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Serving the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville,

and Plymouth/Terryville.

United Starts With You!

Join for the 21st Annual Community Builders' Reception

We are coming together to celebrate those who bring out the best in our communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, and Plymouth. Join us Tuesday, October 17 at 6 pm at The DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol for United Way of West Central Connecticut's 21st Annual Community Builders' Reception.

This year’s theme, "United for Impact: Imagine What We Can Do Together" will showcase community award winners who strive to support all those living and working in our four towns - Bristol, Burlington, Plainville & Plymouth/Terryville.

We encourage you to come together and join us for what promises to be a fun and inspirational evening.

The evening includes a wonderful dinner, raffles, and most importantly, honoring those in our community.

This year's award winners are:

  • Game Changer Award - City of Bristol ARPA Taskforce
  • Circle of Excellence Award - Watermark, Inc.
  • Community Impact Award - Kim Ward Holley
  • United Starts with Youth Award -Plainville Girl Scout Troop 66045

For more information on tickets or reserving a table of 10, contact Sarah Mitchell, smitchell@uwwestcentralct.org

Join Us and Be United For Impact - Tickets On Sale Now -
Sponsorship & Program Book Opportunities Available.

For more information on Community Builders' Reception Sponsorship or Program Book opportunities, contact Sarah Mitchell, smitchell@uwwestcentralct.org

Ending the Summer

With A Sizzle!

Thank you to all those who attended United Way of West Central Connecticut's Sizzling Summer Bash 2023 brought to you by Stephen AutoMall Centre.

It was a wonderful time with beverages provided by Worldwide Wine & Spirits, barbecue by Munch Eatery, and special guest, Bristol's very own Donovan Clingan.

A HUGE thank you Bristol CERT, United Way of West Central CT Board Members and friends for volunteering at this memorable end-of-summer event.

Photography by: Luke Haughwout

Meet Our New Board Members

George Gogas is a resident of Bristol and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). He graduated from UCONN with his MSW in 2014 and became licensed in 2016.

Some of his previous work experience includes:

  • Rushford focusing on substance use disorders/mental health
  • Community Health Centers providing therapy
  • Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services including Connecticut Valley Hospital and Capital Region

George is the owner and full-time clinician of a private practice located in Bristol called Charter Oak Therapeutic Services.

He started this practice in 2017 part-time and it has grown to my full-time career. He specializes in treating anxiety, depression and trauma.

"Being a combat veteran myself, I enjoy working with other veterans, first responders and men who wouldn’t traditionally find themselves in therapy. my current focus is finding the right avenue to get more involved in the community and give back."

Photo of new Board Member Albert

Ysmael Albert Peguero is the Director of Strategy and Business Development at Bristol Health in Bristol, Connecticut.

Albert joined Bristol Health in 2019 as an Administrative Fellow responsible for leading the 1,700+ workforce through implementing the Baldrige Excellence Framework.

He assumed additional responsibilities in 2020, leading the health system through the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Albert facilitated addressing Bristol Health's 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment and developed the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment.

Albert earned his Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Communications from UCONN, an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, and is a Doctor of Business Administration candidate earning his degree from Northcentral University.

He is actively involved in community leadership and serves as the Treasurer on the Board of the Connecticut Association of Healthcare Executives. He previously held leadership roles on Central CT Chambers of Commerce Emerging Leaders Board, United Way of Greater Waterbury Emerging Leaders Committee, and as a Board Advisor for the Waterbury Police Explorers.

Tickets Now Available

United Way of West Central Connecticut Wine and Beer Tasting event on Friday November 3

For more information on the Fall Wine & Beer Tasting

or ways to sponsor, contact Sarah Mitchell smitchell@uwwestcentralct.org

Ways YOU Can Support

Your Community

Joy of Sharing:

Feed the Need Food Drive

November 15 - 17

Gather your friends, family, co-workers, and folks from the community to help Feed the Need in our four towns. This food drive is unique in that it benefits food pantries, shelters, and other organizations that assist in eliminating food insecurity in our communities.

Joy of Sharing - Toy Drive

December 4 - 6

Bring some holiday cheer to children and families in our four towns. This new toy drive, for children ages 3 to 14, provides toys to families who need extra support this holiday season. Toys are distributed to area agencies who apply for assistance.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program logo

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program

Tax season is right around the corner and we're recruiting volunteers now. Volunteers need no previous tax filing experience - all volunteers will receive IRS training - and can be as young as high school.

For more information and how YOU can get involved, please contact Nancy Micloskey, nmicloskey@uwwestcentralct.org



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