Impact Fairfield County Members

Our Grantees

Since the 2016 launch of Impact Fairfield County, we have awarded a total of $560,000 in both Impact and General Operating Grants. We encourage you to make an even deeper IMPACT in our community by volunteering for one of our grantees. See below to learn more about these exceptional organizations.

2018 IMPACT GRANTEES

Stamford Public Education Foundation

$100,000 Impact Grant Winner

PROJECT
Ready. Set. Shine!
VOLUNTEER CONTACT

Lynn A. Tusa, Development & Communications Director
203 965 7733
ltusa@spefct.org

SPEF enriches the lives of students in the Stamford Public School by supplementing the programs offered by the Stamford Public School district. It works closely with Stamford parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators in identifying and facilitating its programs. While they provide services for all students, most of their programs are targeted at reducing the opportunity gap by providing educational resources & support to children at the low end of the achievement gap.

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SPEF’s flagship program, the Stamford Mentoring Program, was launched in 2010, with 46 students from Dolan Middle School. In 2016-17, 884 students were served in grades 3–12. In 2014, it was one of 15 mentoring programs nationwide to be selected to participate in the Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP), conducted by the Governor’s Prevention Partnership. It was rated as “highly effective,” the top rating possible with an overall rating of 97% for program design & management, operations & evaluation. Today, SPEF’s breadth of programs has grown to include: College & Career Readiness Programs — Mentoring in 16 schools for grades 3 – 12, Math Tutoring for 100 9th graders, Early College Studies (ECS) in conjunction with Domus and Stamford High, Student-Athlete Support Services in Westhill and Stamford High, Scholarship Administration Enrichments Programs — Stamford Odyssey of the Mind, Franklin Forum, NextGen afterschool homework help with NatWest Markets Family Programs — Books Across Stamford for building home libraries with new books, Family Literacy Nights in Stamford’s South End, Parent Leadership Training Institute, Kindergarten Readiness — Summer Success Program for kids without pre-school experience, Preschool Early Literacy Indicator assessment program .

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Supportive Housing Works

$100,000 Impact Grant Winner

VOLUNTEER CONTACT

Lisa Bahadosingh
203 579 3180 ext. 6
lisa@shworks.org

SHW advances evidence-based practices and data driven approaches to ensure people without housing are able to access the system and receive the appropriate level of resources needed. Integrating housing with employment, healthcare and youth services are all part of their collective impact approach.

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SHW’s programs and focus areas include:    

  • Backbone support for: Opening Doors Fairfield County (ODFC): Following the principles of a Collective Impact Model, SHW provides essential activities that define a backbone organization. These activities include leadership, facilitation, technology and communication support to ensure ODFC is accomplishing its mission to end homelessness.
  • Fairfield County Coordinated Access Network (FC CAN): SHW success in developing, launching and implementing the FC CAN system has set the path to transform the homeless system into a true crisis response system. The FC CAN establishes one point of entry through the CT 211 system. Households are then assessed and prioritized to receive the appropriate level of housing assistance and services needed to be successful through coordinated staffing of key service agencies. SHW administers the state funding and provides oversight for these key agencies throughout Fairfield County to perform CAN activities.
  • SHW also coordinates/administers the following initiatives for Fairfield County:
    • Housing First Collaboratives
    • FC CAN Rapid Rehousing Program
    • Social Innovation Fund (Integrating Healthcare)
    • Social Services for Veteran Families (Liaison to The WorkPlace)
    • End Youth Homelessness 2020

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Carver Foundation of Norwalk

$10,000 Operating Grant Winner

VOLUNTEER CONTACT

Thomas DiGuglielmo
203 838 4305 ext. 123
Thomas@carvercenterct.org

Carver Foundation is the largest provider of after school and summer programs for middle and high school students in Norwalk. Carver’s Youth Development Program (YDP) is conducted in the Carver Community Center, in Norwalk’s four middle and two high schools, and in Side by Side Charter School.

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YDP offers Hands-on, Project-Based Academic Enrichment (e.g., Literacy, Math and STEM Education); Tutoring & Homework; Health & Wellness programs; SAT, PSAT and SBAC Prep; Paid Internships; College tours; Youth Voice/leadership opportunities. Carver has a K-5 after school program at its Community Center called CASPER that offers intensive project-based learning in science, literacy and math. Summer programming includes Summer Enrichment (5-13-year-old students at the Carver Community Center and Columbus Magnet School); Freshman Summer Success Academies for graduated 8th-grade students transitioning into 9th grade at Norwalk and Brien McMahon High Schools; and Summer Middle School Transition for 5th-grade students transitioning into two middle schools. Carver Community programming includes college scholarships; parent leadership; health and wellness programming; spring and fall college tours; food drives; community holiday events and more for the benefit of the Norwalk community.

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Open Doors Shelter

$10,000 Operating Grant Winner

VOLUNTEER CONTACT

Erin McDonough
203 866 1057 x129
emcdonough@opendoorshelter.org

Open Doors provides comprehensive services that move individuals from crisis to stability.

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They operate:

  • An Emergency Shelter that provides social services and a food program for homeless men, women and families and those living in poverty.
  • Food and Diversion Services – The food program provides three hot meals 365 days a year, as well as boxed meals through its Food Pantry. In addition, the Shelter provides diversion services that prevent people from becoming homeless, including rental and heat assistance, access to health care and case management.
  • Housing Assistance – Open Doors provides a comprehensive array of services that ensure individuals and families can obtain and are successful in housing. These services include intensive case management, rental assistance and financial management. Open Doors uses a Housing First model to ensure individuals and families are stably housed so they are better able to succeed.
  • Job Training – A new Education and Job Training Center in the new Smilow Life Center will provide job training for hundreds of individuals to achieve living wage and skilled trade jobs.
  • Health Services – A new community Health Center will open at the Smilow Life Center, offering a full range of physical and mental health services for shelter residents as well as the general South Norwalk community.
  • Family Services – Open Doors also offers wrap-around services for families, which include a) mandatory parenting education, which includes basic parenting skills, and engaging the parent with education and health resources so that their children receive needed supportive services; b) after-school educational and recreational programming for school-age children in the Shelter; c) preschool education for very young children in the Shelter.
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    2017 IMPACT GRANTEES

    The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education

    $100,000 Impact Grant Winner

    PROJECT
    Lower Fairfield Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE) Program
    VOLUNTEER CONTACT

    Michelle Vincoli 203 487 0674
    m.vincoli@thecenter-ct.org

    The mission of The Center is to provide counseling and support services to victims of sexual assault, and to eliminate sexual violence through community-wide education programs. The Center is the only agency providing free and confidential services to victims of sexual assault, and sexual violence community wide prevention education, in the eight towns of Lower Fairfield County; Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton. Its services are accessible around the clock, and available in both English and Spanish. It provides a 24-hour sexual assault hotline, as well as crisis counseling and advocacy.

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    Through its crisis hotline, individual short term counseling and advocacy, support groups, and community-wide prevention programs, it directly served more than 17,000 people over the last fiscal year alone. The Center provided free and confidential crisis counseling services to 578 individuals, received and responded to over 180 calls on our 24-hour hotline and provided prevention education to over 17,041 individuals of which 15,998 were school children.

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    Building One Community

    $20,000 Operating Grant Winner

    VOLUNTEER CONTACT

    Ana Alvarado, Volunteer Manager
    203 674 8585
    volunteers@building1community.org

    B1C brings passionate people together to help immigrants and their families succeed in the community. Formerly known as Neighbors Link Stamford, B1C was founded in 2011 by a group of local community leaders who were determined to address the needs of immigrants struggling to achieve better lives. Its research-based, proven programs Educate clients by providing English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and tutoring, Empower clients by connecting them with schools, health, legal, law enforcement and other vital services, Employ clients by providing job skills development programs and matching workers with jobs; and Engage the community by offering meaningful volunteer opportunities and fostering understanding of immigrants through community forums.

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    Especially significant in the current political climate, B1C has earned the deep trust of its clients and the larger community including law enforcement; government at city, state and federal levels; peer organizations; and the school system.

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    The Center for Family Justice

    $20,000 Operating Grant Winner

    VOLUNTEER CONTACT

    Fentyshia Daniels, Volunteer & Intern Coordinator
    203 993 8131
    fdaniels@centerforfamilyjustice.org

    The Center for Family Justice is Connecticut’s first Family Justice Center, dedicated to serving victims of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse under one roof, in one safe place. Since 1895, when CFJ was founded as a YWCA, it has been dedicated to providing safety and security to victims of violence and abuse to residents of Eastern Fairfield County (Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, and Trumbull). For the past two decades, CFJ has expanded its mission to include “strengthening individuals and families and eliminating abuse through education, intervention, advocacy and community collaboration.”

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    In January 2014, CFJ underwent a major transformation to become the first Family Justice Center in Connecticut. CFJ’s mission and vision reflect the Family Justice Center model, an evidence-based approach to serving victims which have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice as a “best practice” for addressing the vast and complicated issues facing survivors of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse. CFJ provides a multidisciplinary approach to transforming victims into survivors by striving to be a one-stop destination where survivors and their families can access all the services they need –from counseling and shelter to legal services and support from law enforcement in a single, safe and welcoming facility. CFJ also strives to offer trauma-focused support to survivors so they can rebuild their lives and thrive in a safe and healthy way.

    As part of its mission, CFJ is also committed to ending the cycles of abuse through community education and by driving social change. Each year it educates thousands of children and teens on building safe and healthy relationships.

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    Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants

    $20,000 Operating Grant Winner

    VOLUNTEER CONTACT

    Jessica Suarez, Director, Strategic Partnerships and Communications
    860 944 3380
    JSuarez@cirict.org

    Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants’ mission is to assist refugees and immigrants resolve legal, economic, linguistic and social barriers so that they become self-sufficient, integrated and contributing members of the community. Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants was established in 1918 by the YWCA and has consistently evolved and adapted to the changing needs of the populations it serves.

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    Today, Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants has five direct service programs: Refugee Services – resettling refugees in Bridgeport; Immigration Legal Services – providing immigration legal services statewide; Project Rescue – serving victims of human trafficking with legal and social services; Survivor Services – serving survivors of torture with legal and psychosocial wellness services; and Economic Empowerment – providing workforce readiness, job placement and microloan support. In 2016, Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants served close to 4,500 individuals from over 90 countries, the vast majority of whom are at or below the federal poverty guidelines.

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    SoundWaters

    $20,000 Operating Grant Winner

    VOLUNTEER CONTACT

    Hilary Starks, SoundWaters Director Events and Marketing
    203 406 3314
    hstarks@soundwaters.org

    SoundWaters protects Long Island Sound through education and action. Its commitment to education, environment and the underserved is unique. Over 42,000 students and adults explore and learn with SoundWaters every year.

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    No child or school is ever turned away from a SoundWaters program; one-third of its students come from low-income families. SoundWaters’ highly trained, experienced staff provide innovative outreach in unparalleled settings that integrates core science, technology, engineering and math with scientific experiments and coastal exploration. Its results are striking: students post significant gains in ecological knowledge, interest in science and a commitment to the environment. It reaches the broader community through public education sails, environmental festivals, speaker series and other public events. Collectively, SoundWaters has impacted the lives of 320,000 children and adults since its founding in 1989.

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    2016 GRANTEES

    Inspirica, Inc.

    $100,000 Impact Grant Winner

    PROJECT
    Early Childhood and Parenting Program
    VOLUNTEER CONTACT

    Betsy Carter, Manager of Communications,
    Events and Volunteers
    203 388 0187
    ECarter@inspiricact.org

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    Building One Community (formerly Neighbors Link Stamford)

    $30,000 Operating Grant Winner

    VOLUNTEER CONTACT

    Ana Alvarado, Volunteer Manager
    203 674 8585
    volunteers@building1community.org

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    Soundwaters

    $30,000 Operating Grant Winner

    VOLUNTEER CONTACT

    Hilary Starks, SoundWaters Director Events and Marketing
    203 406 3314
    hstarks@soundwaters.org

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