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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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CFMC Grantee PR & Evaluation Workshop

Congratulations to all of our 2020 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.

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

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HOPE Partnership Pop Up Grant

Congratulations to HOPE Partnership … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient!

A big thank you to HOPE Partnership’s 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 Loretta McCluskey of HOPE Partnership, Calvin Price who nominated the organization, and CFMC staff to share the good news!

You can learn more about HOPE Partnership HERE.

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

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Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center Pop Up Grant

Congratulations to Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient!

A big thank you to Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center’s 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 Wendy DeAngelo of Hospital for Special Care / Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and CFMC staff to share the good news!

You can learn more about Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center HERE.

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

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Middlesex County Public Libraries Year-End Surprise Call

Wondering how to end 2020 and say HAPPY NEW YEAR?

Thanks to our friends the Griffins and our CFMC Leadership Circle members, we found a great way to kick off the new year with some good news!

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. Each year, CFMC and the Griffin Family welcome Leadership Circle members at the luncheon during which members hear about the work of CFMC and have an opportunity to learn more about the impact of grants through nonprofits serving our 15 towns.

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East Haddam Historical Society Pop Up Grant

Congratulations to East Haddam Historical Society … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient!

A big thank you to East Haddam Historical Society’s 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 Bruce Sievers of East Haddam Historical Society and CFMC staff to share the good news!

Check out the full list of nonprofit organizations nominated this summer HERE … and visit them online to learn more about why they are Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County!

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The Buttonwood Tree Pop Up Grant

Congratulations to The Buttonwood Tree … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient!

A big thank you to The Buttonwood Tree’s 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 Anne-Marie McEwen of The Buttonwood Tree and CFMC staff to share the good news!

Check out the full list of nonprofit organizations nominated this summer HERE … and visit them online to learn more about why they are Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County!

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Shared Harvest Garden Pop Up Grant

Congratulations to Shared Harvest Garden at Parmelee Farm … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient!

A big thank you to Shared Harvest Garden’s 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 Mary Solera of Shared Harvest Garden and CFMC staff to share the good news!

Check out the full list of nonprofit organizations nominated this summer HERE … and visit them online to learn more about why they are Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County!

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Everyone Outside Pop Up Grant

Congratulations to Everyone Outside … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient!

A big thank you to Everyone Outside’s 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 Lucy Meigs and Lisa Liesener of Everyone Outside and CFMC staff to share the good news!

Check out the full list of nonprofit organizations nominated this summer HERE … and visit them online to learn more about why they are Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County!

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CFMC Competitive Application Cycle Information Session

The 2020-2021 CFMC Competitive Cycle is open and applications are due September 21, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Nonprofit organizations interested in submitting an application are strongly encouraged to view the recorded information session as well as review the information and FAQ on the Grants Program page.

The PowerPoint Slides are available HERE.

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Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries Pop-Up Grant

Congratulations to Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient!

A big thank you to Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries’ fans for nominating this wonderful nonprofit – as well as everyone who nominated their favorite nonprofit (all nominations stay in the basket for the next draw!).

Join the fun … we had a special Zoom call with Amy Hollis of Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries and CFMC staff to share the good news!

Tune in every two weeks when we reveal the next recipient … and don’t forget to nominate your favorite Middlesex County nonprofit HERE

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Shoreline Arts Alliance Pop Up Grant

Congratulations to Shoreline Arts Alliance … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient!

A big thank you to Shoreline Arts Association’s fans for nominating this wonderful nonprofit – as well as everyone who nominated their favorite nonprofit (all nominations stay in the basket for the next draw!).

Join the fun … we had a special Zoom call with Eric Dillner of Shoreline Arts Alliance, Nancy Fischbach, CFMC volunteer, and CFMC staff to share the good news!

Tune in every two weeks when we reveal the next recipient … and don’t forget to nominate your favorite Middlesex County nonprofit HERE

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Pandemonium Rainforest Project Pop Up Grant

Congratulations to Pandemonium Rainforest Project … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient!

A big thank you to Pandemonium Rainforest Project’s fans for nominating this wonderful nonprofit – as well as everyone who nominated their favorite nonprofit (all nominations stay in the basket for the next draw!).

Join the fun … we had a special Zoom call with Allison Sloane and Rocko of Pandemonium Rainforest Project and CFMC staff to share the good news!

Tune in every two weeks when we reveal the next recipient … and don’t forget to nominate your favorite Middlesex County nonprofit HERE

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Wesleyan Potters Virtual Pop Up Grant Recipient

Congratulations to Wesleyan Potters … our “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient!

A big thank you to Lyn Harper for nominating Wesleyan Potters – as well as everyone who nominated their favorite nonprofit (all nominations stay in the basket for the next draw!).

Join the fun … we had a special Zoom call with Lyn Harper and Liz Blodgett, Director, Wesleyan Potters and CFMC staff to share the good news!

Tune in every two weeks when we reveal the next recipient … and don’t forget to nominate your favorite Middlesex County nonprofit HERE

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Artists For World Peace – Our First Virtual Pop-Up Grant Recipient

Congratulations to Artists for World Peace … our first “virtual” Pop-Up Grant Recipient!

A big thank you to Vivian Schaufler for nominating Artists for World Peace – as well as everyone who nominated their favorite nonprofit.

Join the fun … we made a special Zoom call with Vivian and CFMC staff to share the good news!

Tune in every two weeks when we reveal the next recipient … and don’t forget to nominate your favorite Middlesex County nonprofit HERE

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Santa and Elf Visit CFMC

We had a special visit from Santa and Elf! A huge THANK YOU to Ray Hayes (Pay4ward.org) and his granddaughter Anika for bringing some holiday cheer to CFMC and launching the holiday season. We are so honored to work with Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County – like Ray and his sailing program for veterans with PTSD. Thank you, Ray – and everyone – who does so much with CFMC.

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It’s All About Building Relationships

We were so pleased to join Pete Mezzetti on Valley Shore Community Television to talk about the Good People Doing Great Things in Middlesex County. Thayer Talbott and Mary-Jo Matava joined Pete to discuss the importance of building relationships and the incredible volunteers impacting our town.

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Volunteers Rock

Volunteers are the foundation of all we do! We are so fortunate to have incredible people giving their time and their talent to make Middlesex County a great place to live, work, and play. Our volunteers serve on our Board and committees, provide administrative support in the office, and plan numerous events and forums to bring the community together to address a broad array of issues and needs. We appreciate all our volunteers – and volunteers throughout out Middlesex County who give time and talent to all our nonprofit organizations. You truly are “Good People Doing Great Things!” We held a special “thank you” celebration for our volunteers … enjoy the highlights!

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