Tough problems can’t be solved overnight. But with a highly collaborative community group and $450,000 from the Working Cities Challenge, things are most certainly looking up in five Connecticut cities.
In 2016, Middletown joined 15 other small cities in a structured competition to win three-year grants aimed at solving systemic problems. Yesterday, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (which operates the Working Cities Challenge) officially announced the five winning cities: Danbury, East Hartford, Hartford, Waterbury–and Middletown. The winners are now off and running on the implementation of their plans to promote economic success among their low-income residents.
Middletown’s winning proposal focused on building strategies and community resources to help single parents break through employment barriers so they can bring financial stability to their families.
The planning effort was led by Middlesex United Way and The Connection, Inc., and included many partners, including funders, nonprofits, government, and faith-based organizations. Most importantly, this group included several single-parent residents currently struggling with raising and supporting a family.
Liberty Bank Foundation is proud to be among the funders of Working Cities in Connecticut, and to serve on the statewide advisory committee. Our congratulations go out to all the winners–but of course we’re especially pleased to see our “home team” of Middletown in the winners’ circle!
Pictured l to r are: Tom Marano, City of Middletown; Nur Moebius; Jeff Pugliese, Middlesex Chamber of Commerce; Donna Hylton; Steve Minkler; Charlie Barber; Alison Johnson; Ed Bonilla, Middlesex United Way; Sue Murphy, Liberty Bank Foundation; and Kevin Wilhelm, Middlesex United Way.