Fundholders Ease the Pain of Poverty

Northwest Corner Fundholders have eased the pangs of hunger and helped to shelter our most vulnerable community members through grants totaling $107,500 in 2016 that support improved access to services for the homeless population and improved access to food for those living in poverty in our Northwest Corner.

Housing the Homeless

New Beginnings of Northwest Hills Litchfield County was awarded $20,000 through the Draper Foundation Fund to support renovation of the waiting room and meeting space at The Gathering Place to better accommodate client and administrative staff needs and install a laundry chute. The Gathering Place is a one-stop access to service providers for individuals and families experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

“Making the visit more comfortable for them will result in a better meeting with staff, less agitation and better communication all around,” said Claudia Sweeney, Vice President.

The grant to the Gathering Place is the most recent of five grants totaling $245,000 in support of the Gathering Place, with $21,000 from the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund and $4,000 from the Northwest Connecticut Philanthropy Fund through a gift from the estate of Margaret Reventlow.

Feeding the Hungry

Partners For Sustainable Healthy Communities was awarded $40,000 through the Draper Foundation Fund to support preparation of a detailed implementation plan for a regional food hub.

“The goal is to establish a sustainable ’food value chain’ business model in which producers, buyers, processors and related agriculture product businesses generate financial returns while advancing social and environmental values,” said William A. Burgess, President and Executive Director.

Community Kitchen of Torrington was awarded $5,000 through the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund to support the purchase of food for the daily hot meal prepared and served to food insecure residents.

FISH of Northwestern Connecticut was awarded $1,500 through the from the Robert Venn Carr, Jr. Fund to support the purchase of replacement sheets and towels for the 35-bed homeless shelter.

Providing Continued Support

Every year the Community Foundation allocates up to $40,000 to distribute to public charities and faith-based organizations in its 20-town service area for year-end critical-needs grants. Grants are made possible through the Draper Foundation Fund and the Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund.

Nonprofits providing the most basic of necessities—food, warm clothing, fuel assistance and shelter to the Northwest Corner’s most economically distressed residents and providing the most basic of necessities—food, warm clothing, fuel assistance and shelter will be awarded in December.

View 2016 Critical Needs Recipients

Contact your Community Foundation staff at: (860) 626-1245 to discuss your charitable giving options and goals.