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Monday, April 23 News

Community Fund of Darien awards $636,500 in grants

The Community Fund of Darien recently awarded $636,500 in grants to 26 agencies serving Darien, Norwalk and Stamford.

Executive Director Carrie Bernier and Community Fund board members and volunteers welcomed nonprofit leaders at the annual grant awards breakfast July 15.

For more than 90 years, the fund's mission has been to improve the lives of those less fortunate in Darien, Norwalk and Stamford by investing in agencies that address at-risk youth, hunger, homelessness, abuse, mental illness and more. Additional Community Fund programs in Darien include the high school Youth Community Fund for young philanthropists, the Youth Asset Team and Touch-A-Life grants for residents struggling financially.

This year, the fund issued grant awards to support at-risk youth, individuals and families; basic necessities such as food, shelter and health care; services for special-needs individuals and families; and crisis and abuse services.

Grants were awarded to A Better Chance, Darien, Abilis, AmeriCares Free Clinics, ARI of Connecticut, Carver Center, Child Guidance of Southern Connecticut, Child Guidance of Mid-Fairfield, The Depot, Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Domus, ElderHouse, Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center, Family & Children's Agency, Family Centers, Family Re-Entry, Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Inspirica, Kids in Crisis, Laurel House, Liberation House, Neighbors Link, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Obie Harrington Howes Foundation, Open Door Shelter, Person-to-Person, Shelter for the Homeless and Star, Lighting the Way.