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Teens Launch Hoodie Drive For Greenwich Junior United Way

From left: Greenwich Jr. United Way Program Coordinator Joanne Delone; Andrew Grossman; Diego Jasson; Grace Thompson; Jackson Maggann; Kate Miele; Dylan Ofori; and GJrUW Program Ambassador, Olga Litvinenko Photo Credit: Contributed
From left: Greenwich Jr. United Way Program Coordinator Joanne Delone; Andrew Grossman; Diego Jasson; Grace Thompson; Jackson Maggann; Kate Miele; Dylan Ofori; and GJrUW Program Ambassador, Olga Litvinenko Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. — Teen members of the Greenwich Junior United Way launched a Hoodie Drive at Brunswick School, Greenwich Academy, Eastern Middle School and Christ Church Nursery School last month to collect warm clothing for Neighbor to Neighbor.

In addition, the teens at Brunswick School organized a fundraiser to help support the Annual Campaign at Greenwich United Way.

The teens, from many of the public and private schools in Greenwich, "are brought together by the common interest in making a difference in their community. Teen volunteers are able to learn about their town and have a lasting impact through hands-on experience in meeting critical needs," said Program Coordinator Joanne Delone.

The program was first held at Greenwich High School and opened to all Greenwich teens this year.

The teens have expressed their interest in expanding programs that impact youth and at-risk families, which represent about 40 percent of the town's residents.

In recent months, the teens have embarked on forming a Mentor Program within the Greenwich United Way and are starting to build Finance Champions, a program modeled after Reading Champions.

"We are focused on developing ways to strengthen the skill set of students in our schools and fostering a forum for youth to work together for the betterment of Greenwich," said Greenwich United Way CEO, David Rabin.

Greenwich Jr. United Way teens have decided to set a goal of $5,000 to support the organization's Annual Campaign. Students at Sacred Heart are working to donate a portion of sales from a new fleece sweatshirt in the school's bookstore to the campaign. Students at Greenwich Academy have hosted successful bake sales in the past but are looking to evolve their fundraiser this year with new ideas. Teens are also working with Miss Connecticut USA 2017, Olga Litvinenko, to raise awareness for their work.

Greenwich Jr United Way meets weekly at the Greenwich United Way office. All Greenwich teens are welcome to participate in the meeting and off-site activities.

The Greenwich Jr. United Way was created by teens to enable teens to get involved in solving problems in their local community.

For more information on GJrUW projects, visit the Greenwich United Way website at www.greenwichunitedway.org .

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