Neighbor to Neighbor receives United Way support

The Greenwich United Way is giving a boost to Neighbor to Neighbor through its Community Investment Funding program.

During the 2012-13 fiscal year, Neighbor to Neighbor will receive $10,000 in funding from Greenwich United Way to aid its efforts to provide food and clothing to local families in need.

Founded in 1975, Neighbor to Neighbor is a volunteer-based non-profit organization, operating in the basement annex of Christ Church of Greenwich. Neighbor to Neighbor strives to improve lives by providing for the exchange of food, clothing and basic living essentials in an atmosphere of kindness and respect. It provides food, clothing and small household items to clients who are referred by social service agencies, religious organizations and the public school system.


Every year, Neighbor to Neighbor provides 500 Greenwich families with 300,000 meals and 2,300 adults and children from Greenwich, Port Chester and Stamford with 14,000 bags of clothing. Neighbor to Neighbor does not charge fees and food and clothing are provided free of charge to eligible clients.

The need for its services continues to grow. Since the start of the economic downturn in 2008, Neighbor to Neighbor has experienced a 50% increase in demand.

It was among 25 that applied for and received Greenwich United Way grants to fund community health and human service programs. As part of the United Way’s Community Investment process, volunteers study requests, visit sites, meet with agency personnel, and review budgets, program descriptions, and financial reports to determine appropriate funding levels and ensure the most effect use of the United Way’s available dollars.

According to a press release, panelists cited the cost-effectiveness of Neighbor to Neighbor’s service delivery as the organization contends with a growing need. The need that it addresses has been documented in the United Way’s latest Needs Assessment and State of Greenwich Statistical Portrait. Neighbor to Neighbor previously received United Way Community Investment funding last year and other special grants in prior years.

According to board President Soraya Mariel, “Our clients depend on our many good neighbors to provide monetary and material donations to Neighbor to Neighbor. As a proud United Way member agency, we not only receive much needed funding to support those families in critical need, we also demonstrate to the community that we are meeting a documented need through sound financial management and effective collaborations.”

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