Sandy Hook School Support Fund: More than $6 million donated

Window sign in Sandy Hook. —Patricia Gay photo

Window sign in Sandy Hook. —Patricia Gay photo

United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) partnered with Newtown Savings Bank to establish the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, a charitable fund to support the Newtown community after the Sandy Hook School tragedy.

As of Jan. 3, the Sandy Hook School Support Fund has received more than $6 million.

“We continue to be so gratified by the outpouring of support that the Sandy Hook School Support Fund has received,” said Kim Morgan, CEO of UWWC. “The needs facing Newtown will be many, diverse and ongoing. We hope that people will continue to support the Sandy Hook School Support Fund so that it can be a resource to help the community grieve, heal and rebuild.”

Ms. Morgan added, “We believe it is critical that the needs and priorities of the fund be determined locally.” Accordingly, the fund will be administered and managed by members of the Newtown community.

The fund is designed to receive only general, undesignated contributions. Neither UWWC nor Newtown Savings Bank will take any percentage of the fund for administrative or any other purposes; 100% of contributions will go to meet the needs of the Newtown community.

Transition Team 

The recently formed Sandy Hook School Support Fund Transition Team was formed to create a charitable vehicle, such as a foundation or a trust, that will accept and disburse the money currently being collected by Newtown Savings Bank in partnership with UWWC. The transition team intends to design the charitable vehicle to address both short- and long-term needs of individuals and of the Newtown community.

The transition team is committed to ensuring that the funds dispersed by the charitable vehicle reflect input received from the Newtown community.

Will Rodgers, a Newtown selectman, will serve as the transition team’s chairman.

The team will meet on a regular basis until the charitable vehicle has been established. In the interim, UWWC and Newtown Savings Bank will continue to serve as stewards of the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

To make a monetary contribution to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, visit www.uwwesternct.org. You can also support the Sandy Hook School Support Fund with a $10 donation by texting NEWTOWN to 80888.

Donations may also be mailed to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main Street, Newtown CT, 06470.

In addition to making donations at any Newtown Savings Bank branch, four banks have also announced that customers can donate to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund at their branches, with 100% of the contribution going directly to the fund. The banks are:

• Bank of America

• Wells Fargo

• ChelseaGroton Bank

• Union Savings Bank

Coordination

The Newtown first selectman’s office announced the formation of a three-person team to serve as liaison and coordinator for donors from the corporate, sports, and entertainment industries for initiatives benefiting the town in the wake of the tragic events at Sandy Hook School.

Patrick Kinney, a communications consultant to the United Way, will work with town residents MaryAnn Murtha and Robert Geckle to help coordinate and focus these offers in order to best meet the interests of the donors and the needs of the community.

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