The Foundation of the New Haven County Bar has awarded $16,577 in grant funding to four greater New Haven community organizations. In early May a check for $11,387 was provided to New Reach, Inc., formerly known as New Haven Home Recovery, which provides emergency shelter and services for women and women with children who are homeless and in need across New Haven County. In early June grants totaling $5,190 were also awarded to New Haven Reads, the Connecticut Food Bank and Rain of Hope.
“The Foundation is proud to support these organizations in their mission of providing emergency shelter, critical services and education to the many citizens across our community who find themselves in need of a helping hand. Each of these organizations truly reaches out to our community members and makes a difference in so many lives,” said Shari-Lynn Shore, President of The Foundation of the New Haven County Bar.
New Haven Reads works each week with more than 500 students in grades 1-12 from low-income families who are at risk for school failure and empowers them with the skills and knowledge to become successful students. The Foundation awarded New Haven Reads $2700 to support operations.
The Connecticut Food Bank’s customized, refrigerated Mobile Pantry vehicle brings perishable groceries directly into neighborhoods where there is an identified need for food assistance, serving 120 to 270 New Haven households each month with 30 pounds each of 8-10 different grocery items. The Foundation awarded $1740 to the Connecticut Food Bank, which will pay for a full month’s distribution of groceries.
Rain of Hope’s Community Matters program empowers middle school students to express themselves positively, then work together to bring change to the community. Students in grades 7 and 8 mentor and tutor two younger students one day per week, and meet a second day to create and implement a community service project to benefit the community at large. The Foundation awarded $750 to Rain of Hope to support staffing and supply costs for the program.
The Foundation’s annual Hope for the Holidays Snowball Tournament raised the proceeds for the grant to New Reach. Since 1995 area firms and courts have put together teams to play in this coed, casual, enjoyable night of softball. Through the generosity of area law firms and individuals, the FNHCB continues to directly impact the lives of the women and children who stay at the CareWays, Life Haven, and Martha’s Place shelters.
The Foundation of the New Haven County Bar is the charitable arm of the New Haven County Bar Association. Through various fundraising events held throughout the year, it provides an organized means for the Bar to provide grants and sponsor public service projects that support the Greater New Haven community. Further information on the Bar Foundation can be found at www.newhavenbar.org.