Town receives $20,000 donation for Storm Sandy Relief Fund


Fairfield received a $20,000 check from the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County for its Storm Sandy Relief Fund. Shown, from left, are First Selectman Michael Tetreau, United Way Chief Strategic Officer Cathy DeCesare and Fairfield Community and Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart.

First Selectman Michael Tetreau received a $20,000 check on behalf of the town of Fairfield from the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County for the town’s Storm Sandy Relief Fund on Sept. 12

United Way Chief Strategic Officer Cathy DeCesare, United Way Executive Vice President of Brand Management Donna Pfrommer and Fairfield Community and Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart were also present for the check presentation ceremony.

To respond to this disaster, United Way Worldwide established the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund. Contributions to the fund are being used by local United Ways along the eastern seaboard to address the near and long-term recovery needs of communities that FEMA has declared disaster areas.

United Way is equipped to respond to the long-term effects of disaster because of its in-depth knowledge of local needs, ability to draw on the resources of its network of leaders in the corporate and social service sectors, and long-standing partnerships with key private, public and nonprofit stakeholders in our communities.

“When the first responders go home, we are still here for the community and its residents,” DeCesare said.

“Fairfield was one of the hardest hit communities in our area and we are happy to be able to provide this funding to help those still with unmet needs,” said Merle Berke-Schlessel, president and chief executive officer, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. “After insurance and FEMA funding, there are still many costs not covered that are keeping people from getting back into their homes.”

The Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund, which was set up last November by the town to assist residents impacted by the storm, is still accepting applications for financial assistance. So far, the fund has paid for, among other things, temporary housing, storage costs, engineering, surveying or inspection costs, mold remediation, tree removal, minor repairs and replacement of furnishings or personal property not covered by insurance.

For more information or apply for funding, call the Fairfield Social Services Department at 203-256-3169.

“The town is very appreciative of United Way’s generous donation to the town’s storm relief fund which will help our residents who are still dealing with the aftermath of Storm Sandy,” Tetreau said. “I encourage our residents to apply to the town Storm Sandy Relief Fund for financial assistance.”

To view a Storm Sandy “Stories of Recovery” video, visit and click on “What Recovery Looks Like”/”Rebuilding Lives to Respond to Super Storm Sandy” on the home page.

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