United Way accepting applications for Student United Way

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is now accepting applications to its 2023-24 Student United Way program. It is open to high school juniors and seniors from area schools. Applications, available online, are due by Friday, September 29, 2023, and the size is limited to twenty participants.
Student United Way (SUW) is an initiative under United Way’s impact area Thriving Children and Youth. The program engages youth from area schools throughout twelve sessions to learn about philanthropy and the needs in New London County.

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. Last year’s SUW cohort volunteered at United Way’ Mobile Food Pantries, at the Tommy Toy Fund, and at the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center warehouse to sort donated clothing.

Participants will learn more in-depth about philanthropy and be an important part of the decision-making process in awarding a local organization a $2,500 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; and
  • 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 cash award drawing.

The application, along with the schedule, is available online at: www.uwsect.org/student-united-way.

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 www.uwsect.org.