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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Killingworth Community Fund participates in the Community Foundation’s annual competitive application process. Information about the competitive application process is on the Grant Making Timeline Page HERE  The Killingworth Community Fund creates a unique partnership between Killingworth and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. Building on ten years of impact, the committed volunteers of the Killingworth Foundation chose to focus on how they could continue supporting their community while turning to a trusted resource to handle the administrative details. Thus, the Killingworth Foundation became the Killingworth Community Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. Nonprofit grantees and local leaders…

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THOSE WHO SERVE A COMMUNITY’S VOLUNTEER FIRST RESPONDERS Your Neighbors – Your Friends – Your Wives – Your Husbands Who are they? They are the people who drop everything and respond when the emergency call goes out. They are members of the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company – 50 of the strongest resources a town could have. And they would like your support. Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) has a long history of service, back to 1934 when a group, concerned with fire protection, established the company. “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” has become a tradition for some families, as many generations join…

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Kathy and Willard have been involved with the Community Foundation since the very beginning – their love of community and belief in the ability of a group of people to address the issues and make a positive impact in the community have done so much for Middletown and Middlesex County. Willard, a founding Director of the Community Foundation, and Kathy knew that CFMC would bring the Middlesex County community together to address the issues of today as well as the future and support organizations serving our region. Through their love of community, belief that education is the best foundation for a successful life, and…

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The Annual Colter Classic Golf Outing will be held July 15, 2019. To learn more or sponsor the event, click HERE A great attitude. A friend to everyone. An infectious smile. An excellent athlete whose passion was wrestling. A mentor and leader to those around him. These are just a few of the things people knew and admired about Colter Abely. Colter grew up in Middletown and graduated from Xavier High School. He was surrounded by friends, neighbors, and teachers who looked forward to his smile, his positive attitude about life, and his willingness to help everyone. Unfortunately tragedy struck in…

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Christopher R. Belfoure was just 24 when he tragically died in July 2011. Yet his passions – his belief in the global community, his dedication to teaching and the environment – will be shared through the Chris Belfoure Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. A graduate of Valley Regional High School and West Virginia University, Chris spoke fluent Mandarin and was pursuing a career as a corporate trainer in Shanghai. He is remembered as a charming, intelligent, ambitious man with a zest for life and adventure. Chris believed knowledge to be a bridge between cultures and a…

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