Maria Conlon Humanitarian Fund
Maria Conlon is a true "Valley girl".
Born and raised in Derby, she comes from a tight-night, hard working family, all of them Valley natives.
"My grandmother grew up in Shelton, my grandfather in Derby," says Maria. "My parents, who were high school sweethearts, lived next door to my grandparents - my dad built the house my brother and I grew up in. All my cousins lived in the neighborhood. It is an awesome place that doesn't get enough credit."
Maria's strong connection to the Valley led her to the creation of the Maria Conlon Humanitarian Fund, a Donor Advised Fund, with the Valley Community Foundation. "Ever since I was little, especially through my involvement with sports, I've seen how important community service is in helping others," said Maria. "I wanted to be able to give back financially, to leave a legacy of giving for others here in the Valley."
Maria wanted to make her Fund unique, and to have a say over where her money would go. "I want there to be lots of joy involved in it," said Maria. "I'm especially interested in trying to do fun events that are culturally enhanced, and that will bring people together to learn about the Valley's history. The proceeds will be used to grow the Fund and to affect lives through sport across the Valley."
She learned of VCF from Jane Snaider of MetLife, who has been a Valley advocate for a number of years. "I'm always on the go, and I wanted to make sure that the Fund would be well taken care of," Maria said. "I met with VCF representatives, and it was a good fit. Being from the Valley, I wanted to make sure that the money would stay here and be used to help local people."
Maria's hopes for the Fund extend far into the future. "To me it is very personal - it's about my family, my community, and what I represent. I look forward to working each year to continue to support its growth, and to make it available wherever it is needed the most."