Student United Way accepting applications

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is announcing a new program as part of its Thriving Children impact area called Student United Way. It is open to high school juniors and seniors from area schools. Applications, available online, are due by Friday, September 30, 2022, and the size is limited to fifteen participants.

“Student United Way is a great way to engage youth from area schools to learn about philanthropy and the needs here in New London County. This program will be engaging, interactive, and hands-on,” said Dina Sears-Graves, President and CEO of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. “It is important that we strengthen the important role that youth have, and the positive impact they can make in their own communities. Student United Way will deeply engage them in our community, sharing ways they can give back and learn about philanthropy, now and in the future”.

Those accepted into the cohort will experience and learn about the needs in New London County and visit non-profit agencies that address our community’s most urgent challenges. While volunteering, students will experience first-hand what it feels like to contribute to your community.
Participants will learn about philanthropy and be an important part of the decision-making process in awarding a local organization a $2,500.00 grant. Anyone interested is encouraged to apply, regardless of experience in the nonprofit world. 

Students who successfully complete the program can:

  • Fulfill volunteer hour requirements
  • Explore interests in philanthropy and careers at non-profits
  • Build valuable experience for job or school applications
  • Receive a letter of recommendation
  • Give back to their community
  • Earn eligibility for a $500 drawing
Only students who successfully complete the program are eligible for program benefits, including a letter of recommendation and entry into the $500.00 cash award drawing.
The application is available online at:

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is a locally-based non-profit organization supporting a network of 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 make an impact in four areas: Basic Needs; Community Wellness; Promoting Independence; and Thriving Children.
United Way operates the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center which provides food to a network of free emergency food programs in New London County and a Mobile 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