United Way of Western Connecticut Announces Update on Response to Sandy Hook
DANBURY, Conn., Dec. 26, 2012
DANBURY, Conn., Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --United Way of Western
Connecticut (UWWC) today announced an update on the Sandy Hook School Support
Fund, a charitable fund established jointly by UWWC and Newtown Savings Bank
to support the Newtown community following the Sandy Hook School tragedy.
"We want to express our deepest appreciation for the support the Sandy Hook
School Support Fund has received," said Kim Morgan, CEO, UWWC. "The needs
facing Newtown will be many and diverse, and the Sandy Hook School Support
Fund will be a vital resource as the community grieves, heals and rebuilds."
"We hope that people will continue supporting this incredibly worthwhile
effort," said Morgan. "The Sandy Hook School Support Fund will be
administered and managed by members of the Newtown community. We think it is
critical that the needs and priorities of the fund be determined locally."
The fund is designed to receive only general, undesignated contributions.
Neither UWWC nor Newtown Savings Bank will take any percentage of the fund for
administrative or any other purposes; 100% of contributions will go to meet
the needs of the Newtown community. As of December 26th, the Sandy Hook
School Support Fund has received over $3.5 million.
Additionally, the Town of Newtown recently announced that a transition team
has been formed that will be undertaking the task of developing a structure
and an organization that will serve as the community-based board responsible
for the administration and management of the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
UWWC also offered its appreciation to the many businesses and organizations
that have contributed in-kind goods and volunteer services that have been put
to immediate use by the Newtown Volunteer Task Force, an organization
established by Newtown residents. These contributions have enabled the
Newtown Volunteer Task Force to manage the outpouring of support from around
"From computers to office supplies, the generosity of many companies and
organizations has been vital to developing an organized response to donations,
volunteers and other forms of aid," said Morgan. "The needs in the days to
come for items that will help in organizing and deploying support in the
community will be great, and we appreciate this amazing help."
To make a monetary contribution to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, please
visit http://www.uwwesternct.org/. You can also support the Sandy Hook
School Support Fund with a $10 donation by texting NEWTOWN to 80888.
Donations can also be mailed to:
Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT, 06470
In addition to making donations at any Newtown Savings Bank branch, four banks
have also announced that customers can donate to the Sandy Hook School Support
Fund at their branches, with 100% of the contribution going directly to the
fund. The banks are:
oBank of America
oUnion Savings Bank
ABOUT UNITED WAY OF WESTERN CONNECTICUT
United Way of Western Connecticut advances the common good, creating
opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building
blocks of education, income and health. United Way creates long lasting
community change by addressing the underlying causes of problems that prevent
progress in these areas. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to be a
part of the change. For more information about United Way of Western
Connecticut, please visit: www.uwwesternct.org.
SOURCE United Way of Western Connecticut
Contact: Patrick Kinney, +1-860-989-9549
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