Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Great Give Raises Nearly $19,000 for Valley Homeless Shelter/Food Bank

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SHELTON – The Area Congregations Together (ACT) Spooner House in Shelton was among the non-profits benefiting from the 36 hours of online giving during the Great Give® organized by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Donations totaled $18,910 from 78 different individuals during the 2017 Great Give® held on May 2 and 3.

The goal of raising more money from more people was met.
Spooner House did not receive enough donations during the designated fund raising period to unlock matching gifts and additional prize opportunities this year. Learn more about the results from Great Give® at thegreatgive.org.
In 2016 Spooner House received $17,374.27 in donations from 56 individuals and $1,310.64 in matching funds from the Valley Community Foundation and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. More than 470 non-profit organizations participated in the 2017 Great Give®.  

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven’s 20 town service area includes: Ansonia , Bethany , Branford, Cheshire , Derby , East Haven, Guilford , Hamden , Madison , Milford , New Haven , North Branford, North Haven, Orange , Oxford , Seymour , Shelton , Wallingford , West Haven and Woodbridge.   

On Saturday May 13th the United States Postal Service (USPS) is running the annual
National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Everyone in the lower Naugatuck Valley is encouraged to leave a bag of non-perishable food items next to their mailbox for this important nationwide collection. All donations from Shelton Households will be donated to Spooner House.  
More detailed information can be found on the Spooner House website, www.actspooner.org.   

Non-profit Area Congregations Together, Inc. (ACT) was formed in1979 to help fill gaps in the lower Naugatuck Valley 's social service network. Today, Spooner House is operated by ACT and is a facility that provides food, shelter and support services to approximately 175 men, women and children each year.
More than 4,000 individuals have been served by the Food Bank this past year, comprising more than 120,000 meals. Spooner House is recognized as one of the most comprehensive emergency shelter programs in Connecticut and through its food bank provides ten days' worth of groceries each month to participating families throughout the lower Naugatuck Valley . Spooner House is devoted to helping people establish self-sufficiency in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. Area Congregations Together, Inc. is a partner agency of the Valley United Way.
(This is a press release from Spooner House/ACT) 

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