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Together, the Farmington Bank Community Foundation and Farmington Bank proudly give more than one million dollars back to the community each year.

An inside look at organizations that were "In the Spotlight" we support in your community. We're the community bank that is committed to giving back to the neighborhoods in which we live and work.

mom and three kids readingAbout the Featured Organization
The goal of the Funder Collaborative for Reading Success (FCRS) is to strengthen early literacy by providing resources to organizations or programs that are in alignment with the Reading Success by Fourth Grade initiative (RS4G). FCRS has been recognized by the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading, the MA Department of Early Education and Care, and others for supporting Springfield children to achieve reading proficiency by the end of third grade. Currently, only 40% of Springfield’s children read at grade level by the end of third grade.

Farmington Bank’s Support
The Farmington Bank Community Foundation joined FCRS with a $10,000 contribution. In 2016 FCRS made collaborative grants to several nonprofits working with Springfield families to promote and increase reading at home. The Funder Collaborative for Reading Success also supports the Springfield Early Ed Curriculum, Big Day for Pre-K. The FCRS grant will fund 15 additional classes and professional development for educators implementing the curriculum. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the comprehensive curriculum addresses key areas to support growth and development in preschool-aged children, including social-emotional development; oral language development; vocabulary; phonological awareness; alphabet knowledge; emergent

About the Featured Organizationfruit in cooler

  • Socially innovative, multi-service organization that helps people living in poverty who struggle with illness, substance abuse, homelessness, and more.
  • Programs and services include employment, supportive housing, affordable housing development, recovery, case management, and community connections.
  • Their name and butterfly logo symbolize the transformation people undergo as they work to change their lives.

Farmington Bank’s Support

  • Farmington Bank Community Foundation supported Chrysalis Center with a $5,000 grant toward their fresh food pantry, Freshplace, which serves Hartford’s northwest neighborhoods. Patrons choose foods that meet the health and cultural needs of their families and learn how to prepare the fresh produce they select.
  • Freshplace was a collaborative pilot project among Chrysalis Center, the Junior League of Hartford and Foodshare which provided case management to pantry clients. The more comprehensive services enabled pantry clients to improve their financial stability and reduce their food insecurity. The success of the pilot has led several other area pantries to begin modeling themselves after Freshplace. 
  • One of their most recent projects is growing hydroponic lettuce at their facility. It’s available in Freshplace, sold at their seasonal farmer’s market, and used in their training kitchen, La Cocina.

How You Can Help

About the Featured OrganizationCheck to Interval House

  • Interval House offers support to victims of domestic violence in greater Hartford, Connecticut.
  • Their mission is to end domestic violence and provide services that will prevent and break the cycle of family and intimate partner abuse.
  • Their free services include a 24-hour hotline, a confidential emergency safe house, domestic violence counseling, court advocates, community education, and much more. They offer Spanish-speaking counselors and multi-lingual translation.
  • Since its inception in 1978, Interval House has helped more than 200,000 victims of domestic violence.
 

Farmington Bank’s Support

  • The Farmington Bank Community Foundation provided a $5,000 grant to support Interval House's crisis counseling and hotline.
 

How You Can Help

  • Volunteer your time. To learn more, email their Volunteer Coordinator or call 860-246-9149, extension 350.
  • Purchase items and schedule a donation drop off, please contact their in-kind coordinator at 860-246-9149, extension 358.
  • Interval House also welcomes your financial contribution, which can be made online.

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