Direct Impact Programs

Greenwich United Way programs are a new way to bring impactful solutions to the community. Learn more below about the needs in the community and how we are bringing solutions to the table.

For more information email info@greenwichunitedway.org or call us at 203-869-2221.

Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions

Help us close the achievement gap in Greenwich with our Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions (ECAGS) program. With support from our Impact Partners: Family Centers, YMCA of Greenwich and Greenwich Public Schools, this new data-driven solution is now in full swing here in Greenwich!

The program’s objective is to narrow the Achievement Gap utilizing a two-pronged approach.  One, an evidence-based home visitation program, Greenwich Parents as Teachers, at Family Centers, targeting low-income families and children, ages birth to 3, coupled with an enriched pre-school instructional coaching program, at Family Centers and the YMCA of Greenwich, serving a large percentage of low-income children, ages 3-5.

Data shows children in Greenwich from low-income families and those in which English is a second language perform significantly lower than their peers on standardized reading and math tests.

The percentage of children in these groups meeting expected achievement levels is 28 to 36 percentage points lower than the Town average.

Research shows that a combination of a high-quality home visitation program coupled with an enhanced pre-school program can narrow the achievement gap.

To track the results of this program, the Greenwich United Way has entered into an agreement with the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) to share data and resources to ensure program success.

As we have been doing since 1933, the Greenwich United Way has identified a need and assembled the right community partners to address this need: in this case, elimination of the achievement gap in the community.

 

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Youth Impact Programming

Greenwich United Way’s Youth Impact Programming brings opportunity to the youth of Greenwich by:

  • Strengthening student skills in reading and other areas (e.g., Homework, Summer) through the Champions program
  • Helping our youth work together for the betterment of Greenwich through the Greenwich Junior United Way

Reading Champions

Greenwich United Way Reading Champions is a literacy program partnering Greenwich youth with community volunteers in an effort to build fluency skills during the school year. Since 2008, Reading Champions volunteers have assisted over 2,500 children in achieving individual reading goals in fluency. By enabling students to obtain immediate feedback and receive one-on-one personal attention, the program has been a resounding and proven success. In conjunction with the Greenwich Public School reading curriculum, Reading Champions contributes to the development and growth of students’ fluency. Currently Greenwich United Way Reading Champions serves 10 of 11 elementary schools in Greenwich and the Byram Archibald Neighborhood Center (BANC), Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich (BGCG), and the Y.W.C.A. of Greenwich. Volunteer tutors are trained, no teaching experience is needed, and tutoring opportunities are always available.

Human Services Technology Solutions

Human Services Technology Solutions

Case Managers, serving local clients, lack online/electronic access to accurate and timely information (forms, qualification requirements, availability, specific contacts, procedures, etc.) regarding employment, social services programs and other benefits to help clients.

Communications between human services agencies and external benefit providers are extremely cumbersome, often requiring antiquated phone, fax and “snail mail” processing.

Clients struggle to gather information or manage tasks that they could and should be doing on their own.

Greenwich United Way has identified this community need and is working to help our local Case Managers and Social Workers serve clients more quickly and effectively using online, interactive, cloud-based information technology systems.