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Darien to survey teen attitudes and behaviors

The Darien Thriving Youth Task Force is looking to conduct a survey of students this fall to measure their behaviors and see which resources they feel are available to them within the community. The Youth Asset Survey is created by the Search Institute, and was conducted in Darien in 2008 and in 2011. The survey tracks 40 positive assets, and gauges whether students feel those assets are present in their schools and the community. The survey includes 20 external assets, such as family support, adult role models and positive peer influences, as well as 20 internal assets, such as motivation, self esteem and restraint.

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COMMUNITY FUND SALUTES DARIEN VOLUNTEERS

The Community Fund of Darien presented  "A Salute to Darien Volunteers" on Friday, May 17th at the Darien Community Association.  Sixty individuals and project participants were honored for their outstanding volunteer commitments and service to our community.

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EXPLORING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

For 10 years, Darien High School has offered a day for students to meet representatives from local organizations and to find potential passions...The Community Fund of Darien, which has relationships with non-profits in Darien, Norwalk and Stamford, has joined organizations and students for 10 years.

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DARIEN COMMUNITY FUND AWARDS $675K TO AREA AGENCIES

Representatives from the agencies receiving grants from The Community Fund gathered recently for an awards ceremony at which $675,000 was given to agencies serving Darien, Norwalk and Stamford.

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DOZENS RECOGNIZED FOR SELFLESS SERVICE AT ANNUAL LUNCHEON

Volunteerism is alive and well in Darien.  The Community Fund held its 33rd annual volunteer recognition luncheon on Friday, May 18 at the Darien Community Association.

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DARIEN KIDS' RISKY BEHAVIORS ON THE RISE, POSITIVE TRAITS ALSO ON THE RISE

Taking risks might be appealing in some facets of life, but when it comes to the health and well-being of children, few things are as frowned upon.  But that doesn't stop many young Darienites from taking those risks.

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STREETER NAMED NEW COMMUNITY FUND LEADER

Jennifer "Jenny" Lautenbach Streeter was named the new executive director of The Community Fund of Darien by its Board of Directors this month.  She begins her duties officially on Monday, March 19th, when she takes over for longtime executive director Kiki Karpen.

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU: COMMUNITY GROUPS COME TOGETHER TO HELP YOU KEEP THOSE RESOLUTIONS

Are you asking yourself, "Where do I start with keeping my New Year's resolutions?" The Community Fund of Darien Human Services Planning Council and Darien Community Association are hosting a community fair, New Year, New You on Thursday, February 9th.

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COMMUNITY FUND TIES RESIDENTS TOGETHER FOR GREATER GOOD

From the Capitol: There's an old saying that goes "the three most important things in real estate are location, location, location."

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HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR 32ND ANNUAL ROAD RACE

The 32nd annual Darien Road Race took place on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Pear Tree Beach.  The race route, which stretches along scenic waterfront roads, included two events, a 10K race (6.2 miles) and a 1.5 mile fun run know as the Loop.

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aging in place merges with gallivant

Aging in Place in Darien and Gallivant recently decided to join forces and are in the process of becoming a single not-for-profit organization...Aging in Place was launched in 2006 by members of the Human Services Planning Council (part of The Community Fund of Darien)

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community fund is special

To the editor: It's surprising to us how many people don't know what makes the Community Fund of Darien unique.Read More...

darien volunteers awarded for community service

Darien volunteers contribute significantly to the health and welfare of the great community.  Recognizing these efforts, The Community Fund of Darien awarded 59 Darienites for their service during its 32nd annual Darien Volunteer Recognition Day.

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spring does not come to everyone

To the Editor: It's spring! Flowers are popping out of the ground.  Birds are chattering as they return to the area.  Days are getting longer.  Everything seems to be rejuvenating.  For most of us.

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couldn't do it without the community fund

To the Editor: As the Executive Director of a Child Guidance Center, I am writing this letter to express my organization's grateful appreciation for the manner in which The Community Fund has supported the work we do in our community.

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community fund does a great job helping others

To the Editor: As I sit and write this letter, The Community Fund of Darien has engaged some 50 volunteers to assist in the process of allocating the funds donated to them to a variety of deserving local agencies.

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mural painting workshop ready to go

The Thriving Youth Task Force out of The Community Fund of Darien recently awarded the Darien Arts Center a mini-grant to help finance a one-day painting project, My Darien: A Mural Painting Workshop. 

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STUDENTS CHECK OUT AREA OPPORTUNITIES

Darien High School and The Community Fund of Darien co-sponsored the seventh annual Volunteer Fair at the school on Friday, Feb. 4. 

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BANK OF AMERICA DONATES TO THE COMMUNITY FUND

The Community Fund of Darien receive a corporate contribution of $1,000 from Bank of America for its 2010-11 Campaign.

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celebrating your support

The Community Fund of Darien hosted a reception last month for area businesses to express appreciation for their extraordinary support over the year.

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community fund helps shelter

To the Editor: Shelter for the Homeless is deeply appreciatvie of the $30,000 grant awarded by the Community Fund of Darien and for the $2,250 Youth Grant award.  In these tough economic times we are seeing a 20% increase in clients seeking emergency shelter.

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Community Fund turns 60: growing and helping since 1951

It's had quite a few names in the past 60 years, but no matter what its been called, the Community Fund of Darien has enjoyed enormous support from you in its effort to coordinate human services in Darien and neighboring cities.  The Community Fund celebrates its diamond anniversary with its 2010-1022 fundraising campaign.

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nearly 500 raise $35,000 at 31st darien road race

A New Fairfield man won the 31st Darien Road Race on a sunny, 80 degree Sunday, finishing in front of 13 year old Alex Ostberg of Darien in the 10K run while a Greenwich woman finished first on the women's side. 

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thanks to community fund, kids have a chance

To the editor:  How do you say "Happy Birthday" to a homeless child?  How do you explain family and love to an abused child?  They're empty words, if you are a child struggling with abuse and neglect...It is clearly unacceptable for amy child to live with maltreatment.  With the help of the Community Fund of Darien, Kids in Crisis give children a chance to recover from the trauma in their young lives - to smile again - and to wake up knowing they are safe.Read More...

what is emotional resilience?

Thriving Youth: Connected Community

Emotional resilience refers to ones ability to adapt to stressful situations or crises.  Most resilient people are able to "roll with the punches" and adapt to adversity without lasting difficulties; less resilient people have a harder time with stress and life changes, both major and minor.

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community fund bestows $640,000 to area not-for-profits

In addressing the first annual breakfast to award grants held by the Community Fund of Darien, First Selectman David Campbell talked about the importance of social services and said he promised one supporter he would be the "social services" first selectman.

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DARIEN VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE SALUTE FROM COMMUNITY FUND

Darien volunteers were recognized for their contributions to the community on "Volunteer Recognition Day in Darien." The Community Fund of Darien presented "A Salute to Darien Volunteers and Projects" on Friday, May 14, at the Darien Community Association.

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COMMUNITY FUND OF DARIEN AWARDS GRANTS TO 26 AGENCIES

The Community Fund of Darien hosted its annual grant awards ceremony last Thursday. During the ceremony, the organization presented grants totalling $640,000 to 26 local organizations.Read More..

NEW INITIATIVE HELPS BUILD YOUTH'S DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS

Did you know that only 33 percent of the young people in our community believe they are valued?  In November 2008, approximately 1,800 students in grades seventh through 12th in Darien participated in a survey that revealed what our young people think about their lives, values, opportunities and relationships with families, teachers, friends and neighbors.

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COMMUNITY FUND HONORS VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers from throughout Darien were honored Friday at the 31st annual Darien Volunteer Recognition Day Lunch, hosted by the Darien Community Fund at the Darien Community Association.  About 100 Darienites turned out to recognize the work of the 50 volunteers who were honored at the luncheon.

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NONPROFITS FEEL NEEDS OF CHRISTMAS

The holiday season is characterized by a spirit of giving among people, especially to those in need.  However, with the need growing and the giving slowing down, many not-for-profit organizations are feeling the burn instead of the love.

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SEARCH INSTITUTE TO REVEAL DARIEN STUDY FINDINGS AT dHS

Search Institute trainer Timothy Duffey will present the findings from the Search Institute survey entitled Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors that was conducted in Darien High School and Middlesex Middle School in the fall of 2008.

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AGING IN PLACE NEWSLETTER CONTAINS SURVEY

In just a few weeks, Darien residents age 60 and older will receive the second issue of the Aging in Place newsletter, Out and About.  The newsletter is filled with upcoming events, activities, health tips and issues of interest to older adults.

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ALL IN THE FAMILY, ROAD RACE A TREAT FOR EVERYONE

Runners headed to the starting line a couple minutes after 1p.m. on Sunday, as the 30th running of the Darien Road Race inched closer.  Moments later, an air horn sounded as 329 pairs of legs kicked into high gear.

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DARIENITES WIN FIRST PLACE

Darienites Chase Pizzonia and Kate Lyons kept the Darien Road Race titles local at the 30th running of the annual race.

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TOWN'S POPULAR ANNUAL RACE CONTINUES TO GROW

Some runners fuel up on pasta before a race. This year, the participants of the Darien Road Race will be able to enjoy a birthday cake as the race celebrates its 30th year.

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REACHING OUT TO THE COMMUNITY

Human service groups in Norwalk and Stamford receive helping hand from Community Fund of Darien. 

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the community fund awards $600,000 in grants to agencies

The Community Fund of Darien has distributed over $600,000 to agencies serving Darien, Stamford and Norwalk during 2009-2010

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Social services is here to help you

In light of the recession, it is a good time to be aware of aid and volunteer opportunities offered by the town's Social Service department.  Many of those services are aimed at helping Darien's elderly.

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COMMUNITY HONORS HARD WORK, DEDICATION OF TOWN'S VOLUNTEERS

Darien's volunteers were honored in style at the Community Fund's 30th annual Darien Recognition Day last Friday.

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SEMINARS FOCUS ON COPING WITH JOB LOSS

As part of the Darien C.A.R.E. Campaign, two workshops will be held for families facing job loss.  The first workshop, Career Management Seminar, will be held from 7:30 - 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, at the Darien Community Association.

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Help with navigating in tough times

To the Editor

On Tuesday, March 3, a Career Management Seminar was held at the Darien Community Association.  It was sponsored by the Human Services Planning Council of The Community Fund of Darien under the banner of CARE Darien.  The panelists were: John Bassler, recently retired managing director of Korn/Ferry International; Douglas Campbell, CEO of The Successful Coach; and Harry Geller, former vice president of Right Mangement Consultants.

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TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER

Darien News Editorial

Predicted months ago by media sources to be among the hardest hit by the economic downturn, Darien and its residents are beginning to show signs of struggle.  With the second highest number of residents, nationwide, who are employed in the financial services industry, some of the town's families now face joblessness, financial failure and hopelessness.  But for the same reason our town faces challenges that other might not, Darien also has opportunities that others do not.  This town is lucky in many ways because it is filled with a community of residents who can truly sympathize with their neighbors.

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DARIEN AGENCIES HELPING IN DIFFICULT TIMES

Community Insights: By Kathy Lake

I never imagined having to do this.  I've never had to ask for help before, and I don't really know where to start."  Those words, or variations of them, are the first words heard more and more often by staff at Person-to-Person from people seeking the agency's assistance.  As the economic crisis has worsened, agencies such a Person-to-Person and Darien Social Services are reporting that not only is the demand for their services growing, but also that the profile of clients who need those services is changing.

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CARE-ING SUPPORT SYSTEM DURING ECONOMIC CRISIS

It seems as though no one is entirely immune to the economic downturn that the country is currently facing.  However, those affected do not have to feel they must go it along, as there are many resources in the community they can turn to, according to a network of community representatives.  C.A.R.E. Darien is sponsoring two seminars that are designed to help people learn how to navigate the job search process as well as protect one's family and assets from the recession.

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C.a.r.e. 'PASSES' ALONG KINDNESS

Each of the 125 attendees of the C.A.R.E. Darien luncheon held Friday, Jan 30, received a take-away gift - a C.A.R.E. PASS. The pass, which is part of the C.A.R.E. Darien Campaign to create a "Community of Accountability and Respect for Everyone" is about the size of a dollar bill and comes in an assortment of colors with the C.A.R.E. logo.  It contains the inscription, "Congratulations! You've received a C.A.R.E. PASS!

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FINDING HOPE HERE IN DARIEN AFTER THE DEATH OF A CHILD

Community Insights, By Katherine Lake

When we are born onto this earth with our individual genes and DNA, talents and quirks, colors, shapes and sizes, there is one thing we all have in common: We are all going to die.

It is the one incontrovertible thing we know about another person and ourselves.  Yet, often it is the one thing that we try not to think about, find impossible to imagine when we do think about it and find very difficult to accept and handle when it happens.

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HELPING DARIEN SENIOR CITIZENS LIVE IN THEIR HOMES

Helping Darien seniors live independently, comfortably and with dignity in their own homes as long as possible is the mission of Aging in Place in Darien, a new program of the Community Fund of Darien.  Developed after two years of research, assessment and community input, the program is free to all Darien residents age 60 and over.  Aging in Place in Darien has a coordinator, Alyssa Israel, who is ready to assist Darien residents.

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POST TO BRING POSITIVE MESSAGE FOR C.A.R.E. DARIEN

Those who volunteer and give back to others benefit more than just the recipients of their goodwill - they benefit themselves as well.  Stephen Post, Ph.D., author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People, will speak at the Wee Burn Country Club, as part of the C.A.R.E. Darien (A Community of Accountability and Respect for Everyone) initiative on Fri., Jan. 30.

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FIND OUT WHY GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE

We all know giving is good for the soul.  But is it also good for the body?

According to Dr. Stephen Post, author of "Why Good Things Happen to Good People," giving can not only lead to a healthier life, it can lead to a longer life.  Post is the guest speaker at the C.A.R.E. luncheon, sponsored by the Human Services Planning Council of The Community Fund of Darien on Jan. 30th.

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