United Way preparing many events

Published on Wednesday, 7 April 2021 11:24


BRISTOL – Registration is underway for United Way of West Central Connecticut’s golf tournament, with the organization also gearing up for their annual “Day of Caring” and preparing to announce the winners of their Community Builders awards.

People can register as participants or sponsors for United Way’s annual golf tournament fundraiser by calling Judi Ann Lausier, Resource Development Coordinator with United Way of West Central Connecticut at 860-582-9559, EXT. 407. The tournament will be held Sept. 14 at Chippanee Golf Club at 6 Marsh Rd.

Lausier said that last year’s tournament was “very successful” despite the limitations due to the pandemic.

“CDC guidelines allowed only 100 golfers but those that attended were very generous and we had a great day,” she said. “I’m optimistic that we’ll be sold out this year as travel restrictions lift. We get support from ESPN and other major companies from out of state that are looking forward to traveling after being unable to attend last year.”

The United Way of West Central Connecticut is also optimistic about their annual “Day of Caring” which will be held May 15 at some 25 sites throughout the community. The day will see groups of volunteers will be assisting with numerous community projects.

“We’re asking those participating to develop outdoor projects for the volunteers,” said Lausier. “I anticipate that it will be a lot of mulching, garden cleaning, washing outdoor furniture for day care centers, sprucing up church areas and helping The Salvation Army get their parking lot situated to continue Grab & Go. We’ll also be helping Indian Rock with their fences.”

In past years, the Day of Caring has drawn just under 700 volunteers including high school sports teams in Bristol, Plymouth and Plainville. However, due to current Board of Education guidelines, students can’t be transported via bus.

“We’re probably still looking at a couple hundred volunteers this year with teams of four to eight people at each site,” said Lausier. “We’re glad that we have been able to maintain our ability to serve the community throughout covid-19. The pandemic has led to an increase in insecurity for food and housing. Families that never thought they would need services have had to turn to them. We’re so appreciative of people who are willing to step up and fill in on the Day of Caring.”

The United Way of West Central Connecticut will honor people and organizations that have worked together with them to improve social issues in the community June 22 with a virtual “Community Builders Reception.”

“United Way focuses on health, education and financial stability and have been uniquely positioned to help address some of these challenges brought on by COVID-19,” said Lausier. “These honorees have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the United Way and the towns we serve, Bristol, Burlington, Plainville and Plymouth/Terryville. Their passion and advocacy truly shows what it means to live united.”

The Award categories include the “Change Maker”, “Collaborative Excellence”, “Spirit of Caring” and “Rising Star.”

In addition, The United Way honors outstanding youth volunteers from our communities. The student award is called the “Youth Live United” award. It is usually given to a middle school or high school student from each town the United Way of West Central Connecticut serves. These students are nominated by a teacher or administrator from United Way’s Youth Board and Kids in the Middle Coordinators for their volunteerism in the community.

This year, the "Collaborative Excellence Award” is going to “Farmers to Families.” The other recipients will be announced soon.

Currently, the United Way of West Central Connecticut and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program are continuing to offer tax assistance through May 17 by calling 860-356-2000.

The United Way office at 440 N. Main Street is a drop-off site on Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., by appointment only.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 7 April 2021 11:24. Updated: Wednesday, 7 April 2021 11:27.