National Voter Registration Day is September 25th and events will be held throughout Fairfield County, as well as, nationwide to encourage residents to register to vote. Recently, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) awarded 18 grants to civic-minded organizations that are resolute to energize and educate the community to vote.
GET OUT THE VOTEis new civic engagement grants program for FCCF. It is an innovative nonpartisan initiative designed to fund efforts to increase voter registration and information access for all Fairfield County residents, particularly those who are historically disenfranchised.
GET OUT THE VOTE events sponsored by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to be held on September 25th throughout theday across the county include:
7:30am-9:00am Breakfast at YWCA Darien/Norwalk
49 Old Kings Highway North (Front Lawn)
Darien, CT 06820
This breakfast will kisck-off the day with many local policatl dignitaries and members of the community.
It is anticipated that 50-100 plan to attend.
10am-6pm Voter Registration All Day @Habitat for Humanity of Costal Fairfield County ReStore
1785 Stratford Avenue
Stratford, CT 06615
Youth Leaders organizingthis event and will be grilling burgers and hot dogs and plan have taco table throughout the day, complete with volunteers holding signs curbside.
5:30pm-7pm Panel Discussion with Elected Officials @ Burroughs Community Center
2470 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
6pm-8pm Meet & Greet with Candidates at DOMUS
Food and refreshments will be served
83 Lockwood Avenue (in the gym)
Stamford, CT 06902
“Whether you are registered to vote or not, we would love to see our neighbors across the county come out and bring their friends to the events we have planned with our GET OUT THE VOTE grantees,”stated Mendi Blue-Paca, Vice President of Community Impact, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. She continues, “As a result of the collective and collaborative power of Fairfield County’s nonprofits, we are witnessing an exciting, inspiring and energizing level of participation in our democratic process.”
FCCF’s objective for the GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV) program is to increase civic engagement and improve models for nonprofits to register and engage voters. The organizations selected to receive GOTV grants translates to engaging over 5,000 people in the region to vote in the mid-term elections and for years to come.
The grantees are from across Fairfield County and many serve multiple areas in the region. They include Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, Bridgeport; Bridgeport Generation Now, Bridgeport; Burroughs Center, Bridgeport; CT Nonprofit Alliance, which is countywide and partners with 62 nonprofit organizations; Domus, based in Stamford; FaithActs, Bridgeport; Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County, based in Stratford serving Fairfield County; Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport with students from across the state; League of Women Voters Bridgeport, serving Bridgeport, Trumbull, Stratford, Shelton and Monroe; League of Women Voters Northern Fairfield County, serving Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, New Fairfield, Newtown and Sherman; League of Women Voters Norwalk, Norwalk; League of Women Voters Stamford, serving Stamford and Norwalk; Make The Road CT, Bridgeport; NAACP Norwalk, Norwalk; National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., based in Bridgeport; Norwalk Community College, based in Norwalk with students from across the state; YWCA Darien/Norwalk, based in Darien; and YWCA Greenwich, Greenwich.
FCCF’s GET OUT THE VOTE program offers support to nonprofits to boost local efforts to engage underrepresented voters in Fairfield County. Organizations eligible to apply for the grants supported voter registration in general, and not with select political parties or candidates. These grants are meant to strengthen organizations that are giving a voice to individuals who are underrepresented in the political process.