January 10th, 2018
It was “all hands in” for New Covenant Center’s 1st Social Night of Service for 2018! On January 9th, almost 40 people from Basilica of Saint John Evangelist in Stamford came out to help.
Social Night of Service was started almost two years ago to raise awareness about New Covenant Center’s mission and to engage individuals between the ages of 21-35. During SNS, volunteers prepare and cook 100+ meals that are served guests at New Covenant Center the following day.
New Covenant Center Remains Open During Snowstorm
January 8th, 2018
This was the third consecutive year in which lower Fairfield County was impacted by a major snow storm and New Covenant Center was open and ready to serve guests in need of a meal or a warm place to check in. About 35 guests visited on Thursday and there was plenty of food for all to receive a second helping if they wanted. Each guest also left with a meal to go of sandwiches, fruit, energy bars and juice packs to carry them through until the next day.
New Covenant Center has adopted a “first responder” mentality as hunger is a daily issue for many. There were 40-50 guests during the two previous storms but this was more challenging because of the high winds, drifts and near whiteout conditions.
Temple Sinai Volunteers Give Back on Christmas Day
January 2nd, 2018
For over 20 years, volunteers from Temple Sinai in Stamford have prepared and served Christmas lunch at New Covenant Center. Take a look at the News12 story about this special gift:
Christmas Eve Food Drive Stocks NCC Pantry
January 2nd, 2018
The Stamford Advocate printed a wonderful story about a food drive held by LaRocca’s Country Market on Old Long Ridge Road on Christmas Eve to benefit the New Covenant Center Food Pantry. You can read all about it here.
Micalizzi’s Gives Locally
December 7th, 2017
Jay Piccirillo was born and raised in Bridgeport. His father Andy ran Micalizzi’s Italian Ice on Madison Avenue until he died at the early age of 38. The business was then taken over by Jay’s mother, Lucille, who had to learn everything on the spot. This year, Micalizzi’s celebrated it’s 40th Anniversary in the heart of Bridgeport with Jay running the show. He is focused on broadening the company brand via social media and branching out through local area restaurants, but his heart remains in Bridgeport.
An example of this could be seen the Saturday following Thanksgiving when Micalizzi’s hosted their annual Christmas party in their parking lot right on Madison Avenue. Jay himself played Santa, handing out gifts to every child that visited. Christmas movies and music played in the background as guests enjoyed complimentary donuts and hot cocoa. Characters like Olaf and Mickey Mouse wandered around greeting the kids and taking pictures.
The event was also an opportunity to give back to the community where they are located. Since he was a young boy and a student at St. Patrick’s, Jay remembers volunteering at the Thomas Merton Center. This is why he decided to ask everyone who attended the event to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Thomas Merton Center’s food pantry. Jay himself then delivered the donation to Brian Jenkins and Sabin Kuczo at the Thomas Merton Center which is located on Madison Avenue just down the street from Micalizzi’s. According to Jay, “The Thomas Merton Center is a vital part of Bridgeport and helps those who need it the most.” Jay and Sabine are old friends, as Sabine is a “long time customer” of Micalizzi’s. But Jay and Brian met for the very first time, a relationship between the local business owner and soup kitchen Director that they both hope will continue into the future to benefit the people of downtown Bridgeport.