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Community Connections

Community Connections

Tune in each month to United Way Community Connections… because good things happen in communities that care. Guests include Susan B. Dunn, president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, and two people with knowledge and experience on the show’s program. Topics are determined by United Way’s staff, are always topical and timely, and relate to issues and initiatives that matter most to families in our community. United Way’s mission is to engage people to improve lives and change community conditions. Learn more at www.unitedwayinc.org. GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. That’s what it truly means to LIVE UNITED. Community Connections airs on WTIC NewsTalk 1080 the fourth Saturday of each month. The program produced in conjunction with United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.
  • Saturday, November 26th
  • Community Connections 11/26/16

    31:32
    Ensuring our kids succeed in school starts with regular attendance, but this becomes a challenge for many children as temperatures drop and the risk of falling behind rises. Join us for the next episode of Community Connections as United Way President and CEO Paula S. Gilberto and Comcast Western New England Region Manager of Community Investment Karen Perham-Lippman share the challenges winter presents for school children and what we can all do to help.
  • Saturday, October 29th
  • Moving Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck

    36:50
    Moving beyond paycheck to paycheck for struggling Connecticut families: Despite working hard, families in our community continue to struggle to make ends meet, as revealed in United Way’s 2016 ALICE Update Report. Join us as United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut President and CEO Paula S. Gilberto and Senior Director of Strategy and Planning for The Village for Families & Children Tammy Freeberg share the reality faced by local families and the work being done to help move households beyond living paycheck to paycheck.
  • Saturday, August 27th
  • Community Connections 8/27/16

    34:25
    Celebrating New Hardware in New Britain  The Hardware City, New Britain, has a rich history in manufacturing hardware, but its present and future is being built on collecting it. The city has been the recipient of numerous national awards for community improvements, including the National Civic League’s illustrious All-America City award. Join us for the next episode of Community Connections to hear from Coalition of New Britain’s Youth Executive Director Robin Lamott Sparks and United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut President and CEO, Paula S. Gilberto as they share what’s contributing the Hardware City’s success. 
  • Saturday, July 30th
  • Community Connections 7/30/16

    31:59
    For 25 years now, United Way’s flagship volunteer mobilization initiative, Year of Caring, has helped local employees expand their definition of volunteering by engaging them to improve community conditions in varied and innovative ways. United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut President and CEO Paula S. Gilberto will be joined on the upcoming episode of Community Connections by Travelers President of Business Insurance and United Way Board Chair Greg Toczydlowski and YMCA of Greater Hartford CEO Harold Sparrow to talk about United Way’s leadership in fostering community service in our community and the true impact volunteers can make on the lives of local children and families.
  • Saturday, June 25th
  • Community Connections 6/25/16

    28:14
    Improve Your Community. It’s Time to Mind Your Business. When employees are engaged in the workplace, it’s not just good for business; it’s good for our entire community, too. With engaged and mobilized employees, each workplace—no matter the size—can play a significant role in improving the lives of children and families throughout our region. Listen to Community Connections as two champions of community improvement and workplace engagement—Jackie Garofano of United Technologies Research Center and Comcast’s Karen Perham Lippman— join United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut President and CEO Paula S. Gilberto to discuss how local workplaces are changing lives and our community.
  • Tuesday, May 31st
  • Community Connections 2/18/16

    24:57
    Tune in each month to United Way Community Connections… because good things happen in communities that care. Avoiding the Unintended Consequences of Summer Vacation. School is almost out for the summer, but a break from learning carries consequences, including the dreaded “summer slide.” Tune in on Saturday, May 28th as we’re joined by United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut President and CEO Paula S. Gilberto and Emerging Leaders Society member Katherine Ramirez to learn more about avoiding “summer slide” and how our community is coming together to keep kids on track academically over the summer.
  • Monday, May 9th
  • Community Connections 4/30/16

    27:59
    Tune in each month to United Way Community Connections… because good things happen in communities that care. Guests include Paula G. Gilberto , president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, and two people with knowledge and experience on the show’s program.  Women Helping Women: Harnessing the Power of the Purse For the fifth straight year, the United Way Women’s Leadership Council is helping women and families gain financial security through its Power of the Purse Luncheon and Silent Auction. Funds raised at this annual event support financial security of women and families in Hartford, providing financial education classes, one-on-one coaching, and tools to help women and families manage their money and plan for the future. Listen in to learn how you can get involved in this great event that is changing lives in our community.
  • Monday, March 21st
  • Community Connections 3/19/16

    30:40
    United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut President and CEO Susan B. Dunn is retiring after 26 years with the organization. Tune in as we're joined by Susan and her successor, Paula S. Gilberto, to discuss the changes in our community and the future of United Way..
  • Monday, February 29th
  • Community Connections 2/27/16

    30:37
    It’s no secret that housing is expensive in Connecticut, but “expensive” is just the tip of the iceberg for many Connecticut families, who are overburdened by the cost of available housing. Connecticut United Ways' recent Housing Report sheds a light on the true cost of housing expenses for families in our community. Tune in to hear from United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut President Susan B. Dunn and Hartford Housing Authority Executive Director Annette Sanderson as they discuss housing challenges and what they mean for families in our community.
  • Wednesday, February 3rd
  • Community Connections 1/30/16

    38:08
    With a new year and new leadership in Connecticut’s capital city, one constant will be the role of key partnerships, including the need for people living in and out of the city to help create the community we all want. Tune in to hear from United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut President Susan B. Dun as Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin joins us to discuss his plans for the capital city.
  • Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
  • Community Connections 12/26/15

    35:13
    Last tax season, hundreds of volunteers joined the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut to put more than $28 million back into the local economy. Through free tax preparation, these volunteers helped hard-working families in our community get the money they earned and invest in the future. Join us to hear from two volunteers and learn how their work is making our community a better place to live.
  • Monday, November 30th, 2015
  • Community Connections 11/28/15

    30:54
    Donating a turkey is becoming synonymous with Thanksgiving, but what happens the day after Thanksgiving? Many people will be faced with the same tough question they are faced with each day: how am I going to put food on the table? ALICE households, those living above the poverty line but below a basic cost of living threshold, face these choices every day. With more than one in three households in our state struggling to make ends meet, we need solutions. People who live and work in communities like New Britain, Newington and Enfield are coming together to address hunger. Listen to this Community Connections Radio Show from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. to learn how volunteers are making a difference in these towns, and how you can do the same in yours.
  • Monday, November 2nd, 2015
  • Community Connections 10/30/15

    31:53
    This is not your father’s United Way. Two people recently named as Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty leaders are proving that. These up-and-comers are leaders in their workplaces, leaders in the community, and leaders in United Way’s Emerging Leaders Society and Women’s Leadership Council. Join us to hear how they plan to lead United Way into the future. Jocelyn DeMaio, membership chair of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, director of account management in the chief technology office of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Anthony Shannon, subcommittee development manager of United Way’s Emerging Leaders Society, associate attorney, Shipman & Goodwin.
  • Monday, September 21st, 2015
  • Community Connections 9/19/15

    29:26
    Tune in each month to United Way Community Connections… because good things happen in communities that care. Guests include Susan B. Dunn, president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, ALICE households struggle to put food on the table, let alone pay for childcare. So where are our children while ALICE is at work? Are they at a licensed center-based or home-based day care? Many factors affect ALICE’s decision when the cost of quality childcare can be the single-largest expense each month. So what is ALICE to do?
  • Monday, August 31st, 2015
  • Community Connections 8/29/15

    32:59
    60 minutes and you’ll open up a real can of worms! The Very Hungry Caterpillar was very, very hungry. He wanted someone to read with him, but was waiting for someone to say “YES!” Will you say yes? Research shows that children who learn to read on grade level by fourth grade are more likely to graduate high school and get a job that pays a wage that can sustain a family. Join us this Saturday to hear from United Way Readers who are volunteering one hour a week to help kids in Enfield, Hartford and New Britain improve their reading skills.
  • Monday, July 27th, 2015
  • Community Connections 7/25/15

    33:44
    Tune in each month to United Way Community Connections… because good things happen in communities that care. Guests include Susan B. Dunn, president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, and two people with knowledge and experience on the show’s program. Topics are determined by United Way’s staff, are always topical and timely, and relate to issues and initiatives that matter most to families in our community. United Way’s mission is to engage people to improve lives and change community conditions. Learn more at www.unitedwayinc.org. GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. That’s what it truly means to LIVE UNITED. Community Connections airs on WTIC NewsTalk 1080 the fourth Saturday of each month. The program produced in conjunction with United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.
  • Monday, April 27th, 2015
  • Community Connections 4/25/15

    29:48
    Tune in each month to United Way Community Connections… because good things happen in communities that care. Guests include Susan B. Dunn, president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, and two people with knowledge and experience on the show’s program. Topics are determined by United Way’s staff, are always topical and timely, and relate to issues and initiatives that matter most to families in our community. United Way’s mission is to engage people to improve lives and change community conditions. Learn more at www.unitedwayinc.org. GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. That’s what it truly means to LIVE UNITED. Community Connections airs on WTIC NewsTalk 1080 the fourth Saturday of each month. The program produced in conjunction with United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.
  • Monday, March 30th, 2015
  • Community Connections 3/28/15

    30:39
    Tune in each month to United Way Community Connections… because good things happen in communities that care. Guests include Susan B. Dunn, president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, and two people with knowledge and experience on the show’s program. Topics are determined by United Way’s staff, are always topical and timely, and relate to issues and initiatives that matter most to families in our community. United Way’s mission is to engage people to improve lives and change community conditions. Learn more at www.unitedwayinc.org. GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. That’s what it truly means to LIVE UNITED. Community Connections airs on WTIC NewsTalk 1080 the fourth Saturday of each month. The program produced in conjunction with United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.
  • Monday, March 2nd, 2015
  • Community Connections 2/28/15

    31:20
    Tune in each month to United Way Community Connections… because good things happen in communities that care. Guests include Susan B. Dunn, president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, and two people with knowledge and experience on the show’s program. Topics are determined by United Way’s staff, are always topical and timely, and relate to issues and initiatives that matter most to families in our community. United Way’s mission is to engage people to improve lives and change community conditions. Learn more at www.unitedwayinc.org. GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. That’s what it truly means to LIVE UNITED. Community Connections airs on WTIC NewsTalk 1080 the fourth Saturday of each month. The program produced in conjunction with United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.
  • Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
  • Community Connections 1/31/15

    35:24
    Tune in each month to United Way Community Connections… because good things happen in communities that care. Guests include Susan B. Dunn, president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, and two people with knowledge and experience on the show’s program. Topics are determined by United Way’s staff, are always topical and timely, and relate to issues and initiatives that matter most to families in our community. United Way’s mission is to engage people to improve lives and change community conditions. Learn more at www.unitedwayinc.org. GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. That’s what it truly means to LIVE UNITED. Community Connections airs on WTIC NewsTalk 1080 the fourth Saturday of each month. The program produced in conjunction with United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.

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