Give #ThanksToALICE on Giving Tuesday
A Message from Richard Porth President/CEO of United Way of Connecticut

In Connecticut, 1-in-4 households have earnings that exceed the Federal Poverty Level but fall short of a basic cost of living threshold. We call these households ALICE-which is a United Way acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
ALICE workers are essential to our daily lives, and do important work in our communities. So on this Giving Tuesday, we encourage you to give #ThanksToALICE.
Some ideas for how you can Give, Advocate or Volunteer to show your #ThanksToALICE are listed below, and you can find more on our Giving Tuesday Crowdrise page here.  
Giving #ThanksToALICE

In addition to all of the other enhancements to the 2-1-1 website that were introduced in the October Community Connection newsletter is a brand new 2-1-1 Community Events Calendar

The online calendar is a hub of upcoming events from around the state that is maintained by the 2-1-1 Information Services team. It includes events with a service focus, which are organized by type into 
the following categories:
  • Utilities
  • Volunteer
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Health Care
  • Employment
  • Veterans
  • Older Adults
  • Youth
Submissions can be made to the 2-1-1 Community Events Calendar, as long as the event is free of charge, open to the public, and sponsored or hosted by an agency that is currently listed with 2-1-1.

Events can be submitted for possible inclusion in the 2-1-1 Community Events Calendar at this link, and the calendar can be accessed from the home page at by clicking on the "Professionals" link at the top of the page or directly at this link.

The open enrollment period for health insurance coverage in the 2016 plan year began on November 1 and will end on January 31, 2016. Individuals and families that need health insurance coverage effective on January 1st must be enrolled by December 15th.

AccessHealthCT offers free, in-person assistance their enrollment centers and partner organizations throughout the state, with no appointment necessary. Click here for locations and hours.

Enrollment Fairs and Community Chats will also be held throughout the state during the enrollment period. Details will be available here and on the 2-1-1 Community Calendar as events are scheduled.

To learn more or enroll, visit or dial 1-855-805-4325. 

Operation Fuel has begun to accept applications for home heating assistance through their 2015-2016 winter program.

Through the program, eligible households can receive grants of up to $500 toward the cost of deliverable fuels such as oil, propane, kerosene, coal, pellets, and wood that are used as the primary heating source for their home. 

In order to receive assistance from the program, households must initiate an application through their local Operation Fuel partner agency. To learn more about the Operation Fuel winter program and its eligibility criteria, dial 2-1-1 or click here to find your town.