Better Together

Dear Stamford Community,

As we step into the month of February, we are excited to celebrate Black History Month and reflect on the significant contributions of individuals throughout generations. This month, we honor the resilience, creativity, and accomplishments of Black leaders who have shaped our nation despite the challenges rooted in the legacy of free labor.

Black History Month Celebrations

Join us in acknowledging the rich tapestry of Black history. Throughout February, we'll be highlighting inspiring stories, achievements, and milestones that have paved the way for positive change. Follow our social media channels for updates and insights.

United Way Equity Journey

We are proud to introduce the United Way Equity Journey! The Equity Journey creates dedicated space and time, with a purpose to help all participants gain insights from diverse perspectives, enhance comprehension, exchange actionable ideas, and foster a lasting commitment to advancing equity and inclusion in our communities.

Whether you are an avid reader, binge-watch documentary films, listen to podcasts on your commute, or have little ones you read with each night, there is something here for you. Join us on this journey from February 5-9th on all of our social media platforms: Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram.


CARES Mentoring Program

Our commitment to empowering the next generation continues with the CARES Mentoring Program. Watch our descriptive video [here] to learn more about the program's impact. If you're interested in becoming a mentor or gaining more information, please fill out the form by clicking here.

Save the Date: Annual Convening - "Better Together"

Mark your calendars for our upcoming 3-part Annual Convening, themed "Better Together." This series aims to bring our community closer through strategic collaboration for positive change. For more information, click here.

We believe that we are truly "Better Together." Let's unite for a brighter future!

Thank you for your continued support in building a thriving and inclusive community.

Warm regards,

Edith Presley

President, Stamford Cradle to Career

Please scroll down for important and timely information.

SC2C News & Events

Join us for the 'Better Together' 2023 SC2C Convening Series! This event is all about fostering collaboration and connection among youth, parents & caregivers, and community partners. Don't miss out on this opportunity to come together for meaningful discussions and collective action. 


Celebrate Black History Month! This year's inspiring theme shines a spotlight on 'African Americans and the Arts,' honoring their contributions throughout history. Join us in commemorating the rich cultural heritage and remarkable artistic achievements of the African American community.


Boost your professional development with training from State Education Resource Center on Classroom Practices for Improving Student Learning and Behavior, alongside Youth Mental Health First Aid and WBDC's Financial Foundations for Small Business Boost Fund.


Explore valuable resources for Stamford preschoolers! From early education programs to family support services, discover everything you need to nurture your child's growth and development. Visit Stamford Cradle to Career's website for essential links and information.


Connecticut’s Tributes to Black History

Celebrate Black History beyond February by exploring the rich historical landmarks and museums in Connecticut. Discover the birthplace of renowned abolitionist John Brown in Torrington, marked by a granite monument maintained by the Torrington Historical Society. Learn about the Harpers Ferry Raid and the pikes crafted by the Collins Company in Collinsville, showcased at the Canton Historical Museum. Pay tribute to enslaved individuals through the Witness Stones Project in Guilford or West Hartford. Delve into the impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford. Explore the Prudence Crandall Museum, the nation's first boarding school for African American women, showcasing efforts for equal education and earning Crandall a place in the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. Experience the Connecticut Freedom Trail and New London's Black Heritage Trail, which collectively narrate three centuries of Black resilience, strength, and accomplishment, encompassing stories of enslavement, the Great Migration, and the civil rights struggle.

Discover Connecticut's rich history and celebrate Black History Month by exploring

landmarks, museums, and events. For details, visit: CTVISIT.COM

Community News & Events

The Youth Mental Health First Aid (YNHFA)Training

Monday, February 12, 2024

From 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

This training is designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. It will introduce the common mental health

challenges for youth, review typical adolescent development and teach a five-step action plan for how to help young people in a crisis and non-crisis situation.

The training is FREE of charge to the community! Lunch will be provided!

Register today with

Denique at:

Location: 215 Stillwater Ave.

Stamford, CT

Haitian Health Center

Sunday, February 4, 2024

From 1 to 4 p.m.

Join us at the Haitian Health Fair this Sunday for enriching discussions, expert panels, and family fun. Discover vital resources, connect with Haitian providers, and enjoy kids' face painting, free coats, and much more! Don't miss out on a day dedicated to your well-being.

 Sponsored by Stamford Health, MERCI, and the Haitian American Collaborative. See you there!

Click here to register.

For more information, contact:

Diana Dupuy-Faustin, Community Health Worker at


Equity in Focus


Have you read our latest

Equity in Focus Newsletter?

United Way of Coastal and Western CT offers a compelling exploration into equity, delving into thought-provoking insights, fostering meaningful discussions, and actively championing transformative change around equity-related topics.

Engage with us as we navigate the complexities of equity and work towards creating lasting, positive change in our communities.

Dive into our latest edition!

by clicking here.


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