August 2020
RESPOND. RECOVER. REIMAGINE. REBUILD.
Statement from United Way of Windham County's Board of Directors, Executive Director and staff along with United Way’s Board Chair and CEO on equity and access to justice: United Way believes that every person is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect – this includes equal treatment and access to justice. Recent events involving violence and threats against African Americans expose our society’s underlying racism, prejudice and privilege that prevent too many people from being treated with the humanity and respect they deserve. These incidents are abhorrent and run counter to everything that United Way, its volunteers and professionals value, live and fight for every day. All people of all backgrounds and identities must call out discrimination and demand its removal from our society; otherwise, we are endorsing the status quo and are complicit in the abuses that follow. We must all do our part, working United, to make our communities the places that we need them to be – equitable, respectful and opportunity-filled. We, as a society, can and must do better to guarantee that the basic human rights and freedoms of every person in every community are protected.
-Sincerely, United Way of Windham County
WINDHAM COUNTY DENTAL CENTER UPDATE
Meet Our Team!
Each month we will introduce members of our Windham County Dental Center Team. This month we are pleased to have you meet Ann and Sandra!
Ann Cole
Dental Assistant
Ann began her dental career in 2003 as a receptionist. Since 2006, she has spent more than 10 years as a dental assistant, as well as handling the front desk, correspondence and insurance matters. She has been part of our team since 2020.
In her spare time, Ann does photography and all types of crafts, including mandala dotting, her new favorite. She enjoys spending time with friends, dining out and listening to music.
Sandra Becerra
Dental Assistant
Sandra received her dental training in Peru and joined our team in 2019. She enjoys her work helping to make our clients smile.
Outside of work, Sandra enjoys fishing with her boyfriend Joseph and dog Daisy.
One year in business. 667 patients served to date. 1,335 appointments.
COVID-19 Community Impact
The past few months have been difficult for many of community members and local businesses in Windham County. Thanks to incredible generosity of those who donated to our COVID-19 Response Fund, United Way of Windham County has been able to respond to varying needs countywide such as: Housing , Food Insecurity, support for our most vulnerable populations, and we have even been able to offer some much needed help to our Arts and Cultural organizations. As we move through the next several months, it is our hope that this fund will continuously allow us to respond to urgent needs, and allow us to help rebuild a strong, resilient Windham County! Below are a couple of the organizations we were able to serve through the COVID-19 Response Fund. Click on the name of each organization to learn more about the vital services they provide in our communities!
Dear Friends at United Way of Windham County,
Thank you for the donation to Our Place. The support we receive from you and other caring donors helps us help our neighbors who are struggling to nourish themselves and their families. Due to the recent public health crisis we have changed our operations to keep both our employees and clients safe. We are now serving only To Go meals and our staff fills boxes with a variety of groceries for people to take home. Your generous donation makes it
possible for us to continue to: 
  • Prepare and serve more than twelve thousand nutritious meals each year in our dining room or as to go meals for people to have for supper.
  • Provide free groceries to more than 200 different households each month either in our food pantry or in the 35 home deliveries of groceries that are made by volunteers to seniors in their homes.
  • Collect, store and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh produce from local farms that would otherwise be wasted in our community.
 -Lisa Pitcher, Executive Director


These are indeed unprecedented times!
On behalf of the Westminster Cares Board of Directors, we'd like to express our sincere appreciation to you and the United Way of Windham County's COVID-19 Response
Fund for your extraordinary generosity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your grant will assist us as we work to support older adults who are most at risk in our community.
Although we have had to restrict many of our programs and services to protect the safety of our clients, we continue to deliver Meals-on-Wheels five days per week and our
Community Nurse is working extra hours providing support and public health education by phone to high risk seniors in Westminster. Your support at this time is especially
impactful as we have just made the difficult decision to cancel this year's Garden Tour, our major fundraising event.
With such generous support, we will weather this storm and adapt to our "new normal". We remain dedicated and committed to creating HOPE in our community of Westminster, and we are deeply grateful for your gift.
-Donna Dawson, Director


We would like to thank United Way for its generous donation to Putney Community Cares. Your donation is greatly appreciated. We
continue to serve Putney's children and families during this difficult time -helping
families' access healthcare, emergency funds and social services, as well as
collaborating with Putney Central School to provide family counseling, warm clothing, financial support for after-school programs and help with health issues.
We exist to serve Putney's families, and we depend on the support of the
community to serve our mission. On behalf of the board of Putney Community Cares we thank you again for providing that support.
-Kate Kelly, Community Advocate

2020 CENSUS: MAKE SURE YOU ARE COUNTED!
The clock is ticking down to the close of the 2020 Census. Join United Way and pledge to be counted in the #2020Census by texting PLEDGE to 211-211. *Msg & data rates may apply 

Here is the Windham County Census response rate as of 8/22/2020
The CARES Act offers a new $300 tax deduction for donations to nonprofits. When you donate to The United Way of Windham County, you'll be eligible for a tax break of up to $300, even if you don't itemize your taxes! This is a great time to donate.