Clark’s legacy will live on through the United Way’s efforts

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Those who have been in our community for any length of time have witnessed changes in population, character, and, of course, geography.

In the midst of change there are certain entities that hold on to their essence, not due to a lack of progress, but rather due to their ability to move nimbly forward, yet retain the facets of their existence that matter most. One such entity within the Greenwich community is our United Way. Created 80 years ago by Greenwich volunteers, contributors, and human service providers, coming together for the greater good of the community, the work and value of our United Way has never been more necessary or important.

Documenting local needs, collaborating on meaningful solutions and coordinating the raising and thoughtful distribution of dollars made a great deal of sense in 1933 and it makes even more sense today.

One of the most iconic symbols of the Greenwich community’s spirit of voluntarism and philanthropy and the United Way’s leadership role in this arena is our building near the top of Greenwich Avenue, at the intersection of Lafayette Court and Putnam Avenue. This edifice is a living monument to one of Greenwich’s most generous philanthropists and dedicated volunteers, who sadly passed away last week.

Though Henry Clarke was devoted to many worthy causes throughout his lifetime, it was his foresight and generosity that made the United Way offices and meeting spaces into living symbols of service to others. Henry’s legacy is felt by hundreds of volunteers and thousands of United Way beneficiaries every year and his memory lives on through all of them.

We send our heartfelt condolences to Henry Clarke’s family and acknowledge, with gratitude, the enduring difference he made in the community he loved.


Stuart Adelberg
Old Greenwich


Virginia Meyer


The authors are the United Way’s president and board chair, respectively.

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