United Way grant aids the underserved

Joan Fiore, Leonita Belonta and Margaret Camillo celebrate the United Way grant at the annual CCI Senior Tea.

Joan Fiore, Leonita Belonta and Margaret Camillo celebrate the United Way grant at the annual CCI Senior Tea.

A United Way Grant recently awarded to Community Centers, Inc. (CCI) has provided critical support to the organization’s community programs.

The $221,741 Community Investment Grant from the Greenwich United Way has been called “instrumental in fulfilling their mission of helping the underserved in the community during the 2012-2013 fiscal year” by CCI. According to the United Way, CCI is among 25 local agencies that applied for and received grants to fund Greenwich community health and human service programs in the coming year.

CCI offers a wide variety of programs that support local residents of limited resources, including tutoring, afterschool activities for the very young and for teens, enrichment programs, counseling, and citizenship advocacy. It provides tools to foster self-sufficiency, growth, and resiliency, whether they be for a special education child, a special needs adult, a teen looking for a structured recreational program, a vulnerable senior with limited means, or a single mother in need of better English skills.

“We are impressed with the scope of CCI’s programs, the well-trained, and extremely dedicated professional staff, including those who are also bilingual, who provide essential and compassionate services to some of the most vulnerable Greenwich residents,” the volunteers said of the grant recipient.

In thanking the United Way, CCI Executive Director Kathy Stillson noted that the organization was founded in 1955 in response to a United Way (then Community Chest and Council) study that determined local community centers should be brought under one umbrella.

“This grant, like all of the financial support the United Way has provided since the beginning, helps us offer key support to many of our community’s neediest individuals and families,” Ms. Stillson said.” The United Way is expert in researching community needs, and carefully evaluating the services of the agencies it supports so it can be confident it invests its donors’ dollars wisely. So we are particularly pleased by its volunteers’ evaluation of Community Centers’ work and grateful for their continued support in this particularly difficult nonprofit fundraising environment.”

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