Time to Sign Up for Summer Camps
A Message from Richard Porth President/CEO of United Way of Connecticut


Now is the time to start researching and registering for summer camps. 2-1-1 Child Care has the most comprehensive directory of camps in Connecticut, which can be accessed online or by dialing 2-1-1. 


The 2-1-1 Child Care search engine allows you to find camps in any area of the state, and filter the search results based on criteria such as the hours of operation, the accreditations of the camp, or whether financial assistance is available.

There are many options to consider when selecting a summer camp for your child(ren). 2-1-1 Child Care offers the following list of things to consider when choosing the right camp:

  • running-backpack-children.jpgYour child's interests and personality (sports, arts, drama, music, academics, etc).
  • Your child's needs (academics, health, social skills, etc.)
  • The experiences your child wishes to have
  • The amount of structure suitable for your child
  • Whether your child is a first time or veteran camper
  • Preference of co-ed or an all-girls or all-boys camp
  • Camp size
  • Your budget
  • Camp schedule
  • Location 
For more information and assistance, parents can download an informational guide to summer camps from this link, or contact 2-1-1 Child Care online or by dialing 2-1-1 and selecting option 2.

Find your local soup kitchen 2-1-1 has launched a pilot program designed to help Connecticut residents find soup kitchens in their area through text messaging. 

Simply text 211food to 898211, and reply with a zip code to get information about soup kitchens offering meals in that town.*  

If there are no soup kitchens in a particular town, follow the prompts to search for soup kitchens in another town, or click on the link to the 2-1-1 website to find additional resources.

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Help us spread the word about this pilot program by downloading and printing our flyer, or sharing it on Facebook and Twitter.

To find additional resources and assistance with food, meals or other basic needs, visit 211ct.org or dial 2-1-1.

*Standard messaging and data rates may apply. Text STOP to opt-out. For end user privacy and terms and conditions of texting with 898211, visit http://www.preventionpaystext.com/policies.

The Volunteer Connecticut website can help you find opportunities to lend your time all throughout the state.

Developed as a collaboration between United Ways and volunteer centers in the state, the Volunteer Connecticut website makes it easy for people to connect with the volunteer center that serves their area. 

Simply select your town--or the town that you wish to volunteer in--from the drop down list and you will be directed to the volunteer center representing that town to find upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers can also visit 211ct.org or dial 2-1-1 for further assistance finding opportunities to give their time.

The State of Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) and several partner organizations are co-sponsoring a Kids Speak event on May 22. This event serves as the kickoff for a Jr. High and High School essay competition, in which students research a civil or human rights issue and advocate for their position with an essay and an oral presentation.

Students from across the state come together for Kids Speak and discuss topics related to civil and human rights, raising consciousness about equality, diversity, anti-bullying, equal protection, segregation, integration, and more.

For event details and to RSVP, download the Kids Speak 2015 flyer. For information about the essay competition, including eligibility, topics, and submission instructions, download the Kids Court Competition brochure.