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New Fund Changing Lives for At-Risk Boys

In 2013 a group of volunteers with the support of generous donors created a new fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County — At-Risk Boys Fund. The goal for the men and women on the all-volunteer committee was simple. They wanted to make a difference. Together, they wanted to support programs and projects that Read More →

Impacting Lives with just $1 a Day

365 Fund Welcomes New Members Philanthropy is as simple as $1 a day – $365 a year. The idea is simple. You give $365 – a dollar a day – to make our community better. You pool those daily dollars with others. Then you decide together which organizations you want to receive the money. 365 Read More →

CFMC Honors Chatman, Kalayjian, Pastorello, and Royston for service

CFMC celebrated and thanked four Board members for their years of service to the community at its December meeting. William Chatman (Essex), Marcia Kalayjian (Clinton), Tom Pastorello (East Hampton), and David Royston (Old Saybrook) completed their terms as members of the Board of Directors in December 2013. “These individuals have each helped to move the Read More →

With Your Support, We’ve Made Music

Carolyn Greenleaf’s Legacy Supports Talented Young Musicians Donald Dione has been named the Spring 2014 Carolyn Greenleaf Music Award recipient. Donald is a Junior at Valley Regional High School. He is an oboist and will be studying with Johanna Lamb at the Community Music School in Centerbrook.

Let’s Hear It for the Boys! Fund Prepares for its 5th Annual Event

The Let’s Hear It for the Boys! Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County supports programs and projects that will enhance positive educational, work and life experiences for boys and men. The fifth annual Let’s Hear It for the Boys! Event will be held at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek on April 12, 2014. 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 →

Middletown Commission on the Arts

Community Foundation of Middlesex County Receives Arts Advocacy Award

The Community Foundation of  Middlesex County was honored by the Middletown Commission on the Arts Tuesday, April 9 with the 2013 Arts Advocacy Award. Mayor Dan Drew presented the proclamation to Cynthia Clegg, president & CEO, and John Biddiscombe, Chairman of the Board of the Community Foundation.  In his remarks, Mayor Drew commended the Community Foundation Read More →

Preserving Local Homeownership

Middlesex Habitat for Humanity of Connecticut’s “A Brush with Kindness” program helps preserve local homeownership by partnering with families who are struggling to complete essential repairs to their homes.

Investing in the Community

Thanks to our donors, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County reached a new goal in grant awards in 2012.

A Love of Music and a Legacy Carried On

Carolyn Greenleaf knew that music was magic, that music captured our hearts and fed our souls. Her friends felt that she was magical and unique, and when she passed away in 2008, they established the Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Fund to honor her dedication to music education and to young people.

Marcia Kalayjian – Leading with Passion. Leading with Impeccable Style.

Marcia Kalayjian epitomizes “Good People Doing Great Things.” With boundless energy, enthusiasm, and charm, Marcia led the Community Foundation for two years as Board Chairman, capping off her chairmanship with the Community Foundation’s 15th anniversary year.

CFMC Recognizes Janice Atkeson for her Service

After seven years of dedicated service, Janice Atkeson stepped down from the Board of Directors in December 2012. While on the Board, Janice brought her financial expertise and management experience to the committees she served on and provided important insights as the Community Foundation continued to grow and expand its services.

CFMC Welcomes Two Community Members to the Board of Directors

The Community Foundation’s Board of Directors welcomes two new Directors, Marc Levin of Haddam and Middletown and Anna Wasescha of Middletown.

A Legacy of “Good People Doing Great Things” Continues

John Biddiscombe elected Chairman of the CFMC Board of Directors John Biddiscombe set an example of organizational excellence during his tenure as Director of Athletics at Wesleyan University. He is now steering the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors with that same standard.

Community Foundation of Middlesex County Launches New Logo

Celebrating 15 Towns and 15 Years November 20, 2012 More than 325 people joined the Board of Directors and staff of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County on Friday, November 16, 2012 to celebrate 15 years of Helping Good People Do Great Things. Presenting sponsors Essex Savings Bank and Essex Financial Services, represented by Gregory Read More →

Herb and Sherry Clark Receive Philanthropy Award

November 20, 2012 The Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) is pleased to announce the recipients of its first Philanthropy Award — Herb and Sherry Clark of Essex. The Clarks are being recognized for their longstanding spirit of giving, their extraordinary commitment to helping others throughout Middlesex County, and their leadership in promoting philanthropy each Read More →

Community Foundation of Middlesex County Achieves Top Standards Seal of Approval

CFMC Meets Rigorous National Standards for Quality and Accountability September 2012 Middletown, Connecticut – Philanthropy – Pure and Simple. It sounds easy, and with the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, it is. Working with the Community Foundation is simple, and allows individuals and businesses to participate in improving life in the community where they live, Read More →

Helping Good People Do Great Things

Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) is all about Living Local and Giving Local. A community foundation is community philanthropy at work. Whether you know it or not, you have probably been touched in some way in your community by a community foundation. Take a few minutes to hear from some of the donors and Read More →

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