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United Way of Western Connecticut Accepting Nominations to Honor Local Heroes

By United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC)

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DANBURY, CT - United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) is accepting nominations to honor local individuals and groups at its 3rd Annual Hometown Heroes Benefit Dinner on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury. Nominations may be submitted from the following towns: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, Warren and Washington.

There are many unsung heroes who live in our local communities who lead by example, give back to others because it feels good to do so, and demonstrate a strong commitment to making an impact on the lives of others. A Hometown Hero distinguishes him or herself through their philanthropy and volunteerism.

The following criteria are taken into consideration in selecting an honoree:

Achievement – the nominee’s actual accomplishment produced significant results
Action – the involvement of the nominee is active and hands-on
Caring – as demonstrated by the nominee’s interaction with others
Commitment – the nominee has a sincere belief in their community
Impact – the nominee’s activity or program produced positive changes, provided examples for other groups
Initiative – the nomine recognizes a need in their local community and initiates new programs or activities to meet that need
Leadership – the nominee demonstrates singular leadership to contribute to their community
Time – the nominee dedicates considerable time and energy to making a difference in their community

Proceeds from the event will benefit ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households throughout Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties. United Way defines ALICE households as those households which earn above the basic Federal Poverty Level but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. ALICE households live paycheck to paycheck and don’t have enough money for basic needs including housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care. The keynote speaker will be Sonia Manzano, best known in her role as “Maria” on the PBS Television Show, “Sesame Street”.

“In the fast paced world in which we live and work, those who serve their local communities are rarely honored for their selfless acts,” said Kim Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut. “We invite you to help us recognize these outstanding individuals who devote themselves to helping those in need.”

Please visit to complete the online nomination form by Monday, October 26, 2015. Nominations received after that date cannot be considered. UWWC plans to select honorees by mid-November.

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