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Serving the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville,

and Plymouth/Terryville.

United Starts With You!

Not All Heroes Wear Capes.

There Is Still Time

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Bristol Blues Baseball Game July 18
Adopt a Child Back to School Program Logo

United Way of West Central Connecticut Adopt-A-Child Backpack Program for the 2023/2024 school year has begun! We are in need of backpacks, school supplies, and an outfit or gift card for 400 students attending school in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, and Plymouth.


Throughout the years we have served thousands of students through our program with generous donations from our community, and after the difficult few years that our students have experienced, it is even more vital that we do what we can to help them have a successful school year.


If you would like to sponsor a child, make a donation,

 or have any questions about the program,

please email Kimberly Mercado-Hernandez at khernandez@uwwestcentralct.org or call 860-582-9559.

Walsh Summer Work Experience Program

Giving Back To Our Students

The Walsh Summer Work Experience Program (WSWEP) is funded by MSCF Tim and Mary Walsh Charitable Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation, Farmington Bank Community Foundation, the City of Bristol Community Development Block Grant, and the Wally Barnes Fund for Community Leadership Initiatives at the Main Street Community Foundation.

Twenty-five students from Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, and E.C. Goodwin High Schools were selected to participate in this program run through the United Way of West Central Connecticut. Students were selected through an interview process and over eight weeks will gain work-readiness skills from professionals in the Bristol area.

The program started with an introductory week of goal setting, workplace etiquette, participating in an employer panel, and learning about different career paths available to working-age individuals. The following weeks, WSWEP students will work at the work sites best suited for their goals and will have weekly Friday check-ins to share their experiences and continue to learn from guest speakers.

Some of the work sites this year are Bristol Hospital, ShopRite, Oma's Pride, Bakery on Maple, United Way, Family Roots, City Hall, Bristol Bazaar, Primo Press, and Rolling Videogames. We are grateful to all those who make this program possible for our students.

Meet Our Summer Interns!

Meet Jazmin, our new intern!

As a Communications Intern with United Way of West Central Connecticut.

Jazmin will be spending the summer helping to bring awareness to our mission, with a special focus on social media, website design, and marketing. She is a rising junior at Quinnipiac University with a major in Computer Information Systems and is excited to help spread our mission!

Welcome Bristol Eastern High School Senior Ava to United Way of West Central Connecticut.

Ava is a 2022 Walsh Summer Work Experience Program (WSWEP) alumni and has returned this summer as Program Assistant. The WSWEP offers 25 Bristol students age 16 and up seven weeks of paid work experience at local partner sites, and classroom time which reinforces social emotional and career readiness skills that they will need to be successful at their summer worksites and in their future careers.

Date Rescheduled!

Community Builders' Reception Logo

Join the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, and Plymouth on Tuesday, October 17 for the 21st Annual Community Builders' Reception at the DoubleTree by Hilton!

We will celebrate and recognize those who make west central Connecticut great and kick off the 2023 Campaign.

Additional event information will be available shortly. If you wish to become an event sponsor, contact Sarah Mitchell, Resource Development Coordinator at smitchell@uwwestcentralct.org, for sponsor information.



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