By TAYLOR HARTZ
For 20 days last month, the Main Street Community Foundation, Inc., surprised 20 local nonprofits with $20,000 in grants.
Among the 20 chosen were four Southington based organizations – The Arc of Southington, Inc., Bread for Life, Inc., the Margaret C. Griffin Child Development Center of Southington, and United Way of Southington, Inc.
The foundation, according to their website, is “committed to assisting donors who wish to build charitable endowments” and supports community organizations in Southington, Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, and Wolcott.
Founded in 1995, the foundation announced the 20 $1,000 grants to celebrate 20 years of giving back to these communities.
The funding for each was provided by the Bristol Savings Bank Fund ,the first established by the group.
“Distributing 20 grants from this fund is a great way to give back to the communities and recognize our community roots,” said Susan Sadecki, president and CEO of the Foundation, in a press release.
Sandy Amato, executive director of The Arc of Southington, Inc., said Arc hopes to use the money to bring in college students from a marketing program to update the agency’s brochure.
Amato said their current brochure does not capture the essence of the organization, whose mission is to advocate for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
“We’re very excited because this is something that we wouldn’t’ normally be able to do,” said Amato of the surprise grant.
At the Margaret C. Griffin Child Development Center, the $1,000 grant will be used to purchase iPads for use in the classroom.
Executive director of the center Carol Smith said they started updating their classroom technology two years ago.
“We updated our computers but we really didn’t have enough money to continue to add iPads to the classrooms,” said Smith, “this will help us complete that process and we are so very thankful.”
Grants were awarded in each community covered by the foundation with the number of awards for each city or town based on the size of the population.
The Board of Directors at the Main St. Foundation worked closely with community leaders and organizations to determine who would receive the awards.
“The foundation’s Board of Directors took the community leaders’ thoughts and began their own intense deliberation process,” when choosing the recipients, said Sadecki.
The foundation hopes the grants given to these groups will help build better communities – “the resulting grants will make a great impact on your neighbors,” said Sadecki.