April 7th, 2015
The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced that it has awarded a $4,000 to Catholic Charities of Fairfield County for the St. Stephen’s Food Pantry in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
St. Stephen’s Food Pantry provides 4-5 days-worth of healthy meals a month per family member to each person who visits the pantry and lives in the 06604, 06605 and 06606 Bridgeport zip codes. The pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with an emphasis on providing healthy food to guests. The St. Stephen’s Food Pantry program is housed in and operated by The Thomas Merton Center, located at 43 Madison Avenue, Bridgeport.
“The St. Stephen’s Food Pantry is a critical resource for families living in poverty in inner city Bridgeport,” said Karen Galbo, Director of People’s United Community Foundation. “Families with limited income struggle to make choices on how their money is spent on daily living expenses. The food pantry is helping to alleviate some of that burden.”
Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842 and serving customers from New York to Maine through a network of more than 400 branches, is the largest independent bank headquartered in New England. The Foundation places special emphasis on programs designed to promote economic self-sufficiency, education and improved conditions for low-income families and neighborhoods. The funding priorities of the Foundation include community development, youth development, and affordable housing.
Ernie Anastos to Speak at April 16th Fundraiser
March 9th, 2015
New Covenant House of Hospitality (NCH) ˗˗ a soup kitchen serving lower Fairfield County ˗˗ will hold its 11th Annual Celebrity Breakfast Fundraiser on April 16 at Woodway Country Club of Darien.
The breakfast, which will be held from 7:30-9:00 a.m., will feature a keynote presentation by well-known newscaster Ernie Anastos. Mr. Anastos is a distinguished and popular Emmy Award-winning anchor for the Fox flagship station WNYW-TV in New York.
“I am so honored to be part of this fabulous organization, New Covenant House, making a real difference in people’s lives,” says Mr. Anastos.
A dynamic New York Hall of Fame Broadcaster, Mr. Anastos has won more than 30 Emmy Awards and nominations. He is the first and only New York TV anchor to receive the coveted “Lifetime Emmy Award,” the highest honor given for his outstanding and personal accomplishments in the television industry. The New York Times has described him as “the ubiquitous anchorman” who has captured the love and respect of New Yorkers.
Further, he is the creator and host of Positively Ernie, an upbeat program that informs, entertains and inspires viewers about people and stories that help make our community, country and the world a better place.
All proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward supporting the programs at New Covenant House, notes Organizing Committee Chairman Donna Wiberg. “Money raised during the Celebrity Breakfast will help to feed the hungry,” she says. “By attending this breakfast, our supporters will share their generosity as well as help to raise awareness of our less fortunate neighbors here in lower Fairfield County.”
New Covenant House, one of the largest programs of Catholic Charities, serves the greater Stamford area, including, New Canaan, Greenwich and Darien. NCH creates a safe, warm and compassionate environment where, together as a community, we take the first steps toward empowering men, women, and children to reach their full potential and regain their dignity and self-respect. Our guests are the poor and disadvantaged, including the homeless, working poor, elderly, mentally ill, and the disabled.
In October 1978, New Covenant House served its first meal. Since then, thousands of hungry people have found physical and social nourishment at NCH.
New Covenant House is an alternative for low-income people to enjoy three meals daily at no charge. The food pantry offers alternatives for families by providing bagged groceries, which is ideal for working families that need a supplement of food to make ends meet each month.
New Covenant House is a program of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. All contributions in support of NCH are fully tax-deductible. Over the last 95 years, Catholic Charities has grown to be one of the largest private family service agencies in Fairfield County. Its mission includes serving the most vulnerable in our communities through programs which alleviate hunger; support the elderly and those with physical and mental health challenges; provide safe care for children and a safe haven for the homeless, and to deliver fair and just services to immigrants, all without regard to age, race, religion, or ability to pay.
New Covenant House serves its guests with three meals a day, 365-days-per-year, through its Soup Kitchen and its Pantry Program, providing in excess of 711,000 meals annually. Currently, a capital campaign is under way to fund new quarters for NCH. The soon-to-be-opened facility will include the soup kitchen and a small supermarket-style pantry that will offer clients choices of foods to take home as well as an expansion of basic human and health need services, including counseling, medical, clothing, showers, toiletries, haircuts and immigration services.
The cost of the breakfast is $200 per seat. In addition, Corporate Sponsor Tables of 10 (Platinum, Gold and Silver) can be purchased at costs ranging from $3,000 to $10,000. Those who would like to attend or make a donation are asked to send checks written to “New Covenant House Breakfast” to NCH, PO Box 10883, Stamford, CT 06904. For additional information contact Program Coordinator Betsy Lopez at (203) 964-8228, ext. 2, or BLopez@ccfc-ct.org.
Past speakers at this event include newscaster and syndicated columnist Larry Kudlow, CBS News anchorman Scott Pelley, Indra Nooyi, chairperson and CEO of Pepsico and George Bodenheimer, who was the executive chairman of ESPN.
For more information, visit www.nchstamford.org
Catholic Charities Announces Participation in Day of Giving – #FCGives
March 4th, 2015
Catholic Charities announces that for the second year in a row the agency will participate in Giving Day – 24 Hours to Give Where You Live. Presented by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and lead sponsor Bank of America, Fairfield County’s Giving Day is 24 hours of online giving by individuals, families and companies to support their favorite local charities.
During the first Giving Day in 2014, 9,211 people answered the call to “giver where you live” and donated $756,229 to 267 nonprofits in 24 hours. Catholic Charities raised $10,000 with their on-line campaign coordinated by Amy Zajac, Director of Social Media.
Giving Days are part of a growing nationwide trend and benefit the community by increasing the awareness of the diverse needs of the community, raising funds for hundreds of local nonprofit organizations, engaging new and younger donors in giving back to their community, and strengthening nonprofits through training on effective communication, fundraising and donor relation.
This year, Giving Day will take place on Thursday, March 5, 2015 and the goal is to raise $1 million. Catholic Charities is the largest private family service agency in Fairfield County. “We serve the most vulnerable in our communities through programs which alleviate hunger, support the elderly and those with physical and mental health challenges, provide safe care for children and a safe haven for the homeless, and deliver fair and just services to immigrants, all without regard to age, race, religion, or ability to pay.” says Al Barber, President of Catholic Charities. “Help us continue to help those in need by donating to Catholic Charities during Fairfield County Gives: 24 Hours to Give Where You Live. No donation is too small. Every penny helps.”
Donors, friends, family, and community members can click here to reach Catholic Charities’ secure online donation page from midnight through 11:59pm on March 5th to donate.
Turn of River Middle School Sends Their Love to New Covenant House
February 27th, 2015
Morning Glory Noted as a Resource for Danbury Area Homeless
January 9th, 2015
Catholic Charities’ Morning Glory program was recently mentioned in this Danbury News Times article as a resource for the Danbury Area homeless population.