Men & Boys' Fund

 

Our Mission

The Men & Boys’ Fund works to make it possible for men and boys to improve the quality of their lives, increase self-sufficiency and make a positive difference in their community. The Fund serves Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

Advisory Board

Rich Carmelich, Chair
Dave Rackliffe, Vice Chair
Rob Sanderford, Secretary
Camerin Crowal, Treasurer
Rodger Stotz, Past Chair
Chris Amorosino
Whit Betts
Chris Cassin
Steve LePage
Jay Maia
Samantha Rajotte, ex officio

The Need

Men and boys have specific important needs that are not being met:

  • Many boys lack a positive male role model. Research shows that means they are:
    • More likely to use and abuse drugs and alcohol
    • More prone to anger and violent behavior
    • More apt to be affected and influenced by peer pressure
    • More likely to perform poorly in school
  • Many boys view doing well in school as a negative.
  • Men in need are less likely to ask for help.
  • “Traditional masculinity” has been called harmful in an August 2018 report from the American Psychological Association
  • Single father households are growing. Nationwide, single father households have increased about nine-fold since 1960 now totaling more than 2.6 million.
  • Nearly one in four people age 25–34 live at home. Self-sufficiency is a critical issue.
  • In 2014 only 40 percent of men age 30 earned more than their fathers did at the same age compared to 92 percent in 1970.
  • The age-adjusted suicide rate for males (20.7/100K) is more than three times that for females (5.8/100,000).
  • The percentage of men aged 25 to 54 who are not working has more than tripled since the late 1960s to 16 percent.

Sources available upon request. 

Simple Concept, Big Impact

The Men & Boys' Fund seeks to:

Increase: Resources and programs specifically geared toward men and boys
Encourage: Philanthropic giving among men
Educate: Residents on the unmet needs of local men and boys
Support: Programs and immediate needs of men and boys
Create: Positive male role models and paths to gainful employment and self-sufficiency

In fulfilling immediate short-term needs and supporting long-term programs, the Men & Boys’ Fund seeks to partner with local organizations that are working to improve the lives of boys and men in the areas of education, health and wellness, leadership, life skills, and workforce readiness.

To learn more about the Men & Boys' Fund, visit Main Street Community Foundation's YouTube page to watch short videos on the history of the Fund, the need for the Fund and the hope for the future.

History

The Men & Boys’ Fund is a community-based endowment established in 2016 at Main Street Community Foundation to improve the lives of men and boys in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington, and Wolcott. The idea was brought to the Foundation by a group of local residents. The group then began holding several community meetings with local leaders, social service providers and businesses to discuss and identify the unmet needs of local men and boys. In 2017, the Men & Boys’ Fund held two community meetings, raised more than double the fundraising goal, awarded the Fund's first two programatic grants and fulfilled eight immediate response requests. In 2018, the Fund doubled both the number of grants and the total amount given, while in 2019, the Fund awarded five program grants totaling $6,500 and five immediate response grants totaling $968.

Grants in Action

Since 2016, the Men & Boys' Fund has awarded $22,700 in grants to organizations in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott. In 2020, $7,000 in grants were awarded to 5 organizations:

Boys & Girls Club of Bristol - $1,000
Unrestricted operating support in response to COVID-19

The Children's Law Center - $2,000
Legal representation for male children in family court from the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott

City of Bristol Youth and Community Services, Parent & Child Center - $2,000
Full Circle program for fathers

Environmental Learning Centers of CT - $1,000
Summer camperships for boys from the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott

Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center - $1,000
Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies for men and boys

In addition, since 2016, the Men & Boys' Fund has fulfilled nearly two dozen immediate response requests with small amounts that made big differences:

  • After a family crisis, a teenager received groceries and clothes
  • A single dad whose job was eliminated received rent help
  • A promising athlete from a financially challenged family gained a sports opportunity
  • Without a home for 10+ years, a man received the funds to qualify for housing
  • A young homeless man received and then gave the gift of music
  • An outstanding student was rewarded with funds to attend a national leadership conference
  • Students took another step toward independence with a donated stove to learn to cook on
  • Homeless men received free haircuts and other personal care services
  • A teenage boy paid for his driver’s permit so he could drive to his job
  • A U.S. military veteran received rent assistance
  • After a financial hardship, a family received rental assistance
  • A high school graduate was able to buy clothes for his job interviews
  • A student gained enough funds to attend an “invention convention”
  • A single dad and his daughter recieved help to pay their utility deposit

2019 Men & Boys' Fund Program Grants

2018 Men & Boys' Fund Program Grants

2017 Men & Boys' Fund Program Grants

Events and News

News
November 24, 2020 -
Productions for Change awards the Men & Boys' Fund a $1,000 grant to create fundriasing video. Read more here.
November 2020 -
THANKS TO YOU. The Men & Boys' Fund wants to thank you for your generosity the past four years and ask you to consider extending your support. Watch the short video here. 
October 20, 2020 - 
The Men & Boys' Fund announced its 2020 grant distributions! Read more here.

Events
Save the date for the Men & Boys' Fund's 5th Anniversary event: September 18, 2021. More details will follow! And stay tuned for more upcoming events in 2021!

Join Us

Call 860.583.6363 to arrange a 10 minute phone conversation with a Men & Boys’ Fund Advisory Board member to learn more
Be added to our email and/or mailing list
Attend a Men & Boys’ Fund event
Schedule a Men & Boys’ Fund representative to speak to your local organization or group
Volunteer to serve on one of the Fund’s committees: Distribution, Community Engagement, Asset Development and Event Planning
Visit our Facebook page
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