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SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
AT MOHEGAN SUN

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Community Involvement

Mohegan Sun strives to support the community and local organizations like, United Way, March of Dimes, Special Olympics Connecticut, and the American Red Cross. 

Live United Volunteers pose for a photo

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Mobile Food Pantry

Each month since September 2014, Mohegan Sun has partnered with United Way of Southeastern CT to host a Mobile Food Pantry distribution at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich. An average of 10-12 Team Members volunteer to staff the food pantry for 1.5 hours each month.

Winter Coat Drive

Each November since 2014, Team Members have donated gently used coats, hats, scarves and mittens to the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. Each year’s drive brings in an average of 100 coats/winter items to keep those in need warm during the winter.

Tommy Toy Fund Toy Drive

Each December since 2015, Team Members have donated new unwrapped toys for local children in Southeastern CT to open on Christmas morning. An average of 400 toys are donated each year. Also, at least 40 Team Members volunteer each year to help clean, decorate, organize and distribute the toys to families in the Norwich area.

Back to School Supply Drive 

For the past 2 years (since 2017) in August, Team Members have donated new school supplies to the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, and ultimately to schools in our community. On average, 400 back to school items have been collected each year.

United Way Day of Caring 

Each Spring since 2002, an average of 20-100 Team Members have worked together donating their time and labor to local projects to benefit our local United Way organizations and agencies. Projects have included painting, construction, landscaping and much more. 

United Way Reading Days 

Each March and October since 2016, Team Members have visited elementary schools in Southeastern CT and read to local children. An average of 10-15 Team Members have volunteered at each event over the years.

Hospice Walk 

Held each May at Mohegan Park in Norwich. Sponsored by Mohegan Sun, all money raised at the Walk helps the Center for Hospice Care in Norwich provide end-of-life care and programs that enhance the quality of life for terminally ill patients and their loved ones in Southeastern CT. Additionally, Mohegan Sun volunteers help plan and staff the event and donate raffle prizes.

March of Dimes March for Babies 

An average of 10-20 Team Members have volunteered at the event over the years. Additionally, designated Blue Jeans for Babies days have been held each year during which Team Members can wear jeans to work in exchange for a small donation to the organization. Last year, Team Members raised a combined total of over $7,000 during our blue jeans fundraisers and have raised an average of $1,000 during previous year’s fundraisers.

Over the Edge for Special Olympics

Held each year since 2010, this public event sends individuals to the top of the Sky Tower to rappel down all 30+ stories to raise money for Special Olympics Connecticut! Last year our team raised over $17,000 for the organization. Between 10-30 Team Members have participated in the event each year. 

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Inclusion Programs

Finding employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities thanks to partnerships with local school districts, ARC New London, United Cerebral Palsy, and more!

Inclusion Programs at Mohegan Sun

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Placement and Transitional Program Partners

Norwich School District, Norwich Transition Academy, Montville High School, Waterford High School and Ledyard High School, Mitchell College, L.E.A.R.N., Southeastern Employment, The ARC New London, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), Vista Vocational, Sound Community Services.

The average placement rate for these kinds of programs hovers around 50% and the rate for BRS (Bureau of Rehab Services State of CT.) is about 40%. Here at Mohegan Sun currently we are nearly 80% placement.

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Annual Events and Activities

Annual LEARN Disability Summits – MS Convention Center 1st March 2017, 2018, 2019

Business CT – Annual Event put on by State of CT (May 2017)

Special Olympics – Selected events/fundraisers throughout the year

Disabled Veterans Association Events

SECT Chamber of Commerce, Military Affairs Council - Liaison

Department of Special Education; Transitional Task Force participant

Disability Summit
Awards & Recognition

2018 Certificate of Special Recognition – Senator Richard Blumenthal

2018 Disability IN: Connecticut Employer of the Year

2016 Community Leadership Award – Community Enterprises

2016 Military Community Support Award - SECT Chamber Commerce

2015 Disability Matters National Award – Disability Inc.

2008 Connect-Ability Governors Award – State of CT.

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Mohegan Sun Employment Awards