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News – Impact on the Community

BCF Grant Helps Literacy Volunteers and ESL Programs

Adult literacy continues to be an enormous problem in the Greater New Haven area, where 3 in 5 adults have only basic or below basic literacy skills. In Branford, 4.6% of adults identify themselves as “not speaking English well” and experience difficulty reading a bus schedule, filling out job applications and helping their children to…

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BCF Grant Promotes Food Allergy Advocacy

Branford resident Gina Mennett Lee founded the Food Allergy Education Network (FAEN) in response to her daughter’s life-threatening food allergies. FAEN began as a support group in 2009, and then became a 501(c) 3 non-profit in 2011. The mission of the Food Allergy Network is two-fold: one part of the mission is to educate the…

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BCF Continues Its Support of Community Dining Room Efforts

From its inception over 25 years ago, the Community Dining Room’s mission is to end hunger and isolation with food, fellowship, referrals and education. With increasing unemployment, family budgets are being stretched beyond their limits. Last year, the Community Dining Room provided 54,580 meals, 1000 meals every week – an increase of 6.6% in its…

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BCF Awards Grant to Charlie’s Closet

Charlie’s Closet (CC), a non-profit under the umbrella of Guilford Interfaith Ministries, is a medical equipment clearinghouse that accepts donations of clean, gently used medical equipment and makes the equipment available to shoreline residents. CC gratefully accepts donations of all kinds of medical equipment from canes to wheelchairs, shower chairs to hospital beds, adult diapers…

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