A year of community building through partnerships

02/12/2021 4:00 AM EST

Fortunately, it’s always a busy time at the Middlesex County Community Foundation (CFMC)! Much of our focus is on reviewing and awarding grants and meeting with donors to discuss their areas of interest and personal giving goals. It’s also a time when we love to hit the pause button and send an extra note of gratitude to all the good people who are doing great things to improve the quality of life for everyone in Middlesex County. This year, we are truly grateful to our valued donors, volunteers, nonprofits, local businesses, friends and neighbors who recognize that together we can make a bigger impact and build a stronger community through partnerships.

All community collaborations are of course worth celebrating, but some are exceptionally creative and inspiring. One partnership that stands out is Hope Partnership. Hope is a non-profit organization that works with municipal government, builders and other private partners to address the affordable housing shortage in our region by developing housing that is attractive, sustainable and suited to the surrounding neighborhood. Thanks to its supporters, CFMC helped fund The Lofts at Spencer’s Corner in Centerbrook, the recently completed dynamic mixed-use housing / retail destination with 17 apartments. We applaud everyone involved in the project for their vision and are honored to have played a small role in making a very real and positive impact in the lives of so many now and forever.

Creativity and community building also flourished in Chester this year, where a group of volunteers responded to a global pandemic through innovation in education. They recognized the need to move forward and find new ways and spaces for children to learn in a safe, healthy and welcoming environment and for an invigorating and green space for small communities and civic gatherings. . Working through CFMC as the project’s fiscal sponsor, residents and local businesses generously supported the concept of the outdoor meeting space and made it a reality at Chester Elementary School this fall. Thank you all for their partnership and for their commitment to building a community for generations to come.

We are extremely grateful and honored to work with so many community volunteers, businesses and nonprofits committed to envisioning a better future for all. Thanks to them, Middlesex County can hope for a better today and a better future. We thank them for their generosity of time, talent and resources to support a passion or area of ​​interest. Thank you for helping the Community Foundation of Middlesex County for 24 years to ensure that even the smallest donation has a big impact on our community’s education, arts and culture, animal welfare, l environment, health and social services, safety and economic opportunity, recreation and so much more.

We look forward to connecting readers to a cause they care about and building a vibrant community together. For more information, call 860-347-0025 or visit www.MiddlesexCountyCF.org. Happy Holidays and best wishes for a safe and healthy New Year!

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