The Community Fund of Darien
the Need
and our 2014-2017 Goals:
Targeting the areas of greatest need
Basic Needs

Average

cost of meal:

Fairfield County
$ 3.17

National
$ 2.52

Residents who live below the

poverty line:

Includes 5,770 children

13,000+ Stamford

8,000+ Norwalk

1,000+ Darien

The Need
Our research showed that for many of our neighbors in Stamford, Norwalk and Darien, meeting day-to-day
needs such as food, shelter and paying essential bills is an ongoing struggle.

Youth Success
40%
Connecticut students who are not ready for school
upon entering Kindergarten
Norwalk and Stamford Public Schools are considered “Priority School Districts”, which indicates that they are underperforming.
Each high school dropout costs the State of Connecticut more than $500,000 over the course of his or her lifetime.
In Fairfield County, teens have been known to abuse alcohol at rates 20% higher than the national average. Only 15% of Darien 12th graders thought it was important to refrain from the use of alcohol, drugs or sexual activity.
The Need
Connecticut has the largest achievement gap in the nation. Our schools in Norwalk and Stamford are among the lowest performing schools in the state. We believe all children should have access to quality early childhood care, education and mental health services
Self- Sufficiency
5th
Stamford-Norwalk is the 5th most expensive jurisdiction in the nation.
3.4
In Stamford-Norwalk, it takes 3.4 minimum wage earners to afford a two-bedroom rental.
1 in 5
1 in 5 Connecticut adults suffer from some type of mental illness. Less than 1/3 of adults and 1/2 of children with a diagnosable mental disorder receive the mental health services they need.
The Need
Sustainable, affordable housing in Stamford, Norwalk and Darien is critically needed. With our funding, we hope to eliminate barriers to economic security through affordable housing solutions, accessible community-based mental health services and workforce development programs.
Eye on Darien

5.2%
5.2% or 1,090 Darien residents live in poverty.

145
145 Darien residents receive food stamps.

90
Darien police report more than 90 domestic violence cases in a year.

The Need
We support the Darien community with local programs and initiatives aimed at making Darien stronger and healthier for the benefit of us all.