Last year, Chester residents benefited from Middlesex United Way initiatives and programs provided by our funding partners such as:
- Middlesex United Way partners with Youth Service Bureaus in 13 of the 15 towns in Middlesex County—including Chester—to implement the Healthy Communities-Healthy Youth initiative, a countywide effort to reduce risky behaviors such as substance abuse and violence in youth by developing their assets, traits they need to be successful in life, and by strengthening community assets, the conditions needed for young people to thrive. Based on recent survey data, youth throughout Middlesex County reported that substance abuse decreased by 25%, violence decreased by 24%, and antisocial behavior decreased by 11%.
- 43 residents were served through the Early Childhood Council of Essex, Deep River and Chester. This is part of Middlesex United Way's school readiness initiative, which supports local Early Childhood Councils and is working with school systems, early childcare providers, and parents throughout Middlesex County to identify and assist children 3 to 5 years of age who have social and emotional problems before they enter kindergarten. The programs assist children to become school ready and educate their parents about the important role they play in their child’s earliest years.
- 244 residents called United Way 2-1-1, a toll-free statewide helpline that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- 153 residents received food through Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries. SSKP is an interfaith ministry that serves lower Middlesex County and provides food and fellowship to people in need and educates our communities about hunger and poverty.
- 117 residents received support from The Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc., which provides mental health services for children and families.
- 90 boys and 51 girls participated in the Boy Scouts of America, Connecticut Rivers Council, and the Girls Scouts of Connecticut, respectively.
*Updated July 2013