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UW AR 2023UF

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BE BOLD United Way of Central and Nor theastern Connecticut I recently had a conversation with a national partner who was visiting Hartford and wanted to hear more about our strategic planning process. She asked what advice I could give her organization as they began theirs. "Be bold," I said. It is what instantly came to mind since I assumed this position nearly two years ago. Be bold and be fearless. As our organization approaches its centennial milestone, we are committing to bold, innovative change – for our community and for our United Way. And even though change is certainly required to advance and can be scary, our core values will guide us on the path ahead. United Way was created to support communities through tough times, and we vow to carry that spirit forward for our next century of service. As the needs in our community evolve, so will we. This year, we hosted more than 40 community conversations with hundreds of participants, including young people, parents with children in schools across our region and top business leaders. Together, we are shaping our next strategic plan to create lasting change for local children, adults and families. This strategic vision will set bold goals, encourage multi-sector collaboration and respond to the community's priorities; and, commits to deep impact and organizational excellence. Looking forward, United Way will continue to engage you to close gaps and create opportunities. Transformational giving opportunities will drive game-changing, groundbreaking initiatives that truly move the needle to improve community conditions for residents across central and northeastern Connecticut today and for generations to come. We invite you to partner with us in philanthropy. Contact me or anyone on our team to share your ideas, attend upcoming events or sign up to volunteer. It is an exciting time for our United Way and for the communities where we live and work. There is no better time to join us. With thanks and appreciation, Eric Harrison President and CEO Follow me on X/Twitter! @unitedwayincceo

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