A message from our co-chairs

 

Makaela Kingsley

Makaela Kingsley
Director, Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship


I graduated from Wesleyan University in 1998.  Now, more than two decades later, I continue to support Wesleyan’s commitment and connection to Middlesex County. As an anchor institution, I believe that we have a responsibility to engage with our local community for the benefit of our neighbors, students, employees, and graduates.

Gilead Community Services and Oddfellow Playhouse, for example, have their origins in collaborations between Middlesex residents and Wesleyan students. Today, these organizations are among the 36 that carry out the United Way’s mission to improve the quality of life for families across the region. United Way grantees ensure that local youth succeed academically and that individuals and families are healthy, safe, have access to affordable housing and economic stability.
I donate to the Wesleyan University United Way Campaign every single year because we all benefit from the collaboration promoted by the United Way.  Not only is my support an expression of my investment in this community, but it also helps the Middlesex United Way continue to provide programs, services, and supports that effect change, help transform lives, and build the next generation of concerned citizens.

 

Richard Adelstein

Richard Adelstein 
Professor of Economics, Emeritus

There are many good causes that compete for our attention, and there is need everywhere in the world. But helping those in need in our own community has a special grace, making a difference for people and institutions we can see and touch. I've lived in Middletown since 1975, and in that time, I've come to love the city and its surrounding area. So I've tried over all these years to offer whatever time and money I could to local institutions that served people who live here, in Middlesex County, with me and my family. The Middlesex United Way is a perfect way to make your own charitable giving begin at home. 

The Middlesex United Way supports people and groups working to alleviate homelessness, prepare small children and their families for school, train people for work and support them when they lack the means for basic needs, and look after the health needs of seniors and teens. It's a big agenda, but the United Way is fully up to the challenge. It's been working here even longer than I have, and has the experience and expertise to ensure that our donations are efficiently transferred to a range of meaningful causes right here in our part of Connecticut. 

 Please join me in contributing what you can to this year's campaign!