Smart Investments

The Valley Community Foundation works collaboratively with community leaders, donors, nonprofit partners and Valley residents to focus on the changing needs and opportunities in our region.

Below are stories about people's collaborative efforts to make the Valley a better place to live, work and play. 

Smart Investment: Disaster Preparedness

May 21, 2020
Disaster planning and emergency preparedness in the Valley. Read More »

Smart Investment - Census 2020

Mar 02, 2020
Complete count efforts are meant to encourage participation and demystify misconceptions. to make sure that everyone particpates. Read More »

Smart Investment: Using Data to Create Community Impact

Dec 12, 2019
The 2019 Valley Community Index uses data to create community impact in the Valley Region. Read More »

Smart Investment: Community Spirit

Jun 05, 2019
Explore how residents and visitors to the Valley can share experiences that strengthen the fabric of the Valley, deepen relationships and build community spirit. Read More »

Smart Investment: Addressing Youth E-cigarette and Vaping Use

Feb 13, 2019
In a time where cigarette smoking has generally declined, youth are turning to alternative nicotine delivery methods and are using e-cigarettes and vaping devices more so than ever before. Read More »

Smart Investment: Civic Engagement

Dec 05, 2018
Throughout the Valley, civic engagement is learned young and practiced for a lifetime. Read More »

Smart Investment: Responsive Health Measures for Children and Families

Sep 18, 2018
The Naugatuck Valley Health District helping kids in the Valley breathe easier. Read More »

Smart Investment: Early Childhood Development

Jun 15, 2018
Community support prepares Valley students for future success. Read More »

Smart Investment: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence

Mar 15, 2018
Learn more about how local nonprofits are supporting victims of sexual violence as the "Me Too" Movement picks up steam across the nation. Read More »

Smart Investment: Addressing Chronic Absenteeism

Dec 19, 2017
Learn more about the root causes of chronic absenteeism in the Valley and how it is being addressed. Read More »

Smart Investment: Using Local Data to Create Impact

Sep 21, 2017
Since the release of the 2016 Valley Community Index a year ago, Valley organizations are using its data to stay informed about the region's overall wellbeing. Read More »

Smart Investment: Food Security in the Valley

Jun 20, 2017
Nonprofits, corporations and individuals tackle food insecurity in the Valley. Read More »

Smart Investment: Social (Media in) Philanthropy

Mar 31, 2017
With the growing popularity of social media, learn how different nonprofits are using the various platforms to expand their reach digitally. Read More »

Smart Investment: Local Journalism

Dec 20, 2016
Explore one of the most widely used ways that people are connecting and staying informed in the Valley: hyperlocal online journalism. Read More »

Smart Investment: Conservation Efforts in the Valley

Jul 20, 2016
Remediation, reclamation, and redevelopment could be considered the 3Rs of economic expansion in the Valley Read More »

Smart Investment: Valley Workforce Training

Mar 15, 2016
In many cases, developing a competent and ready workforce takes a holistic approach Read More »

Smart Investment: The Importance of Valley Libraries

Jan 15, 2016
From special events and programs year-round to free Wi-Fi and digital technology resources, libraries in our region are about much more than books. Read More »

Smart Investment: Performing Arts in the Valley

Nov 15, 2015
The performing arts have a vital impact on the quality of life in our Valley community. Read More »

Smart Investment: Youth Leadership Development

Sep 01, 2015
Learn about the Valley organizations committed to grooming the next generation to be good leaders in business, government, education and our community. Read More »


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