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A Forever Legacy of Historic Achievement – Constance Baker Motley

A Forever Legacy of Historic Achievement. Have you heard of Judge Constance Baker Motley? Did you know that she was a New Haven native and a 40-year Chester resident? She was the first Black woman federal judge and a groundbreaking civil rights attorney. Not only that, she was the first Black woman to argue before Read More →


Nominate Your Favorite Nonprofit for a Surprise

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 Read More →


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 Read More →


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 Read More →


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 Read More →


From Middletown to Ukraine

To all who cared and helped, Дякуємо (Thank you)! Our community asked; You delivered! More than 7 tons in firefighting equipment and medical supplies were donated on April 9 and April 10 at the South Fire District. And it’s arrived! Lviv volunteers excitedly began unpacking the equipment and supplies, ready to distribute them and put them Read More →


Thank you for supporting Ryan’s Circle of Giving Fund

Thank You for supporting An Evening of Song, Laughter, and Love The Ryan’s Circle of Giving Fund is deeply touched by the many individuals and businesses who joined us this year! Your support of annual event – virtual though it was – is inspiring and greatly appreciated. Thanks to you, it is evident that Ryan’s Read More →


Report to the Community 2020-2021

We’re Celebrating You! Your generosity is overwhelming, and this holiday season, we’re celebrating all the ways you Help Good People Do Great Things! Our 2020-2021 Report to the Community is available on our website and shares incredible stories of the great things you helped make possible in Middlesex County. Click HERE to read about … Read More →


Big Thinkers Group – Community Story Time Videos

The “Big Thinkers Group” is a community outreach and engagement initiative of Middletown Police Officers, local nonprofit organizations, and community leaders working together to celebrate our communities and brainstorm ideas and project we can all enjoy and participate in as a community. During these cold and snowy winter months, The “Big Thinkers Group” is encouraging Read More →


Celebrating A Summer Of Pop Up Grants

Thank you so much for making our virtual “Pop Up Grant” initiative a great success! Wow! Really, that is all we can say! You made our celebration of local nonprofits a great success – and submitted an incredible variety of organizations doing great things in Middlesex County. We believe every gift, no matter the size, Read More →


Keep Up with CFMC – Editions of our E-News and E-Announcements Posted

Just catching up with CFMC? We’re so glad you’re here! Here is a list of our recent E-News and E-Announcements – you can either launch the webpage view or the PDF view … and we hope you will subscribe HERE (scroll below our staff contact information, enter your contact information, and submit) – keep up Read More →


Buddy Benches Abound

The Community Foundation’s Council of Business Partners Buddy Bench project, in partnership with Rushford, a Hartford Healthcare Partner, continues to grow and share benches throughout Middlesex County. The Council of Business Partners’ original idea of a buddy bench on every school playground has attracted lots of attention in Middlesex County, and people are coming to Read More →


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 →


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 →


Restrospective: Dahlia DeHaan

Dahlia DeHaan was the Community Foundation’s first intern through the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce’s Youth @ Work Summer Employment Program. Dahlia returned to CFMC this summer through the Youth @ Work program, and we asked her to reflect on her experiences in the program and at CFMC. Five Years Later … What I’ve Learned Read More →


CFMC’s Move

The move is complete and CFMC is settling in at 49 Main Street in Middletown. We are incredibly grateful to the Tomc family for this gift to the community, and the crew of Brown & Wimler for their incredible renovations. We would also like to thank all of the outstanding volunteers who helped make the move 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 →


A Champion of the Community, Arthur Director

We all lost a community champion when Arthur (Art) Director passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Art led quietly by example, both in his business life and in his community service life. A long-time supporter of our youth, Art gave of his time and his considerable talent to ensure children have every advantage possible Read More →


Local Leaders, Local Legends

CFMC Honors Local Volunteers

They are everywhere – in the house next door, behind the counter at the business down the street, at the board of directors table of your favorite nonprofit – volunteers and leaders who give their time and talents to our community. The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is fortunate to be surrounded by “Good People Read More →


Every Day We Have A Choice

  Every day, we have a choice. When you read the headlines or turn on the news, when you scroll through your social media feed, it is easy to think that the negatives far outweigh the positives, that the common bonds that hold us together – compassion, respect, shared responsibility, a belief in service, and a willingness to Read More →


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