Greenwich teen philanthropists are making an impact with a grant to the domestic violence center, and more

After considering several possible worthy recipients, the young members of Generation Impact voted last month to award a $10,000 grant to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Stamford.

They made the decision on April 12 at the Arch Street Teen Center in Greenwich as part of their Big Give event. This was the group’s fourth grant, and it will fund crisis center support groups that will be facilitated by a professional counsellor. The groups will be for young people aged 6 to 17 who have been exposed to family violence with the aim of helping them develop their self-esteem, coping strategies and social skills.

Generation Impact Fairfield County is a program for high school girls to learn about community needs and work together to make an impact. They also met at the Teen Center in February to choose four finalists from a field of 32 applicants.

Each Generation Impact member donated $100 to make the $10,000 grant possible.


Using funds from donations from members and friends, the group also awarded grants of $2,500 each to the other three finalists: Filling in the Blanks in Norwalk, which fights childhood hunger; Shepherds Inc., a Bridgeport-based educational nonprofit; and the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.

Each of the non-profits made a final presentation on the impact of their work on youth in the community.

“By reaching this final step in the Generation Impact grantmaking process, all four organizations deserve to win our $10,000. There are no wrong decisions,” said Mia Juneja, co-chair of Generation Impact and a senior at Greenwich Academy.

“We are very grateful to receive this grant from Generation Impact,” said Suzanne Adam, Chief Executive Officer of DVCC. “This funding will provide much-needed support to children who have experienced the trauma of domestic violence. Youth support groups play a vital role in the healing process. This grant will help change lives today and build healthier communities for generations to come.

Previous winners include Bridgeport Hospital, Open Door Shelter in Norwalk and Building One Community in Stamford. For more information on Generation Impact, visit www.generationimpact.org.

Riverside

St. Catherine Parish of Siena and St. Agnes has set a goal to raise $12,600 in donations to help feed 36,000 refugees who fled Ukraine after the Russian invasion and are living in neighboring Poland.

The parish is also looking for more than 200 volunteers to help with a meal packathon from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 14 in the parish hall. Children may participate if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Volunteers will help pack 36,000 meals for Ukrainian refugees in Poland.

The work will include unpacking vans filled with supplies, building boxes, and then filling those boxes with food items for the refugees. For maximum efficiency, packing will be done in line on several tables that will be set up inside the hall.

According to the church, financial donations can go a long way. Only 35 cents can pay for a meal, or $3.50 for 10 meals and $35 for 100 meals. This means that donations of $350 can cover the cost of 1,000 meals and $35,000 provides 10,000 meals for refugees.

To donate to parish efforts, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a49acab2aa0f85-ukraine. Volunteers can also register to participate in the packathon.

The church is located at 4 Riverside Avenue in Riverside, just off Post Road.

Greenwich

The deadline for a competition for young artists in Greenwich to design a new logo for the town’s social services department has been extended until May 20.

The objective of the competition is to create an “easily recognizable” logo that can be used to “increase the visibility of the department and its services” as well as “highlight the support the department provides through community partnerships”, organizers said.

The winning artist will receive one or more $250 Amazon gift cards. If two artists submit the winning work jointly, the prize may be shared. The competition is open to students residing in the city aged 5 to 19.

The winning logo may be used in any medium, including online, in print, on merchandise and in other ways. An individual or a team can create a logo, but everyone is limited to no more than two entries.

All entries will be evaluated on relevance, originality and aesthetic quality.

Social Services Commissioner Demetria Nelson said she was looking for a logo that would differentiate the department within the community.

Its current logo was designed about six months ago and “was always meant to be a temporary logo,” Nelson said. The department intended to replace it “with one created by a young resident,” she said.

“GDHS provides a variety of direct services and works with partners in the area to meet the needs of our residents,” Nelson said. “By displaying the new logo online, on paper, etc., I want the community to easily associate these initiatives with GDHS and the city.”

To obtain a registration form, visit www.greenwichct.gov/1679/Department-of-Human-Services-Logo-Design. Each submission requires a separate form.

All applications will become the property of the Department of Social Services.

Countryside

The Round Hill Community Church will hold a special concert for Ukraine at 7 p.m. on May 13.

The aim of the concert is “to celebrate the music, culture and indomitable spirit of Ukraine and to stand with Ukrainians who are fighting for the right to live freely in their own land, to choose their own destiny and to uphold the democratic ideals that the civilized peoples of the world hold dear,” the organizers said.

It will include international music spanning multiple genres, with performances by Ukrainian artists Stefan Szkafarowsky from the Metropolitan Opera, Irena Portenko on piano, countertenor Jeffrey Palmer, violinist Inessa Tymochko Dekajlo and the duo Malvy playing the national instrument of Ukraine, bandura. Other artists will include soprano Risa Renae Harman, tenor Dustin Lucas, bass Scott Tomlinson and musicians from the Greenwich Chamber Players.

All the artists donated their time and talent to the event. Proceeds will go to World Central Kitchen and Razom for Ukraine, which sends humanitarian aid to Ukraine and refugees who have fled.

“Speaking on behalf of the Round Hill Community Church family, the soloists here at Round Hill are grateful to be able to take part in this concert in support of the people of Ukraine,” Harman said. “When the world goes awry and events seem unfathomable, music is the gift that brings us together and reminds us that we are part of the global community. This concert is dedicated to the brave people of Ukraine with prayers for peace .

Portekno, director of the Music in the Alps music festival, said: “I will play for everyone who has been displaced; who have lost loved ones; for those who are injured but wish to return to the battlefield; for the volunteers who risk everything to help; for my classmates and friends who left the comfort of their homes to defend their land and family; for my musicians and colleagues whose professional lives have come to a halt, if only for a short time.

“And, I play for my own family to stay alive.” he said.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at www.roundhillcommunitychurch.org. The church is located at 395 Round Hill Road.

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