United Way Lists Top 10 Unmet Needs in Connecticut in 2013

Requests for help on are the rise and so is the number of unmet needs.

The United Way released a list detailing the most common requests made to the 2-1-1 helpline that the organization is not able to help with. The report shows unmet needs rising since 2010 along with the overall number of calls.

Among highest unmet needs were for utility assistance, with the majority of requests asking for help with the electric or gas bill.

Assistance with rent and housing make up the majority of the requests in the top five, with help making the holidays more festive dominating the bottom of the top 10.

View a slideshow of the most unmet needs as reported by the United Way and download the full report above.

“In challenging economic times, the social safety net becomes more important than ever,” the United Way wrote in the report. “The volume of need increases significantly, putting the social safety net to the test, sometimes resulting in critical gaps in coverage.”

United Way of Connecticut 2-1-1 call centers and website handled 535,667 requests in 2013, some 36,500 (6.8 percent) of which they were unable to help.

“In most cases of unmet need, the reasons why referrals could not be made are that the caller was ineligible or the service was unavailable,” according to the United Way. “To a much lesser extent (fewer than 0.1 percent of all cases), the reason for the unmet needs is that the fee was too high or transportation was not available.”
cheryl February 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Anything affiliated with the United Nations needs research. The UN is now promoting "UN Agenda 21 sustainable development" read about that nightmare, The UN is now promoting "common core" read about that program, United Nation hates America. Read about the Responsibility to Protect Act, from the UN, these are all destructive for America sovereignty. All I'm saying is do your own research. Just remember the USA gets one vote among many countries inc. the UN that hate us. Bush s#1 signed our sovereignty away when he signed on to this UN Agenda 21. Here is an paragraph from Agenda 21- that will eliminate private land ownership: RIGHT FROM THE "UN AGENDA 21" The land policy of the United Nations was first officially articulated at the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I), held in Vancouver, May 31 – June 11, 1976. Agenda Item 10 of the Conference Report sets forth the UN's official policy on land. The Preamble says: "Land…cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole. Public control of land use is therefore indispensable…." The Preamble is followed by nine pages of specific policy recommendations.
cheryl February 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Anne K. Mulligan February 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Um, cheryl, the article is about the United Way, not the United Nations. As far as I know, the only link between the two is that they both have "United" in their names. But don't let that get in the way of a long wacko rant.
Joe Blow February 17, 2014 at 11:16 AM
@Anne, although these two organizations may only have one word in their name that is similar (I am assuming this without researching this is the only connection) I hardly find cheryls post as classifying as "wacko" when she clearly did her research on the UN and presented facts. The UN is a global monster and NOT the friend of any free American.
Gerald M. Gaynor February 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM
I couldn't find any credible connection between the United Way and the United Nations. I was a bit concerned by questions of inconsistent account practices in all charitable organizations: "Even when the accounting methods are more straightforward, the way charities calculate program costs is inconsistent, nonprofit experts say. Organizations can include as “program-service costs” on their tax forms a portion of their spending on items like salaries and benefits, rent, information technology, lobbying, travel, and conferences. They may divide an executive director’s salary, for example, among programs, administration, and fundraising, according to how much time he or she spends on each activity. But those breakdowns are “close to meaningless” because accounting standards offer little guidance about how to calculate them, says Murray Covens, a grant-seeking consultant at North Texas Nonprofit Resources. “You could talk to five accountants about the same organization’s books and find five different answers about how to allocate expenses between programs, administration, and fundraising.”
Henry G February 17, 2014 at 02:37 PM
United Way gives $2 million a year to Planned Parenthood. Screw them!
citizen February 17, 2014 at 03:38 PM
These comments lead me to believe that this is truly one of the web's largest collection of wackos.
J D C February 17, 2014 at 06:28 PM
This is the last thing I got to. There is another article I read where he gets $900k+ NOW but I cant confirm it. United Way CEO Salary is much higher than some other positions of the company. It was reported that in the year of 2007, which is a bit outdated, the CEO Brian Gallagher earned a salary of $530,667 for that year of work. This salary was said to not include any bonuses or perks that he may have received as well for his position within the company. The United Way is said to be one of the more successful charitable companies. FIVE HUNDRED + THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR!!! REALLY? I wouldnt send them WOODEN NICKELS!
J D C February 17, 2014 at 06:40 PM
No wonder their contributions have dropped by almost 50% in the last few years. I was dumbfounded when I found out about the Red Cross a couple of years ago I shouldn't be surprised.
Guilford Girl February 17, 2014 at 09:29 PM
Henry G, what exactly is wrong with giving money to planned parenthood? As a young woman who was living on my own I could not afford to go to a private ob/gyn for my healthcare needs. they provide exams and tests and birth control to hundreds of women a year who cannot otherwise afford it.
Guilford Girl February 17, 2014 at 09:31 PM
Make that tens of thousands ^
Tmc February 17, 2014 at 10:14 PM
@Guilford; I think henry was being facetious.
Joe Blow February 17, 2014 at 10:20 PM
@Guilford, there is nothing wrong with giving YOUR money to planned parenthood if YOU should so choose. But I believe people should know where they're donated money is being re-donated before they donate.
Joe Blow February 17, 2014 at 10:21 PM
Jerry February 18, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Just go online and print the local greater Hartford budget, besides giving millions to themselves in cash pensions and salaries they happen to also have lots of dinner parties. I would rather donate somewhere else.
REVMAN February 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM
I quit donating to United Way because 1). the CEO compensation is to high and 2.)United Way Sent $1.9 Million to Planned Parenthood in 2008
CtLynn5 February 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Tmc - I don't think Henry was being facetious at all. If you choose to donate money to an organization that provides abortion on demand, that is your prerogative. Many, including me, believe life begins at conception and would never send them a donation. Having said that, I think our local United Way does great things for our community.
Paul Chotkowski February 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM
I believe in individual charity and personal responsibility [for example if you are female and sexaully active, it is your responsibility to care for your general health, lady parts and birth control]. Like it or not, you will be the one getting pregers and statically will have the highest likelihood of “single parent” responsibility so plan and act accordingly. But I digress before I start, lets enter some facts into the discussion. Case in point, the United Way of Central and North East CT and their 2012 IRS Form 990 filing [Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax] which are public record so there is NO illegal disclosure of financial information. Susan B. Dunn, President and CEO earned $182,306 in W2 compensation and $21,865 in other compensation, Thomas W. Glynn CFO earned $114,177 and $12,606 in other compensation, and Paula S. Gilberto, Senior VP earned $128,417 and $20,523 in other compensation. Pension plan accruals and contributions include section 401(k) and 403(b) employer contributions were $175,659 [some of which is included in the other above]. Total overhead and fundraising percentage is 14%, Additionally, they have over $18.1 million in net assets sitting on their balance sheet [for you non accounting types think of it as an endowment - money they keep not money they distribute]. So bottom line IMHO the United Way is an outdated big government model of charity. You give them money [preferably through payroll deductions], they keep some against future need, they spend some on overhead, they spend some on other agencies, programs, or individuals that we determine are deserving. They create good paying and benefited jobs for Progressive Collectivists and teach / train individual donors that they don’t need to get involved with their charity which frankly is insidious. Portia was correct about the quality of mercy being twice blessed, that “It blesseth him that gives and him that takes” I believe that the same is true concerning charity [or any of the other seven heavenly virtues]. Keep your money, find someone in need and help them directly! You and they will be the better for the experience. In doing so, maybe we can break the cycle of dependence taught by big government Progressive Collectivists / agencies like the United Way and return to individual responsibility both for they that giveth and they that receive! Now that is Hope and Change I can support!
Tmc February 18, 2014 at 07:27 PM
@Lynn; I forgot that religion plays a part in peoples decisions.
CCL February 18, 2014 at 10:03 PM
Religion has nothing to do with knowing whether premeditated murder is acceptable, that's just morals. Just like everything in this world, there is some good and some bad, the bad spoils it for the good, and we can choose to focus on either. Vote with your dollars, love each other, forgive your enemies, value life for all.
Tmc February 19, 2014 at 10:49 PM
First of all, there is no such thing as "accidental ' murder; all murder is premeditated. 2nd of all, abortion is not murder, killing, manslaughter, etc. It's just what the name says; an aborted cycle of pregnancy. It's a choice, nothing more, nothing less. That is all.
Joe Blow February 19, 2014 at 11:32 PM
@Tmc, I'm no "religious" bible thumper and you may chose to sugar coat abortion however you see fit in your mind to justify it to yourself, but at the end of the day, it's taking a life. I will agree with you that it is a choice and if you chose to make that choice so be it, I am not here to judge you. By the same token, you need to respect others view of what it is as well as the facts that surround them.
CCL February 20, 2014 at 12:35 AM
@Tmc keep telling yourself that...here's a little biology for you...menstruation is a CYCLE, pregnancy is a LIFE, another alive being with a different DNA combination. Take it from me, I had an abortion at 12 weeks that went wrong and I saw it and it was a murder, a premeditated choice because I went to the clinic with the sole purpose of killing the tiny baby inside of me with money to pay them to do it. Stop lying to yourself and everyone else.
Bob McGarrah February 20, 2014 at 07:34 AM
In life, timing is everything - one minute its ok to kill, the next minute it is not. Interesting parsing of words.
Gerald M. Gaynor February 20, 2014 at 08:01 AM
When one must utilize euphemisms to improve the public perception of one's conduct perhaps it is time to give that conduct a closer examination.
CCL February 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM
It's never a time to kill a helpless baby growing in its mothers womb. The womb should be the safest place for a baby. Millions of babies have been murdered in this country for no fault of their own. And people justify it with ignorant comments and hard hearts. It's disgusting.
Emanon Emanon February 20, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Speak for yourself, please. I love killing babies. It's probably my favorite hobby.
Tmc February 20, 2014 at 10:16 PM
@Blow; CCL posted her view, I posted mine. That's all we did. It's how a forum board works. It has nothing to do with respect. She can go out and block the entrance of every clinic she can get to for all I care. She says it's murder, I say it isn't. That is all. I didn't call her an idiot or anything disparaging; I merely posted my counterpoint to her argument, got it? kthxbai!
Gerald M. Gaynor February 21, 2014 at 07:09 AM
Some of the comments on this topic are reminiscent of Mr. Obama's expressed belief that there has to be some common ground between the pro-abortion people and the pro-life people. In the real world, where actual moral judgments are made, that is ludicrous. Moral beings look to ethical categorical imperatives and act accordingly. Support of Planned Parenthood is simply one among many reasons not to support The United Way.
REVMAN February 23, 2014 at 10:25 AM
I asked(years ago) a United Way Rep. who was soliciting donations what if the donations came to EXACTLY what the CEO receives for compensation(PAY- AND)??? We were told this" HE HAS A CONTRACT AND MUST BE PAID". I never donated to them again.


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