Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Introduces New Podcast, Fairfield County Thrives

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
  • Monthly Podcast Features the Voices & Stories of People Who are Making a Local Difference
  • First Episode Features a Conversation with Tracee Ellis Ross

NORWALK, CT -- Compelling stories and stimulating conversations about impact being made throughout Fairfield County is the inspiration for the newest initiative of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF).  The Community Foundation launched the first episode of their podcast series, Fairfield County Thrives, earlier this month. 

During Fairfield County Thrives, Juanita James, President and CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and members of FCCF’s team will have conversations monthly to shine a light on the great work nonprofits are achievingto improve people’s lives across Fairfield County and beyond.

“Telling the stories and highlighting the achievements as well as the disparities in Fairfield County by giving a voice to the arduous and tireless nonprofit community right here at home is an honor and long overdue.  The Community Foundation is delighted to make this podcast series a reality,” states Juanita James, President and CEO, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.  She continues, “We hope in the course of your month, you can take a little time out to listen to Fairfield County Thrives and join our conversation.”

The premiere episode of Fairfield County Thrives, was hosted by Ms. James and features actress, producer, and activist, Tracee Ellis Ross who grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. Ms. James had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Tracee Ellis Ross at the 2019 Fund for Women & Girls luncheon to discuss topics like inclusivity and equity for women and girls in our county and beyond. 

Adhering to their mission to promote philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, FCCF is encouraging voices to be heard and conversations to be started to help advance collective efforts to eliminate disparities in income, housing, health, employment, education opportunities and more in the region by sharing stories about the extraordinary work being done by passionate individuals and impactful nonprofit leaders.

In episode two of Fairfield County Thrives, the Community Foundation has a conversation with the President of SoundWaters, Leigh Shemitz.  SoundWaters is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the Long Island Sound through education, action and closing the opportunity gap. For over 25 years, they have innovated programs that bring together youth, educators, businesses, and political leaders in protecting this vital natural resource. SoundWaters was also recently inducted to Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence Hall of Fame.

Fairfield County Thrives podcast episodes are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and most anywhere you get podcasts. Listen now and subscribe. Each monthly episode will bring you voices and stories from people who are making a difference in Fairfield County. For more information, go to https://fccfoundation.org/podcasts/.

Photo Caption: Fairfield County’s Community Foundation introduces Fairfield County Thrives, a podcast series featuring the voices and stories of people making a difference in Fairfield County and beyond. The premiere episode featured Tracee Ellis Ross in a conversation with Juanita James, President & CEO, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation  that occurred during Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls 2019 Luncheon. Photo credit: Marilyn Roos

About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation  

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards and has awarded over $230 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought-leader, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation brings together community organizers, business experts, and philanthropists to close the opportunity gap. Our goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive.



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