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  • AG: Donor Intent Was Honored In Sandy Hook Fund Distribution

    This report was updated August 8 adding comments from Fund Chairman Dr Charles Herrick.

    Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen issued a notice to the United Way of Western Connecticut and the Newtown-Sandy Hook Foundation August 7 indicating the agency and foundation honored donor intent in its decision to distribute $7.7 million of the more than $11 million collected in the wake of 12/14 to immediate victims and their survivors, in the amounts that were designated by the foundation.

  • Amid Calls For A National Victims' Fund, Local Officials Say Give Newtown A Chance

    Supporters of a "National Compassion Fund" are looking beyond the efforts of Newtown officials including First Selectman Pat Llodra, who want to see the largest victims' fund amassed following the 12/14 tragedy kept under local control. While eight families have signed on supporting an idea to create a nationally administered infrastructure to administer funds following future disasters, only one survivors' family member has criticized the local United Way fundraising initiative.

  • Fund Needs To Detach The Strings From Victims’ Money

    To the Editor:

    Cristina Lafferty-Hassinger, daughter of the Sandy Hook principal lost in 12/14, spoke out in an March 6, 2013 Danbury News-Times article, of her frustration with how the United Way of Western Connecticut is distributing the monies from the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which News-Times reported to now be at $10 million. Key issues were the delay in getting funds distributed and requiring “proof of hardship.”

  • Kent School Students Reach Out To Newtown

    Students at The Kent School were, like so many others across the state and country, upset when they heard the news of the shootings at Sandy Hook School on 12/14. And like others, many students of the independent coeducational boarding school in northwestern Connecticut began reaching out to the residents of Newtown with words of condolence.

  • Community Forum On Post-12/14 Recovery And Resilience, February 27 At WCSU

    DANBURY — The United Way of Western Connecticut is inviting the public to a community forum to discuss recovery and resilience in the aftermath of 12/14 on Wednesday, February 27.

    The forum will begin at 7 pm. It will be in Ives Concert Hall, 181 White Street, on the university’s midtown campus. The forum will be broadcast live over the internet by LiveStream.com.