Norman K. and Janet N. Santa Fund
Norman Santa started working for his dad's oil business when he was just eight years old. By the time he was in high school, he was working part time delivering oil as soon as school let out. After serving in the Marines from 1952 to 1954, he returned home and went back to the oil business, where he worked until his retirement in 2004.
"I came from a family of four brothers and one sister," said Mr. Santa. " We all worked together with my mom and dad, and the business just grew. We originally lived in Stratford, and then moved to Huntington in 1956, and have made the Valley our home ever since." Mr. Santa knows what it is like not to attend college and that there are many students of all ages throughout the Valley who would like to improve themselves. That's why he and his wife Janet have established the Norman K. and Janet Santa Fund with the Valley Community Foundation.
"There is a great need for skilled workers today," said Mr. Santa. "Electricians, plumbers, people who work with their hands. This Fund is geared to helping them to achieve their goals." Mr. Santa has a deep commitment to the Valley, having been active in the Boys and Girls Club of the lower Naugatuck Valley, the Housatonic Council Boy Scouts, the Shelton VFW and American legion, the Shelton inland Wetlands Commission, the Shelton Tax Review Board and the Shelton Economic development Commission. Mr. Santa also served as the former president of H. B. Brownson Country Club and was an Alderman for the City of Shelton.
"I'm pleased to be working with the Valley Community Foundation because it has such tremendous potential," he said. "The Valley is a great and very positive community. I'm glad to be able to help those who are pursuing non-traditional options to keep it growing stronger now and in the future."
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