The Community Fund of Darien hosted its annual Grant Awards Celebration on Tuesday, July 25th, and awarded $650,000 in grants to 35 local, nonprofit organizations. Grants ranged from $5,000 to $40,000. Despite the torrential weather, more than 70 people attended, including representatives from the nonprofits, Community Fund of Darien volunteers and board members, and local dignitaries.
The Community Fund of Darien distributed funds to the most impactful and efficient, local nonprofits focused on basic needs, access to community health, job training, and youth success programs. These organizations were carefully vetted by 80 volunteer grants panelists this spring, and help neighbors in Stamford, Norwalk and Darien.
Executive Directors from many of the grantees expressed their sincerest gratitude to The Community Fund of Darien throughout the celebration. "We want to express our deepest gratitude for being selected to receive such a generous grant from The Community Fund of Darien. Your support and belief in Open Doors mean so much to us and will have a significant impact on our ability to continue to serve our community members who need it most. The impact of this grant will be far reaching," said Michelle Condorino, Executive Director of Open Doors.
Janet King, Executive Director of The Community Fund of Darien, greeted the grantees. "The generous support from our donors makes today possible. Caring for our neighbors impacts where we live and makes all of us stronger," said King.
Grants were awarded to the following local nonprofits: Abilis, All Our Kin, Boys & Girls Club of Stamford, Building One Community, Career Resources, Carver, Child Guidance Center of Southern CT, Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County, Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Domus, Family & Children’s Agency, Family Centers, Filling In the Blanks, Food Rescue US, Future 5, Grassroots Tennis & Education, Horizons at New Canaan Country School, Horizons at Norwalk Community College, Inspirica, Intempo, Kids in Crisis, Laurel House, Liberation Programs, New Covenant Center, Mid-Fairfield Community Care Center, Open Doors, Pacific House, Person to Person, River House Adult Day Center, Saint Joseph Parenting Center, Senior Nutrition Program, SilverSource, Star, Inc. Lighting the Way, The Depot Darien Youth Center, and The Rowan Center
The Community Fund of Darien’s mission is to inspire people and mobilize resources to strengthen our community. Its vision is for all community members to have the opportunity to reach their full potential as healthy, educated, and self-sufficient individuals. The Community Fund of Darien initiates solutions, builds collaborations, and implements and supports programs to strengthen youth, adults and families for lasting and positive impact in Darien, Norwalk and Stamford. Since 1951, The Community Fund of Darien has distributed over $27 million to local nonprofits and community initiatives, impacting thousands of lives in our community. For more information, please visit the website at: www.communityfunddarien.org