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Helping Neurodiverse Young Adults Achieve their Dreams Alexandra Dilger lived a rich and fulfilling life despite personal challenges with depression and anxiety.  She was witty, determined to succeed, and driven to achieve greater independence.  Part of her vision was to get a job where she could excel … enter A Little Compassion.  Alexandra was one of the first participants in the programs offered by A Little Compassion/The Nest, a Deep River nonprofit organization which provides authentic and enriching employment and social opportunities for neurodiverse young adults. Everyone loved being around Alexandra and her parents, Gale and Patrick, wanted to create…

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The Deep River Cares Fund……  ‘A Hug for Deep River’ The Town of Deep River is a special place filled with wonderful people who do so much every day for the benefit of our community. The Deep River Cares Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County has been created to support local nonprofits in their work to serve Deep River and its residents.  The Fund’s mission is: To maintain a fund which supports nonprofit and other qualified organizations serving Deep River and the surrounding area through multiple resources, including grants, to help those organizations – and our friends and…

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Lindsay and John Parke established the JB Parke Memorial Funds in memory of their son John Brinton “JB” Parke, who passed away in December 2021 at the age of 33 after a year-long battle with a rare, aggressive form of kidney cancer. JB was a 2006 graduate of Coginchaug High School and attended Region 13 schools during all of his primary and secondary school years – truly a committed student and member of the Region 13 family. JB loved his sports, both playing and as a spectator. He exhibited all the great sportsmanship qualities in every sport he played –…

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We are surrounded by amazing, outstanding, remarkable, trailblazing women in our community. These are women who mentor and who share and who lead; these are women who step forward to serve their communities; and these are women who appreciate those who have helped forge the path before them and who are committed to helping young women who will come after them. Representative Kai Belton is just such a woman. Kai has spent her life surrounded by women (and men) who provided guidance and advice along the way – and on occasion, just a little push to help her take the…

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Sally Ann McGee D’Aquila and Salvatore D’Aquila, Jr. Fund for Basic Human Needs and the Environment Leave it to our friends Sally and Sal D’Aquila to, well, make our community better – today – and tomorrow, finding a way to create a better today and a brighter tomorrow, for all. Sally D’Aquila had a passion for and dedication to her community. Her passion reminded us of how we can accomplish great things and address critical needs through partnership and philanthropy. Sally would always say that you don’t need to be a “Warren Buffet” to make a real difference in someone’s…

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We sit under them for shade. We glory in their beauty throughout the New England seasons. But have you ever considered all the various ways our tree canopy aids our community? SOS Trees (“Save Our Shade”) is a group of Old Saybrook residents committed to raising awareness about the importance of the tree canopy and assisting residents and businesses in planting and maintaining our trees in Old Saybrook. Trees and shrubs are vitally important to our collective health and quality of life  – they: help conserve energy in summer and winter. clean the air. provide important nesting habitats, food, and…

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Physical and mental health issues affect so many in our communities – directly or indirectly. The COVID-19 pandemic raised a great deal of awareness about the benefits of our overall well-being and the important part mental wellness plays in our lives and our community. One local Clinton resident, Dylan Walter, decided to take steps to help his community support programs directly impacting an individual’s, and a community’s, overall well-being. Dylan is committed to rallying support and finding ways to ensure local service organizations serving the Town of Clinton have the resources they need. Working with the Community Foundation of Middlesex…

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Helping Our Local Families and Communities Thrive A local group of caring people, dedicated to helping others, has established the River Valley Fund for Families (RVFF) at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Inc. (CFMC). RVFF volunteers are well known locally for their caring and generous ways. They have worked tirelessly to raise funds to help nonprofit organizations serving children and families in the Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline areas. RVFF will focus its fundraising efforts to benefit children and families in the Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline areas facing challenges that impact their daily lives and future. Utilizing CFMC’s…

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Helping Dreams Become Realities Connor Meaney Young was a visionary. He was also an entrepreneur. At 14 years old, Connor channeled his passion for landscaping and his vision of entrepreneurship into his own business. A native of East Haddam, Connor and a fellow classmate started C&M Lawn and Landscaping. Their goal was to offer the best landscaping experience possible to their community, and to look to their clients and community to help them grow as business leaders and community members. Connor was a true caretaker at heart – of his business and of his community. His eagerness to learn from…

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Connor Meaney Young was a visionary. He was also an entrepreneur and he cared deeply about his community. At 14 years old, Connor channeled his passion for landscaping and his vision of entrepreneurship into his own business. A native of East Haddam, Connor and a fellow classmate started C&M Lawn and Landscaping. Their goal was to offer the best landscaping experience possible to their community, and to look to their clients and community to help them grow as business leaders and community members. Connor was a true caretaker at heart – of his business and of his community. His eagerness…

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The VRHS Trades Awards acknowledges the value of the work of tradespeople and the challenges of getting established. This award is intended to aid graduating Valley Regional High School (VRHS) students who are choosing to pursue a trade, field, or business venture after graduation rather than attend a college or university. The VRHS Class of 1982 was made up of individuals with a strong sense of community and compassion. This has continued since graduation, and the class continues to find impactful ways to engage with their community and mentor those students following in their footsteps. Recently members of the Class…

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In celebration of Arbor Day 2023, we are honored to launch the Sally and Sal D’Aquila “Salix Fund.” The Fund is dedicated to finding as many ways as possible to plant earth and pollinator friendly trees, shrubs, and pollinator gardens. “Salix” you ask? What’s that? Salix (Willows) are deciduous trees and shrubs compromising around 350 species. They are found primarily on moist soils in cold and temperate regions. What is the function of Salix? Salix plants have been used medicinally since ancient times to treat painful musculoskeletal joint pain conditions, inflammation, and fever, and have been linked to the discovery…

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