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Partnership for Strong Communities Announces Giving Tuesday Fundraising Drive

15 November 2018
Partnership for Strong Communities

Press Release

November 15th, 2018 Hartford, Connecticut

The Partnership for Strong Communities today announced its most ambitious Giving Tuesday fundraising drive in its history. The Partnership, a statewide leader in shaping and advancing public policy solutions to homelessness and housing insecurity, plans to raise $12,500 in the month of November with the goal of ending youth and family homelessness in Connecticut by the end of 2020.

“The fight to end homelessness is at a crucial turning point,” said Alicia Woodsby, Executive Director of the Partnership for Strong Communities. “In the coming months, we’ll work to engage the next Administration on housing and homelessness policy in the state. The Partnership will be there to advocate for housing and homelessness policies that are smart, compassionate, and effective.”

The fundraiser is open now for those who wish to donate immediately and will culminate on Giving Tuesday (November 27), and can be accessed online via PSC's Giving Tuesday fundraising page, hosted on For the fourth consecutive year, PSC is participating in Giving Tuesday, an international day of giving sponsored by the United Nations Foundation. In 2017, over $274 million was raised for nonprofit organizations on Giving Tuesday.

Last year, the Partnership raised a total of $10,359 on Giving Tuesday, outpacing its goal of $8,000.

"The increase in donations from year to year proves that many want to solve this issue,” said Mark Walerysiak Jr., the Partnership’s Development and Communications Consultant. “We want to continue that momentum and help bring this issue beyond our partners and to the public at large.”

To that end, the 2018 fundraiser will offer several donation incentives, including custom PSC t-shirts, custom keychains, and raffle prizes such as a family vacation package in Panama – and more!

For the first time, the Partnership’s fundraising efforts will also include a grassroots component. Students from several Connecticut universities will be participating in raising funds for PSC across the state.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to broaden our grassroots efforts,” said Walerysiak Jr. “This is about more than dollar amounts; we want to show everyone that they too can be a contributor in the movement to end homelessness.”

In 2017, 9,478 Connecticut residents experienced homelessness, a 6% drop from the previous year. In the same year, 35% of Connecticut households spent more than 30% of their income on housing.

The Partnership for Strong Communities is dedicated to making sure all of Connecticut’s residents have a safe and stable home. For more information about the fundraiser, please visit



Press Contact:

Mark Walerysiak Jr. Communications & Development Partnership for Strong Communities e: p: 860-244-0066