The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has established a $100,000 Greater Together Community Fund for the Town of West Hartford.
The purpose of the Greater Together Community Funds program is to:
- support the community in taking ownership around the needs in their towns
- encourage broad and inclusive civic engagement and
- anchor the Hartford Foundation in each town.
Your town has formed an advisory committee to manage a participatory process to identify your town's needs and allocate community funds.
West Hartford Greater Together Community Fund Grant Awards
In 2022, the West Hartford Greater Together Community Fund made a second round of grant awards to ten organizations, each for $5,000, to fund programs or projects that will “improve or enhance the quality of life in West Hartford or otherwise contribute to address a direct need” of the West Hartford community.
- Autism Families CONNECTicut - to support Friday Night Teen Socials for autistic teens in the community who feel disconnected from fun and friendship, giving the opportunity to meet and connect with friends, build social skills with peers, and have fun.
- Children’s Reading Partners - to support its core program of offering volunteer literacy support to students, educators and families in West Hartford.
- Connecticut Alliance for Victims of Violence and Their Families, Inc. (CT-ALIVE) - subsidize the cost of the Never Going Back to Abuse Project in West Hartford, providing critical support to those who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and more through workshops and mentoring sessions.
- Dignity Grows, Inc. - support 500 West Hartford residents through its Hope in a Bag program to help address Period Poverty and hygiene inequity. Totes including menstrual and comprehensive hygiene items are respectfully distributed through local social service agencies.
- Golden Door: A Center for Immigrants - Building Bridges Book Club, open to all West Hartford immigrants in partnership with West Hartford Public Library. Participants will receive English language learning support, build relationships, share cultures and exchange thoughts.
- Jewish Teen Learning Connection (JT Connect) - Summer of Service, a weeklong immersive social- action camp offering 7th - 12th graders the chance to explore needs in our local community through volunteer projects, develop leadership skills, and build relationships.
- Seniors Job Bank, Inc. - the creation of Next Path Center serving West Hartford residents aged 50 and over who are looking to re-enter the workforce, change careers, or explore an interest through a new job.
- Voices of Hope - traveling Trunks of Hope available to schools and community organizations. They will be filled with artifacts from the life of a West Hartford resident who is a genocide survivor accompanied by lessons plans, class materials, and more.
- Volunteers in Psychotherapy - provide ninety (90) heavily discounted therapy sessions to West Hartford residents who, in return, will provide 360 hours of volunteer work to local organizations of their choice in a unique model to provide private, affordable, accessible mental health care.
- West Hartford Parent Community Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Groups (WH EDI) - Building Community Connections and Belonging for West Hartford Families of Color program providing social events and educational programs focused on the needs of families of color whose dependents attend WHPS.
Advisory Committee Members
The role of the Advisory Committee is to design and lead an inclusive process to identify the needs in your community, and design a grantmaking process aimed to ensure that the Greater Together Community Funds can have the greatest impact for the benefit of town residents.
The Advisory Committee members for your town are:
Esam Boreaey, Michael Corrente, Ana Davis, John Decina, Tracy Wu Fastenberg, Mike Fournier, Bre Lamoureaux, Justine Mitsock, Obi Nwafor, Evan Piccioli, Penny Smith, Wanda Williams-McCormack,
For more information about the advisory committee, please review the Advisory Committee FAQ.
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