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Five Nonprofits Making a Difference

Patch spotlights five nonprofit organizations in the region that are making a difference in their communities.

●      , 74 Cambridge St., Meriden

●      , 128 Washington St., Middletown

●      , 553 Portland-Cobalt Road, Portland

●      , 232 Town St., East Haddam

●     , 150 Mill St., Berlin

Laurie Rich Salerno February 17, 2011 at 09:10 PM
Thank you Tracee for sharing your thoughts about Grace Fellowship with us - and your amazing story about Demaree! We will definitely keep your church in mind for other articles.
Mary Ann Dostaler February 17, 2011 at 10:12 PM
TEEG (http://www.teegonline.org) is an amazing non-profit human services agency in Northeast Connecticut.
Jim McNair February 18, 2011 at 01:25 AM
The Boys and Girls Club of New Britain is a terrific organization that daily makes a positive difference in the lives of the members. The Club has a long list of former members who have gone on to do great things. From the AD at a major Boston university, to the coach of an NBA team, from teachers to state police officers, from leaders of colleges to successful business people, from years in the NFL to leaders of communities........the Club instills a wonderful sense of self-worth, service to others and the greater good, and an awareness of hope. It is a great place!
Lynn Baldoni February 18, 2011 at 12:10 PM
Warm The Children uses its donations to purchase warm clothing for children of families in need. Volunteer shoppers meet with the parent or guardian and with purchase order in hand select new clothes for our cold winter weather. Middletown Kiwanis Foundation hosts the Warm The Children chapter for the Middletown area who partners with the Middletown Press. The Middletown Press' articles and ads account for a large portion of the donations used for this program every year.
Michele Fischer-Paul February 18, 2011 at 12:19 PM
Ballet Theatre Company, a non-profit organization in West Hartford, established the Children’s Enrichment Program (CEP) in 2002 to further BTC’s commitment to all children in the community by making dance available to children regardless of means. Through partnerships with area child advocacy organizations such as the Hillcrest Area Neighborhood Outreach Center (HANOC) and The Shelter for Women, Gray Lodge, BTC provides studio lessons to children who otherwise might not be able to participate. BTC hosts these classes and dance supplies provided free of cost to participants. Each year BTC offers a special, full-length performance of The Nutcracker for more than 600 children from 20 area child advocacy organizations as well as the Hartford and Bloomfield public schools. This performance is not only a delight for the children, many of whom may have never before experienced a live professional production, but it is also a highlight for the professional and student performers. In addition to seeing a full length ballet, the children have the opportunity to learn more about the world of dance and theater during a question-and-answer and autograph session with the choreographer, production staff, and featured dancers. These experiences can open windows of opportunity, perhaps creating a lifelong love of the arts or even encouraging the next rising star as dancer, musician, choreographer, stage manager, or designer. More info @ http://www.dancebtc.org/btcs-outreach.html

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