Donor & Fund Success Stories

Community Philanthropy at work in Middlesex County

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 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 →

A Round of Applause

For Great People Doing Great Things! At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, we only know great people – those who are always lending a hand and helping our friends and neighbors. Each day we are reminded of how remarkably lucky we are to live, work, and play in this great community. Then there are the Read More →

Buddy Bench Fun at Center School, East Hampton

Sarah Cody, WTNH, joined the Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s Council of Business Partners Fund and Rushford Academy at Center School in East Hampton for a very special presentation – a new Buddy Bench for the playground! See all the fun HERE – and read Sarah’s story about the Buddy Bench project at the Community Foundation 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 →

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 →

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 →

With Your Help, We’ve Made a Difference

A Coat, A Hat and Gloves It’s hard to imagine not having a warm pair of boots or a winter coat that fits, but for many children in our communities this is the challenge they face each winter. For more than 20 years, volunteers and donors have been working through the Kiwanis Club of Middletown Read More →

Let’s Hear It For The Boys!

The Community Foundation idea is a simple one: anyone – or any group – can be a philanthropist; anyone may partner with the Community Foundation to give something back to the community: To Impact Lives To Help Others To Solve a Problem

A Legacy Creates Educational Opportunities – William and Mary Tomc Memorial Fund

Like so many of their generation, Rich Tomc’s parents were born to immigrants. They were raised in a close-knit, working class neighborhood. The parish church was the heart of the community, and the families in those neighborhoods recognized the importance of family, hard work, and education.

Gifts from the Heart – Philanthropy Pure & Simple

We love working with donors, and we are honored to work with so many of you who wish to help, give back, and have a positive impact on Middlesex County. The size of the gift doesn’t matter nor does the reason it was given. We believe that everyone is a philanthropist.

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.

Mentor. Friend. Teammate. Colter Abely Achievement Fund

A great attitude. A friend to everyone. An infectious smile. An excellent athlete whose passion was wrestling. A mentor and leader to those around him. These are just a few of the things people knew and admired about Colter Abely.

Over A Decade Dedicated To Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Aunts Friends and More

The Fund for Women & Girls is marking a MILESTONE! Over ten years ago, a group of committed Middlesex County women came together and said, We CAN make a difference right here, right now. Together they created the Middlesex County Community Foundation Fund for Women & Girls. Together they reached out to their friends, their Read More →

Safe Squad Setting A Higher Standard

Students Stand United in the “No Bully Zone” NO BULLY ZONE In the fall of 2009 Middletown’s Keigwin School launched “Safe Squad,” a “No Bully Zone” initiative of the Middlesex County Community Foundation’s Council of Business Partners in partnership with Rushford Center.

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