Foundation discusses impact on local communities

By TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER

STAFF WRITER

President and CEO of the Main Street Community Foundation, Susan Sadecki, discussed the end of year, 2017 annual report, and how this data will impact all of the towns of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville Plymouth, Southington, and Wolcott.

The first page of the report offers “highlights from 2017”; there were $43.9 million in total assets, $2.3 million in received contributions, $1.7 million awarded in grants and scholarships, 225 funds established since the MSCF was founded in 1995, and over 200 volunteers helped support the MSCF.

“It was a very successful year,” said Sadecki.

“In every category,” said Samantha Rajotte, communications manager.

“We definitely had an increase in donations … I believe this is the highest we’ve ever awarded in grants and scholarships in the 23 year history of the Community Foundation,” said Sadecki.

The Plainville Community Fund awarded $9,000 in grants.

These included: $750 for the Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, which was used for an economic empowerment program for students at Toffolon School; $500 awarded to the Plainville Community Schools Youth Theater program, and was used as camp scholarships; $1,525 awarded for a customer service and sales certificate program at Plainville Adult and Continuing Education; $1,000 awarded to the Plainville Early Learning Center, in order to purchase a four-seat stroller to transport preschoolers safely; $500 awarded to Plainville High School for their Mindful Intention program; $1,200 awarded to the Plainville Wind Ensemble to support their concert series; and, $1,000 awarded to the St. Phillip House, 80 Broad St., to be used for “basic needs for supportive housing.”

Sadecki said that 10 funds were created in 2017. The Men & Boys’ Immediate Response Fund and the Pat & Bob Wollenberg Charitable Fund, were both created to support all of communities under MSCF’s purview.

The Men & Boys’ Immediate Response Fund “was established to offer immediate assistance to men and boys” and “grants are awarded to assist individuals who may be in need due to a particular life situation or unexpected financial hardship.” This fund awards grants due to “needs for economic security, increased self-sufficiency, health and safety, workforce readiness, and opportunities for inclusion.” To qualify for these funds, a referral must be made by a social service provider.

The Pat & Bob Wollenberg Charitable Fund, a donor advised fund, “will be used to support a variety of charitable organizations within their local community and throughout Connecticut.” According to the annual report, this fund “may include the future establishment of a scholarship fund for special education as well as designated funds for their [Pat and Bob] favorite charities.”