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‘Neighbor 2 Neighbor’ initiative in Greater New Haven helps people in need

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NEW HAVEN -- Sada Marshall is a single mother of 5. She doesn't work because she's raising a disabled daughter.

For assistance, she turns to local food and diaper banks that get their help from The United Way. But, their latest initiative 'Neighbor 2 Neighbor' hopes to do much more than raise money.

"Neighbor 2 Neighbor is about people helping other people in the community," said Jennifer Heath, Executive Vice President of United Way of Greater New Haven.

Money raised goes directly to agencies helping out those in need like food pantries, shelters, and diaper banks.

"It's just difficult when you don't have anyone to help you, and you're just plugging away all by yourself," said Marshall. "They're helping me and others like myself. If it wasn't for the food pantry, the diaper pantry, that I could use every month , I don't know where I would be.

Thermometers displaying the progress of the campaign are being displayed around the 12 towns that make up the United Way's territory. They are aiming for $500,000. All of the money that they make in March gets immediately dispersed in April.

"Contrary to what people think, food pantries often are empty during the summer. We think about winter being hard, but because of Christmas and holidays people donate that time of year," said Heath.

For Marshall, the money raised helps to get her on her feet and that allows her to help others too. She volunteers in her free time and is starting her own non-profit called "Positive Vibez Only."

"It's wonderful to see other people benefit from something you can do for them - that's why I do it," said Marshall.