Recipients to Date

Donation

Amount

Total Donations to Date:  $210,900



2021

 

August

still counting

Mystic Geriatrics Institute (MGI) is a non-profit organization with a mission to make a significant difference in improving the lives of the elderly and to make our region a center of excellence for elder well-being through specialized health care and education. Our mission is to create an organization in our region to foster the development and communication of effective geriatric care; to coordinate responses to elder issues, broadcasting effective strategies to invested audiences through workshops, conferencing and symposia; and to educate and collaborate with communities to establish infrastructure and services that promote elder well-being. MGI is planning a conference in November covering the seven areas of competency a caregiver needs in order to do this. They wish to offer this program free of charge.  The PoT2 funding will help them accomplish this.

May

$11,800

New London Homeless Hospitality Center Founded in 2006, HHC collaborates with dozens of public and private programs and agencies to address the underlying causes of homelessness for each person and help him/her find permanent housing as quickly as possible. HHC Services provide much needed meals and services to homeless men and women, including: HHC Diversion Program with employment specialists working in concert with "We Work 2" and Connecticut state agencies; help finding housing and employment and connecting the homeless to much needed medical services. All totaled HHC impacts over 750 people a year. 

February

$11,600

FRESH New London hosts multiple community gardens around the city of New London. Since 2004, FRESH New London looks to build momentum for food system change through community based agriculture and youth empowerment. We are a community farm and educational hub dedicated to building a healthy and just food system. We use food to connect the community, encourage stewardship, inspire leaders and incite change.



2020

 

November

$11,200

The Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut (JFEC) convenes, connects and leads the community and leverages its resources to assure the continuity of the Jewish people, support a secure State of Israel, care for Jews in need here and abroad, and mobilize on issues of concern to the local community, all with our local, national, and international partners. The funds from the Power of Together donation will contribute to the JFEC's Relief and Recovery Fund to not only help the needs of those who became food insecure but also to help with the shortage of face masks in nursing homes.

August

$10,900

Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center The mission of the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center is to be the resource for basic needs for people experiencing financial hardship, as well as services for seniors in need of socialization and transportation for those living in Mystic, Pawcatuck, Stonington, North Stonington and Westerly.  During the extremely challenging time of Covid-19, the PNC has seen an uptick in need across the board, from food insecurity needs to financial assistance with mortgage/rent and utilities payments.

April

$11,000

Neighbors for Neighbors, Community Foundation Eastern Connecticut In mid-March, the CFEC established the Neighbors for Neighbors Fund to deploy resources to those most deeply impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The CFEC partnered with the United Way of Southeast Connecticut and the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and offered grants of $473,517 to 61 recipients.  These grants provided flexible resources to organizations throughout Eastern CT that serve
the basic needs of local residents, particularly to high-need populations, including low-income individuals,
residents without health insurance , communities of color and individuals with disabilities. The CFEC pledged a 100% match for this fund during this time, which doubled the donation from Power of Together!

February

$11,950

AZ Pawn Gift of Mobility Giveaway is a program that collects, refurbishes, and distributes wheelchairs to those in need.  Phil Pavone, a cancer survivor, has given away 650 wheelchairs to date. “Once we give these chairs to people and see how grateful they are —the tears and the hugging and kissing—I know we’re making a difference,” says Pavone. “These chairs offer a way for people to live an independent life.” The Power of Together 2 funding will be used for batteries, which Pavone said cost between $125 and $250 each, and advertising.



2019

 

November

$11,600

Always Home, Inc. is the only non-profit service provider in the region dedicated exclusively to serving homeless and at-risk families with children.  Always Home strives to give parents the tools they need to overcome their housing crisis so that they can focus on the well-being of their children.  Their goal is to empower client families to attain permanent, stable housing, while imparting hope and respecting the dignity of each family they serve.  Always Home has 40% more clients this year than last and have doubled their staff of social workers. As their budget is almost completely funded through individuals and grants, the need is great for additional funding.

August

$11,600

Ocean Community YMCA  Reach and Rise Mentoring Program. The Ocean Community YMCA's Reach & Rise® Mentoring Program is a national YMCA program that is committed to youth development by nurturing the potential of kids and teens to help them achieve and reach their full potential. The program is designed for youth ages 6 to 17 who lack role models and are in communities challenged by poverty, crime, truancy, among other social issues. Research shows that youth facing such challenges are more likely to succeed with the support of a caring adult.

May

$11,200

Veterans Equine Therapeutic Services (V.E.T.S.) provides a serene place for military veterans to go that provides therapeutic healing through equine-related activities by highly skilled instructors, staff and trained volunteers.  V.E.T.S. exists with the goal to provide their services at no charge to their clients.  Some of their volunteers and staff are veterans themselves and understand the challenges veterans face reintegrating into domestic life after experiencing the psychological trauma and physical wounds of war.

February

$10,100

New Life Ministry aims to reduce the recidivism rate of women released from York Prison in Niantic, Connecticut, and the communal costs of incarceration. Fifty to sixty percent of the inmates released into the community will return to prison unless they have access most importantly to housing, and  to material and personal support. A secondary goal of New Life is to help recently released female inmates function independently and successfully in the community, This assists them to make the transition from incarceration to community membership. New Life Ministry provides two apartments in the New London area where there are opportunities for the women to work and have access to those resources that will prevent recurring substance abuse.



2018

November

$10,500

Safe Futuresformerly the Women's Center of SECT, operates two 24-hour hotlines, an emergency shelter, and transitional living programs for families working to rebuild lives shattered by domestic violence or sexual assault.  Safe Futures also provides counseling and advocacy, case management, court support services, support groups, and educational programs for schools and community groups.  All 21 cities and towns in New London County are served by the agency.

August

$9,600

Sophia Sees Hope is a 501c(3) nonprofit patient advocacy organization dedicated to transforming the lives of those affected by blindness caused by rare inherited retinal diseases. Sofia Sees Hope was founded in 2014  by Laura Manfre and Charles Priebe, who live in Ledyard, CT, and whose daughter Sofia has Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA).  Their mission is to generate awareness, raise funds for research, and provide outreach, support and education to those affected by LCA and other rare retinal diseases. The funds from Power of Together 2 were used to host a national LCA Conference in Mystic, CT in October 2018.

May

$9,700

A Sacred Place is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to providing rehabilitative programs and educational opportunities for incarcerated women in Connecticut.  Since 2003, A Sacred Place has served over 1000 incarcerated women at York Correctional Institution in Niantic, CT, through dedicated volunteer support and contributions from many individuals, churches, and organizations. The Power of Together donation was used to support several of their programs. The Storybook Project records an inmate’s voice as she reads a storybook (the recording and the book are then given to her child/children). Mommy and Me gives children the opportunity to spend time with their mom participating in a fun activity. Houses of Healing offers ways for inmates to address and change personal issues. Finally, The Barbara Fund provides “scholarships” for correspondence classes aiding women in working towards advanced degrees and building workplace skills.

February

$9,100

Start Fresh is a 501(c)(3) organization that was inspired to create to a welcoming community where refugee families can contribute to the vitality of the local area.  Since 2016, volunteers have worked within small teams to coordinate services for refugee families:  rides to appointments, tutoring English, donating clothes, grocery shopping, medical appointments, job skills, and community events.  Start Fresh used the PoT2 donation to provide summer camp activities for the children; to place in a reserve for a winter heating fund; and to provide technology assistance after assessing student needs.



2017

October

$10,200

New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) is an ocean adventure nonprofit that provides STEM-based education programs, on and off the water, for students from all walks of life.  NESS uses sailing, marine science, powerboating, and adventure sports as teaching platforms.  They engage everyone in experiential learning that builds confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills vital to their futures.  NESS operates year-round with families, schools, and organizations to provide high-quality programs that blend an innovative curriculum with exciting ocean adventure activities.  NESS used the PoT2 funds to rebuild their floating docks in New London.

July

$10,450

Community Speaks Out (CSO) is a Groton-based organization that provides support to local individuals and families struggling with addiction to opioids.  CSO is organized and operated to walk families through the process of getting addicted family members into treatment through financial and logistical assistance, and to foster community support, awareness, and education on addiction and addiction prevention. CSO used the PoT2 funds to help to pay for the office space they have recently opened in Groton, which is enormously important so that families can have a safe and private place to meet - as well as financial help to support those entering into treatment and sober living.

April

$10,250

Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Connecticut believes every child deserves a chance to overcome obstacles and become the best person they can be. The Club offers a safe place with caring youth development professionals where a child can learn, grow and reach their full potential.  Their life-enhancing programs and character development experiences offer hope and opportunity to young people. The funds provided by PoT2 supported summer “after school” programs for local students from New London as well as other nearby towns.  Through this program the Boys and Girls Club is able to provide activities and mentorship to school-age children so that they will have a destination and some positive structure in their lives during the summer months.

January

$9,750

The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center (PNC) provides valuable programs and services reaching 2,000 regular clients as well as hundreds of senior citizens. The range of programs includes food distribution, an oil assistance plan, a job search program, Senior Meals on Wheels, a service providing weekly essentials to babies, and a student backpack program providing meals for students in need when school is not in session.  The PoT2 funds were used for PNC’s efforts to provide a safety net of food, energy assistance and other basic needs programs.



2016

October

$8,300

The Giving Garden at Coogan Farm is part of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (DPNC) located in Mystic, CT.  In February 2014, the Nature Center, United Way of Southeastern Connecticut and the Robert G. Youngs Family Foundation signed an agreement that promised to bring fresh food to thousands of hungry residents of New London County daily. In 2016, the Giving Garden provided over 13,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center, which distributes food to 63 programs that help food-insecure people across New London County. The PoT2 funds enabled the purchase of a root vegetable washer, a drip irrigation system, fencing, seeds and a “hoop” house cover.

July

$5,700

Groton Public Library is an inclusive and valuable community resource servicing thousands of people in the greater Groton, CT and surrounding area.  Their budget had recently been reduced, specifically impacting their ability to remain the one library in the county that is open on Sundays.  Patron input indicates having Sunday hours is a highly valued offering. With PoT2 funds, the library has been able to reinstitute Sunday hours for the fall and winter.  In addition, a youth group at the library was inspired by our gift to make their own gift to fund one Sunday this winter.  It will be called “Super Sunday” and the youth group plans to offer superhero crafts for children.

April

$4,400

Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality (MASH) (which is now Always Home, Inc.) was founded in 1998 to address the needs of Southeastern Connecticut’s homeless and imminently homeless families. MASH/Always Home is the only non-profit service provider in the region dedicated exclusively to serving homeless and at-risk families with children.  MASH/Always Home strives to give parents the tools they need to overcome their housing crisis so that they can focus on the well-being of their children.  Their goal is to empower client families to attain permanent, stable housing, while imparting hope and respecting the dignity of each family they serve.  The PoT2 funds specifically helped 6 individual families, which between them included 9 children. Each family was facing some sort of financial hardship which placed them at risk of homelessness.