WILLIMANTIC, CT -- The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut recently awarded $39,000 in grants from the Willimantic Welfare Bureau Fund to seven organizations for their programs serving residents in the town of Windham, CT. The grant recipients are as follows:
- Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich - $6,500 for Emergency Basic Needs
- Covenant Soup Kitchen, Inc. - $7,000 for the Covenant Soup Meals Programs
- Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board - $5,000 for the 2015 Summer Youth Employment program for Willimantic youth
- Holy Family Home and Shelter, Inc. - $3,500 for facilities upgrades
- Windham Area Interfaith Ministry - $8,000 for the Human Needs Program
- Windham Region No Freeze Project, Inc. - $8,000 for the Guest Assistance and Diversion Fund
- Windham Regional Community Council, Inc. - $1,000 for the Windham Youth CORE (WYC)
The origin of the Willimantic Welfare Bureau Fund dates back to 1932. Following the closure of the Bureau, community leaders arranged for funds to be transferred to the Community Foundation, ensuring that the Fund would continue to fulfill its original mission. The fund exists "to promote the general welfare of the poor and needy in the Town of Windham, and to promote self-sufficiency through education and employment, through grants to 501(c)(3) organizations and institutions." Bequests received by the Bureau in 1940 from George L. Holt and 1953 from Jane P. Murray added to the Bureau's endowment, which has now grown to more than $500,000.
Additional funding is available. Letters of intent for the next round of grants through the Willimantic Welfare Bureau Fund are due on November 1, 2015. More information is available at www.cfect.org/grants/willimantic.
Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut