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The Housing Collective (fka Supportive Housing Works)

Litchfield County’s Center for Housing Opportunity raised $28,950 toward our goal to influence the production and preservation of a full spectrum of housing that fosters opportunity for all Litchfield County residents. Through a shared impact framework across many partners and volunteers we’re delivering effective systems change and equitable housing solutions targeted to meet community need, We believe that access to safe, affordable, and healthy housing is the foundation of a thriving community. At LCCHO our efforts ensure a spectrum of diverse housing options can meet the needs of every member of our community. Funding from partners like the Northwest Community Foundation, and support from community members like you, makes it possible for us to support the Northwest CT’s volunteer housing developers who dedicate their time to Increase regional affordable housing production and preservation. We’re working to ensure housing opportunity is a critical piece of future regional well-being, by activating and building regional power with communities interested in progressive housing change so all of our neighbors can live in the neighborhoods they choose. Together we’re imagining a brighter future for the Northwest region -- a future where every member of the community can thrive and where housing opportunity is within reach. Together, we’re working for a vibrant and sustainable Litchfield County – because #housingmatters!

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CT Veterinary Medical Foundation

The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF) raised $4,150 toward its goal to provide veterinary care to the pets of low-income individuals and families in Connecticut. Funding will go directly to $125 coupons for those who are low-income and in need of veterinary care for a pet. This program was begun in late 2020 and news of this available support has been communicated to cities/towns, social service agencies, churches and to the State's 2-1-1 System. CVMF has recruited a number of veterinary hospitals across the State to provide care to individuals who receive a $125 voucher. Hospitals are applying the funds to help provide basic wellness exams, vaccinations and eye care and assist with spay/neuter surgeries. All voucher recipients apply for the support, are income-qualified and then receive a coupon and list of hospitals to choose from to make an appointment. The program is very unique and effective in providing care to pets that might otherwise not receive it due to lack of funding.

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Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

ECAD raised $12,840 toward feeding and caring for the very special dogs whelped and raised on ECAD’s campus. People living with disabilities are one of the most vulnerable populations among us. And, as Covid persists, they continue to experience unforeseen hardships and challenges in the activities of daily life you or I may take for granted. Not only are ECAD clients feeling the burden, but due to supply chain and labor issues across the country—and the world—the dogs specially trained to support and aid them are beginning to as well. But today, you can help. And--your gift will go TWICE AS FAR thanks to The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut! Dog food is becoming increasingly more scarce and increasingly more costly. Nevertheless, it’s a necessity. We need high quality dog food. And a lot of it. People like Leslie are counting on you... Like her father and uncles who served in WWII, Leslie Wohfeld chose to be a soldier. She enlisted at age seventeen and served our country for 26 years. She retired from the Army in 2009 with a rank of Staff Sergeant. She was deployed to Italy during the 1st Gulf War and to Bagram Air Base where she saw combat. It was in Afghanistan that Leslie sustained injuries that would require the assistance of a Service Dog. She injured her leg and ankles while on duty and under siege. The trauma she sustained brought on Post Traumatic Stress. She and Service Dog Lizzie graduated as a Team in 2011. For ten years she and Lizzie lived independently. Traveling. Discovering new places. Meeting new people. Having new experiences. Lizzie crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in the summer of 2021… Since losing Lizzie, Leslie’s biggest challenge has been her own body. Especially when she leaves the house because Lizzie isn’t there to help her with stability and mobility. She recently slipped going down the stairs and re injured her ankle. So, she seldom leaves the house or goes out in public. And the bouts of PTSD are returning more and more frequently. Leslie’s family wants her to be able to rejoin her community, enjoy her life once again—AND STAY SAFE. They want Leslie to have an opportunity to continue a fulfilled life. A life she and all people living with disabilities deserve. And today, right now, YOU CAN HELP. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to feed and care for the very special dogs whelped and raised on ECAD’s campus. High quality dog food is crucial to the health and wellness of the dogs who reside here. It’s one of the very first and most critical steps in securing the future of the Service Dogs in Training. It ensures joint and bone health, brain and cognitive function and minimizes digestive issues. Our clients and dogs are the ones who will suffer most if this vital need is not met. Every gift makes a difference. And, every gift up to the goal is matched dollar for dollar. We kindly ask that you join us in supporting Northwest Corner residents and people all over the country. Your gift will help provide immediate support so we can begin making strides for people living with disabilities during these unknown and trying times. Thank you for helping us to serve our community and people living with disabilities all over!

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Joyful Noise

We are requesting funds to cover our financial aid program. We never turn children away due to financial hardship. This fiscal year we awarded 8 choristers a total of $4,583. Funds to cover these costs would be beneficial to our organization as a whole. We anticipate more families who will need assistance next season when the pandemic lifts from our northwest corner! We want to expand our enrollment to benefit the children in the northwest corner of CT. Participating in our choir teaches children a sense of commitment, cooperation, friendship, and leadership, in addition to learning about music! We are at our lowest enrollment numbers ever. We anticipate that many families will want to join our program as the pandemic lifts. Singing in a choir brings joy, but also builds confidence and helps shape our children for the future. Joyful Noise, Inc. is a choral organization whose mission is to develop and nurture singers of all ages. It provides a community for those passionate about choral singing and opportunity for those with the ability and fortitude to achieve the highest standards of artistic accomplishment. Joyful Noise is dedicated to instilling a lifelong appreciation of musical excellence through choral music education and inspiring performances of many genres. We do not turn children away due to financial hardship, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to continue to operate with decreasing tuition funding. Our success will be measured by the financial aid awards that are covered by this grant for the next fiscal year. Here is a quote from one of our parents whose family benefitted from our financial aid program this year: "As a special ed student, my daughter finds many activities difficult in her day-to-day life. Music is one thing that just comes easily to her, provides her with comfort, encourages her social interactions, and something she is naturally gifted in. I would love to be able to keep her enrolled, continue to improve her skills, and continue the positive feedback she gets by being part of this group! She feels a lot of encouragement from instructors, inspiration from older kids, and a sense of pride in being part of something so special and impressive.” You can make a difference in a child's life by making a donation today! Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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Little Guild of St. Francis

For over 60 years, the Little Guild has been rescuing, healing and individually nurturing homeless cats and dogs and matching these animals with caring homes in our community. This is accomplished by going beyond taking care of the daily and medical needs of the animals and offering individualized training and behavior assessments, along with playgroups, learning activities, temperament testing, socialization, appropriate exercise and mental stimulation. These steps have yielded extraordinary results, the Little Guild boasts one of the highest save rates nationally for a no-kill shelter, and we would like to expand that approach by offering no-cost one-on-one dog training sessions to our adopters and low-cost training sessions to pet owners in the community. According to the Animal Humane Society, 8 to 10% of the 4.1 million animals that are adopted annually from shelters are returned. While there are many legitimate reasons to return an animal, and it is sometimes the best course of action, it is oftentimes entirely avoidable. One of the most common reasons animals are returned to a shelter after being adopted is unwanted behavior. The emotional toll on an animal being returned to a shelter is sometimes devastating, oftentimes the animal's anxiety increases furthering the unwanted behavior and making a successful adoption harder if not impossible to achieve. By employing an additional part-time weekend staff member, we can allow our animal behaviorist the time to offer no-cost training to Little Guild adopters, and low-cost training to the pet owners in the community. These funds will truly make all of the difference in keeping beloved pets in their homes. The Little Guild is a 501(c) 3 organization, we raise approximately 75% of our budget annually through adoption fees, fundraising and donations. We operate out of a renovated home that often requires maintenance and repairs due to the heavy use a shelter requires, and that also provides unforeseen challenges to our operating budget. In addition to supporting a training program, the hiring of an additional part-time staff member allows us the ability to increase facility maintenance internally, crucial to the safety and well being of the animals we care for and the individuals we serve. The Little Guild partners with other community organization that support pets and their owners. We take our Pet Pantry to the Friendly Hands Food Bank once a month to provide pet food and supplies to pet owners, we also parnter with the Susan B. Anthony Project and Women's Support Services to provide animal housing to clients in need. We offer a free annual vacination clinic as well as no-cost spay and neuter vouchers. Expanding our outreach to offer the support of low-cost training to pet owners in the community who could not otherwise afford it is an exciting new chapter for the Little Guild. We are building families and strengthening the bonds between pets and people. One of the greatest joys in life is loving an animal, please help us support others in realizing that opportunity.

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Winsted Area Child Care Center

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning." ~Fred Rogers Outdoor learning environments give children the opportunity to use their senses to explore the world around them. Spending more time outdoors improves the mental health, physical health and cognitive development of all children. We are looking to purchase outdoor classroom materials and equipment including easels, water tables, mud kitchens and climbing structures. Bringing art outdoors with easels gives the children a chance to express their creativity in new ways with big messy art. The water tables and play kitchens give children meaningful sensory experiences that introduce the concepts of science. Climbing structures encourage active play that stimulates a variety of large motor skills such as balance, strength and coordination. Thank you for your consideration and support.

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Housatonic Youth Service Bureau

The Housatonic Youth Service Bureau raised $12,550 toward our goal to increase our mental health services in the Northwest Corner. With the additional support from this grant, we will expand our staff to include a part-time position dedicated to enrichment programming for students. This new position will fill a noticeable void in our services over the last 18 months as we prioritized clinical mental health services and put a temporary hold on prevention programming. Demand for clinical services has tripled since 2020 as we are thrilled to be able to increase our services and reintroduce programs that help students and families learn coping skills, social skills, etc. and introduce them to trusted adults at HYSB who they can easily access through their schools for support whenever they need it.

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Brooker Memorial

Please be our partner in helping children cope with stress and emotions. We are asking for your support toward the purchase of materials for our Sensory Paths and Tactile Walk. Why is this important? Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019, we have observed more children exhibiting signs of toxic stress. The pandemic has created various types of stressors for young children and their families. Children have had multiple changes to routines from altered school schedules, mask wearing, cohorting, distance learning, and social isolation. Parental stressors have included job loss, housing or food insecurities, and loss of friends or family members. Parental stress can have a direct effect on children who demonstrate increased anxiety, more frequent tantrums, possible academic regression, and social difficulties such as hitting/pushing peers or a lack of conflict resolution skills. How will this project help? Installing two sensory paths and tactile panels will help children regulate both physically and emotionally. These research-based materials engage different parts of the body and brain in specific sequences to allow children to better cope with stress and emotions, while also increasing overall physical activity levels. Designed to engage all the senses, these sensory paths incorporate heavy work activities which provide deep stimulation to the muscles and joints, and incorporate spinning, jumping, hopping and tipping of the head. These movements lead to increased alertness, increased focus, and increased calmness. Research continues to show that including more movement into a child’s everyday routine at school helps them to better regulate. Meeting our fundraising goal will enable installation of both an indoor and an outdoor sensory path.

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Institute for American Indian Studies

The Institute for American Indian Studies raised $6,120 toward our goal to help our museum extend our reach by eliminating the barrier of an admission charge and have this program be free to all participants for the Culture Keepers Series with Robin Wall Kimmerer, enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and best-selling author of Braiding Sweetgrass. On November 1st, The Institute for American Indian Studies is thrilled to welcome Robin Wall Kimmerer, enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation & best selling-author of Braiding Sweetgrass, for the museum's continuing Culture Keepers Series.Through the Culture Keepers' Series programs, IAIS aims to increase the visibility of Native American cultures in order to foster awareness, empathy, and respect. Kimmerer’s books and articles continue to spark interest in the intersections of Indigenous and Western botanical and ecological studies, and present an innovative way to understand and heal our relationship to the natural world. By contributing to our campaign, you have the opportunity to help our museum extend our reach by eliminating the barrier of an admission charge and have this program be free to all participants.

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McCall Center for Behavioral Health

McCall Center for Behavioral Health raised $14,600 toward our goal to provide treatment to families and teens (ages 13-18) with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders, regardless of their ability to pay. “Mental health challenges in children, adolescents, and young adults are real and widespread. Even before the pandemic, an alarming number of young people struggled with feelings of helplessness, depression, and thoughts of suicide — and rates have increased over the past decade. The COVID-19 pandemic further altered their experiences at home, school, and in the community, and the effect on their mental health has been devastating. The future wellbeing of our country depends on how we support and invest in the next generation.” ~ US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy In December of 2021 US Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, issued an advisory highlighting the urgent need to address the youth mental health crisis in the US. The pandemic has only added to the challenges that adolescents face, especially for those who were already vulnerable, including those with disabilities, minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, low-income youth, and youth in rural areas. Today in the US, 1 in 5 children between the ages of 3-17 have a mental, developmental, or behavioral disorder. Rates of depression and anxiety have doubled during the pandemic. If left untreated these conditions can continue into adulthood, and lead to an inability to live a fulfilling life. Your gift today will help families find the right treatment for their child at the right time. Despite the growing need for services, families are struggling to find treatment for their child. One need that continues to be under resourced is intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment services for adolescents with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. These services have decreased throughout the years and are often unavailable due to wait lists, staffing issues, and the lack of capacity to meet the growing need for this level of care. Your gift ensures every teen has access to evidence-based, affordable behavioral healthcare. 100% of your donation today will go directly towards funding Adolescent IOP services at our organization; allowing us to provide treatment to families and teens (ages 13-18) with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders, regardless of their ability to pay. Our children are precious, and your gift will have a positive impact not only in life of the families seeking help, but for the entire community right here in Litchfield County. We are grateful for your support!! Thank you!!

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