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Kindness Abounds in Middlesex County

Great People … Great Organizations … Great Partnerships … mix those together and you have a recipe for fun, a great community, and KINDNESS in Middlesex County.

We are humbled and honored to have amazing partners and friends and donors who care about our community. Join us as we share just one example of how – TOGETHER – we do make an impact in our community.

Thanks to the support and generosity of the Peach Pit Foundation and our donors, we launched a celebration of our 25th Anniversary with grants of $2,500 to each of our public libraries in Middlesex County. There was just one restriction

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Kiwanis Claremont Charities

Congratulations to Kiwanis of Claremont (NH) … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient! A big thank you to Jeff Thomas at the Whelen Engineering NH division for nominating this wonderful organization – as well as everyone at Whelen Engineering who nominated their favorite nonprofit. A special Thank You to Whelen Engineering for their generosity through CFMC to make this Pop Up Grant possible. Our businesses and partners care deeply about the community and understand that grants of all sizes do make a great impact. Join the fun … we had a special Zoom call with Suzanne Boyington, Kiwanis of Claremont, and CFMC staff to share the good news! Check out all our previous Virtual Pop Up Grant Recipients on the VIDEOS page on our website, middlesexcountycf.org … and visit these remarkable nonprofits online to learn more about why they are Good People Doing Great Things in their local community!

Thank you for your partnership, Whelen Engineering!

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Deep River Fire Department

Congratulations to Deep River Fire Department … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient! A big thank you to Robin Deming for nominating this wonderful organization – as well as everyone at Whelen Engineering who nominated their favorite nonprofit. A special Thank You to Whelen Engineering for their generosity through CFMC to make this Pop Up Grant possible. Our businesses and partners care deeply about Middlesex County and understand that grants of all sizes do make a great impact. Join the fun … we had a special Zoom call with Chief Tim Lee, Deep River Fire Department, and CFMC staff to share the good news! Check out all our previous Virtual Pop Up Grant Recipients on the VIDEOS page on our website, middlesexcountycf.org … and visit these remarkable nonprofits online to learn more about why they are Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County!

Thank you for your partnership, Whelen Engineering!

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Equipment Donation Drive for Ukrainian Firefighters

Working Together to Support Our Friends in Need: businesses, organizations, and so many individuals in Middletown and the surrounding region came together to host and support a Ukrainian

Firefighters Equipment Drive for multiple fire services in Ukraine. The donation drive took place Saturday April 9 and Sunday April 10.

More than 7 tons of equipment and supplies were collected during the two-day event, and individuals continue to provide support through the Ukrainian Firefighters Equipment Fund at CFMC.

Thank you to everyone who helped!

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CFMC Chat with Diane Arnold and Maureen Westbrook

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s CFMC Chat Series brings together Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County. Each segment introduces a remarkable person or organization working to make our community a great place to live, work, and play. This segment is brought to you by the Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls at CFMC.

We are pleased to welcome Diane Arnold, Essex Savings Bank, and Maureen Westbrook, Connecticut Water Services, Inc. – extraordinary women who are mentors, role models, and community leaders in all facets of life.

You can help make an impact in the lives of women and girls throughout Middlesex County through the Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls at CFMC.

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2022 Grantee PR & Evaluation Workshop

Congratulations to all of our grantees! We are pleased to support your incredible work in our community.

Information about recognizing the Community Foundation and its Funds for the grant awards as well as insights and information about evaluation requirements is provided in this recorded session of our annual PR & Evaluation workshop for Grantees.

The PowerPoint slides, the CFMC Grantee Communications Kit, and the online evaluation form can all be found HERE in our Nonprofit section.

Have a short comment or statement to share for your 25th anniversary celebration? You can submit it HERE.

If you have questions about public recognition or the evaluation requirement, please contact Thayer Talbott at the Community Foundation.

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Portland Senior Services

Congratulations to Portland Senior Center … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient! A big thank you to all of Portland Senior Center’s friends and fans for nominating this wonderful organization – as well as everyone who nominated their favorite nonprofit. A special Thank You to The Homestead Bed & Breakfast in Madison for their generosity through CFMC to make this Pop Up Grant possible. Our businesses and partners care deeply about Middlesex County and understand that grants of all sizes do make a great impact. Join the fun … we had a special Zoom call with Lynn Tracey of Portland Senior Center, Ralph Guardiano of The Homestead Bed & Breakfast, and CFMC staff to share the good news! Check out all our previous Virtual Pop Up Grant Recipients on the VIDEOS page on our website, middlesexcountycf.org … and visit these remarkable nonprofits online to learn more about why they are Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County!

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2021 CFMC-Peach Pit Foundation Special Announcement

So what’s the best way to wish everyone Happy Holidays – Happy New Year – and kick off our 25th Anniversary Celebration Year?

Why, with a very special Zoom call with our Board of Directors, CFMC Leadership Circle members, Middlesex County public libraries … and of course, our friends Jessica Griffin Scheff and Sharon Griffin of the Peach Pit Foundation!

The Leadership Circle at Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a group of donors committed to the work of CFMC in the community and who contribute annually to support CFMC’s operations. The Griffin Family, through the Peach Pit Foundation, is a longtime member of the Leadership Circle and the sponsor of the annual luncheons for the CFMC Leadership Circle.

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East Haddam Library Services

Congratulations to East Haddam Library Services … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient!

East Haddam Library Services includes two terrific libraries serving the community – East Haddam Free Public Library and Rathburn Free Memorial Library. A big thank you to John Bielot and all of East Haddam Library Services’ friends and fans for nominating this wonderful organization – as well as everyone who nominated their favorite nonprofit.

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Middlesex County Is Our Gift

Every now and then we all need a smile, a hug, and a little bit of Feel Good … this is our “special gift” to you for all you do!

And when you get to the end … be sure to visit all our video pages for great conversations and wonderful thank yous!

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CFMC Chat with New Horizons Domestic Violence Services

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s CFMC Chat Series brings together Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County. Each segment introduces a remarkable person or organization working to make our community a great place to live, work, and play. This segment is brought to you by the Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls at CFMC. Alyssa Martin of New Horizons Domestic Violence Services, a program of the Community Health Center, discusses the advocacy and services they are providing our community.

To learn more about New Horizons Domestic Violence Services, visit them at www.newhorizonsdv.com.

You can help make an impact in the lives of women and girls throughout Middlesex County through the Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls at CFMC.

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Futures Inc.

Futures, Inc. provides a wide-range of services including educational support, mentoring, transition planning, employment training and placement, independent living, recreation, and community service opportunities. Futures established Good Cause Gifts and The Kitchen, social enterprises that provide training and competitive employment in the retail and food service industry. Both are dedicated to creating and sustaining innovative jobs at competitive wages for individuals with neuro diverse and other abilities.

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County provided a grant to Futures, Inc. for a “grab and go” refrigerator for the Kitchens at Futures, Inc. program in Middletown. Our friends sent us a very special thank you to share with all our supporters who help us support our nonprofits and their important programs and services.

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2021 Application Cycle

The 2021-2022 CFMC Competitive Cycle will open August 17, 2021. Applications are due September 23, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Nonprofit organizations interested in submitting an application are strongly encouraged to view the recorded information session.

Organizations are also encouraged to review the information and FAQ which will be available on the Grants Program page on August 17 before submitting an application.

The PowerPoint Slides referenced in the Information Session are available HERE.

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CFMC Chat Series: Leslie Bulion

Celebrating Extraordinary People … Right in our own backyard!

Tune in for poetry, giggles, and BOOTS with Leslie Bulion …

Leslie Bulion, Durham resident and award-winning poet, joined CFMC and friends for an engaging (and fun!) discussion as she shared what inspires her science poetry, how she collaborates with illustrators, and why her boots are one of her favorite writing tools.

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SARAH Foundation

Congratulations to SARAH Foundation … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient!

A big thank you to Karen Franchi and all of SARAH Foundation’s friends and fans for nominating this wonderful nonprofit – as well as everyone who nominated their favorite nonprofit. Join the fun … we had a special Zoom call with Ken Alberti of SARAH Foundation and CFMC staff to share the good news!

Check out all our previous Virtual Pop Up Grant Recipients on the VIDEOS home page … and visit these remarkable nonprofits online to learn more about why they are Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County!

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A Place Called Hope Celebrates Earth Day with CFMC

Our good friends Christine Cummings and Zen the Barred Owl stopped by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County to help us celebrate Earth Day. Join us for a fun and interesting conversation with Christine about the importance of our raptors and tips and information for ensuring they thrive in our region.

You can learn more about A Place Called Hope HERE

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Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation

Congratulations to Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient!

A big thank you to John Biddiscombe and all of Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation‘s friends and fans for nominating this wonderful nonprofit – as well as everyone who nominated their favorite nonprofit. Join the fun … we had a special Zoom call with John Biddiscombe and Nancy Earls of Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation and CFMC staff to share the good news!

You can learn moreabout Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation HERE!

Check out all our previous Virtual Pop Up Grant Recipients on the VIDEOS page … and visit these remarkable nonprofits online to learn more about why they are Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County!

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A Celebration of YOU and Your Impact in Middlesex County

Great People … Great Organizations … Great Partnerships … mix those together and you have a recipe for fun, joy, and a great community, Middlesex County.

We are humbled and honored to have amazing partners and friends and donors who care about our community. Join us as we share just one example of how – TOGETHER – we do make an impact in our community.

Thanks to the support and generosity of the Peach Pit Foundation and our donors, we awarded $1,000 grants to each of our public libraries in Middlesex County. There was just one restriction – spread some joy, have some fun! The results have been incredible! John Boccalatte and Judy Schoonmaker, CFMC Board of Directors, Sharon Griffin and Jessica Scheff of the Peach Pit Foundation, and Ellen Paul of the East Hampton Public Library share highlights of how these grants are brining joy to our friends and neighbors in so many ways.

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CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society Pop Up Grant

Congratulations to CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient!

A big thank you to John Freedman and all of CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society ‘s friends and fans for nominating this wonderful nonprofit – as well as everyone who nominated their favorite nonprofit. Join the fun … we had a special Zoom call with John Freedman and David Moorehead of CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society and CFMC staff to share the good news!

You can learn more about CT Gilbert & Sullivan Society HERE!

Check out all our previous Virtual Pop Up Grant Recipients on the VIDEOS page … and visit these remarkable nonprofits online to learn more about why they are Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County!

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Brian House Pop Up Grant

Congratulations to Brian House in Chester, CT … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient!

A big thank you to Brian House’s friends and fans for nominating this wonderful nonprofit – as well as everyone who nominated their favorite nonprofit. Join the fun … we had a special Zoom call with Dawn Parker of Brian House and CFMC staff to share the good news!

You can learn more about Brian House HERE

Check out all our previous Virtual Pop Up Grant Recipients on the VIDEOS page on our website, middlesexcountycf.org … and visit these remarkable nonprofits online to learn more about why they are Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County!

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