Total Donations to Date: $199,100
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.