• Branford Cares is a totally volunteer initiative. The willingness and generosity of individuals and professionals to contribute their time and talent to support such a large undertaking, is what created early confidence that the initiative will be a success. In the beginning, there are always questions about where does the seed money come from, how much of the start up services can be donated to keep expenses as low as possible, etc. Branford Cares touches peoples’ compassion. They immediately know it is the right thing to do and they say, “How can I help?” without a second thought. We are most grateful for everyone’s response and those in need will be most grateful for yours!

  • Our Board Members

  • Branford Cares is a collaborative initiative among elected officials, the religious community, town business people and the citizens of Branford. Accordingly, the Executive Board is a representation of these interested groups.

    Rev. Sharon Gracen, President

    “This is the Gospel for me. I am supposed to love my neighbor and see Jesus in every person I see, and do for them what I can.”


  • Ryan Torello, Treasurer

  • Wendy Cowles, Secretary

    Eunice LaSala

    “Most of us in Branford are fortunate.Yet, one out of six residents is in need of the necessities of life. Branford Cares is a unique opportunity for each one of us to assist his or her neighbor by participating in an agenda of worthwhile endeavors. Working together will assure that the basic needs of all our citizens are met.”


  • Jaye Andrews

    Andrew Campbell

    “Branford Cares is a wonderful expression of Branford’s community spirit, not only in its inward focus toward our caring for the neediest among us, but also in the integration and cooperation of so many groups and pockets of neighbors toward our community. As we have historically accomplished, it seems an immediate symbol of one of the virtues of living in Branford and enjoying and celebrating who we are as a community. I am pleased and honored to be part of this initiative, and proud of residing in a community where this sort of broad-based community support for our own is so highly valued.”

  • Bonnie McKirdy