FUNDS

This donor advised fund was established in 2017 by an anonymous donor to honor the memory of Wolcott resident Jane Woodard. Grants will be made to charitable organizations for general charitable purposes primarily in the Foundation’s service area at the recommendation of the donor.

First established as the Paul Jaspersohn Memorial Fund after his tragic death in 2001, the fund's name was changed in 2005 to memorialize other family members after the death of Paul’s father, Tom. This fund supports programs and organizations that provide humanitarian efforts to the greater Bristol area.

This fund was established in 2011 through a bequest from Elizabeth Tyrrell in honor of herself and her late husband, Jay. Grants from this fund will provide support for artistic and cultural opportunities in the greater Bristol area.

This fund was established in 2011 through a bequest from Elizabeth M. Tyrrell in honor of her husband, Jay W. Tyrrell. This fund provides scholarships to assist individuals from the greater Bristol area in pursuit of higher education in the field of art.

This fund was established in 2015 in memory of Jean Sorey by her family and friends upon her passing. In remembrance of her passion and love for her family as well as her resilience as a single mother, distributions from the fund will support single parents for immediate needs to better their families.

For over 40 years, Jeffrey Downes drove commercial trucks, he loved his work, and truly had a passion for driving. This scholarship fund was established by his family to honor his memory upon his passing in 2015, after a hard fought battle with cancer. A scholarship will be awarded annually to an individual residing in Bristol, Burlington, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington or Wolcott to provide financial assistance towards obtaining skilled training as a commercial driver or other skilled trade with preference given to those applicants seeking a commercial driver license (CDL).

This fund was established in 2013 in memory of Jill Lynne Shackett, a beloved teacher at South Side School in Bristol who passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 35. This scholarship will provide assistance to students pursuing post secondary education at a four-year college or university with a major in education.  The student must have a passion for teaching and the desire to become an elementary or secondary education teacher. Preference will be given to students who attended school in Bristol particularly at South Side School or Bristol Eastern High School.

Established in 2010 with a gift from Jim Frawley to honor the memory of his beloved wife Eleanor. Grants from this fund will support a variety of charitable causes to meet the changing needs of the communities served by the foundation.

This fund was established in 2013 by David Mills to honor the memory of his wife, JoAnn Mills, who passed away in 2013. This fund will support a variety of charitable organizations primarily in the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

Joann Galati established this scholarship fund in 2019 to continue her love of working with children and young adults and celebrate her joy of teaching. This scholarship will provide annual assistance to graduating seniors or graduates of Bristol Central High School or Bristol Eastern High School pursuing post-secondary education at a four-year college or university with a major in education. Joann wants to give students the opportunity to pursue a career in a field that gave her so much joy. A Southington resident, Joann spent 35 years in education before retiring in 1999.

This fund was established in 2011 by John and Susan Scarritt to honor Susan’s mother Gloria and honor the memory of Susan’s father John (Johnny D) DiFrancesco on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary Year of the Women and Girls’ Fund. Distributions from this permanent fund will advance the initiatives identified by the Women and Girls’ Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation.

This scholarship fund was established by members of the Walsh family and transferred to the Main Street Community Foundation in 2011. It will provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors at Bristol Central High School or Bristol Eastern High School pursuing post secondary education at a four-year college or university.

To mark John Leone’s retirement in 2008 from the Greater Bristol Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber board of directors, with gifts from family, friends and businesses, established a fund in his honor. John committed a great portion of his career to public service and then later as the leader of the Chamber. This permanent advised fund will support charitable programs in the Greater Bristol community with some preference given to healthcare and youth-related programs.

Established in 2003 by Bob and Carolyn Fiondella in memory of Carolyn’s father John Brozinski, the fund was renamed in 2012 to also honor the memory of Anne Povilaitis, John's sister. This fund will support pulmonary rehabilitation programs at Bristol Hospital.

This fund was established by friends and family as a loving tribute to Mrs. Lazorik in 1980 following her death; it was then renamed in 2015 following the death of Doris' husband John. The Fund was transferred to Main Street Community Foundation in 1997 and is open to high school seniors from any of the three Bristol high schools to assist them with first year college expenses.

Transferred to the Community Foundation from Terryville High School in 2004, this fund assists a graduating senior who is in financial need and is interested in post-secondary education at a two or four-year school.

This fund was established in 2001 by the family of John Whitcomb to honor his dedication to the teaching profession. This scholarship will assist a graduate of Bristol Eastern High School who is pursuing a career in the area of social studies/education.

Established in 2014, this Fund honors the memory of Julie A. Roche who passed away in December 2013 after a long and courageous battle with leukemia. Julie became a nurse in 1987 and spent her nursing career at Bristol Hospital. A scholarship will be awarded annually to a student currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year college with a major in nursing. Applicants must have a passion for the nursing field and must demonstrate leadership skills along with good character and citizenship.

This trust, transferred to the Main Street Community Foundation in 2007, was originally established in 1888 by Mr. Julius D. Bristol for the purpose of purchasing shoes for financially disadvantaged children living in Southington. This trust continues to support the back-to-school needs of financially disadvantaged children from Southington and is administered by Southington Community Services.

This fund is in memory of Kai Alejandro Yagual Betts, who passed away unexpectedly on April 17, 2020. 

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