The Guilford Community Fund supports 22 member organizations. Donations can be made to specific organizations or you can ask that we direct your donation to where it is needed most.
If you would like to inquire about becoming a member organization please contact one of our Board Members.
AMERICAN RED CROSS SOUTH CENTRAL CT CHAPTER
Established in 1906, the South Central CT Chapter of the American Red Cross has been providing humanitarian relief to residents of Greater New Haven and the Connecticut Shoreline for more than 100 years. Whether it’s providing food, clothing and shelter after a local house fire, training people with life-saving skills, and connecting members of our armed forces with their families, facilitating school safety programs, or offering medical transportation or groceries from our food pantry, your American Red Cross of South Central CT is there. All support is made possible through the generosity of our dedicated staff, volunteers and donors. Together we can change lives.
Contact: Charles Frey, 203-787-6721
BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS OF SOUTHWEST CT
A Big Brother or Big Sister offers youth, particularly from one-parent families, the opportunity to further their growth and development through a unique one-on-one friendship with a responsible adult. No fee is charged for a Big Brother or Big Sister.
Contact: Ellen Tracey, 203-366-3766
BHcare provides comprehensive behavioral health, prevention and domestic violence services that improve the lives and health of the individuals, families and communities we serve.
Provides new and used medical equipment to Guilford residents at a reduced fee. A program by Guilford Interfaith Volunteers.
Contact: Joann Carson, 203-453-8359
CLIFFORD W. BEERS GUIDANCE CLINIC, INC.
Outpatient mental health services to children and adolescents of up to 18 years of age and their families, including comprehensive psychiatric assessment, pediatric consultation, crisis intervention services and individual, group and family therapies. Specialty services include substance abuse prevention and child sexual abuse treatment.
Contact: Dr. Alice Forrester, 203-772-1270
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES OF GREATER NEW HAVEN
Services include a 24 hour hotline, emergency shelter, advocacy in the criminal and civil court, information and referral, children’s services, individual counseling and support groups for victims of domestic violence. They also educate the general public, professionals and students about domestic violence.
Contact: Sandra Koorejiian, 203-865-1957
FRIENDLY VISITING PROGRAM
Provides at least one hour of caring, quality friendship each week to any Guilford resident feeling “out of touch” or lonely. There is no charge for a friendly visit. A program by Guilford Interfaith Volunteers.
Contact: Lori Wells, 203-453-8359
GUILFORD ABC PROGRAM
Established at Guilford High School in 1974, one of more than 176 ABC programs nationwide. Five to six young women of color from inner cities pursue a challenging course of study at Guilford High School in preparation for college. Residing on Church Street, they are involved in extracurricular and volunteer activities in town and at the High School.
Contact: Geoffrey Bye, 203-453-6968
GUILFORD BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
An alternative to the risks faced by ‘latchkey’ children who are alone in an unsupervised and potentially unsafe setting at home or in the community. Children enjoy a variety of activities designed to stimulate growth in all areas of development in a safe, relaxing and nurturing environment.
Contact: Rose Ann Kelly, 203-453-0045
GUILFORD CENTER FOR CHILDREN
All-day care to Guilford children 3-5 years of age. The center, which is accredited by the National Association for the Education of young Children, provides a developmentally appropriate year round program for children.
Contact: Pamela Orton, 203-453-8050
GUILFORD FOOD BANK
Co-directed by Guilford Interfaith Volunteers and the Guilford Welfare Department. The Food Bank is available to any Guilford resident in need who can show proof of residency. Bags of food are pre-packaged according to family size. Special needs will be accommodated. There is no fee.
Contact: Lori Wells, 203-453-8359
GUILFORD YOUTH MENTORING
In 1999 school and community leaders working with children in Guilford gathered to discuss ways to support and encourage students in the crucial transition from childhood to adulthood. Discussions focused on ways to foster the positive development of children and provide a way for members of the community to reach out to children in the schools.
The result, in the spring of 2000, was Guilford Youth Mentoring, an individual advocacy program pairing adult volunteers with high school freshmen for one-on-one weekly meetings at the high school. By the fall of 2005, GYM was in every school in Guilford.
Contact Barbara Solomon, Founder firstname.lastname@example.org
HARBOR HEALTH SERVICES
Provides comprehensive community-based services for adults with serious behavioral health needs who live in Guilford and adjacent towns.
Contact: Roberta Cook, 203-483-2630
A 501(c)(3) non-profit addictions recovery support service. Our is mission is to reduce substance abuse through relapse prevention by providing a variety of peer-driven recovery support services to people in and seeking recovery from substance use disorders. Located in Guilford, Connecticut, and serving the Connecticut Shoreline and Greater New Haven communities.
LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA, VALLEY SHORE
Trains volunteer tutors to teach basic reading and English as a second language to residents of shoreline towns who cannot read, write or speak English; or who would like to improve these basic skills. This one-on-one instruction is held confidentially and is completely without charge to students.
Contact: Mary Ellen Jewett, 860-767-1202
MEALS ON WHEELS
Delivers a hot, nutritious mid-day meal to any Guilford resident having significant difficulty preparing well balanced meals. There are no age or financial restrictions. A program by Guilford Interfaith Volunteers
Contact: Gail O’Leary, 203-453-8359
MUTUAL HOUSING OF SOUTH CENTRAL CT., INC.
Develops and offers affordable housing (rental and ownership) through partnerships at the state and local level.
Contact: Sheila Mosquera
ORCHARD HOUSE ADULT DAY CENTER
A nationally recognized facility which helps frail, elderly, and mentally and physically challenged adults maintain active lives in a comfortable home-like environment that is both therapeutic and social. A staff of trained health care and social service professionals and volunteers work to meet the emotional, social and physical needs of participants.
Contact: Stephanie Evans-Ariker, 203-481-7110
SARAH is a Family of Agencies that provides programs and services for people with intellectual and other disabilities who live in Connecticut. SARAH is dedicated to the proposition that people with disabilities deserve to experience life’s joys; learn, work and accomplish all they can; and participate as valued members of the community. SARAH supports hundreds of people with disabilities with high quality programs and services for early intervention therapies, vocational training and job placements, residential supports and recreational activities.
Contact: Denise Rose, 203-453-6531
SHORELINE OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER
Environmental education through exciting, interactive, hands-on programs to forge a connection with the natural world. Since 1982, programs for children have been developed to inspire curiosity, imagination and excitement about the natural environment. Our programs are aimed at developing knowledge of, a responsibility for, and an appreciation of the Earth.
Contact: Dr. Karen Christensten
THE COVE CENTER FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN
A safe place for families who have suffered a personal loss through death to come together with other grieving families to share their stories and their feelings. Since children grieve best in a knowledgeable, caring environment, parents also learn about grieving kids and how to help them cope.
Contact: Mary Andersen, 1-800-750-COVE
VNA COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE,INC.
A wide range of health and social services delivered at home to recovering, physically challenged or chronically ill persons. Services include medical, private duty and psychiatric nursing; home health aides, physical, occupational and speech therapy; medical social work, clinics, health screenings and health education programs.
Contact: Janine Fay, 203-458-4200
WOMEN AND FAMILY LIFE CENTER,INC.
Advocacy, education, and information/referral services for shoreline women and families. Their programs include support groups; conferences; art exhibits and a women’s issues series.
Contact: Peggy Britt, 203-453-6699