Taking Steps Toward Health: Volunteers Connect Thousands of Hartford Residents to Local Health Resources in a Single Day
Dozens of teams of volunteers were speckled throughout the city of Hartford on the morning of June 9, 2018 with a shared mission in mind: to help Hartford residents take steps toward health.
Strengthening Families With The 5 Love Languages
Words of Affirmation. Acts of Service. Receiving Gifts. Quality Time. Physical Touch. While many refer to these "five love languages", that were developed by Dr. Gary Chapman, in the context of marriage, their significance also spans to the way children express and receive love.
Several Schools Seek Partnerships With Local Churches
When neighborhood cornerstones join forces, students are able to receive support with resources and relationships that help them to develop the character and skills they need to succeed in their schools and communities.
U-Nite 2018: Celebrating a Decade of Partnership and Impact
Hundreds of people gathered at U-Nite 2018: 10 Years Together on April 26, to celebrate a decade of impact that has been made by listening, responding, and building relationships to help people in our local community.
The Hartford Project: An Opportunity for Youth to Increase Leadership, Grow in Faith
Each summer, hundreds of youth and youth group leaders participate in The Hartford Project, a collaboration of churches that seek to experience and share God's love in Hartford.
Revving Up for Revitalize: An Invitation to Participate in Large Health Outreach
It's no secret that Americans are struggling to care for their physical health needs and experience and maintain a lifestyle of wellness. In the U.S., 25 states have an adult obesity rate of 30% or more and 29 million people have diabetes.
The Importance of Breaking Bread Together: New River Community Church Nourishes Community With Food and Fellowship
Tucked away on Woodbridge Street in Manchester sits New River Community Church, where twice a month the sweet aroma of freshly baked treats and sounds of lighthearted laughter fill the lobby.
UAServe Volunteers Leave Trail of Help and Hope
1 year. 628 volunteers. 5,831 hours. Countless moments of help and hope. Though simply defined, the impact that UAServe volunteers made in 2017 was profound. Ranging in age from two to 87 years, they poured their time and talents into helping people in our local community.
Making an Impact By Listening and Watching
Always be listening and watching for how God wants to use you. These are some of the guiding words that Bill Lindberg, Area Senior Vice President for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., leans on in his day-to-day. They, along with his trust for Urban Alliance that was formed from having worked with Dave Brooker, UA’s President and CEO, have been the driving force behind him becoming a UAGive Champion and a true ambassador for effecting positive change in our local community.
Breaking Stereotypes, Creating Change: UAServe Champion Thomas Hoong
It all started with two life-changing experiences. After high-schooler Thomas Hoong suffered from a knee dislocation and lost a family member to a terminal illness all within a year, he was motivated make a difference.
Impact, Grow, Improve, Mobilize and Celebrate: Vision Into Action for 2018
When we look around our Greater Hartford community, it’s not hard to recognize that many people are facing immense needs and struggles, including broken relationships and families, poverty, educational and health disparities, addiction, homelessness, hopelessness, and many other challenges, just to name a few.
A Golden Birthday Well Spent, By Giving
When her birthday was approaching, Urban Alliance’s Angela Colantonio knew just how she wanted to celebrate. Because it fell on Giving Tuesday, an annual international day of giving that falls at the start of the holiday season, she thought it was the perfect opportunity to leverage her special day for a big impact.
Grant Funded, Circle of Security Parenting Training Making a Difference
In 2016 and 2017, Urban Alliance offered Circle of Security (COS) Parenting grant funding to churches and ministry organizations involved in the Thrive initiative, allowing them the opportunity to expand their current program offerings with a new Pregnancy or Parenting Education group or program.
Planting Roots and Growing Community
September began a season of growth for the children (ages five to twelve) at New Dimension Christian Center (NDCC). Their Children’s Ministry applied for and received a Next Generation capacity-building grant last year, to fund a retreat geared to empowering the children to take an active role in their community. Next Generation is an Urban Alliance initiative that helps churches and ministry organizations reach and serve youth so they develop the character, relationships and skills needed to succeed in their schools and communities.
One Community, One Vision
The teachers have taken a “one school” approach to shopping at the Teacher Resource Center, meeting together to share their shopping lists, check on needs, and to collaborate on how best to use all of the materials when they get back to school. As an under-resourced school, Parkville teachers and administration are used to making the most out of what they have at hand, a concept that is not foreign to World Vision’s warehouse, who receives donations from large companies looking to pass on their overstock. Executive Assistant Nancy Rodgers shared, “It’s recycling at it’s best.”
Young Adults Gain Leadership, Employment Skills Through Next Generation Grant
This past summer proved to be one filled with opportunity and learning experiences for eight young adults from House of Restoration Church, New Dimension Christian Center, and the Wilson-Gray YMCA. During the months of July and August, the group embarked on a mission to collect surveys as research assistants, jobs made possible through a capacity-building grant offered through Urban Alliance’s Next Generation initiative, which helps churches and ministry organizations reach and serve youth so they develop the character, relationships and skills needed to succeed in their schools and communities.
A Wellspring of Hope in Hartford's Food Desert
With five children and another one on the way, Shavonne knows the importance of providing healthy foods for her family. As vegans, she and her husband incorporate many fruits and vegetables into their meals, placing a high value on buying local produce. But, it isn’t always easy. And, her experience is all too familiar throughout Hartford.
Children Spread Joy Throughout Hartford by Meeting Needs, Loving Neighbors
The children at Glory Chapel International Cathedral have been busy spreading joy throughout Hartford. During the months of January and June, 25 youngsters ages 5 through 12, set out on a mission to expand their reach of loving their neighbors by helping meet needs and build relationships in the community.
Connecting Over Good Food, For a Good Cause
Thank You for Getting Stuffed for Good! It may have been rainy, cloudy for most of the day, but that didn’t stop more than 80 of you from coming out to our third annual "Get Stuffed for Good" at Blue Plate Kitchen! It was encouraging to see familiar faces and make new friends, all while dining for a cause.