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Celebrating The Power of Women Helping Women

Oh What a Night! Thank you to everyone who joined CFMC’s Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls to celebrate the power of Women Helping Women! Friends and neighbors gathered at the Essex Yacht Club for an evening of inspiration, network, and great discussions. Dr. Kristen Zarfos discussed the importance of taking care of Read More →


CT Humanities Awards Grant to the James Family Documentary Project Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County

The James Family and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) are pleased to announce that Connecticut Humanities (CTH) has awarded the James Family Documentary Project Fund a grant of $17,500 for the continuing work on Ann Petry and the James Family Letters. Journalist, community volunteer and former CFMC board member Elisabeth (Liz) Petry and Read More →


Buddying Up for Positive Change in Essex

Community Foundation of Middlesex County Supports Social Inclusion Youth Project   The “Buddy Bench” is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Representatives from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and Rushford Academy  recently joined students, teachers and parents at Essex Elementary School for a very special ribbon cutting ceremony. Read More →


TAKE A SEAT…and learn how Middlesex County cares…

It’s a simple idea – with lasting results. Sometimes children (and even adults) feel alone. Sometimes children aren’t certain how to ask others to be included in activities at school. Well, there’s a solution – the Buddy Bench. Thanks to a partnership with the Community Foundation’s Council of Business Partners and At-Risk Boys Funds, Rushford Academy, Read More →


Life-Saving Equipment for Our Four-Footed Friends

The Animals: Respect and Friendship (ARF!) Fund took the lead from a family in Chester and decided to help get a special piece of equipment in the hands of every fire department in Middlesex County. The ARF! Fund Committee set a goal in the fall of 2017 to raise awareness about the dangers of smoke Read More →


Buddying Up For Positive Change in Middlesex County

When is a bench so much more than a bench? When does a bench have the power to connect people of all ages and experiences and create a community of upstanders? When it is a Buddy Bench built by at-risk youth from Rushford Academy in Durham. Thanks to 34 individual donors and the countless contributors Read More →


Scholar Athlete Who Knows The True Meaning of Community

Deborah L. Lombardo Education Assistance Award The Deborah L. Lombardo Education Assistance Award was established in Deborah’s memory by Harry Burr, her employer. Deborah was an account manager for Harry with his agency, Brown & Brown Insurance of Connecticut, dba McCutcheon Burr & Sons. To honor Deborah, Harry gives an annual award to a Portland Read More →


Top CT Blues Bands Featured for 3rd Annual Cruise Blues & Brews Festival

When organizers for the 3rd Annual Cruise Blues & Brews Festival approached legendary local blues performer Ramblin’ Dan Stevens, they received immediate and enthusiastic support. Stevens had the connections and the passion to recruit top blues talent for this unique festival to benefit the At-Risk Boys Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. “As soon Read More →


All Things Killingworth

The Killingworth Foundation Continues Building on Ten Years of Impact as the Killingworth Community Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County The Killingworth Foundation (TKF) and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) are pleased to announce a partnership with the creation of the Killingworth Community Fund, a Geographic Affiliate Fund, at CFMC. For Read More →


Camp Colter 2017

Forty (40) middle school boys and girls took to the mats at Camp Colter at Keigwin Middle School, thanks to the Colter Achievement Fund. Brian and Chaleen established the Colter Abely Achievement Fund at the Community Foundation after their son Colter died. Colter had a passion for wrestling while attending Xavier High School and often helped out Read More →


Let’s Celebrate the Women in Your Life!

Let’s Celebrate The Women in Your Life! We all have that special someone… That special…  Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Neighbor, Teacher, Sister, Very Best Friend who inspires us, guides us, dreams with us, laughs – and even cries – with us. Let’s celebrate that special someone by supporting women and girls of all ages to be self-sufficient, confident and Read More →


Sisters’ Legacy to Support Where We Live, Work and Play

Community Foundation of Middlesex County to Receive $8 Million Bequest  The Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) received an early 20th anniversary gift this year with news that the nonprofit organization will be the recipient of an $8 million bequest from the trust of the late Mary Janvrin. Ms. Janvrin and her pre-deceased sister Natalie Read More →


IRA Charitable Rollover – A Great Incentive for Philanthropy

The IRA charitable rollover is now a permanent option for individuals age 70½ and older who want to make a gift of a lifetime during their lifetime. Donors are permitted to make a qualified charitable distribution from their IRA directly to a qualifying charity, such as the Community Foundation, without declaring the distribution as income. This is an excellent Read More →


James Family Documentary Film Project is underway

It took three generations to create a family legacy. It’s only taken months to begin telling that story in film. It has been a very busy fall (2015) for the documentary film project “For Dear Mother’s Sake: The James Family Letters that Shaped Ann Petry.” Liz Petry and her cousins Ashley James and Kathryn Golden Read More →


Colter Abely Fund featured on FoxCT’s “Mommy Minute” with Sarah Cody

Colter Abely had three passions in life – wrestling, golf, and his family and friends. After his tragic death in a car accident, his parents, Chaleen and Brian Abely established the Colter Abely Achievement Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County in 2012. The Fund supports the wrestling programs at Xavier High School and Read More →


When a Grant Becomes Something More

Finding Strength and Gratitude Through Art A Gift from Maria Louise A grant from the Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women and Girls made it possible for Maria to have an artist mentor her as she explored her own talents and gifts. For her final project, she chose to paint a portrait of Community Foundation Read More →


Carolyn Greenleaf Music Award Application Now Available

Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Fund Award Committee Now Accepting Applications for the Spring 2015 Award The Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Fund Award Committee is accepting applications for a music education award for talented high school students. This merit-based award was originally established in 2007 and honors the memory of Carolyn Greenleaf, a resident of Essex who worked Read More →


NOTICE: Bullyfree Rally – Venue Change

PLEASE NOTE – VENUE CHANGE FOR BULLY-FREE COMMUNITIES RALLY DUE TO FORECAST OF RAIN, THE BULLY-FREE COMMUNITIES RALLY HAS BEEN MOVED TO MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 100 Training Hill Drive, Middletown National Unity Day – October 22. Join students, parents, neighbors, and colleagues from Middlesex County in a show of unity for bully-free communities at a Read More →


“No Bully Zone” at The Country School in Madison

Creating positive communities through youth empowerment is the goal of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s Council of Business Partners. The “No Bully Zone,” developed in partnership with Rushford prevention specialists, provides tools and programs for schools and community groups to address bullying and help children stand up to bullying. Donny Marshall, a former UConn Read More →


Furniture Donations Help Families Start New Lives

Bob’s Discount Furniture Partners with Simply Sharing to Help Connecticut’s Homeless Population Transition into Sustainable, Supportive Housing  Bob’s Discount Furniture today announced a partnership with Simply Sharing, an Essex, Conn.-based organization, under the sponsorship of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, whose mission is to provide basic furniture, household goods and occasional interior design input Read More →


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