To the Editor:

On behalf of all of us at Connecticut Community Foundation, I wish to sincerely thank the New Milford Spectrum readers from New Milford and beyond for their overwhelming support of the third annual “Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills” campaign on May 5-6.

This event is eagerly anticipated among our local nonprofit organizations and the generous people who see the value in the work these groups do.

In a nutshell, Give Local is an extravaganza of community philanthropy. Thousands come together to give donations to area nonprofits through a single, centralized website.

To sweeten the pot, the foundation teams with individual and corporate sponsors to provide bonus funds that stretch donors’ gifts, as well as cash prizes for which nonprofits may compete.

This year’s results were nothing short of astounding.

Give Local raised nearly $820,000 to benefit 157 nonprofit organizations. Donors made nearly nearly 5,000 online donations totaling more than $660,000, and nonprofits will also share in more than $100,000 in bonus funds and more than $50,000 in cash prizes.

I am both moved and humbled by this outpouring of public support.

I extend special gratitude to the 3,262 Give Local donors, who together made 4,898 gifts.

I also thank our Give Local sponsors, the most generous of whom include presenting sponsor, Ion Bank Foundation, and major sponsors Crystal Rock, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, the Leever Foundation, Southbury Community Trust Fund, and media partners WATR 1320-AM, FM 97.3 WZBG, the Republican-American, Waterbury Observer, Prime Publishers, Global Post Latino and Litchfield.bz.

I’m especially pleased many New Milford nonprofits benefited greatly, including Animal Welfare Society, Artists in Motion, Children’s Center of New Milford, Community Culinary School, Harrybrooke Park, Hunt Hill Farm Trust, Literacy Volunteers on the Green, Loaves & Fishes Hospitality House, Merryall Center for the Arts, Merwinsville Hotel Restoration, Motivational Volunteers Promoting the Spirit of Sports, New Milford Historical Society, New Milford River Trail Association, New Milford Senior Citizens Advisory Board, New Milford VNA & Hospice, Oratory of the Little Way, Pratt Nature Center, Robotics and Beyond and TheatreWorks, and countless others from surrounding communities.

Together, these organizations have inspired support for the work they do to make Greater New Milford a stronger and more vibrant place for all.

Robert Bailey

New Milford member

Board of Trustees

Connecticut

Community Foundation