In Wake of Recent tragedies, United Way Makes Additional $25,000 Contribution to Red Cross, CT Chapter

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is contributing an additional $25,000 to the American Red Cross, Connecticut Chapter, due to the increased strain and demand the organization is facing from events including numerous major hurricane events, fires in western states, and earthquakes in Mexico. United Way of Southeastern Connecticut already funds the Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services and Disaster Services Programs on an ongoing basis.
 
“United Way in New London County is proud to send additional funds to Disaster Relief, knowing that there are many residents of this county, who have immediate family members and dear friends who are struggling in heavily affected areas,” noted Virginia L. Mason, President & CEO of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. “It can take years to recover from such events.”
 
United Way Board Chair, Brian Orenstein, President & CEO of Charter Oak Federal Credit Union said, “Thanks to the generosity of loyal donors in Southeastern Connecticut who entrust us with their contributions, we are able to invest dollars where they’re needed most. Right now, where they are needed most is with Red Cross. We thank our caring community,” Orenstein continued, “For giving us the ability to make this additional gift to the Red Cross so they can meet needs now.”
 
The United Way network of local, autonomous organizations, comes together and invests collectively in the immediate relief needs of those who are suffering.  Those wishing to contribute to United Way Worldwide’s funds for hurricane relief may do so at https://www.unitedway.org/recovery/hurricane-recovery-fund. One hundred percent of donations are going to the local United Ways in the impacted areas. As of October 16, $59.57 million has been donated to these funds for mid- long-term recovery.
 
In 2013, United Way of Southeastern Connecticut had received funds raised nationally in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and the organization helped with the distribution of funds to those affected in New London County.

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About United Way of Southeastern Connecticut
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is a locally-based non-profit organization supporting a network of 75 health and human services, programs, and initiatives in New London County that work together to help people in need and improve community conditions. Supported programs include early care and education, child development, employment training, physical and mental health care, crisis intervention, shelter, employment training, emergency/disaster preparation, and response and recovery service.
 
United Way operates the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center which provides food to 84 free emergency food programs, including a Mobile Food Pantry, at no cost to those in need. United Way supports 2-1-1 Connecticut for free information and referral 24/7 and Project Warm-up for one-time, emergency heating assistance. Visit United Way online at www.uwsect.org to get involved.