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Fund collects $2.8 million for Newtown support

United Way of Western Connecticut said today $2.8 million had been collected for the Sandy Hook Support Fund as of Friday.

The charitable fund was established jointly by United Way and Newtown Savings Bank.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of caring people from across the nation and around the world who are supporting the Newtown community,” said Kim Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut.

“Words cannot express how much we appreciate the support and sympathy Newtown has received as our community mourns and begins to heal.”

One-hundred percent of the funds raised for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund will go to meet the needs of the Newtown community.

United Way is working with leading community members in Newtown to help them develop a structure that will manage and administer the Sandy Hook School Support Fund and determine how best to meet the needs stemming from the events of December 14th.

In addition, United Way has been working to help Newtown’s leadership set up a Command Center within the town that will assist in managing volunteers and distributing the tangible goods received over the course of the past week.

The organization is also facilitating communication among local non-profits to link mental health professionals, grief counselors and other social service providers.

“As the families of Newtown grieve, heal and rebuild, the needs will be many and diverse,” said Morgan.  “We are working diligently and taking the time necessary to ensure that the fund is well-structured and able to respond in a meaningful way in both the near and long term.”

To donate to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund,   visit  www.uwwesternct.org.

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