Below are the First County Bank Foundation 2019 CommunityFirst Grant recipients:

A Better Chance in Darien

A Better Chance in Darien provides academic and boarding scholarships to eight young women of color who show academic promise.

A.B.C., Inc of New Canaan

Funding the feeding and housing of eight teenage students.

Abilis, Inc.

Reonvation to a bathroom in an apartment which houses three seniors in need of medical and behavioral assistance and monitoring.

Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation Institute, Inc.

The Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes (FS:FH) Program assists female Veterans experiencing homelessness with developing the skills and resources they need to successfully transition back into their communities.


Ensuring that the aging population it serves is able to live in the most independent setting possible.

Bartlett Arboretum Association, Inc.

Plant Life Cycle program, which serves approximately 1,500 Stamford public school second graders.

Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust, Inc.

BNT is a HUD-approved and Connecticut Housing Finance Authority certified agency. Clients receive individualized counseling tailored to their needs.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission

To provide essential services and life-changing recovery programs to homeless and economically disadvantaged individuals so they can become self-sufficient, contributing members of our community.

Building One Community

Workforce Development Program, which addresses the urgent need to integrate immigrants into our workforce through Vocational English Language (VESL) instruction and job skills training in growth industries.

Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling & Education

To support all areas of our work including counseling, advocacy and education programs to create a safety net for Lower Fairfield County.

Central Connecticut Coast Young Mens Christian Association Inc aka Bridgeport YMCA

The Families in Transition Program (FIT), located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is the largest emergency shelter for families in the state. All services are provided to homeless families who have requested housing assistance through the Coordinated Access Network accessed through the United Way 211 system.

Carver Foundation of Norwalk

Youth Development Program is for disadvantaged middle and high school students attending Norwalk’s two high schools and four middle schools, Side By Side Charter School, and students at the Carver Community Center.

Domestic Violence Crisis Center

We request support for SustainAbilityCT, a program that facilitates the transition from crisis to safety by focusing on economic solutions that drive employment, education, and stable housing. As a result of participation, survivors secure employment, acquire the necessary funds to leave the abusive relationship, and maintain safe and separate housing from their abusive partner.


We request funding for Lion’s Den, our out-of-school-time program for students attending Trailblazers Academy, our alternative charter middle school in Stamford. Lion’s Den offers academic enrichment, reading instruction, homework time, and recreational activities.


Earthplace Camp provides hundreds of children ages 2-15 with a memorable and meaningful outdoor summer experience. Campers learn about ecosystems, explore the animal kingdom and discover our natural environment. Our priority is to make programs accessible to all, regardless of financial means and is actively working toward expanding opportunities for economically disadvantaged families.


Funding to support its Adult Day Care program which is designed to enable older adults to continue living at home as they age while helping caregivers reduce stress and become more effective in their caregiving roles.

Fairfield County Hospice House

Naming of our outdoor garden terrace.

Fairfield County's Community Foundation

As the primary nonprofit resource center in Fairfield County, FCCF’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence provides critical education and tools to help hundreds of community nonprofits grow and thrive.

Fairfield Historical Society (dba Fairfield Museum)

Funding to support educational enrichment for families and children through summer programming on its outdoor campus, the Museum Commons. This support would serve thousands from throughout Fairfield and surrounding communities.

Family & Children's Agency, Inc.

For over twenty years, FCA’s Child & Family Development programs have worked to promote healthy child development and strengthen families through home visiting programs that address the needs of parents and children simultaneously. Structured as a continuum of home visiting services to support children and families at varying levels of need to learn. Additionally, MOMS has a clinician on staff to offer brief in-home therapy for moms who screen positive for depression at intake.

Ferguson Library

Our programs will be multi-disciplinary and inter generational. South End will become a place to explore new technologies, learn new skills and bring ideas to fruition. We will provide training, tools and technologies to promote in the literacy areas of science, technology, engineering and the arts.

Filling in the Blanks

The Weekend Meal Program is the weekly food delivery that has grown to serve over 1,500 students at 27 schools/centers in Fairfield and Westchester counties. Filling in the Blanks works with suppliers and local grocers to get the lowest pricing for the food items to be included in the weekly bags.

Fraternal Order of the Umbrella, Inc. (dba The Umbrella Club)

The Umbrella Club’s Good and Welfare Committee is responsible for maintaining existing contacts and developing additional sources of referrals for possible donee’s.

Future 5

The focus of College AP is to assist our members with the entire process of accessing higher education and persisting towards a degree. So many of our students (86%) will be the first generation in their family to attend college and the vast majority (78%) are from low-income families.

Getabout, Inc.

Getabout operates six wheel chair accessible vans to allow people who do not drive to lead normal lives and to have full access to the community. In 2018 Getabout provided 9,639 rides to New Canaan Seniors and residents with special needs.

Girls With Impact

Funds will be used for our Fall and Winter program 2019/2020. Girls With Impact will apply funds to 15 teen girls from lower income households in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich and Bridgeport to become leaders of tomorrow through our proven 12-class academy program.

Higher Education Literacy Professionals, Inc.

The Homework HELP Program provides free tutoring to elementary school students at the Norwalk Public Library South Norwalk Branch. Tutors are selected to support, nurture, and guide elementary students.

HomeFront Inc.

General Support

Homes with Hope, Inc.

Support for the Bacharach Community, HwH’s emergency shelter for homeless mothers and their children. The families all face economic challenges and in addition a number are dealing with mental illness, substance abuse, medical issues and/or domestic violence.

Housing Development Fund

HDF’s First Time Homebuyer Program (FTHB) program provides access to homeownership through one-on-one counseling, homeownership education classes and down payment assistance for low- and moderate- income households. The FTHB program combines expertise with the human touch of HDF’s well qualified and certified counselors.

Human Services Council, Inc.

The Norwalk Mentor Program (NMP) coordinates structured relationships between a student and an adult volunteer. The pair (mentor and mentee) meets for one hour per week during the school day and engages in activities conducive to the school setting.

Inspirica, Inc.

Inspirica requests general support for its operations including the residential (emergecny shelters, transitional housing, etc.) and support (vocational training, workforce education, job placement, etc.) programs.


Funding to support three INTEMPO programs: Literacy Initiative at Music School 1, Summer Music Camp, and Music School 2 at the Roxbury School.

Jewish Family Services of Greenwich

Supermarketing for Seniors (SFS) is the free, nondiscriminatory weekly grocery shopping/case monitoring program sponsored by JFS of Greenwich. Most clients are over 80 and lack funds or internet access to shop online.

Jewish War Veterans Scholarship- COTY

The JWV Community Scholarship Program.

Keystone House, Inc.

Keystone House’s “Home Sweet Home” program assists adults with a serious mental illness, or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorder, with the financial support needed for household essentials when moving into or maintaining their own apartment or in one of our group homes.

Kids Helping Kids

The Handled with Care project aims to give low-income kids, teens, and families in Fairfield County a dignified shopping experience they might not otherwise have due to their socioeconomic situation. Prior to prom and graduation season, we creat a one-day boutique, made up of high-quality dresses and formalwear that our youth volunteers collect throughout the year.

Kids in Crisis, Inc.

SafeHaven for Kids – the Agency’s core and most critical program- operates a 24-Hour Helpline, Outreach Department, Emergency Residential Shelter, Health Center, Educational Services and AfterCare. It assists children who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, homeless, or not safe in their homes.

Laurel House, Inc.

Laurel House’s Thinking Well program helps individuals lead productive lives in the community by addressing deficits in working memory, attention, processing speed, visual and verbal learning, problem solving and reasoning, which can be a barrier to education, employment, independent living and a heathy and productive life.

Liberation Programs, Inc.

Liberation Programs’ Families in Recovery Program (FIRP) serves pregnant and parenting women struggling with substance use. Located in Norwalk, FIRP is the only program in Connecticut which allows mothers to bring up to two children, under the age of ten, into the program with them. It is the only program of its kind in Fairfield County.

Malta House

Funding specifically for the Residential and Partnering Success Programs. With this funding, Malta House will improve the quality of services by providing our classes regularly and more frequently to mothers, and also expand our post-residential services by providing regular home visits and evaluations with a proven model of success measurements.

Meals on Wheels of New Canaan

Annual cost to support one client with hot and cold meal delivery service five days per week, 52 weeks a year, including holidays.

Meals on Wheels of Greenwich, CT

The Meals on Wheels of Greenwich program provides 2 meals a day delivered to clients’ homes by volunteer drivers. We provide a lunch meal and dinner meal with a hot component.

Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center, Inc.

Funds will be used to preserve and enhance the delivery of comprehensive behavioral health services to children and families in our Outpatient Children’s Clinic (OPCC). As one of Connecticut’s few Enhanced Care Clinics, designated by CT Behavioral Health Partnership, we screen and assess cases based on severity – emergency cases within two hours, urgent cases within two days, and emergent cases within two weeks.

Mill River Park Collaborative

The Mill River Stewards High School Internship Program introduces Stamford high school students to careers in environmental conservation and stewardship, along with providing them with the “soft skills” necessary to successfully navigate in work environments.

Neighbor to Neighbor

Funding to support our Food Pantry, which provides 360,000 meals each year through three food programs: Supplemental Food, Emergency Food, and Summer Supplement.

New Canaan Community Foundation

Under this banner, approximately one dozen volunteers and community leaders serve on a committee that is co-designing our strategy, along with experts in our community.

New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc.

The Super Troopers program provides equine assisted therapeutic activities for children and adults with intellectual, emotional, developmental, cognitive, and physical disabilities within the local community.

Norwalk Community College Foundation

ESL Bridge to Credit Program

Norwalk Education Foundation

NEF would like to provide academic support over the summer to students who are mandated to attend summer school because they are not on grade level. We are specifically targeting literacy as our initiative. A certified teacher would work with all students at two sites.

Open Doors

The intended impact is to reduce homelessness and the effects of poverty and crisis in Greater Norwalk. This proposal will also fund support services linking existing Open Doors Shelter and Supportive Housing clients to educational and vocational programs and serves as the Smilow Life Center Job Training Program.

Operation Hope of Fairfield, Inc.

100% of funds will be used for support service salaries and supplementing costs for maintaining clean, safe housing units.

Pacific House

Support for the Pacific House Permanent Supported Housing (PSH). This program provides affordable housing with case management supports for those clients who require additional assistance to access stable housing and maintain it.

Park City Initiative Corp.

Funds to ensure the stability of the Bishop Jean Williams Food Pantry truck. This is the means in which we secure food to provide to our families.

Pequot Library Association

‘Passport to Pequot’ offers Bridgeport Public Schools students free access to all of Pequot Library’s K-12 school programs, including docent-led tours of our ongoing series of Special Collections exhibitions, which feature primary source material such as letters, photographs, maps, early edition books, manuscripts, and other ephemera.

Person-to-Person, Inc.

P2P’s Scholarship Program supports students from low-income backgrounds in charting a course out of poverty and into professional careers. It targets highly-motivated students who are propelled by a strong incentive to achieve a better life.

Positive Directions, The Center for Prevention and Counseling

Funds to contribute to the sustainability and expansion of its existing counseling services. Due to sky-rocketing demand for affordable mental health services, we have increased the number of active clients by 170% in the past year.

Read to Grow, Inc.

Funds in support of the Books for Babies program at Bridgeport Hospital and for the Books for Kids Book Place at the Maritime Odyssey Preschool in Norwalk. Hospital-based BFB provides new board books to all babies born at Bridgeport Hospital and early literacy guides (booklets) to their parents/caregivers.

Saint Catherine Center for Special Needs

Beginning at age 14, students in the Academy begin a transition from classroom work to the adult world of work. They progress at an individual pace through a three-tiered Vocational Training Program to prepare them to be productive, independent adults to the extent of their abilities, and to gain confidence and advocate for themselves.

Saint Joseph Parenting Center

The SJPC 24/7 DAD Program is designed to build skills fathers need to engage in their children’s lives. Fathers meet for a 12 week session in a small support group setting that fosters dads to connect with one another in an environment that is nonthreatening and nonjudgmental.

Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center

Funding to support all areas of our work in the community. Our counseling, advocacy and education programs work together to create a safety net for Lower Fairfield County.

Silvermine Arts Center

Art Partners “Garden People” project helps improve learning and provides interdisciplinary enrichment for disadvantaged children while fostering an appreciation for art, writing, and science. Art Partners helps to reduce our state’s achievement gap by providing curriculum-integrated arts education (STEAM) for 1,000 under-served youth.

SilverSource, Inc.

The SilverSource “Ride to Wellness” transportation program provides seniors safe and affordable access to medical appointments, preserving health and well-being, and allowing older residents to age in place.

SoundWaters, Inc.

SoundWaters Explorers will engage more than 2,300 Stamford and Norwalk elementary public school students in 2018-2019 who will get their hands and feet wet discovering and learning about their own natural resource, Long Island Sound.

Stamford Center for the Arts

Circus Arts Camp is a one week comprehensive workshop where youth ages seven to eleven participate in learning all things circus performing arts. Circus Arts Camp has a primary goal to educate, inspire, entertain and challenge young lives by encouraging self expression, nurturing individual creativity, and developing inner talent.

Stamford Emergency Medical Services, Inc.

Stryker Power-Load

Stamford Hospital

For naming of Emergency Dept. Nourishment Center

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

For educational programs

Stamford Peace Youth Foundation, Inc.

Our Beyond Limits Academic Program offers rotating peer-to-peer tutoring, generally occurring in our tutoring center, thus off school premises. Tutoring costs are heavily subsidized by us. For example, families who are eligible to receive free or reduced price school lunch pay just $5 per tutoring hour.

Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF)

The goal of the Stamford Mentoring Program is to close the achievement gap in Stamford Public Schools by providing mentoring services at critical transitional stages in youth development: Elementary to Middle School; Middle to High School; High School to College, Career Training or Full-Time Employment.

Stamford Senior Center, Inc.

Strong Bones is a twice weekly fitness class designed specifically help prevent bone loss, maintain or increase bone density, improve balance and coordination, increase strength and endurance, and improve flexibility, all of which reduce the likelihood of falls and bone fractures.

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way

Assistive Technology enhances learning, working and daily living for people impacted by disability. As a component of STARS Above: The Campaign for our Future, STAR looks forward to creating and staffing the premier trailblazing technology resource center to serve Fairfield County.

Starfish Connection, Inc.

Funding for mentorship programs

Staying Put in New Canaan, Inc.

Staying Put in New Canaan respectfully requests a grant in support of the Staying Put Scholarship Fund. This grant will ensure that 12 scholarship members, who have limited financial means, physical disabilities, or emotional challenges can enjoy the full benefits accorded to all Staying Put members.

The Andrew Shaw Memorial Trust

Funds to help defray some of the cost of replacement tarps for the roofs and sides of our eleven tents. This substantial, unbudgeted purchase is required by the Darien Fire Marshall in accordance with the Connecticut State Fire Code.

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut

CGC’s Child and Family Therapy Program (CFT) fosters early identification of mental health issues and timely treatment which can prevent years of unnecessary suffering, reduce the occurrence of associated problems, and equip children and families with the tools they need to manage life’s challenges.

The Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse of Southern CT

The purpose of HELP for kids program is to keep children safe. This evidence based program stabilizes the family by ensuring that the home environment is safe, that the children and family’s basic needs for food, shelter, and clothing have been met, and that the family has knowledge of and access to community supports and programs needed to keep them out of impoverished and neglectful conditions going forward.

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Inc.

Funds to purchase a Yale electric pallet jack. These jacks are essential to the operation of The Food Bank’s warehouse store as they are used to move apllets with veary heavy loads of food on them.

The Pilot House Special Needs Resource Foundation Inc.

Funds to expand the Yes We Can program which supports young adults with special needs.

The REACH Program

The REACH Youth Program includes an intensive outpatient service for children between 5 and 12 years who are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties. REACH is designed to reduce the need for hospitalization, decrease residential placement and assist in keeping families intact.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army’s Greater Stamford Community Center is seeking funds to support its “Back to School Backpack” program. This program culminates in a fun-filled day during which backpacks full of school supplies are distributed to Stamford children prior to the start of the school year.

The Tiny Miracles Foundation

Funding to support the Financial Assistance Program (FAP), which provides emergency funding for critical needs for economically distressed families with a premature baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This funding ensures that the preemie will be going into a safe and secure home.

The Westport Library

The After School and Summer Learning program is a year-round program divided in two parts: Summer Learning Clubs and After School Learning Clubs/Homework Help. These programs are designed to help underserved elementary students in need of academic assistance and enrichment.

The WorkPlace

Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County (DFSMFC) helps economically disadvantaged women find and maintain employment, develop greater self-esteem, enhance work skills, and advance in careers.

United Way of Western Connecticut

United Way of Western Connecticut’s Financial Opportunity Center empowers individuals and families in Western Connecticut to take steps to become financially stable. We offer several programs to help households understand their finances and create budgets, start saving, reduce debt, build assets and plan for the future.

United Way of Greenwich

General Support

United Way of Coastal- Norwalk

General Support

United Way of Coastal- Westport

General Support

Voices of September 11th

Funding in support of a training program targeted for paraprofessionals and professionals in towns within Fairfield County. Our target audience for training includes stakeholders in each community such as police, fire, emergency management, social services and faith-based organizations — the team that must come together to plan and to heal after a violent incident.

Wakeman Memorial Association

The Smilow-Burroughs After School Program serves over 300 3rd – 8th grade students and provides educational and enrichment activities that support on-time grade progression and healthy lifestyles with a variety of high yield activities that help children stay on track for long term success. The overall goal is to positively impact the social development and academic achievement of our members.

Waveny Lifecare Network, Inc.

General Support

Westport Arts Center

Funding in support of the Arts Center Outreach which encourages the use of art to 1) promote curiosity in learning, 2) activate social-emotional engagement, 3) develop empathy and expression through use of color. The goal of the program for children and other populations is to encourage an openness to their world and to express themselves.

Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, Inc.

Funding for scoop stretchers.

Women's Business Development Council, Inc.

Support for financial assistance to low and moderate income clients who wish to attend our fee-based entrepreneurial development programs but for whom the fee is cost-prohibitive.

Women's Mentoring Network, Inc.

The requested grant will support our E to the 4th Power Program (Employment, Education, Economic Security, Empowerment), which helps clients grow from entry-level jobs to professional careers.

WorkPlace, Inc.

Dress for Success Program

YMCA of Greenwich

Funding for the continuation of the snack program in the full-day Childcare. First County Bank Foundation was one of the original funders when we piloted this program in 2013.

YWCA Greenwich Connecticut Inc.

Funding ins support of its Domestic Abuse Services Emergency Shelter program. While at YWCA shelter, victims receive supportive services such as child and adult counseling, life-saving safety planning, criminal and civil court services and advocacy and referrals to other service providers.

First County Bank
Foundation, Inc.

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