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2023 Liberty Bank Rotary Club Thanksgiving Drive

Since 2004, Liberty Bank Foundation, partnering with Rotary Clubs across Connecticut, have raised over $4 million to ensure all families in our community can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you for helping your local Rotary Club share the generosity of a thanksgiving dinner with your community – and helping your local Rotary Club take advantage of Liberty Bank’s generous match campaign. We appreciate everyone who participated in the annual Thanksgiving Drive campaign drive between October 2 and November 13, 2023. The campaign match window is now closed and we will share updates as the grants are distributed to nonprofits in…

Investing in Youth and the Trades Journey

At CFMC, we only know “Good People Who Do Great Things.” We love hearing about people’s varied interests, passions, and backgrounds. They inspire us with their desire to help – to give back – and to “pay it forward.” Case in point: Beth Clark, John Saunders, William Weed, and Valerie Wyzykowski, of the Valley Regional High School (VRHS) Class of 1982. They all treasure the experiences and opportunities VRHS gave them and wanted to say “Thank You” in a way that would be meaningful. The alumni decided to assist students seeking a path that might not necessarily include college and…

Celebrating Women’s History Month With a Look Back at Elisabeth Petry

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s amazing accomplishments and contributions to history, culture, and society. We thank the women who made history, who smashed boundaries, and who pushed us to be our very best. Middlesex County has a rich history of remarkable women who have excelled and flourished in their own unique ways. This year, we want to remember and recognize one very special woman. One we are all so fortunate to have known and loved. A Look Back at an Amazing Woman, Friend, and Humble “Brainiac” – Elisabeth Petry CFMC is honored to have counted Liz Petry as…

CFMC Presents $25,000 Grant to Pathfinders for Deer Lake Project

Community Foundation of Middlesex County Presents $25,000 Grant to Pathfinders for Deer Lake Project Award made possible by the Mary Janvrin and Natalie Janvrin Wiggins Fund for Birds, Other Animals and Nature Middletown, CT – The Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) wrapped up its 25th anniversary celebration in December with a surprise $25,000 grant to Pathfinders, Inc. for its Deer Lake Project. The award was given in recognition and support of the nonprofit’s hard work, persistence, and strong passion for making a difference by fostering outdoor education and recreation for all at its recently purchased property, Deer Lake, a…

Liberty Bank, 41 Rotary Clubs, and Community Foundation of Middlesex County Raise Over $917,000 to Help Fill Thanksgiving Food Baskets this Holiday

Released on behalf of Liberty Bank In partnership with 41 local Rotary Clubs and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC), Liberty Bank announced today that over $917,000 was raised during its 19th Annual Thanksgiving Drive. This will help ensure that more families in the areas served by the Bank have a Thanksgiving feast to enjoy this Thursday. The total amount raised encompasses $250,000 in matching funds provided by Liberty Bank Foundation, including a $2,000 bump in funding provided to each participating Club to support even more families in need this holiday season. The Drive was promoted individually by each Club…

Liberty Bank / Rotary Clubs Thanksgiving Project

  Since 2004, Liberty Bank Foundation, partnering with Rotary Clubs across Connecticut, have raised over $4 million to ensure all families in our community can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you for helping your local Rotary Club share the generosity of a thanksgiving dinner with your community – and helping your local Rotary Club take advantage of Liberty Bank’s generous match campaign. We appreciate everyone who participated in the annual Thanksgiving Drive campaign drive between October 3 and November 14, 2022. The campaign match window is now closed and we will share updates as the grants are distributed to nonprofits…

Our New Team Member – Mary Dutton

We are thrilled to welcome Mary Dutton to the Community Foundation of Middlesex County! Mary has joined our team as the Programs & Communications Coordinator. Mary is a Long Island native and recently moved to Connecticut from the Boston area. Mary received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Visual Studio Art from College of the Holy Cross. Mary served as an Account Executive at a public relations agency on their healthy living team. She met her husband, Trevor, at Holy Cross through running on the cross country and track teams together. They recently moved to West Hartford and are…

Peach Pit Foundation Partners with CFMC for Something Extra Special

Our friends Sharon Griffin and Jessica Griffin Scheff of Peach Pit Foundation are longtime members of the Leadership Circle at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, a group of donors committed to the work of CFMC in the community and who contribute annually to support CFMC’s operations. 2022 is a very special year – CFMC’s 25th anniversary. Sharon and Jessica decided to do something a little “extra special” to celebrate CFMC’s 25th anniversary and their fellow CFMC Leadership Circle Members. We held a virtual call with seventeen public libraries in Middlesex County in December 2021. Sharon and Jessica surprised us…

Fun, Friendship, and Kindness Abound in Middlesex County Thanks to the M. Jones Fund

Summer is a perfect time of year for our youth to create lifelong memories, explore a special interest or activity, and of course, have a lot of fun! The M. Jones Fund family are big fans of camps and summer youth programs – just like those from their childhood. They wanted to ensure that the youth in our community have the same opportunities for summer days filled with laughter, adventure, and friendship. With that goal in mind, the M. Jones Fund is back again this summer with another round of grants to support our youth. In addition to supporting camps…

Nominate Your Favorite Nonprofit for a Pop Up Grant

There’s one thing everyone can agree on … we have incredible nonprofits working throughout our 15 towns! We’re going to have some fun and show your favorite nonprofit some love. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3….. You just submit the name of your favorite Middlesex County nonprofit organization using the form below. We gather all of the entries and put them in a bowl. With a good hearty shake and a few tosses, we draw the name of a Middlesex County nonprofit organization to receive a small grant award. So let’s have some fun and share the joy … submit your…

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