United Way earns award

The president and CEO of United Way Coastal Fairfield County, Merle Berke-Schlessel, received the Diane Randall Leadership award at the annual Reaching Home Celebration Dinner and Housing Awards on Thursday, June 12.

The Randall Leadership Award was established in 2011 to recognize its namesake, the first director of The Partnership for Strong Communities. Under Ms. Randall’s leadership, the Partnership advocated for more than $400 million of funding from the Connecticut General Assembly for supportive and affordable housing.

According to a press release from United Way, Ms. Berke-Schlessel’s history of engagement in and support of efforts to end homelessness are part of her long-standing commitment.

“Since 2005, Merle has provided support through United Way for the creation of successful on-the-ground solutions to end homelessness in Bridgeport, one of the poorest communities in the country,” the release said.

United Way Coastal of Fairfield County serves Wilton.

Information: unitedwaycfc.org.