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Youth Philanthropy at Work: YAG Announces Grant Awards

The Guilford High School Interact Club Youth Advisory Group (YAG), an initiative of the Guilford Foundation to promote youth philanthropy, recently awarded four grants totaling $4,300 to local organizations:

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The Guilford Foundation Approves $15,550 to 7 Local Organizations

At its March Board meeting, the Guilford Foundation Board of Directors approved $15,550 of funding to 7 local organizations.

“The Board was once again pleased to support a broad scope of needs in the community, from youth scholarships to senior services to families in need,” stated Board President John Crawford.

The March awards are as follows:

  • $1,500 to Guilford A Better Chance, Inc., to provide partial scholarships for students to attend summer college preparatory classes.
  • $3,000 to Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, Inc., to provide emergency financial assistance to Guilford residents through the Shoreline Collaborative.
  • $2,500 to Girl Scouts of Connecticut Troop 62117 to help a Girl Scout achieve her Gold Award by erecting plaques with historic facts on the lampposts of the Guilford Green.
  • $1,200 to the Guilford Housing Authority to install raised beds for gardens for use by residents.
  • $550 to Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore to reach out to Guilford residents regarding services and opportunities.
  • $3,000 to the Orchard House, an adult day center located in Branford, to initiate outreach efforts to clients in Guilford and to assist with the development of marketing and promotional materials.
  • $3,800 to Pilgrim Fellowship to provide scholarship funding for youth members to attend the annual mission trip.

The Guilford Foundation’s next application deadline for funding is on June 1st, 2012. For more information on the grant application process, go to www.guilfordfoundation.org or email Liza Janssen Petra at lizapetra@gmail.com.

Foundations Fuel Families: In the News

Fuel Aid Effort Kicks Off on Valentine’s Day. Click the link for photos and article in the Guilford Courier.

3 Shoreline towns’ charity to offer fuel aid. Click the link for the article in the New Haven Register.

Foundations Fuel Families

Executive Director Featured on WTNH Channel 8

To help promote “Foundations Fuel Families,” an effort to raise funds for Guilford Social Services for families who need energy assistance, Liza Janssen Petra was interviewed on February 11, 2012 on Good Morning Connecticut.

Click here to watch the interview.

President John Crawford Named Person of the Week

The Guilford Courier Featured Board President John Crawford as the “Person of the Week” on February 7, 2012.

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Foundations Fuel Families: Providing Warmth for your Neighbors

Fund Drive 2/14 to 3/19

A fuel crisis exists in Guilford. Costs to heat our homes are higher than ever, and more and more people are approaching Guilford Department of Social Services (GSS) for help: In 2010-11, GSS took 372 household applications for energy assistance, a jump from 349 the previous year. From 1991 to 2008, the maximum number of household applications in a year was 220.

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Notice of Press Conference

On Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 10am at the Guilford Free Library, the community foundations for Branford, Madison & Guilford will host a press conference to kick off “Foundations Fuel Families,” a private-sector initiative to raise funds for fuel assistance.

A fuel crisis exists in our communities. Costs to heat our homes are higher than ever, more people are asking for help, and–due to cuts in funding for energy assistance program–residents in our communities who cannot afford to heat their home face severely limited options for help. Recognizing the devastating impact this will have on our neighbors, the Community Foundations in Branford, Guilford and Madison are each spearheading fundraising efforts in their communities to address the shortfall.

Each foundation has pledged a challenge grant of up to $10,000 for each town that would match every penny donated to this effort. Every single dollar raised will go to the local town organization responsible for emergency fuel assistance (Branford Counseling Center, Madison Youth and Family Services via Madison N2N Fund, and Guilford Social Services).

Please join us to show your support for this effort and to learn more. Contact Liza Janssen Petra, Executive Director of the Guilford Foundation, at (203) 824 1827 or lizapetra@gmail.com with questions and to RSVP.

Winter Grant Awards

$20,012 Grant Awards by Guilford Foundation Aim to Make a Difference

At its December Board meeting, the Guilford Foundation Board of Directors approved $20,012 in grants to 8 local nonprofit organizations.

“We were impressed with the scope and quality of applications,” said John Crawford, Board President. “We believe these grants will make a real difference to Guilford residents across a broad spectrum of needs, from arts to addiction services to domestic violence.”

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Recent Grants – Summer into Fall 2011

During the Guilford Foundation’s most recent grant cycle, the Board approved grant applications from the following organizations:

  • Girl Scout Group 62179 (pictured above), to support their efforts to “Green the Green” with attractive recycling bins. See them in the Guilford Courier.
  • The Guilford Garden Club, to support their tree fund (in new demand thanks to Hurricane Irene). See picture in the Guilford Courier.
  • Guilford Youth & Family Services for “Guilford’s Got Talent,” a talent show that took place on September 25th that provided youth with an opportunity for positive risk taking. 20 finalists were given a chance to perform at the show, which took place on the Guilford Green. One audience member reported, “All the performers were wonderful and brave! The community (families and friends) are thrilled to be here to cheer them on. It’s awesome to promote self esteem!” See picture in the Guilford Courier.
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