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SVP Connecticut Announces Call for Grant Applications


Seeking CT's Most Innovative and Impactful Organizations Engaged in Solving the Opportunity Gap


Social Venture Partners Connecticut (SVP Connecticut), a venture philanthropy fund, is accepting Letters of Interest for investment through an online application.  The submission deadline is Monday, October 16. 


Organizations that have an effective strategy and model that materially impacts the Opportunity Gap in the areas of education and workforce development are invited to apply.  Cross-sector initiatives to provide employment or educational opportunities to disadvantaged families are also supported.  


SVP Connecticut is a program and field of interest fund of Fairfield County's Community Foundation, but applications are not restricted to organizations within Fairfield County.   Using a venture philanthropy model, SVP Connecticut provides innovative organizations operating in Connecticut with multi-year grants of up to $25,000 annually for up to 3 years, and pro bono strategic consulting and advisory services. 


The members of SVP Connecticut, called Partners, seek to help organizations who align with SVP's mission to close the Opportunity Gap to scale their programs and organization structure to reach more people in Connecticut.  SVP Partners engage with staff and board members to help achieve shared goals, increase business effectiveness, and improve the impact of services delivered.  This combination of SVP Connecticut Partners' professional skills and expertise, along with financial support, produces long-term impact for the Investees.  


Information Session for Prospective Applicants  

An information session about SVP Connecticut's innovative philanthropy model and investment criteria for the 2017 grant program will be held on Thursday, September 28, 3:30-5:00pm in the East Campus Forum of Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT.  Leaders of organizations interested in submitting a Letter of Interest are strongly encouraged to attend.  An online information session will be held on Monday, October 2, 1:00-2:30pm for those unable to attend the September 28.  


Advance registration for the information sessions is required.  Registration information as well as SVP Connecticut's criteria, investment structure,  and eligibility parameters can be found on SVP Connecticut's website (www.socialventurepartners.org/connecticut) . 


Infant & Parent Classes at The Montessori School in Wilton

Classes start up again for the fall on October 3rd. This is a Tuesday morning Infant and Parent (or caregiver) class open to all new and expectant parents. (Infants are between 8 weeks to before walking-age.)


Family Campfire tonight at Earthplace

Join us as we gather ‘round for a little old-fashioned family fun. We will roast marshmallows next to a crackling fire along with a guided night walk and a visit from a nocturnal animal.  It’ll be an evening the whole family will love! For Adults and children age 3+.

Member families: $25

Non-member families: $30

To register call 203-557-4400 


3rd Annual Oktoberfest at Weston Historical Society

The Weston Historical Society hosts its 3rd Annual Oktoberfest on Sunday, September 24th from 1pm to 5pm at the Coley Homestead, 104 Weston Road, Weston.

Oktoberfest will feature German food, beer and activities for the whole family, like pumpkin decorating, a lederhosen bottle toss, and apple dunking.

Live music will be performed by Otis and the Hurricanes, a local Connecticut band whose music combines Delta Blues with good time Rock and Roll.

The event will be held rain or shine.  For more information, please visit: www.westonhistoricalsociety.org.


Tree ID & Starting a Herbarium at Earthplace

Come walk the grounds with a Naturalist.  Trees in our sanctuary will be identified. We will collect fallen leaves and start our own Herbariums to keep.  Learn the process of preserving leaves.  Ages 12+. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Free



For Addition Information:  Visit www.earthplace.org or call 203-557-4400


Jennifer and sydney winthrop born 9/11

16 next Monday... incredible.  How many westporters share the same birthday?


Books and supplies needed in the Bronx



Hurricane Harvey has devastated lives and affected many people. 

Grace Li is set to begin teaching at Bronx Compass High School next week. She had planned to ship her own personal books from her hometown. However, her hometown is Houston and the books, if not ruined, are currently inaccessible.

I am so impressed by Grace and her desire to provide much needed books to the kids in her school, and even more impressed by her willingness to use her personal library to facilitate getting books into their hands. I plan to send books her way, and I hope you will too!

And, as always, schools need supplies. Teachers often dip into their own pockets to make sure their students have the basics and beyond.

If you have any YA books you are willing to part with and/or if you would like to donate school supplies, please get in touch with Grace at gli@bronxcompass.org or through twitter @gracedli. Or, if you’d prefer to simply send them, they can be mailed to Grace’s attention at:

Bronx Compass High School, 1980 Lafayette Ave, Bronx, NY 10473

Thanks so much for any assistance you are able to give Grace and her students!



Helicopters ???

Question to the Universe:

What are the helicopters that regularly traverse our airspace ?  This question has been debated before, but I don't think I have seen the correct answer.  The copters are large, dark, and often cross the Westport area flying northwest to southeast in the morning, southeast to northwest in the evening.  To my way of thinking, that rules out commuter craft en route to NYC or the airports, Sikorsky helicopters to and from Stratford, or Life Star copters to and from Fairfield County hospitals.

Anyone know?


SHATTERPROOF HOSTS 4TH ANNUAL FAIRFIELD COUNTY RAPPEL AT BEACON HARBOR POINT TO END THE STIGMA OF ADDICTION

SHATTERPROOF HOSTS 4TH ANNUAL FAIRFIELD COUNTY RAPPEL AT BEACON HARBOR POINT TO END THE STIGMA OF ADDICTION

 

 Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. ET

 

WHAT:           Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the stigma of addiction, will host a public rappel on Saturday, October 7 in Fairfield County. Participants are invited to rappel 22 stories down Beacon Harbor Point. In addition to the rappel, CEO & Founder Gary Mendell will host “Meet Shatterproof” on-site, where he and local elected officials will speak to the Shatterproof mission and the importance of ending the stigma of addiction.100% of every dollar raised funds Shatterproof’s life-saving prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts. This event is part of the “Shatterproof Challenge Rappel,” a series of rappel events in major cities across America that are working to end the stigma of addiction.

 

WHO:             Gary Mendell (CEO & Founder, Shatterproof), and more.

 

WHEN:          Challenge Rappel Fairfield County

Saturday, October 7

9 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET

“Meet Shatterproof” at 10 a.m.

 

WHERE:        Beacon Harbor Point

                        1 Harbor Point Road

                        Stamford, CT 06902

Join the movement to make Fairfield County Shatterproof by registering today!

www.rappelfairfieldcounty.org


Donations Are Being Accepted

The Westport Woman's Club at 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport is currently accepting donations of ladies, men's and children's gently used clothing. Donations may be dropped off 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday until the sale in November.