be made available in one place and can even be found by those outside the Valley. This free service is made possible through the generous support of the Raymond P. Lavietes Foundation. For more information or assistance please contact Valley United Way at (203) 926-9478 or visit our website www.valleyunitedway.org.

Annual Meeting 2011

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THANK YOU For honoring those who have made the community stronger through their volunteerism and dedication.

Supporting Valley United Way is a Pagliaro family tradition. For over 100 years we have lived, worked and actively volunteered in the Valley. While serving as the campaign chair, I have met many wonderful people and have worked closely with those who receive United Way’s services. I am proud to be part of this organization and I enjoy the great feeling that comes from helping others. Joseph Pagliaro Jr., Chairman of the Valley United Way’s 2011-2012 Community Campaign

Joe and friends at kickoff campaign

Mission Statement - Valley United Way's mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Valley United Way will measurably improve the lives of people in our community through:

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Philanthropy – Raising dollars to invest in identified community priorities. Volunteerism – Inspiring people to make a difference by giving their time. Collaboration – Working with others to build coalitions that leverage resources to address identified community priorities.

Valley United Way • 54 Grove Street, Shelton • Phone: (203) 926-9478 • Fax: (203) 926-1368 • Website: www.valleyunitedway.org Serving Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton

Valley United Way 2012 Annual Reprt  

Annual report issued by Valley United Way in April 2012 covering work in the towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton Connecticu...