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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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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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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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