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LIVE LOCAL BUY LOCAL LEADS TO LIVE LOCAL GIVE LOCAL Many companies offer rewards programs but Dutch Oil Company in Moodus is truly unique. A family-owned and operated business, Dutch Oil believes in supporting their customers through services and in thanking them for their business with a customer loyalty program. Customer/business loyalty took a new and innovative turn when a customer decided to “pay forward” their 10 cent a gallon discount. The customer donated the equivalent of his savings to a local fuel bank to help his neighbors. Dutch Oil appreciated the customer’s willingness to help others, and they set…

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Where we work. Where we live. Where we play. Every donor and every organization has a tremendous impact in sustaining our quality of life. Nancy Fischbach and Martin Wolman of Deep River live local and give local. They believe in supporting the organizations which have a direct and significant effect on the community in which they live. Nancy and Martin support the Community Foundation in so many ways, and in 2009 they added a Named Fund to that list of ways to support CFMC, support Middlesex County, and continue giving to the community which gives so much to them. “We…

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PIONEERING VOLUNTEER and COMMUNITY ACTIVIST Phyllis McDowell humbly and quietly will tell you she started her career in volunteerism because she had nothing to do. She just had too much time on her hands and too much energy to waste. Phyllis, a resident of Chester and Fenwick, believes that helping others – and everything around you – is an obligation and a privilege. Her “volunteer career” began in New Haven. Phyllis founded Fellowship Place which went on to become highly recognized for its pioneering ways of treating mental health patients through art therapy, vocational training and by fostering an open…

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Supporting the Community Foundation can take many forms. The Griffin Family of Durham has found countless ways to support the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, including being our cheerleaders and promoting the work CFMC does throughout the county. The Griffin family established a Donor Advised Endowed Fund at Community Foundation of Middlesex County in 2010. Endowed funds provide for the future as well as today, and this fund meets the Griffins’ investment in Middlesex County, highlighting both their desire to share the purpose of charitable giving with their children and with future generations. The Griffins had yet another purpose in mind:…

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Love at first sight is not just a Hollywood cliché. It does happen in real life, and those who knew Barbara and George Hart, will tell you that their love for and dedication to each other was an inspiration for all. Barbara and George Hart spent a lifetime together, living in many communities and working to further their passions. She loved flowers and the pleasure they bring; he loved the water and sailing and the thrill of the open seas (and Long Island Sound). It was only natural that they settled in Old Saybrook, where their personal and professional lives…

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Can women helping women really make a difference? Absolutely! Many of us now find ourselves in a position to help others. We are an untapped resource. We can take the initiative and direct our charitable dollars to help generations of women and girls to live independent and productive lives. Our philanthropy is at work right here in Middlesex County – where we live, work and play. Never underestimate the power of women! In 2002, a group of concerned Middlesex County women banded together to create the Fund for Women & Girls, an endowed fund of the Community Foundation of Middlesex…

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Irene and John D. Bolden, Sr., life-long residents of the Albany Community of Georgia, believed that education is key to a bright and financially secure future. Although John and Irene had limited formal education themselves, they were determined their six children, including Middletown’s own Kathy Bolden McRae, would thrive and succeed with a foundation securely built in education and faith. Each of their children graduated with honors from Monroe High School in Albany, Georgia. They, along with their children, have pursued professions that are wide reaching and emblematic of John and Irene’s belief in the moral and financial stability provided…

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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. Rich and his siblings were raised in a strong family with a deep religious faith and a profound belief that education was the gateway to endless opportunities. Rich and his wife Joan carried that tradition with them. They found a strong community in Middletown and a positive educational grounding for their two daughters, Jamie…

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Endowments strengthen organizations and help secure their future. The Middlesex United Way recognized this in 2001 when it was the first organization to establish an agency fund with the Community Foundation. In 2010 Middlesex United Way again chose to work with the Community Foundation to establish an endowed fund that will benefit the broader community for years to come. Their decision emphasizes their trust in the expertise the Community Foundation offers to expertly manager their gifts.

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DEBORAH T. MEHR: DEDICATED TO OTHERS – IN SO MANY WAYS Those who knew Debbie marvel at her dedication to her family, friends and students at Wesley School in Middletown. They say things such as “what a caring, warm, nice, decent human being” she was. They remember her passion for books and reading and how she passed that love of reading on not only to her daughters, Alison and Amanda, but also to her third grade students. She bought thousands and thousands of books for her students! It’s no wonder that Wesley School dedicated a corner of the library to…

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This Unendowed Donor Advised Fund was established by a former resident of Middlesex County who is introducing her family to the good things in our region. The family has a vested interest in improving the quality of life in our County and selected the Community Foundation as the vehicle for putting their hearts and dollars to work for the benefit of all.

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The Whelen family are great supporters of Middlesex County and those in need. They recognize that the Community Foundation is a leader in understanding their commitment to the nonprofit organizations working throughout the community and in providing support and resources for those organizations. Sonny and his family chose to establish a fund in 2011 at the Community Foundation which could engage their entire family in giving back. They also want to encourage others in our region to give by offering challenge grants for various projects. Partnering with the Community Foundation for their charitable giving provides all of the Whelen family…

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