February 6, 2019 | Greenwich Patch

The Greenwich United Way will award its first round of grants to local health, education and self-sufficiency programs across 20 partner agencies at the Community Investment Grant Recipient Reception on February 13 at Greenwich Hospital. Grant recipients include: Abilis, Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, Community Centers Inc. of Greenwich, Child Guidance Center, Family Centers, Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Horizons, Jewish Family Services of Greenwich, Kids In Crisis, Laurel House, Liberation Programs, Mothers For Others, Neighbor to Neighbor, Pacific House, Pathways, Inc., River House Adult Day Center, Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG), YMCA of Greenwich, and YWCA of Greenwich. Grants are made to programs in priority areas – mental health, self-sufficiency and early childhood education – as identified by the results of comprehensive research conducted by the Greenwich United Way.


Greenwich United Way Community Investment grants are awarded to local organizations based on submission of grant applications and a rigorous review process by dozens of community volunteers. Greenwich United Way volunteers on the Community Investment Process committee review grant applications from human services agencies that serve Greenwich residents and visit program sites. Following intensive evaluation of the financials, applications and other data, trained volunteers recommend funding to the Greenwich United Way Board of Directors. The Community Investment Process is guided by the research of local needs as published in Greenwich United Way Needs Assessment Report and Executive Summary.

"Our Grants Reception is a great way for the community to learn how the Greenwich United Way's Community Investment Process works and the impact their dollars have on the programs we fund at each agency in town," said David Rabin, CEO of Greenwich United Way. "Each grantee shares stories of how the grants made by the Greenwich United Way impact their respective organizations. This is all made possible by the generosity of the people of Greenwich who believe in our mission and help us aid over 17,000 Greenwich residents."

The following information details the specific programs receiving 2019 Community Investment Grants.

The Abilis Early Intervention Program offers collaborative, community-based supports for toddlers and children with developmental disabilities. The State of Connecticut refers parents to Abilis for initial evaluations to determine program eligibility. If a child qualifies for the Abilis Birth to Three program, Abilis works with the family and other caregivers to create an individualized service plan. The individualized plans determine service funds, which range on average from 5-6 hours per month for a child with minimal delays to 35-40 hours per month for a child diagnosed with autism.
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