Branford is a wonderful and diverse community; we have great wealth and considerable poverty. Much of the poverty is new, a result of ongoing economic conditions. The growing number of individuals and families who are unable to provide their own basic needs has risen alarmingly.
Branford is fortunate to have social service agencies to provide assistance, but demand exceeds the resources government, foundations and churches provide, and much stress has been added to the system. Branford Cares is a community-wide response to help provide for those needs. If every person commits themselves to the goal that no child goes to bed hungry, no senior shivers from the cold, and no family loses its home, we will indeed sustain a vibrant community for all.
2012 was Branford Cares inaugural year. We made it a great one!
~ $40,000 was sent to the Basic Needs Fund, which is administered through Branford Counseling Center. Hundreds of families were helped with housing expenses, food, and helping to keep the heat on in lots of homes.
~ The Community Dining Room needed a new commercial dishwasher. The money was available without a cumbersome grant application.
~ The Branford Food Pantry, Branford Heating Assistance Fund, the Clothing Bank, and Orchard House, all received checks to help with what they do.
Now, we’re set to do it again, through the 2013 summer fund-raising campaign. You are all challenged to be a creative part of Branford Cares, just by having some fun. Gather friends and neighbors for a block party, cookout, or just dessert. Tell them why you are doing it, and invite them to join in. Bake sales, lemonade stands, dinner parties, anything you can think of will help our Branford neighbors, and will help to build a stronger community.