Since 2001, the H. Louise Ruddell Charitable Fund at the Hartford Foundation has been providing support to an array of organizations offering programs and services to the citizens of Manchester and institutions working for the prevention of cruelty to animals. This year, 17 organizations are receiving nearly $92,000 in grants from Ruddell Fund.
One of these organizations is the Community Child Guidance Clinic’s (CCGC), whose mission is to assist and support children with emotional and behavioral issues by providing a special education day school and a system of child and family focused mental health services. The $6,000 grant from the Ruddell Fund will be used to increase outreach and improve services provided to Manchester’s increasingly diverse and multicultural community. The Clinic will use these funds to support the provision of interpreter services, translation information and materials about the clinic in different languages, and complete minor updates to make the clinic more welcoming to the population of children and families served.
“As Manchester continues to become more diverse, many families face barriers to receiving care that are often different than they were in the past, but CCGC aims to continue its legacy of helping families reach the services they need easily and without any difficult obstacles to overcome,” said executive director Jamie Bellenoit, PhD, LMFT. “With the support of the H. Louise Ruddell Charitable Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, we will be able to reach out to non-English speaking families and connect with them on the subject of their children’s mental health. We will be able to provide care for them in ways that we were not able to before, and therefore improve the lives of our minority populations throughout the community.”
An $8,000 grant was also awarded to MARC, Inc., an organization committed to providing the opportunity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live meaningful lives of independence, choice, inclusion and continuous personal growth. The grant will kick start a healthy living initiative for Manchester-area residents with disabilities. Participants will enhance their overall health with the assistance of personal trainers and gym memberships using an exercise program that is compatible with individual abilities. These exercise and gym sessions would run approximately one hour in length and meet three times a week. The purchase of 10 Fitbits will be used to track physical activity in a fitness walking program. This program will run in blocks of 8 to 12 weeks and will benefit approximately 50 to 75 people over the course of a year.
Other 2017 grants from the Ruddell Fund are:
The H. Louise Ruddell Charitable Fund is named in honor of a lifelong resident of Pearl Street in Manchester who died in 1983 at age 96. In her will, she set up a private foundation to aid organizations supporting residents in Manchester. The assets of that foundation came to the Hartford Foundation in 2001. Since then, the fund has awarded 208 grants totaling more than $1.2 million.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. In 2015, the Foundation celebrated 90 years of grantmaking in the Greater Hartford region, made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families and organizations. It has awarded grants of $687 million since its founding in 1925. For more information about the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.