NEW BRITAIN – The American Savings Foundation’s board of directors announced nine program grants totaling $304,000 so far this year.
“The economic well-being of our neighbors is key to the economic strength of the entire community, and helping families build assets and reduce financial uncertainty is essential,” said Maria Falvo, American Savings Foundation president and CEO. “Many families struggled to meet the basic cost of living before the pandemic and economic and workforce development opportunities can help families achieve greater security in a post-covid economy.”
These grants will go to agencies that serve greater New Britain. Several of the grants support programs that help individuals and families improve job skills, build financial assets and gain financial security.
The American Savings Foundation’s board of directors awarded a $12,500 grant to The United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut for the Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford for its work in New Britain. Workforce Solutions works with employers to identify, train and support low-wage earners to earn industry-recognized credentials and move into higher-paying positions or a career path with greater future earning potential.
An award for $16,500 was granted to the Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut for its Family Literacy Program. This two-generation program provides literacy classes for parents while their children are in a safe and enriching childcare setting. Parents also develop skills to be their children’s first teachers, reading together to promote early literacy and future academic success.
Also, a $75,000 grant was given for the 2021 Summer Youth Employment Program in New Britain. This program is a partnership between Pathways/Senderos, OIC of New Britain and the YWCA of New Britain. The three agencies provide career readiness and skill building opportunities during the summer for youth ages 14 -16, as well as teens who are pregnant or parenting. Youth participate in activities such as career exploration, resume writing and mock interviewing.
A grant of $10,000 was given to the Polish American Foundation to support Chopin Society performances for youth and the broader community.
The board awarded $20,000 to the Hospital of Central Connecticut for the Heroin Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative, which provides an enhanced pathway to services for those in need.
Love146 was awarded $25,000 to provide direct services to youth who have been victims of sexual exploitation and/or trafficking.
An award for $40,000 was granted to the YWCA of New Britain for a summer program for middle school students. This is a collaboration between the YWCA and OIC of New Britain to help students develop skills to prepare them for success as they transition into middle school.
A $50,000 grant was awarded to the Consolidated School District of New Britain for the 2021 Summer Enrichment Experience. In partnership with local community organizations, this program combines traditional instruction in the morning with hands-on enrichment activities that build upon the classroom learning in the afternoon.
Lastly, $55,000 was awarded to the New Britain Museum of American Art for its community engagement and educational programs, and to provide free admission to the museum on Saturday mornings.