03/24/2022 04:00 EST
For 25 years, local businesses have partnered with the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) to help our communities thrive. In fact, they were pivotal in founding CFMC and setting the community foundation on a path to building community through philanthropy, leadership and partnership. Today, we continue to strengthen those relationships and are privileged to work with many local businesses, large and small, to ensure that Middlesex County is the best place to live, work and play. Allow us to share a few that illustrate the many ways to give back through community collaborations.
When the pandemic disrupted life as we knew it, Pratt & Whitney, like many companies, immediately stepped in to help where it was needed most. Through monetary donations to CFMC’s Live Local Give Local emergency fund, their dollars were combined with other contributions in support of nonprofit programs and services throughout the county. Working with others, they have helped to ensure that the children of essential workers have access to childcare programs, that the elderly continue to receive meals on wheels, that community food pantries are provisioned, neurodiverse students had access to virtual programs and support services, underserved communities received wellness packages, and women and families had access to counseling and support services. Pratt & Whitney’s commitment to the community makes a real difference not just during extraordinary times, but every day.
Guilford Savings Bank and its employees “become COMMUNITIES” and are well known for their involvement. For several years, they have partnered with the CFMC to support local nonprofits by sponsoring half-day workshops where nationally recognized trainers provide professional skills development for staff and board members. board of directors. They also worked with CFMC to create the Guilford Savings Bank Charitable Fund, which provides annual educational aid awards to graduates of Old Saybrook High School, as well as support for non-profit organizations working with low to moderate income people in Middlesex County. Their commitment to the local communities they serve is a true reflection of our “Live Local, Give Local” mantra.
Bill’s Seafood Restaurant is a coastal landmark known to all, especially for its support of local youth. Each year, it hosts a golf tournament to raise funds for varsity athletes who plan to continue their education at a four-year college, community college, trade school, or vocational school. A committee of dedicated volunteers organizes all aspects of the scholarship fundraising event. Several years ago, they decided to establish the Bill’s Seafood Golf Tournament Sports Scholars Fund at CFMC to maximize the impact of their efforts. Today, they are achieving their goal of providing more financial assistance to young people in the area and having an immediate and future impact on the whole community.
As we celebrate 25 years of partnerships, we salute all the local businesses that help improve the quality of life across Middlesex County. Today more than ever, we recognize their value in our daily lives. We recognize every donor, volunteer, non-profit organization, friend and neighbour. Your kind and generous ways help us build a better today and a better tomorrow for all. We invite you to learn more about how you can help our local communities continue to thrive. Call CFMC at 860-347-0025 or visit MiddlesexCountyCF.org.