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NCCF's mission

My wife, Sara, and I have been residents of New Canaan for 35 years, dating back to the time the New Canaan Community Foundation was started. We have seen that small seed from 1977 grow to become a major contributor to the success of many local area non-profit organizations. The foundation stepped into the breach when the United Way of New Canaan ceased to exist and has, through its Neighbors United Fund, continued to support many human service organizations, while at the same time continuing its mission to support many other areas of need in our community.

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In total, the foundation made grants to more than 50 nonprofits in 2011, not only in the area of human services, but also in youth and education, health, the elderly and the arts.

Decisions about funding the grant requests we receive (which always exceed the funds available) are made by our board after a careful review of each organization is conducted by board members and community volunteers. These reviews include a visit to the site of each nonprofit and meetings with their leaders.

I have had the privilege of serving on the board of the foundation for several years, and have been very pleased to see the results of its endeavors. I strongly encourage you to support the work of the foundation by your donations. We hope to engage all members of our community in this effort to make New Canaan and the surrounding area the best it can be.

Please give -- donations of all sizes are greatly appreciated. You may do so online at

Dave Hunt

NCCF Board Member

Hospice staff and volunteers offer exceptional care

November is National Hospice Month, and I wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all of the staff and volunteers who provide hospice care at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. This nonprofit agency has been serving the community for 100 years and the compassion and professionalism that these men and women demonstrate day after day is beyond compare. They provide great comfort to patients and their families at a time when comfort is needed most.

In a survey conducted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization it was reported that in 2009, nearly 42 percent of all Americans passed away under the care of a hospice program. Hospice has become a fixture in end-of-life care in this country, and that is no doubt due in great part to the quality of care that hospice patients and their families receive.

Thank you to the wonderful nurses, aides, therapists, social workers, volunteers and others at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County who provide such an invaluable service to our community.

Karen W. Myers

Chairman, Board of Directors

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County

Foundation touches lives

My family and I moved to New Canaan four years ago, and since then I have had the pleasure of volunteering for several wonderful local nonprofit organizations. In 2009, while seeking support for renovating the Mead Park tennis courts in New Canaan, I was introduced to the New Canaan Community Foundation. I was so impressed by the impact the organization has on our town, and I joined the board in 2011.

Through the annual grant process, the foundation provides funding for start-up initiatives as well as for existing nonprofits to develop new programs, make capital improvements and provide services to support the needs of our community. The New Canaan Community Foundation touches many lives through grant making and helps organizations that serve our town to grow and prosper in this ever changing environment.

I am both honored and grateful to be a part of such a fine organization and hope you will consider including the Foundation in your charitable giving this year at

Sharon L. Stevenson

Board Member

If you see something,

say something

The fire that occurred Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 10:30 p.m. was devastating to the owners and contractor. The house is a new home, just mere days away from move-in. The fire caused damage to the exterior of the home near the garage. The result -- the move-in date has been pushed back.

There is, however, a silver lining to this story. The good news is that a neighbor who thought she saw something out of the ordinary and acted -- she actually got in her car and drove the area searching for the source of smoke that had made her suspicious -- discovered the fire in its early stages, returned home and called 911 (she does not have a cellphone).

It gets better. She then got back in her car and drove back to help guide emergency responders to the scene.

These actions most definitely saved this home from further damage -- maybe even a total loss. Although she does not want to be identified, her actions highlight the importance of the saying if you see something -- say something.

The homeowners are, of course, devastated by what has happened to their new home. However, they are fully aware that this good samaritan neighbor most certainly saved the rest of their home from much greater destruction.

This has been a good reminder of the difference we can all make -- if we just act. Would you?

For questions regarding this, or any fire safety topics please contact the New Canaan Fire Marshal's Office at 203-594-3030.

Fred Baker, Fire Marshal

New Canaan