Last month the Greenwich Jr United Way (GJrUW) launched a Hoodie Drive at Brunswick School, Greenwich Academy, Eastern Middle School and Christ Church Nursery School to collect warm clothing for Neighbor to Neighbor. In addition, the teens at Brunswick School organized a fundraiser to help support the Annual Campaign at Greenwich United Way. “This unique volunteer group is comprised of teens from many of the public and private schools in Greenwich. These students are brought together by the common interest in making a difference in their community. Teen volunteers are able to learn about their town and have a lasting impact through hands-on experience in meeting critical needs,” said Program Coordinator, Joanne Delone.
The program was originally launched at Greenwich High School and has since been opened to all Greenwich teens in 2017. Teens have expressed their interest in expanding programs that impact youth and at-risk families, which represents approximately 40 percent of Greenwich residents combined. In recent months, the teens have embarked on forming a Mentor Program within the Greenwich United Way and are starting to build Finance Champions, a program modeled after Reading Champions which falls under the Youth Impact Programming division of the new Direct Impact Program platform at Greenwich United Way. “Youth Impact is a priority area in Greenwich and we are focused on developing ways to strengthen the skill set of students in our schools and fostering a forum for youth to work together for the betterment of Greenwich”, said Greenwich United Way CEO, David Rabin.
Greenwich Jr United Way teens have decided to set a goal of $5,000 to support the organization’s Annual Campaign. Students at Sacred Heart are working to donate a portion of sales from a new fleece sweatshirt in the school’s bookstore to Annual Campaign fundraising. Students at Greenwich Academy have hosted successful bake sales in the past but are looking to evolve their fundraiser this year with new ideas. Teens are working with Miss Connecticut USA 2017, Olga Litvinenko, to raise awareness for their work. A video interview with Litvinenko can be found on the Greenwich United Way Facebook page.
Greenwich Jr United Way meets weekly at the Greenwich United Way office. All Greenwich teens are welcome to participate in the meeting and off-site activities. For more information on GJrUW projects please visit the Greenwich United Way website (www.greenwichunitedway.org) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Visit Greenwich United Way on Facebook (facebook.com/greenwichunitedway/), Twitter (twitter.com/GreenwichUW) or Instagram (instagram.com/greenwichunitedway/) to learn more about the organization, and people it serves, in real time.
About Greenwich Jr United Way:
The Greenwich Jr United Way was created by teens to enable teens to get involved in solving problems in their local community. Led by and for young people under the guidance of adults, teens choose focus areas, develop their own ideas and make a measurable difference. All middle school and high school students in the Town of Greenwich are eligible to volunteer.
About Greenwich United Way:
The Greenwich United Way shares a name with approximately 1,400 other similar organizations across the nation, although the Greenwich, Connecticut division is a privately incorporated, locally governed, nonprofit agency. As a volunteer driven organization, the Greenwich United Way exists to help identify and address the human service needs specific to its local community and to create and affect meaningful solutions. Through various fundraising efforts, the organization is able to directly allocate the funds necessary to accomplish this goal. The Greenwich United Way also invests in and conducts collaborative efforts to address broad based community needs with partnering nonprofit agencies.