The Friends of Suffield boosted community service recently when the group awarded its 2019 financial grants to several local organizations.
Representatives from local organizations—ranging from Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to the Crossroads Food Pantry and Friends of the Farm at Hilltop (FOFAH)—took part in an awards ceremony at the Suffield Senior Center on May 14. Also on hand were people accepting grants on behalf of the Second Baptist Church, Suffield/East Granby Dog Pound, Suffield Community Aid, Kent Memorial Library, Parks & Rec Dept., FFA, Suffield Cooperative Preschool and the Middle School Photography Club.
Bobbie Rodgers, who accepted the grant of behalf of the Friends of the Farm of Hilltop (FOFAH), said they will use their funding for supplies and curriculum for their summer children’s program. Thanks to the grant, “local kids will get to go outside, learn about nature, explore and have fun,” she said. Without this money, FOFAH may not have been able to offer the program. “It really does make a difference,” Rodgers said with a smile.
Each year, the Friends of Suffield donates the proceeds it raises through activities and special events, most notably Suffield on the Green & Craft Fair, back to local non-profit groups for projects that enhance the community.
A sampling of how this year’s grant monies will be spent includes:
- Canoe paddles for Boy Scouts
- Fuel assistance
- Rebuild chicken coops at Hilltop Farm
- Two cameras for Middle School
Everyone in Friends of Suffield looks forward to the positive outcomes that will be accomplished by the 2019 grantees. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!
For more information about Friends of Suffield or to volunteer, visit www.FriendsofSuffield.org.