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The Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) received an early 20th anniversary gift in 2017 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 Janvrin Wiggins lived quiet lives in Old Lyme. They shared a life-long love of all nature, particularly birds, as well as the arts and history.  Mary later resided in Chester and continued to enjoy the beauty of the region until her passing in September 2016.  At that time her trust set into motion the establishment…

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Reading. Writing. Arithmetic. The three “R”s – and of course, add a little history, some science and a splash of art. Now you have a basic “education.” Yet an education can be so much more than that. Education provides knowledge about the world. It can pave the way for a good career, help build character, and lay the foundation for a stronger community. An anonymous donor approached the Community Foundation with a passion – provide funding support for programs and services serving people of low to moderate income to achieve economic success through education. That passion resulted in the Endowed…

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Philanthropy matters. Philanthropy works. Philanthropy does not have a set schedule. Enter one anonymous donor who realized that there are times when emergencies arise and immediate action is required. This donor established the President’s Discretionary Fund to allow for immediate responses to unforeseen situations and to assist those in need when they need it most…NOW! The Fund may be added to at any time to augment the good works started by one quiet, caring individual. “We are grateful for the thoughtfulness and kind consideration of this donor who realizes that Philanthropy is 24/7.” ~ Cynthia H. Clegg, President & CEO,…

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St. Luke’s Home was founded in 1865 as a nonprofit organization committed to serving the various needs of seniors and veterans in Middlesex County. Facing ongoing changes in state and federal funding streams, the St. Luke’s Board of Trustees voted to dissolve the organization and continue to be faithful to its 150-year mission by establishing the St. Luke’s Home Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.   The Fund provides financial support to designated nonprofit organizations whose work supports the organization’s long tradition of services for veterans and older adults. All activities will be under the auspices and guidance…

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A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. ― W.H. Auden   Writing – in all its various forms – is empowering. It’s creative, expressive, illustrative, and informative. The act of writing is a gift of sharing, shaping experience and feeling into something others can read, hear, understand, and relate to. Susan D. E. Allison served the community through her creative skills, talents, and gentle ways. Her love for the arts in general and particularly the written word are legendary. Through her writing, she gave life and voice to Middletown and shared her abiding…

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If you prefer to make a donation by mail, please make checks payable to CFMC and note “Ryan’s Circle of Giving” in the memo line. Checks may be sent to the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, 49 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at 860.347.0025 Ryan’s Circle of Giving is a fund set up to honor the memory and legacy of Ryan Charles Gordon. As a freshman in college in 2005, who was on his way to fulfilling his life’s dream of becoming a Broadcast Journalist, Ryan was forced to return home…

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Second-Chance Careers for Our Four-Footed Friends Forever In My Heart Foundation Project Fund Each year 22% of shelter dogs are euthanized in the United States. That’s over 1 million dogs. What if we could help reduce those numbers by training dogs for second-chance careers, helping armed service veterans in need? Mira Alicki and her friends decided their love of dogs and their desire to help could do just that. The Forever In My Heart Foundation (FIMH) was founded to make an impact in the lives of abandoned and neglected dogs as well as veterans in our community. Working with experienced,…

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At the Community Foundation of Middlesex County we say each and every day that “we only know Good People Doing Great Things.” It’s so true and we never take our friends and neighbors or the great things they do for granted – and we know that you don’t either. Allow us to introduce to you our special “Tooth Fairy” and the “Tooth Fairy Fund.” One very special individual with a heart of gold believes that every child deserves a beautiful, healthy smile. This individual knew that not only is dental health important for a child’s physical well-being, but a beautiful…

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A Legacy of Helping Others Arlene Mazzotta was a force in the community. In addition to founding and nurturing A.R. Mazzotta Employment Specialists to be the successful business it is, she championed where we work, live, and play each and every day. Arlene accomplished much while celebrating life to the fullest. She had a list of “firsts” throughout her life. She was the first woman chair of the Board of Directors of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce. She was a founding member of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls and later…

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You often hear us say at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, “We only know good people who do great things.” It’s true! Meet a couple who are passionate about providing our young people with opportunities to grow and thrive, and in making certain our youth have some of the same advantages they did. Hanna and Gerhard Krauland represent the American dream. Both are immigrants. Both had successful careers, Gerhard in business and Hanna in the nonprofit sector. Both recognize that a strong support system, hard work, and luck made a significant difference in their lives. Both believe in paying…

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Family and Community. Two simple words that can make all the difference in someone’s life. Yet if you asked Jackie Kilar and her teammates of the Wesleyan University Women’s Ice Hockey Team, they would tell you those two words are very important because they describe how they feel about one another and about the Middletown Community. When Jackie Kilar first arrived on campus at Wesleyan University, she couldn’t imagine how those two words would become central to her life in Middletown and her place on the Wesleyan University Women’s Ice Hockey Team. While in high school, Jackie’s mother Joan was diagnosed…

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Community… youth… sports… all passions of Buzzy and Harriet Levin. The Levin family has a long history of working to support their community, finding ways to help families and youth lead better lives. Buzzy Levin was well known for his generosity. Though he championed many organizations, events, and issues, what most of his friends and family recall were the quiet, behind the scenes things he did for neighbors and customers – the small, thoughtful “gifts” of recognition to say “job well done.” Buzzy and Harriet know the importance of community in our daily lives, and they passed on this belief in…

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