The Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield received a $7,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation to provide for the basic needs of children from working families. The Club opened its doors last week to new and returning kids from working families. As parents are called back to work, very few summer programs are open and, in some cases, extended family is no longer able to provide child care. This leaves very few options for parents who must work and so the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield is needed now more than ever.
After a long time at home, and isolated from their peers, kids at the Club are now swimming in the pool, playing games in the fields, and making arts and crafts. The summer programs are available to children regardless of the ability to afford the fees, which is made possible in part by the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.
“Our summer program is essential for Ridgefield’s recovery. We are so grateful to the Fairfield County Community Foundation for helping us to meet the basic needs of the families who need us,” said Mike Flynn, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield.
The Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield has provided for the basic needs of Club families in a variety of ways, including the provision of summer camp, organizing the distribution of food and personal protective equipment for members of the community, and supporting children and families with activities and resources throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards and has awarded over $220 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation brings together community organizers, business experts and philanthropists to solve our region’s challenges. Our goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive. fccfoundation.org