Our community’s 2014 opened with a blizzard named Hercules, nine inches of pelting snow and a wind chill near zero. Businesses and schools closed for the day. Children and their families enjoyed the warmth of their homes nestled by the fireplace…. Sound comforting? Unfortunately, this story is not the way it was for everyone.
Please join us, Wednesday, March 12th at 10:30 a.m. at the Darien Library.
Senior Policy Fellow from CT Voices for Children, Orlando Rodriguez, M.A., will present his analysis of the 2012 population census with the focus on Darien, Stamford and Norwalk. He will address population trends, areas of growth and increased (and decreased) needs as a result of the changing demographics of our section of Fairfield County. He co-authored the report, The Five Connecticuts, which is used by state agencies for policymaking.
About the Presenter: Orlando Rodriguez has been analyzing Connecticut socioeconomics since 2002 while at UConn's Center for Population Research and as manager of the Connecticut State Data Center. He was responsible for calculating the state's official population projections. He has also reported on the impact of undocumented populations on Congressional apportionment in two reports Impact of Undocumented Populations on 2010 Congressional Reapportionment and The One-Man One-Vote Myth: The Impact of Non-Voting Populations on Congressional Apportionment. Orlando received a B.S. in Geology from Louisiana State University in 1983 and an M.A. in Geography from Ohio State University in 1992. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador from 1983 to 1985. He began working for Connecticut Voices for Children in March 2010.
Thank you to all who attended our February 12th luncheon with author Kelly Corrigan, who provided engaging and humorous insights into her new memoir, Glitter and Glue. We had a fantastic turn out of nearly 250 guests at the Country Club of Darien, hosted by Barrett Bookstore and Darienite Marla Chandler. In Glitter and Glue, Corrigan refers to her mother as the glue that holds the family together. Many participants appreciated The Community Fund's relevance to the book's themes, noting that we are the glue connecting Darien with our local non-profits. We hope that those of you who were unfamiliar with The Community Fund of Darien have a better understanding of our mission to fund and support local human service non-profits. We carefully evaluate and invest in these nearby agencies, which need our assistance more than ever. Our grants address a broad spectrum of vital human service needs, including homelessness, hunger, mental health, youth programs, families in crisis, abuse and more.
A 6th grade boy, under performing at school and plagued by low expectations, finds support in nurturing after school activities and counseling designed to foster academic achievement and a belief in himself;
A young family without an income needs stable, sustainable housing, job training to improve their prospects and emergency food to ensure that their basic needs are met until they are back on their feet;
An uninsured man desperately needs medical care for his chronic condition that serves as a daily barrier between him and his ability to achieve self-sufficiency;
A mentally ill young adult, estranged from her family and friends, needs a support system, counseling, a path to well-being and hope for the future;
A single parent stretched emotionally and financially between the needs of her children and her elderly parent needs a safe place for her fragile parent to receive nurturing care while she is at work;
A recent immigrant attempting to integrate into our community seeks self-improvement and self-sufficiency through English classes, job training and support to advance and contribute to his adopted country.
When you support The Community Fund, your gift is combined with your neighbor’s gift to achieve the greatest impact. Together, we can make a real difference in the lives of those most vulnerable in Stamford, Norwalk and Darien. We take your financial gift and make strategic investments designed to help those who are most vulnerable in our community. Our grants are vital to the health and success of our community.
We are YOUR community fund. Please join us.
Darien has the highest proportion of its population under 18 of any town in Connecticut. According to census data, 36.8% of Darien's population is under 18 compared with 23.5% statewide.