NEW BRITAIN – The American Savings Foundation board of directors announced 23 grants totaling $559,946 supporting a variety of New Britain-area programs and services.
These supported programs and services all help to improve the quality of life in the community.
“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, these awards demonstrate our long-lasting commitment to our mission and our community,” said Maria Sanchez, director of grantmaking and community investment at American Savings Foundation. “These programs will make a positive impact in the lives of children, youth and families across the greater New Britain area.”
Prudence Crandall Center was amongst the awardees, receiving $55,000 to support its emergency shelter and 24/7 crisis hotline for victims of domestic violence and their children. Prudence Crandell Center in New Britain has provided a safe haven to individuals fleeing from domestic violence for over 48 years. Last year, the organization connected over 160 adults and children to critical and life-saving emergency shelter services.
“At a time when we needed them most, the American Savings Foundation came through for us with this recent award,” Prudence Crandall Center Executive Director Barbara Damon said. “The foundation continues to be a vital partner and champion of our efforts to meet the increased demand for domestic violence services that we’ve experienced during the pandemic. We are so grateful for their support, as it will help us keep pace with the complex needs of the women, men and children reaching out to us for services. The American Savings Foundation continues to play a pivotal role in ensuring that our lifesaving and life-changing services will be there 24/7 for those in need.”
New Life II Ministries received $5,000 for coaching and re-employment training for men receiving recovery and/or reentry services.
The Diaper Bank of Connecticut also received $5,000 to distribute diapers to qualifying New Britain families with infants and toddlers.
Senior Transportation Services received $10,000 for a program that provides transportation for seniors to medical appointments.
JumpStart, which brings a literacy-based curriculum taught by CCSU education students, to pre-k classrooms at HRA Head Start and the YWCA of New Britain received $12,000.
New Britain Symphony received $15,000 for its 2021-22 season performances including its Young People’s Concert.
New Britain Youth Museums received $20,000 for programs for local students and community groups at their downtown New Britain location and at Hungerford Nature Center.
Nutmeg Big Brothers/Big Sisters also received $20,000 for their mentoring program that matches local children/youth with one-to-one mentors.
The Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain received $20,000 as well to support their Change Builder Project, which will help build community cohesion through beautification projects in New Britain communities.
The Friendship Service Center received $23,446 to support a Peer Specialist who will facilitate recovery-oriented services for clients in their residential program, as well as connect individuals to additional supports as needed.
Coram Deo received $30,000 to provide case management in a transitional residential treatment program for women in recovery.
The Salvation Army received $30,000 for its Pathway of Hope Program which provides case management services to help families work towards greater economic self-sufficiency.
The Human Resources Agency received $50,000 to support the Food and Resource Center, which provides food and other services in New Britain’s northwest region.
The Human Resources Agency also received $56,500 for energy assistance, primarily supporting individuals and families in New Britain who do not qualify for government subsidies.
Connecticut FoodShare received $60,000 to support the food delivery program in New Britain and surrounding towns. In New Britain, food is delivered to 25 partner agency locations and five mobile sites.