Valley Council Annual Meeting
December 2, 2014
Grassy Hill Lodge
77 Sodom Lane * Derby, CT 06418
The Valley Council for Health & Human Services held its Annual Meeting and Community Awards Presentation on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. The event featured Richard Porth the keynote speaker who made a presentation on “Have You Met ALICE” which stands for “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed”. A Study of Financial Hardship in CT. Richard Porth is President/CEO of United Way of Connecticut. The breakfast meeting and awards presentation, was sponsored by the Valley Community Foundation, and held at Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby, CT.
The Lewis Savitsky Staff Excellence Award, named in honor of a long-time Valley United Way employee and community leader, is presented to individuals for excellence in their roles as employees in the nonprofit community. This year’s honoree is Richard Knoll, President & CEO of TEAM Inc, for his life-long and dedicated work to address the needs of the region’s low income families with meals, rent, utilities, childcare and senior services.
The Richard O. Belden Community Service Award, named in honor of late State representative Richard O. Belden, is given to an individual or group whose efforts have made a significant contribution to improving the quality of life of Valley residents. The Council presented the 2014 Belden award to Attorney Dominick J. Thomas, Jr. of Cohen and Thomas for his tremendous work supporting numerous organizations through his professional and philanthropic service. For more than three decades Non-Profits have benefited from Dominick’s generosity providing pro-bono legal services.
Three community service awards were presented at the Annual Meeting. They are: Agency/Program of the Year Award recognizes a nonprofit agency that has made a significant and lasting contribution to the health and well being of Lower Naugatuck Valley residents. This year’s award was presented to the Valley United Way Youth Leadership Program for providing services that make significant and lasting contributions to the well being of Lower Naugatuck Valley residents. The program is celebrating their 25th Anniversary.