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The Wiltsie Eisenstein Fund exists to serve our community by empowering women, specifically in the trades, by offering them educational opportunities for advancement in fields where they are often underrepresented. We also seek to improve the lives of animals by partnering with groups that work to advocate for, and rescue animals in need. Our purpose is to leave a legacy of hope and kindness.

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Community is the cornerstone of what makes all the towns in Middlesex County great places to live, work, and play! A group of residents of Chester are committed to ensuring that the community is able to respond to issues, needs, and services that have the greatest impact for the benefit of their neighbors. Together, working with the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, they established the Chester Leadership Fund. An Advisory Committee has been established to aid in identifying and responding to the needs of Chester. The community members establishing the Fund worked together to develop a Roles & Responsibilities document for…

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Thanks to the generosity of so many individuals and businesses, every fall and winter a group of volunteers on the shoreline are kept busy helping families choose warm coats, scarves, gloves, socks, and shoes. Warm the Children volunteer coordinators receive family referrals from the town social service offices and assigns them to volunteer shoppers. Shoppers and families meet at WalMart where parents and children select new winter clothing and footwear. Children and youth between the ages of birth and 18 years can participate in the program. Warm the Children Shoreline serves local families in need in Old Lyme, Lyme, Old…

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A passionate outdoorsman, Jack Thomas Condulis moved to Tampa, FL, to work for The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company as a Project Engineer. The location was perfect for this avid boater, fisherman, and hunter. A graduate of Clemson University with a BS in Construction Science and Management, his work with WTCC brought him into close contact with designers, engineers, architects and other professionals on a day-to-day basis – all areas of interest for Jack as he pursued his career in commercial and civil construction projects. Jack had many interests he enjoyed but his happiest times were with his family and friends, whether…

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Joshua Tucker Winslow loved his family and friends, his community, working with his hands, and the water. Josh was an integral member of the shoreline community and touched the lives of many. Known as a big teddy bear, Josh appreciated all the wonderful things the shoreline community offered and the people who work every day to make sure this region is the best place to live, work, and play.  Josh believed in following your passions and finding out what you do well. He built his own construction company from the ground up and his most recent project was building his…

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We are surrounded by people who, every day, are working to make our community better, stronger, and more vibrant – not just today but for generations to come. Melissa Schlag was just such a person. Melissa accomplished so much on behalf of her neighbors and her community. She was a land conservationist, an environmental advocate, a youth mentor at Save the Sound, a civic journalist, and a former First Selectman of Haddam. As a political leader, Melissa networked with the EPA and officials at the State Capitol to remove pollutants from the Higganum Cove so it could be enjoyed as…

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The needs continue in Ukraine – and the group of Middletown and regional businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals continue to work together to raise awareness and raise funds to provide much needed basic necessities and medical equipment to the Ukraine. This dedicated group, led by a collaboration among the Middletown South Fire District, Wesleyan University, Community Health Center, and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, is working on a 2023 call to action to help those in need in the Ukraine. Aid for Ukraine Community Conversation A free community event will take place Friday, May 12, 2023 at Beckham Hall,…

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So much has changed in our world this year – yet in Middlesex County there is one lasting constant – Great People Doing Great Things! At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County we are inspired by the generosity and many kindnesses of our friends and neighbors and we’re delighted to introduce you to one of them.  Meet Clinton resident, Cathy Weiss, who just added one more accomplishment to her long list of successes and adventures:  Heartfelt Donor. Cathy’s background is a tapestry of caring.  Her love of the arts coupled with her work in health, community and social services, has led…

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Our Community Is Always There to Lend A Helping Hand Sometimes things are just beyond our control and circumstances present unexpected challenges for our friends and neighbors. You are always there to help. You find ways to make things better, to make things right, to help one another. You, our friends and neighbors, have come to the aid of individuals and businesses to lend a helping hand through the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. When the Connecticut River Museum suffered severe damage during a fire, you came to their aid and provided much needed funds to replace the windows. When…

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Building Strong Communities Together A strong community exists because friends and neighbors believe in supporting their towns today and making sure each generation is offered every opportunity possible for a vibrant future. A group of Durham and Middlefield citizens set out in the early 1990s to do just that – provide for the youth of their town. Together, they launched Durham-Middlefield Youth & Family Services (DMYFS), a nonprofit organization, dedicated to the youth and families of Durham and Middlefield. Since that first opening day, DMYFS has worked with residents, town officials of Durham and Middlefield, the school district, and a…

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Times change and evolve, issues and needs arise – and having the ability to adjust is imperative in business and in the nonprofit world. That is why Clio and Philip Coles chose an Unrestricted Named Fund when they were working with the Community Foundation. They wanted to be sure that the Community Foundation, through its grants process, could adapt and address whatever may be impacting the community they call home. Clio and Philip established the Coles Family Fund as a meaningful way to help build a strong, healthy community in Middlesex County.  They knew as ex-owners of a small business…

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A Lifetime of Music Leads to A Legacy for Middletown Students Santo Fragilio was well-known – and loved – for many reasons, but two will always stand out for those who knew him best: his joy at playing the violin and his desire to share music with his students at the Middletown Public Schools. The Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) only knows Great People Doing Great Things, and we are always honored when our friends and supporters begin thinking about the legacy they wish to leave their community. Several years before his death, Santo was thinking about the many children…

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