The United Way of West Central Connecticut announced that Tom Mazzarella has recently been appointed as chairman of the United Way of West Central Connecticut Board of Directors. Mazzarella has been an integral part of United Way Board since 2007 and is looking forward to leading the board for the next two years.
As a member of the United Way Board of Directors, Mazzarella has provided in-kind services to United Way with videos for campaign and the annual Community Builders’ Reception. He also serves on the marketing committee and allocations committee, and helps drive some of the decisions that are made regarding governance of the United Way.
Mazzarella is the co-owner of Mazz Media, a production company that produces educational content that is seen in thousands of classrooms daily. He is active in the community and in addition to the United Way, he is on the Board of the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame and has served on the board of Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center.
For the past five years, he spends one week every July in Harlan, Kentucky, volunteering on a mission trip working alongside 88 other volunteers, including 60 teens. Through this program, he witnesses severe poverty and devastation due to the job loss from the coal mining industry. He brings home an appreciation of his own life and the job, family, home, and community that he has. “In my own community I see similar situations that I saw in Harlan. That’s why I am so committed to our United Way. I see firsthand how the money that is raised through our local United Way is spread throughout the entire community, funding programs and initiatives that truly have in impact on our citizens,” said Mazzarella, according to a press release from the United Way.
Mazzarella’s goal as board chair is to maximize the board by creating more diversity and increasing board membership. He also wants to help spread the Live United message throughout the four communities the United Way serves: Bristol, Burlington, Plymouth and Plainville. “I want to change the way people perceive the United Way and the way in which we reach people. With my background in media and public relations, I hope to use my expertise to drive the United Way message so people understand the valuable role we play in our communities,” he said in the press release.