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Living Paycheck-To-Paycheck In Newtown? United Way Offers Online Survey

Kim Morgan CEO of the United Way of Western Connecticut
Kim Morgan CEO of the United Way of Western Connecticut Photo Credit: File

DANBURY, Conn. – In an effort to improve services, the United Way of Western Connecticut is looking to hear from people in the Danbury and Stamford communities who are facing daily struggles to make ends meet.

The feedback can be done in the form of an online survey which is available in English and in Spanish here , or by attending a community conversation.

All online responses are anonymous, unless participants choose to share their contact information.

The United Way of Western Connecticut serves Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield and Stamford, among other area towns.

To be relevant and effective in today’s fragile economy, the United Way is focusing on a growing population of residents in the community called ALICE. ALICE — Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed — represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working but unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation.

UWWC is seeking broad participation in the conversations to better inform decisions addressing the needs in the community. They are looking for individuals who work hard and live paycheck-to-paycheck to come forward and share their experiences and recommendations for assistance.

“UWWC is looking forward to opportunities to engage with community members and gather a deeper understanding of critical needs beyond what quantitative data can tell us on its own,” said Kim Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut. “By soliciting dialogue, we expect to narrow our focus and evolve our solution-driven approach.”

The United Way will also host community conversation meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. with Families Network and their staff at Families Network, 5 Library Place, Danbury
  • Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Family Centers, 60 Palmer's Hill Road, Stamford
  • Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Person-to-Person, 1864 Post Road, Darien
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at Childcare Learning Centers, 195 Hillandale Ave., Stamford

The United Way intends to improve the lives of people in Western Connecticut by funding programs and collaboratives that target specific issue areas that most impact ALICE households, particularly in the areas of education, income and health.

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