December 7, 2009 | last updated May 26, 2012 9:23 am

United Way Cracks $25.5 Million Goal

The 2009 United Way Community Campaign, the largest annual health and human service fund-raising effort in Connecticut and the second largest in New England, raised $25.8 million, exceeding its goal of $25.5 million.

The 2009 United Way Community Campaign co-chairs Chief Charles Teale of the Hartford Fire Department and Shaun Mathews, executive vice president at ING Investment Management, announced the results to a crowd of 600 local company volunteers and community leaders who gathered to celebrate this year's results at the Pratt & Whitney hangar in East Hartford.

The third co-chair, Jennifer Rizzotti, head coach from the University of Hartford women's basketball team, sent in a video greeting to congratulate the crowd.

More than 61,000 individuals across central and northeastern Connecticut participate in the Community Campaign, including employees at nearly 900 local workplaces.

The state's largest private employer, United Technologies Corp., raised $6.4 million this year, about 25 percent of the total amount contributed through the United Way Community Campaign.

A new collaboration between Bank of America and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving will result in $300,000 in grants to Greater Hartford nonprofits struggling to meet increased demands for basic human services.

The announcement was made by Linda J. Kelly, president of the Hartford Foundation, and Joe Gianni, corporate social responsibility executive, Bank of America Connecticut, during the Hartford Foundation's Celebration of Giving, an annual event that highlights the work of Greater Hartford nonprofits and the donors who help sustain them.

Four organizations were awarded 18-month grants totaling $750,000 by the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) to address the foundation's goal of reducing the number of youth, ages 6 to14, from entering the juvenile justice system and/or the most intensive levels of mental health treatment due to their mental health problems.

The four are: Middlesex Hospital Center for Behavioral Health and Family Advocacy ($220,000); Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center ($200,000); Town of Manchester Youth Service Bureau ($144,332); and Family Services of Greater Waterbury ($185,000).

Hebrew Health Care announced that Jonas Steiner, vice president of social work services and admissions, and Dr. Henry Schneiderman, vice president for medical services and physician-in-chief, were honored with the Gates of Jerusalem Award by Israel Bonds for their commitment to strengthen Israel's economy through their support of the Israel Bonds program.

At its annual board meeting, The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford recently elected four new trustees: Lisa Fishman, Blanche S. Goldenberg, Theodore N. Kaplan and Jessica P. Zachs. They join 12 other members of the board.

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