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News from: 2019

March 15, 2019

On Thursday, April 11 the Women & Girls’ Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation will be hosting a Blood Drive in honor of this year’s Wonder of Women (WOW) Event guest speaker, Colleen Kelly Alexander.

March 08, 2019

Before a gathering of board members, past leadership and staff at Main Street Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting, the Foundation celebrated 2018, which saw the distribution of $1.7 million in grants and scholarships to benefit the residents of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southin

March 05, 2019

MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER is the theme for the Women & Girls’ Fund at Main Street Community Foundation’s 18th Annual Wonder of Women (WOW) event to be held on Tuesday, April 23 at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville.

January 17, 2019

The Women & Girls' Fund's Annual Meeting & Grantee Reception gathered together donors, community members and Fund representatives to award a record $55,227 in grants to 19 organizations serving women and girls in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.
 

January 15, 2019

Main Street Community Foundation invites area nonprofit organizations to apply for grants through its competitive General Grant Cycle and the Plainville Community Fund. Local students are also invited to submit scholarship applications for 75 scholarship opportunities.

January 01, 2019

Main Street Community Foundation (MSCF) is pleased to announce the promotions of Kathleen M. Kerchaert and Samantha Rajotte as of January 1, 2019.
 

News from: 2018

December 17, 2018

Grants totaling $376,500 were awarded from the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust to seven organizations working to improve the health and wellbeing of Southington residents. The organizations, five of which received continued funding from the Barnes Memorial Trust, provide programs that enhance community wellness, support local seniors and improve access to behavioral health services.
 

December 14, 2018

The Town of Plainville's Animal Control recieved a $1,000 grant from the Elizabeth I. and Louis J. Matt Animal Protection Fund at Main Street Community Foundation to be used to defray the cost of emergency medical care to save the animals so they can be adopted.

December 12, 2018

Jarre Betts, Vice President of Programs at Main Street Community Foundation, retired after 18 years of service in December 2018. Her accomplishments and contributions are great, and this is just a snippet of what she meant to all of us. Congratulations, Jarre, and we wish you all the best in retirement!

December 11, 2018

On December 10, the Men & Boys’ Fund at Main Street Community Foundation presented a total of $6,000 in grants to Bristol Youth Services, Bristol Hospital’s Parent & Child Center, Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center, and the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut. The $6,000 was double the amount granted in 2017, which was the Men & Boys’ Fund first grant cycle.

November 29, 2018

On November 28, a $13,525 grant from The Broad View Fund at Main Street Community Foundation was awarded to support a collaborative exchange between Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, the Bristol Preschool Child Care Center, and the Talcott Center for Child Development. Together, they will be launching an innovative curriculum called Bristol=Resilient Children.

November 09, 2018

(November 9, 2018) – Your neighbors need your help.

August 17, 2018

Lewis S. Mills High School has taken several steps to ensure the safety of their football student-athletes by implementing the multi-step “Heads Up” tackling program. The Lewis S. Mills High School Football Booster Club identified the critical need to enhance this program and continue to teach safe tackling techniques. To do that, they applied for and received a grant from the Burlington Community Fund at Main Street Community Foundation to purchase two tackle wheels.
 

August 06, 2018

Selected Bristol Public School students are given the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument or take voice lessons during the summer months. These students have a true passion for making music and want to continue their education outside of school with lessons. Thanks to the Dan Cistulli Memorial Music Fund at Main Street Community Foundation, 7 Bristol students received grants to take instrumental or voice lessons this summer.

August 01, 2018

The Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust of the Main Street Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations serving the Southington community to submit a letter of intent for capital projects, programs or initiatives that will enhance the health and wellbeing of South

July 15, 2018

Main Street Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications from area nonprofit organizations. All guidelines, eligibility criteria and links to the online applications are available on the Foundation’s website.

June 27, 2018

On Monday, June 25th, 52 people attended “Raise a Pint,” the initial fundraiser for the Men & Boys’ Fund at Main Street Community Foundation raising more than $2,200 to fund grants for existing programs and to provide for small immediate needs.
 

June 25, 2018

Bringing history to life. Expanding early literacy. Meeting basic needs.

June 11, 2018

Over 160 students at varying levels of their academic careers were awarded a total of $200,000 in scholarships from Main Street Community Foundation. The students – graduating high school seniors, current college students and adult learners – hail from the towns of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott as well as other communities.
 

June 07, 2018

The Broad View Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation is proud to announce the 2018 beneficiaries of the proceeds from the 12th Annual Cocktails @ 8 to be held Saturday, October 20th.
 

May 30, 2018

Over $200,000 was awarded from the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust to three organizations working to improve the health and wellbeing of Southington residents. The organizations provide programs that enhance community wellness, support local seniors and improve access to behavioral health services.
 

May 29, 2018

The Men & Boys’ Fund of Main Street Community Foundation will hold its first fundraiser on Monday, June 25 at the new Main Street Pint & Plate Restaurant. “Raise a Pint” will be held from 5-8p.m. and tickets are $45, which includes a sampling of the menu and a pint of beer or glass of wine. 
 

May 11, 2018

The Walsh Summer Work Experience Program (WSWEP) will once again be offered in 2018. Another generous grant has been awarded to the United Way of West Central Connecticut to coordinate this program. A total of 30 Bristol youth ages 16-19 will participate in WSWEP this year, which will run from June 25 through August 10.

April 09, 2018

The Burlington Food and Fuel Bank was recently awarded a $500 grant from the Burlington Community Fund for the purchase of two small carts and additional baskets to improve supervision of food distribution as well as some tamper-proof storage containers.

March 30, 2018

Boy scouts in Burlington will be able to have the tools and equipment needed to advance in rank and complete merit badges partially thanks to a $500 grant from the Burlington Community Fund at Main Street Community Foundation. 

March 09, 2018

Before a gathering of board members, past leadership and staff at Main Street Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting, the Foundation elected Kelly Leppard of Southington to the Board of Directors.

March 08, 2018

A collaboration of six Connecticut community foundations has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Connecticut Mirror to support two journalism series and statewide community conversations. This effort will explore the long-term impact of Connecticut’s fiscal crisis on the nonprofit sector and the impact of wealth disparities in Connecticut.

January 30, 2018

Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, located in Bristol, will hold its inaugural “Imagine Nation Loves Burlington Day” in the spring of 2018. This program is being made possible by a $1,000 grant from the Burlington Community Fund at Main Street Community Foundation.

January 18, 2018

The Women & Girls’ Fund’s Annual Meeting & Grantee Reception gathered together donors, community members and Fund representatives to award a record $51,111 in grants to 14 organizations serving women and girls in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

January 15, 2018

Main Street Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications from area nonprofit organizations through its competitive General Grant Cycle while scholarship applications are being accepted from local students. All guidelines, eligibility criteria and links to the online applications are available on the Foundation’s Apply for a Grant webpage.

January 12, 2018

On Wednesday, January 10th Bristol Hospital’s Parent & Child Center was awarded a $1,200 grant to support the Full Circle Program for single fathers from the Men & Boys' Fund at Main Street Community Foundation.

News from: 2017

December 26, 2017

Over $431,000 was awarded from the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust to six organizations working to improve the health and wellbeing of Southington residents.

December 14, 2017

On December 2, For Goodness Sake was awarded an $11,562 grant from The Broad View Fund at Main Street Community Foundation. The grant will support a strategic planning process for growing the organization.

November 29, 2017

On Tuesday, November 28th Bristol Youth Services was awarded a $2,000 grant to support the Skills to Pay the Bills program. The grant from the Men & Boys’ Fund at Main Street Community Foundation.

November 22, 2017

Local social service providers told emotional stories at the Men & Boys’ Fund’s November 14 community meeting detailing the needs of men and boys. The meeting, held at Southington’s Hawk’s Landing Country Club, introduced the Men & Boys’ Fund, a newly established fund at Main Street Community Foundation that works to improve the quality of life of local men and boys and help them make a positive difference in their communities.

November 12, 2017

An elderly man who lives independently and does not have family locally is able to attend doctor’s appointments in town thanks to transportation services for seniors. A middle school girl knows what a healthy relationship is – and isn’t – and is aware of services she can access for herself, friends or family. A homeless family is able to furnish their new apartment and pay for a licensing fee to obtain job training so they can live a healthy life. These stories—alongside the countless others like them—are due to grants awarded from Main Street Community Foundation as well as the partnerships the Foundation has built with local organizations.

November 09, 2017

Main Street Community Foundation is participating in The Joy of Sharing, a program run by the United Way of West Central Connecticut. The Community Foundation will be conducting a Holiday Toy and Gift Drive through December 5, 2017 and all items can be dropped off at the Foundation’s office at 120 Halcyon Drive in Bristol.
 

November 01, 2017

The newly established Men & Boys’ Fund of Main Street Community Foundation will hold an introductory community meeting at the Hawk’s Landing Country Club in Southington from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on November 14th. The public is invited to attend; RSVP is required to Julie Matthews at the Foundation by calling 860.583.6363.

September 29, 2017

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have brought unprecedented devastation to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribeean Islands. The recovery is going to be long and hard and the communities are going to need help as they recover and rebuild.

September 15, 2017

Terryville Plymouth Little League was recently awarded a $1,500 grant from the Bristol Savings Bank Fund at Main Street Community Foundation to support the repair and replacement of outfield fences at two of the fields.

September 07, 2017

Wolcott Crossroads was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Bristol Savings Bank Fund at Main Street Community Foundation to install a projection system at the organization’s Youth Center.

September 05, 2017

The beginning of the summer brought news that the City of Bristol was not expecting. The State Summer Youth Employment Program positions in Bristol would be eliminated due to Connecticut’s absence of a state budget. Despite the jarring news, 30 Bristol high school students were given the opportunity to work a meaningful job within their community while developing the skills and personal qualities necessary for success in the workforce. The Walsh Summer Work Experience Program (WSWEP) was funded with a grant from the Tim and Mary Walsh Charitable Fund at Main Street Community Foundation and coordinated by the United Way of West Central Connecticut.

August 23, 2017

Main Street Community Foundation recently received notification that it has again met the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere.

August 11, 2017

Wolcott Citizens Against Substance Abuse (CASA) received a $2,000 grant from the Bristol Savings Bank Fund at Main Street Community Foundation to implement a social marketing campaign on the dangers of underage drinking.

July 26, 2017

The Women & Girls' Fund of Main Street Community Foundation is hosting a Lunch & Learn for local nonprofit professionals and volunteers to discuss the Fund’s grant process as well as the critical needs and issues local girls and women face. This luncheon will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 11 am – 1 pm at Tunxis@Bristol, which is located at 430 North Main Street in Bristol.

July 17, 2017

The Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust of the Main Street Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations serving the Southington community to submit a letter of intent for capital projects, programs or initiatives that will enhance the health and wellbeing of Southington residents.

July 10, 2017

The weight room at Lewis S. Mills High School will be getting a lift to benefit the student-athletes. That project got a boost when the Burlington Community Fund at Main Street Community Foundation awarded the high school a $1,000 grant. Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase and install new mirrors to enhance the student-athletes’ training.

June 29, 2017

Bringing history to life. Expanding early literacy. Meeting basic needs. Those are a few ways that the recent grants awarded by Main Street Community Foundation will inspire, affect and touch the residents living and working in the towns of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

June 13, 2017

Over 150 students at varying levels of their academic careers were awarded a total of $184,000 in scholarships from Main Street Community Foundation. The students – graduating high school seniors, current college students and adult learners – hail from the towns of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott as well as other communities.

May 11, 2017

A new fund at the Main Street Community Foundation is providing financial resources for local men and boys. The Men & Boys’ Fund is designed to both support existing programs and provide for immediate individual needs in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

May 08, 2017

The residents of Burlington just became safer thanks to a grant from the Burlington Community Fund at Main Street Community Foundation to purchase two automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The $2,300 grant was awarded to the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department.

March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017 - The Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust of the Main Street Community Foundation invites Southington nonprofit organizations to an information session on the launch of a new grant program, known as the Southington Community Well-Being Grant Initiative

March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017 - The Main Street Community Foundation elected officers and two new board members at its annual meeting on March 17, 2017.

March 08, 2017

Sandy Caggiano, affectionately known as “Mama” to those close to her, was a devoted teacher who worked in the Bristol School system for 30 years. Continuing her legacy of giving back to the schools, a $220 grant was awarded from the Mama Sandy Caggiano Fund at Main Street Community Foundation to support the Family Resource Center at South Side School.

January 15, 2017

January 15, 2017 - Main Street Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications from area nonprofit organizations through its competitive General Grant Cycle and the Plainville Community Fund while scholarship applications are being accepted from local students.

January 10, 2017

The Women & Girls’ Fund of Main Street Community Foundation is built on partnerships. Partnerships with donors. Partnerships with the communities. Partnerships with nonprofit organizations. All working to improve the conditions and opportunities for local women and girls.

News from: 2016

November 18, 2016

The Men & Boys’ Fund was established earlier this year at Main Street Community Foundation to make it possible for men and boys to improve the quality of their lives and make a positive difference in their community. The idea was brought to the Foundation by a group of local residents, which included Rodger Stotz, Whit Betts of Bristol and Rob Caiaze of Burlington. The men then began holding several community meetings with local leaders, social service providers and businesses to discuss and identify unmet needs of men and boys in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

November 14, 2016

Main Street Community Foundation is a tax exempt public charity the promotes philanthropy to help assure the long-term well being of the Connecticut communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

November 09, 2016

Main Street Community Foundation is participating in The Joy of Sharing, a program run by the United Way of West Central Connecticut. The Community Foundation will be conducting a Holiday Toy and Gift Drive through December 5, 2016 and all items can be dropped off at the Foundation’s office at 120 Halcyon Drive in Bristol.

October 04, 2016

Do you remember the feeling you had the first time you cast a vote in an election? Maybe you felt like you were finally an adult; perhaps you felt empowered. Maybe this was the first time you ever voted in this country or in any country. These are some of the experiences that will be shared as part of a new social media campaign being launched by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

September 14, 2016

In celebration of the Women & Girls' Fund's 15th anniversary in 2016, the Fund initiated the First 500 Challenge in the spring to raise its endowment to $500,000. Thus far the response for the First 500 Challenge campaign has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive of reaching this goal by December 31.

September 09, 2016

Dr. Kimberly H. James has been elected to the Board of Directors of Main Street Community Foundation.

August 16, 2016

For over 40 years, Jeffrey Downes, a native of Southington, drove commercial trucks. He loved his work and truly had a passion for driving. When he passed away in March 2015, after a long and courageous battle against cancer, his family established the Jeffrey Downes Memorial Truck Driving Scholarship Fund at Main Street Community Foundation to honor his memory and his devotion to driving.

July 18, 2016

Viewing a musical performance. Shopping at a food pantry. Attending support groups and educational experiences. Those are a few ways that the recent grants awarded by Main Street Community Foundation will inspire, affect and touch the residents living and working in the towns of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

July 15, 2016

The Main Street Community Foundation welcomes grant requests from organizations that serve our geographic area, which includes Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott, Connecticut.

June 24, 2016

Students in the fourth grade in Regional School District #10 are given the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument, to make music and experience everything that goes along with it. However, many families cannot afford to buy or rent an instrument for their child and Region 10 has few available to borrow. To help out, the Burlington Community Fund at Main Street Community Foundation decided to not only lead a collection of unwanted, used musical instruments for Region 10 but to award a $1,000 grant to the Music Department to refurbish them.

June 22, 2016

Over 130 students at varying levels of their academic careers were awarded a total of $171,000 in scholarships from Main Street Community Foundation. The students – graduating high school seniors, current college students and adult learners – hail from the towns of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott as well as other communities.

May 31, 2016

If you are in need of a wheelchair temporarily, do you know where you can borrow one? Burlington residents can now contact Burlington Community Services to borrow one of two wheelchairs, thanks to a $350 grant from the Burlington Community Fund at Main Street Community Foundation.

May 15, 2016

May 08, 2016
April 26, 2016

Safe Harbor Youth Services was founded in 2012 and has impacted the lives of hundreds of youth in Burlington and Harwinton. To expand the organization’s operations, in June 2014, students from Lewis Mills High School worked to create an activity center in the center of Burlington for them and their peers. Due to its growth, the Town of Burlington, in partnership with the Town of Harwinton, sought to establish a pilot program for an Activities Coordinator at the Safe Harbor Youth Activity Center.

March 18, 2016

Before a gathering of more than 30 board members, past directors, founders and staff at Main Street Community Foundation’s Annual Meeting, the Foundation welcomed Kathy Reinhard of Southington and Byron Treado III of Plainville to the Board of Directors. In addition, the following Board members were reelected to a second three-year term: David Aldieri of Bristol; Todd Burton of Wolcott; Kris Dargenio of Plainville; Margi Fletcher of Bristol; and Jeff Sonenstein of Burlington.

February 26, 2016

The 15th Annual Wonder of Women (WOW) event, hosted by the Women & Girls’ Fund at Main Street Community Foundation, will be Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT. The event will celebrate the Fund’s 15th anniversary of improving the lives of local women and girls and will feature WFSB Channel 3 television personality Kara Sundlun as the guest speaker.

January 20, 2016

Main Street Community Foundation is a tax exempt public charity the promotes philanthropy to help assure the long-term well being of the Connecticut communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth-Terryville, Southington and Wolcott.

January 15, 2016

Main Street Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications from area nonprofit organizations through its competitive General Grant Cycle and the Plainville Community Fund while scholarship applications are being accepted from local students. All guidelines, eligibility criteria and applications are available on the Foundation’s website.

January 14, 2016

The Women & Girls’ Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation held its Annual Meeting on
January 14, 2016 to do just that - celebrate the Fund’s accomplishments of the past year before looking ahead to the Fund’s 15th anniversary year.

January 12, 2016

News from: 2015

December 31, 2015

The Burlington Community Fund recently awarded three grants that will inspire, affect and support residents of all ages living in Burlington.

December 28, 2015

Over $325,000 was awarded from the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust to five organizations working to improve the health and wellbeing of Southington residents. The organizations, two of which received continued funding from the Barnes Memorial Trust, provide programs that enhance community wellness, support local seniors and improve access to behavioral health services.

December 18, 2015

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, which includes a permanent extension of the IRA Charitable Rollover tax provision.

December 01, 2015

A celebration of the Women & Girls' Fund's 15th anniversary in 2016, A Toast to Women is a pay it forward campaign to honor 1,000 special women who have made a positive impact in the lives of others.

November 23, 2015

How happy are you? Have you seen a dentist lately? Is it safe to walk in your neighborhood? Is local government responsive to your needs? Do you need more education or training to advance in your current job? These are some of the more than 100 questions that nearly 17,000 representative residents answered as part of the 2015 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey.

November 18, 2015

Main Street Community Foundation is participating in The Joy of Sharing, a program run by the United Way of West Central Connecticut. The Community Foundation will be conducting a Holiday Toy and Gift Drive through December 7, 2015 and all items can be dropped off at the Foundation’s office at 120 Halcyon Drive in Bristol.

November 12, 2015

This year is Main Street Community Foundation’s 20th anniversary. In September at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington,Main Street Community Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary at The Main Event - Celebrating Our Community Roots. The farm-to-table gathering reflected on the Foundation's 20 years as a funder, community leader, convener and advocate for local philanthropy.

November 03, 2015

Although he passed away in 2004, E. Bartlett “Bart” Barnes, the well-known publisher of The Bristol Press, had a lifelong love of the Bristol community. Sally Barnes Sonne, one of Bart’s four children, caught that love from her father, and though she may have moved from Bristol nearly 50 years ago, she has never forgotten her roots. Sally and her husband Chris recently recommended a $300,000 grant to Main Street Community Foundation from the Vincent Mulford Foundation, a foundation established by Chris’ grandfather, which was dissolving.

October 16, 2015

Sandy Caggiano was a devoted teacher who worked in the Bristol School system for 30 years. She truly cared about her students and their families and was affectionately known as “Mama” to those close to her. After a courageous battle with cancer, Sandy passed away on April 20, 2010. To honor her memory and all that she cared about, the family of Sandy Caggiano has recently established the Mama Sandy Caggiano Fund at Main Street Community Foundation to support the Family Resource Center at South Side School.

September 12, 2015
August 17, 2015

The Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust of the Main Street Community Foundation invites nonprofit organizations serving the Southington community to submit a letter of intent for capital projects, programs or initiatives that will enhance the health and wellbeing of Southington residents.

August 01, 2015

What would you do if you were surprised with a $1,000 grant? How would you impact your community and change the lives of your neighbors? Twenty nonprofit organizations in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott now have to answer that question as they were each awarded – unknowingly - a $1,000 grant from Main Street Community Foundation during the summer of 2015.

July 01, 2015

A total of 29 organizations representing a broad range of programs and projects received $82,355 in grant awards. This is the result of the Foundation’s 2015 General Competitive Grant Cycle, which saw the submission of 39 grant proposals.

June 30, 2015

The Burlington Bell Community Fund announced a $1,150 grant to Burlington Parks and Recreation Department to support summer recreational activities for youth in need. The Parks and Recreation Department provides Burlington youth week-long summer camp programs at Foote Road Recreation Complex in Burlington. During the camps, youth participate in field sports, tournaments, enrichment programs, arts, crafts and games.

June 25, 2015

Eva Wickwire was a truly genuine person who touched many lives and was an integral part of the Bristol community. Before she passed away in April 2015 at the age of 53, Eva was the Chief Development Officer and Assistant Vice President at Bristol Hospital. To honor her memory and all that she stood for, the Eva Wickwire Volunteer Scholarship Fund was recently established at the Main Street Community Foundation by the “friends of Eva”.

June 09, 2015

Main Street Community Foundation has awarded $146,000 in scholarships to a group of over 120 students at varying levels of their academic careers from the towns of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott as well as other communities.

May 05, 2015
April 27, 2015

On April 25, 2015, the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in more than 80 years - a 7.9 magnitude earthquake - caused mass destruction with the epicenter located just 50 miles from the nation’s capital and largest city, Kathmandu. Officials estimate that several thousand have been killed and thousands more have been injured by this natural disaster.

March 26, 2015

 

March 20, 2015

Before a gathering of more than 30 board members, past directors, founders and staff, the Main Street Community Foundation elected officers and four new board members at its annual meeting on March 20, 2015.

March 18, 2015

She wanted to support her music students and provide them the opportunities she had. Annually, Louise (Humphrey) Van Gorder, a lifelong Bristol resident, would give a scholarship to a young and talented musician to attend Laurel Music Camp in New Hartford. When Louise’s health began to decline, her family and friends decided to establish the Louise (Humphrey) Van Gorder Music Camp Scholarship Fund at Main Street Community Foundation so her tradition of assisting avid music students could continue.

March 13, 2015

The 14th Annual Wonder of Women (WOW) event, held by by the Women & Girls’ Fund at Main Street Community Foundation, will be Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT. The event will feature WFSB Channel 3 television personalities Scot Haney and Irene O’Connor as guest speakers.

February 25, 2015

The Burlington Bell Community Fund announced a $1,000 grant to the Burlington Food and Fuel Bank to support the services offered. The Burlington Food and Fuel Bank provides Burlington residents with the assistance they need in order to provide for basic needs and improve the quality of their lives.

February 18, 2015

Wanting to help their fellow Region 10 students, the Student Council at Lake Garda Elementary School in Burlington developed a creative fundraiser to benefit the Karen DuCotey Fund for Kids at Main Street Community Foundation.

February 13, 2015

Julie Roche, a lifelong Bristol resident, had a passion for nursing. It was evident in the way she cared and advocated for her patients and the way she mentored new nurses. So it was natural that when she passed away in December 2013, after a long and courageous battle against leukemia, her family established the Julie A. Roche Nursing Scholarship Fund at Main Street Community Foundation to honor her memory and her passion for nursing.

February 11, 2015

The Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust recently awarded grants to organizations working to improve the health and wellbeing of Southington residents. Three organizations were awarded a total of $284,000 to enhance community wellness and to improve access to behavioral health services.

January 15, 2015

Main Street Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications from area nonprofit organizations through its competitive General Grant Cycle and the Plainville Community Fund while scholarship applications are being accepted from local students. All guidelines, eligibility criteria and applications are available on the Foundation’s website,www.mainstreetfoundation.org.

January 08, 2015

The Women & Girls’ Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation held its Annual Meeting on January 8, 2015 to do just that - celebrate the past year and all the Fund has accomplished before electing Advisory Board members to guide the Fund through the next year. The celebration centered on the announcement of grant distributions from the Fund in 2014 – a record $36,650 was awarded to 12 organizations serving women and girls in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

January 02, 2015

Jarre B. Betts was recently promoted to Vice President of Programs at Main Street Community Foundation. Jarre joined the Foundation in 2000 and most recently served as the Director of Programs & Community Relations. In her new role, she will direct program activities, including grantmaking, special projects and community leadership initiatives identified by the Foundation.

News from: 2014

December 19, 2014

President Obama signed into law a one-year extension (retroactive to 2014 only) of the IRA Charitable Rollover tax provision, which was recently passed by Congress. The IRA Charitable Rollover provision allows individuals aged 70½ and older to donate up to $100,000 from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) to a qualified public charity, such as Main Street Community Foundation. Besides supporting a favorite charity, donors benefit by not having to pay federal income taxes on the amount donated.

December 01, 2014

They vowed to have their daughters grow up in a community inspired by the beautiful acts of kindness that have resulted from the tragedy in Newtown almost two years ago. And the proceeds from a 2013 event that they created in Southington to showcase just that – acts of kindness - have established the Because of 26 Kindness Award Scholarship Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation.

November 18, 2014

Main Street Community Foundation is participating in The Joy of Sharing, a program run by the United Way of West Central Connecticut. The Community Foundation will be conducting a Holiday Toy and Gift Drive through December 8, 2014 and all items, as well as monetary donations, can be dropped off at the Foundation’s office at 200 Main Street in Bristol.

November 15, 2014

National Philanthropy Day, November 15, 2014, is a day to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy—and those active in the philanthropic community, like the Cistulli family —have made to our lives and our communities.

November 12, 2014

Seven students never received their high school diploma. They left school for various reasons but after a while they all realized they needed a job in order to provide for themselves and their families. They also came to realize that to be successful, and to make a living wage, they needed to obtain secondary education.

November 05, 2014

The end of the year is often filled with spending money on material items. But the end of the year is also about giving back. Main Street Community Foundation has joined GivingTuesday, a national movement around the holidays dedicated to giving. The movement culminates on December 2, 2014 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – with a global day of giving.

August 18, 2014

It's back to school for kids, colleges...and nonprofits. Main Street Community Foundation has announced a seminar and a webconference as part of its Nonprofit Education Series. Topics will be  liability of directors and officers and fundraising through storytelling. 

July 15, 2014

The Women & Girls’ Fund of Main Street Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications from local nonprofit organizations through its annual competitive grant cycle. The application, which includes the grantmaking guidelines and criteria, is available on Main Street Community Foundation’s website, under the "Grants" section.

June 26, 2014

Meeting the needs of our most vulnerable citizens. Strengthening education and development of our youth. Bolstering the arts. Preserving history and cultural heritage. Protecting the health and welfare of our animals. That is what $75,000 in grants to 28 organizations is achieving, and it is the result of Main Street Community Foundation’s spring 2014 General Competitive Grant Cycle. The 28 grant recipients were chosen from among 37 proposals submitted, and represent a broad range of programs and projects to benefit the communities and residents of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

June 19, 2014
June 12, 2014

Main Street Community Foundation has awarded nearly $135,000 in scholarships to an outstanding group of 121 students at varying levels of their academic careers from the towns of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott as well as other communities.

May 15, 2014

With the Main Street Community Foundation’s announcement of $11,350 in scholarship awards to 39 local students, the Keating-Monaghan Memorial Scholarship Fund is extending its namesake’s legacy of encouraging faith, family and community service within young people.

March 24, 2014

The 13th Annual Wonder of Women (WOW) event, held by by the Women & Girls’ Fund at Main Street Community Foundation, will be Monday, April 28, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT. The event will feature guest speaker Cari Champion of ESPN.

March 17, 2014

The Bristol Technical Education Center’s (TEC) SkillsUSA Team will now have official red SkillsUSA blazers and a SkillsUSA banner with the school’s logo on it, unifying the team and building the students’ confidence. The blazers and the banner were purchased with a $1,520 grant from the Technical Education Fund at Main Street Community Foundation.

March 07, 2014

At its annual meeting on March 7, Main Street Community Foundation announced that it distributed a near-record $1.2 million in grants and scholarships in 2013 to benefit the residents of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

January 23, 2014

With the Main Street Community Foundation’s announcement today of $635,000 in grants to three local nonprofits, the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust is embarking on a brave new direction for the people of Southington, Connecticut.

January 15, 2014

Main Street Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications from area nonprofit organizations through its competitive General Grant Cycle and the Plainville Community Fund while scholarship applications are being accepted from local students. All applications are available on the Foundation’s website, www.mainstreetfoundation.org.

January 07, 2014

The Women & Girls’ Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation held its Annual Meeting on January 7, 2014 to celebrate the past year and all the Fund has accomplished. The celebration culminated in the announcement of grant distributions from the Fund – a record $30,760 was awarded to 12 organizations serving women and girls in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.