Growing up in Waterbury, Warren Leach experienced the city’s neighborhoods as “full of music and joy.” Block parties, summer basketball leagues, a theater group where young people built the risers and sound system for the productions. Best of all, his summer job as a teenager took him all over Waterbury accompanying kids on field trips to parks and attractions.
Said Leach, “As the oldest of five, I had a tremendous sense of pride in earning money, helping my family pay for school clothes, and looking after other kids in the neighborhood on field trips. We had a sense of responsibility for taking care of ourselves and younger kids and being an example.”
Decades later, over a revelatory meal, he and his friends decided “there’s nobody stopping the people at this table from having the block parties and all the things we remembered growing up.”
The UnGroup Society was born.