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September 2014

Veteran Stand Down Event and Resources for Connecticut Veterans
A message from Richard Porth, 
President/CEO of United Way of Connecticut 

On September 12, the Connecticut Department of Veterans' Affairs will hold its annual Stand Down event at the Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill. From 7am to 3pm, veterans can receive a variety of services including medical screenings, state and federal benefit information, and employment and educational assistance.


The Stand Down event is free for veterans, and free bus transportation to the event is available from designated pickup points throughout the state. Veterans are encouraged to pre-register, and can find the registration form and additional information about the event on the Department of Veterans' Affairs website here. 


Another resource available for veterans is a website developed by the State of Connecticut Governor's Veterans Cabinet: The site offers information about education, employment, health care, housing, tax supports, and other services for Connecticut veterans. 


2-1-1 also has information about a variety of other services and resources available to veterans. Visit the 2-1-1 Veterans resource page online at this link or dial 2-1-1 for more information.

Every School Day Counts

September is Attendance Awareness Month, part of a nationwide campaign to reduce chronic absenteeism and improve academic success for students. Nearly 1-in-10 students nationwide is chronically absent--defined as missing 10 percent or more of school days per month.


Good attendance is critical to school success beginning in kindergarten. Establishing school attendance as a priority in early grades sets students up for success in later grades, in higher education, and in their future careers.


Throughout this month, many Connecticut United Ways and their partners in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading will be leading efforts to raise awareness about the importance of attending school every day.  Resources and tools are available for parents, educators, students and others on the Attendance Works website.  To get involved with Attendance Awareness Month or Campaign for Grade-Level Reading activities, contact your local United Way.

Go Back to Get Ahead 

A new program offers up to three free 3-credit college courses for eligible residents who enroll at one of the 17 institutions in the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system.

Connecticut residents who last attended college prior to December 1, 2012 and were enrolled in an associate or bachelor's degree program (or completed an associate's degree), are eligible.

The Go Back to Get Ahead program has admissions counselors available to help determine eligibility and find the right college and program for each person's needs.  

To learn more about this limited time program, visit the Go Back to Get Ahead website, or call toll-free 1-844-GBTGA-CT.

Get Emergency Info and Notifications

CT Alert is Connecticut's emergency notification system that sends location-based alerts to the public in emergency situations.


Alerts are automatically sent to traditional land lines using the state's Enhanced 9-1-1 database, but in order to receive alerts on your cell phone or by email you need to register on the CT Alert website.


CT Alert is a free service, but the regular rates charged by your mobile phone or internet plan will apply to any text messages, phone calls, or other messages sent to you by the system. 


Click here to register for alerts (or update your contact information) at the CT Alert website.

The mission of United Way of Connecticut is to help meet the needs of Connecticut and its residents by providing information, education and connection to services.

For more information, contact us at


United Way of Connecticut  |  1344 Silas Deane Highway  |  Rocky Hill, CT 06067