|Collaborations & Initiatives
United Way of the Capital Area is addressing the most important health and human services problems in our community with many local partners. Click the links below to learn more about United Way's current partnerships.
Working Families Initiative
The Working Families Initiative
complements United Way’s efforts to strengthen families by helping
individuals increase income, build savings and gain and sustain
assets. David Shipler, author of “The Working Poor: Invisible in
America”, provided the keynote address at the launch of the
Working Families Initiative on January 25, 2007.A new program of
the initiative, Working Families Budget Coaches, was announced at
The initiative has three primary goals:
1. increase understanding of challenges
faced by low- and moderate-income, working families
2. provide volunteers, particularly
young professionals, with opportunities to assist families with
practical ways to become more
3. improve working families income by
assisting them in developing a realistic budget, claiming eligible
tax credits and income
supports and building credit and savings
Honorary Chair: Denise
Nappier, Treasurer, State of Connecticut
Co-Chairs: John Bermel,
Brinson, Day Pitney LLP
Davis, Hilb Rogal & Hobbs
Zawisza, The Phoenix Companies
Budget Coaching Program
Self-selected working individuals are
matched with a trained volunteer budget coach to develop a realistic
budget and meet for at least three sessions for review and support.
If additional financial education services are needed or desired,
the coaches will refer participants to appropriate resources.
Working individuals will identify their interest in being matched
with a coach at select volunteer income tax assistance centers
during the tax filing season (January through April, 2007) or
year-round through United Way partner agencies.
United Way is partnering with Hartford
Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (HYPE), a program of
MetroHartford Alliance, for initial recruitment of budget coaches
and volunteer income tax preparers during the 2007 tax-filing
season. Additional volunteers have been identified through attendees
at the Shipler event, the United Way of the Capital Area Tocqueville
Society and local organizations.
The event launch was presented by a
partnership of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish
Federation of Greater Hartford, Jewish Family Services of Greater
Hartford, Saint Joseph College and United Way of the Capital Area
with the generous support of St. Paul Travelers.
Budget coaching is a United Way funded
program of the Hartford Asset Building Collaborative.
Other organizations that have
contributed to the Working Families Initiative include Human
Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc., Office of the Connecticut
State Treasurer, United Way 2-1-1, United Way of the Capital Area
Tocqueville Society Advisory Council and the YWCA of the Hartford
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Ensuring children are successful
and Boys Town Well-managed classroom
Since 2001, United Way of the Capital Area (UWCA) has partnered with Hartford
Public Schools, the Hartford
Federation of Teachers and Girls and Boys Town to introduce and implement
the Girls and Boys Town
Well-Managed Classroom (WMC) model in selected Hartford public
The program is designed to help teachers create a positive learning
climate in their classrooms, so students will spend more time on
task, exhibit fewer disruptive behaviors and have fewer suspensions.
A study conducted at the end of the 2005-06 school year found that, in
classrooms where the model was consistently used, students were
on-task 97% of the time and their grade point averages were 1 to
2.5% higher than the mean for those evaluated.
Well-Managed Classroom model is in its third year of
implementation in New Britain at the Louis P.
Middle School. School administrators report a marked decrease in
office referrals and a higher degree of on-task time in the
In addition to
supporting classroom success, this initiative seeks to influence
parents by including the Village for Families and Children as a
partner. The Village has developed the Institute for Successful
Parenting and offers Girls and Boys Town’s
Common Sense Parenting in selected Hartford schools. By taking
these classes, parents can reinforce at home the behavior model used
in parenting skills have been reported among program participants.
Last year, 75% of 136 parents demonstrated all six new parenting
skills taught in the program, such as preventive and corrective
teaching and how to teach self-control to children.
details of the
2005-06 Girls and Boys Town study,
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What Matters: Safe and affordable housing for families
Development Support Collaborative
To increase the
number of safe and affordable housing units in Hartford, United Way,
together with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and
other local partners, created the Hartford Neighborhood Development
Support Collaborative (HNDSC) in 1995. By working with non-profit
community development corporations (CDCs), the Collaborative has
increased the number of safe and affordable housing units by more
than 1000 over the past 11years.
The CDCs have also developed four
community centers that are developed with housing and offer youth
and adult education and resident services. The CDCs identify
Hartford’s most challenged neighborhoods and develop,
or rehabilitate housing units that can be rented or purchased by
Hartford residents. Families who live in these new units will gain a
stable home for their children, and a safer, well-cared for
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Hartford Asset Building Collaborative
United Way of the Capital Area together with the
Hartford Asset Building Collaborative (HABC) and other local
partners, is working to provide area residents with the tools and
knowledge to build assets. Available programs include credit repair,
financial literacy and matched savings programs for the purchase of
a home, opening a small business or for higher education. In 2006,
90% of participants in financial education courses demonstrated
improved financial management knowledge through the work of HABC.
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