South Windsor Community Foundation announces grant recipients

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Fri., Mar. 1, 2013

Keeping with its mission of improving the quality of life in South Windsor, the South Windsor Community Foundation has awarded $6,000 in grants to a variety of organizations in town. The grants came from the Rays of Hope Fund, which, along with the Public Education Fund that supports schools and educational programs in town, make up the two sources of giving within the Community Foundation. The foundation is funded primarily through direct donations from residents.

“It is wonderful to be able to provide these grants to such deserving organizations. They seek to improve the quality of life in South Windsor for residents of all ages,” said the president of the South Windsor Community Foundation, Jan Snyder. “I want to thank all those who so generously made contributions to make it possible.”

Seven organizations received assistance. The South Windsor Junior Women's Club received a donation to help bring the Safety Town program to South Windsor, which is a national program that teaches pre-K students about personal safety. KIDSPACE Adaptive Play & Wellness received funds that will help participating families pay for entry fees. A grant was awarded to FISH (Friends in Service Here) of South Windsor to offset some of its program expenses. Funds were awarded to South Windsor Voice II, which is preparing to publish a book of poems and short stories written by South Windsor residents. The Monday Night Social Club, which provides activities for young adults with special needs, was a recipient of funding, as well as the South Windsor Public Library, which will use the money to help run the 2013 Spelling Bee. The Autism Families of Connecticut also received a grant, which will assist families with a child attending special gym and sports programs.

Founded in 2003, the Community Foundation has supported organizations with educational, social, cultural and recreational programs that benefit the community. The Education Fund also sponsors the Longest Dinner Table, which raises money for public education grants. Past beneficiaries have included the South Windsor Haiti School, My Friends Place and the South Windsor Walk and Wheel Ways.

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