What would you do if you were surprised with a $1,000 grant? How would you impact your community and change the lives of your neighbors? The Arc of Southington, Bread for Life, the Margaret C. Griffin Child Development Center of Southington, and the United Way of Southington now have to answer that question.
Earlier today, these four organizations were each awarded—unknowingly—a $1,000 grant from Main Street Community Foundation at a ceremony at Southington Town Hall.
These grant awards are part of the Foundation’s 20 Grants in 20 Days, a special grant program to celebrate Main Street Community Foundation’s 20th anniversary. A total of $20,000 is being awarded, through 20 separate $1,000 grants, from the Bristol Savings Bank Fund to 20 nonprofit organizations located in and impacting the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.
“The Bristol Savings Bank Fund was the very first fund established after the Foundation was founded in 1995,” stated Susan Sadecki, President & CEO of the Foundation said in a press release. “Distributing 20 grants from this fund is a great way to give back to the communities and recognize our community roots.”
The number of grants each community was awarded was based on the city or town’s population size. The grant awards were made in numerous areas including arts and culture; health and human services; the environment; education; and community development. The use of the awards is at the discretion of each organization.
During the month of June, members of Main Street Community Foundation’s staff and Board of Directors met with community leaders in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott to discuss 501(c)(3) organizations that are making an impact in your town and on your neighbors.
“The Foundation’s Board of Directors took the community leaders’ thoughts and began their own intense deliberation process,” Sadecki said in the release. “The resulting grants will make a great impact on your neighbors.”
Bread for Life received their grant for meeting the needs of Southington’s most vulnerable citizens. The foundation cited that, due to the downward shift in the economy, they have seen the need for their programs increase. Programs include feeding and meal delivery programs and children’s summer lunch programs.
The Arc of Southington and the United Way of Southington received their grants for protecting the health and welfare of citizens.
The Arc of Southington began as a support group and volunteer organization, but it has evolved into a human service agency that provides advocacy, education, information and referral, and an array of quality and individualized services for people of all ages with intellectual disabilities, and their families. Services include individualized day services, recreation programs, respite, and advocacy services, as well as school-to-work transition programs.
The United Way is aimed to facilitate a community-wide collaboration so that funds can be raised and assistance provided to organizations involved in human service programs in Southington, Milldale, Marion, and Plantsville.
The Margaret C. Griffin Child Development Center of Southington received its grant for strengthening education and development for Southington’s youth.
The center’s mission is to provide child care to all families. Some child care slots are subsidized by the State of Connecticut which allows the organization to provide child care to families who would not otherwise be able to afford child care. It has maximum capacity of 50 children. The center accepts children aged 3-8.
For more information about the Community Foundation’s 20 Grants in 20 Days anniversary program, contact Susan Sadecki at 860.583.6363.