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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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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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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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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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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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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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