The Valley Community Foundation Awards More than $23,000 to Support Local Programs

VCF announces more than $23,000 in community grants have been awarded to 11 Valley organizations, supporting a range of Valley initiatives.

DERBY, CT (August 1, 2018) -- VCF has awarded a total of $23,090 in its Community Grants Program to 11 community groups serving the Valley. These grants will support youth, seniors and wellness initiatives in the region.

"VCF is proud to support these 11 organizations with more than $23,000 in Community Grants," said Sharon Closius, VCF President & CEO. "Community Grants are responsive to volunteer groups or nonprofits with very limited staff, and support civic and community efforts in our five-towns. With this grant funding, these small organizations can have the potential to make a big impact in the Valley."

Adam Wysota Foundation - $2,500 to support the next phase of the Adam's House Memorial Garden and Walkway.

Annual Thanksgiving Basket Committee - $2,500 to support the purchase of perishable and non-perishable food items and supplies for distribution of Thanksgiving baskets to 50 families.

City of Derby, Youth Services Bureau - $2,000 to support a program to help students recognize consequences of poor decisions and provide opportunities to make amends.

College Access for all Kids, Inc. - $2,500 to support urban youth access to colleges, universities and other higher education possibilities.

Derby Green Farmers Market - $1,400 to support the innovative Power of Produce Club program, which provides participating children with education and experience in purchasing and using healthy fruits and vegetables at the Derby Farmers' markets.

Derby Historical Society - $2,500 to support transportation assistance for Valley schools to visit the General David Humphreys House.

Shelton Farmers Market - $2,500 to support the Valley Sprouts Club, provide more local music at the market, reach out to Valley schools and provide health-related services for visitors.

Southford Falls Quilt Guild - $2,500 to support "Quilting Outside the Box" programs which focus on new quilting trends, tools and techniques.

St. Joseph Parish Nurse Program - $600 to support education and wellness programs on CPR and AED use, heart disease and stroke prevention, and the importance of advanced care planning.

Town of Seymour - $1,590 to support the Senior Fit & Strong exercise program.

Youth 2 Youth - $2,500 to support the cost of sending students to the national conference in Rhode Island.

About The Valley Community Foundation

Established in 2004, the Valley Community Foundation distributes hundreds of thousands of grant dollars each year to support the local nonprofit sector and the people it serves. In addition to grantmaking, VCF works in strong partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (TCF), to promote philanthropy in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton and receives funding from The Gates Fund and other preference funds at TCF.