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Connecticut Community Foundation Brings the Community Forward With Lasting Partnerships

By Elisha Neubauer

When it comes to community growth and outreach, the people of Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills are getting a little helping hand in the process. The Connecticut Community Foundation was launched with one specific goal in mind: to receive gifts from donors and invest those resources back into the community to help our region thrive for generations to come.

Currently serving twenty-one towns in their region, the Connecticut Community Foundation has been serving the area since 1923, keeping the communities in their region alive through partnership. "The Foundation provides community leadership by identifying our region's critical issues and addressing those challenges through our grant making programs, research, and bringing together diverse groups of problem-solvers," explains Carol Buckheit, Senior Communications Officer.

According to Buckheit, the goal of the Connecticut Community Foundation is to create thriving communities for all ages in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. "We assist donors with achieving their charitable goals in the communities they love, right here in our region, by helping them set up charitable and scholarship funds directed towards issues they wish to impact- from arts and culture to health to leadership development to the environment," she details. "Our promise to donors is this: We will invest those funds wisely over time, always honor donors' wishes for the use of those funds, and ensure that they continue to support local communities- forever!"

Originally the first community foundation formed in the state, the Connecticut Community Foundation is now the largest provider of scholarships in the region. "Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded thousands of scholarships to area students since 1989," affirms Buckheit. "In June 2016, the Foundation awarded over $920,000 in scholarships to support more than 400 local students for the 2016-17 academic year." [Group photo is above]

"Three years ago, the Foundation launched the Western Connecticut Leadership Program for proven leaders and accomplished professionals. "The program provides in-depth understanding of current Connecticut issues and community needs," Buckheit informs us.

"Sessions include behind-the-scenes site visits and off-the-record conversations with key leaders from Connecticut's nonprofit and public sectors. The Program matches need with know-how and may culminate in the participants' engagement in meaningful board and volunteer opportunities."

Pictured above are children participating in the Almost Home Summer Camp, a great example of how the generosity of the Foundation's donors are making a difference in our local communities.

"The Foundation's Trustee Fund awarded Almost Home Summer Camp financial support for bringing together 17 individuals and organizations that helped 74 Waterbury children have a place to go to learn, enjoy healthy meals, and have fun during the summer," Buckheit states.

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