Teen Greenwich philanthropists make an impression by giving grants to the Domestic Violence Center and more

After considering several worthy potential recipients, the young members of Generation Impact voted last month to award a $10,000 grant to the Stamford Domestic Violence Crisis Center.

They made the decision on April 12 at the Arch Street Teen Center in Greenwich as part of their Big Give event. This was the group’s fourth grant and will fund support groups in the crisis center supported by a professional advisor. The groups are aimed at youth aged 6 to 17 who have been exposed to domestic violence with the aim of helping them with self-esteem, coping skills and social skills.

Generation Impact Fairfield County is a program for high school girls to learn about community needs and work together to make a difference. They also met at the Teen Center in February to select four finalists from a pool of 32 applicants.

Each member of Generation Impact donated $100 to make the $10,000 grant possible.

Using funds raised from member and friend donations, the group also awarded grants of $2,500 each to the other three finalists: Filling in the Blanks in Norwalk, which fights childhood hunger; Shepherds Inc., a Bridgeport-based nonprofit educational organization; and the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.

Each of the non-profit organizations gave a final presentation on the impact of their work on youth in the community.

“All four organizations are worthy of winning our $10,000 if they reach this final stage of Generation Impact’s grant process. There are no wrong choices,” said Mia Juneja, co-president of Generation Impact and a senior at Greenwich Academy.

“We are so grateful to receive this grant from Generation Impact,” said Suzanne Adam, Executive Director of DVCC. “This funding will provide much-needed support for children who have experienced the trauma of domestic violence. The youth support groups play a crucial role in the healing process. This grant will help transform lives today and build healthier communities for generations to come.”

Past grant recipients include Bridgeport Hospital, Open Door Shelter in Norwalk and Building One Community in Stamford. For more information on Generation Impact, visit www.generationimpact.org.

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The parish of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Agnes has set a goal of raising $12,600 to feed 36,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine after the Russian invasion and living in neighboring Poland.

The church is also looking for more than 200 volunteers to help with a food packathon on May 14 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at the church hall. Children can participate when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Volunteers help pack 36,000 meals for Ukrainian refugees in Poland.

The work involves unpacking vans filled with the supplies, building boxes, and then filling those boxes with food for the refugees. For maximum efficiency, assembly line style packaging is done at multiple tables set up in the hall.

According to the church, the financial donations can make a big difference. Only 35 cents can be paid for one meal or $3.50 for 10 meals and $35 for 100 meals. That means donations of US$350 can cover the cost of 1,000 meals and US$3,5000 provides 10,000 meals for refugees.

To donate to the community effort, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a49acab2aa0f85-ukraine. Volunteers can also register there to participate in the Packathon.

The church is located at 4 Riverside Avenue in Riverside, just off Post Road.


A competition for young artists in Greenwich to design a new logo for the city’s Department of Human Services has had its deadline extended to May 20.

The goal of the contest is to create an “easily recognizable” logo that can be used to “increase the visibility of the department and its services” as well as “highlight the support the department provides through partnerships in the community.” said the organizers.

The winner will receive one or more $250 Amazon gift cards. If two artists submit the winning entry together, the prize can be shared. The competition is open to students living in the city between the ages of 5 and 19.

The winning logo may be used in all media including online, in print, on merchandise and otherwise. An individual or team can create a logo, but each is limited to no more than two entries.

All submissions will be judged on relevance, originality and aesthetic quality.

Commissioner of Human Services Demetria Nelson said she was looking for a logo that would make the department stand out within the community.

The current logo was designed about six months ago and “was always meant to be a temporary logo,” Nelson said. The department intended to “replace it with one created by a young resident,” she said.

“GDHS offers a variety of direct services and works with regional partners to meet the needs of our residents,” said Nelson. “By showing the new logo online, in print and the like, I want the community to be able to easily relate these initiatives to GDHS and the city.”

To obtain a registration form, visit www.greenwichct.gov/1679/Department-of-Human-Services-Logo-Design. A separate form is required for each submission.

All submissions become the property of the Department of Human Services.


Round Hill Community Church is hosting a special concert for Ukraine on May 13 at 7:00 p.m.

The purpose of the concert is to “celebrate the music, culture and indomitable spirit of Ukraine and to stand with Ukrainians who are fighting for the right to live freely on their own land, to choose their own destiny and to uphold the democratic ideals of the people Maintaining civilization in the world is expensive,” the organizers said.

It will feature international music across multiple genres, with performances by Ukrainian artists Stefan Szkafarowsky from the Metropolitan Opera, Irena Portenko on piano, countertenor Jeffrey Palmer, violinist Inessa Tymochko Dekajlo and duet Malvy, performing on Ukraine’s national instrument, the bandura , occurs. Additional artists will include soprano Risa Renae Harman, tenor Dustin Lucas, bassist Scott Tomlinson and musicians from the Greenwich Chamber Players.

All performers donated their time and talent to the event. Proceeds go to World Central Kitchen and Razom for Ukraine, which sends humanitarian aid to Ukraine and refugees.

“On behalf of the Round Hill Community Church family, the soloists here at Round Hill are grateful to be able to participate in this concert in support of the people of Ukraine,” Harman said. “When the world spirals out of control and events seem inscrutable, music is the gift that brings us together and reminds us that we are part of the global community. This concert is dedicated to the brave people of Ukraine with prayers for peace.”

Portekno, director of music festival Music in the Alps, said: “I will play for all displaced people; who lost their loved ones; for those who are wounded and yet wish they could return to the battlefield; for the volunteers who risk everything to help; for my classmates and friends who have left the comfort of their homes to defend their country and families; for my musicians and colleagues whose professional lives have been put on hold, albeit for a short time.

“And I play for my own family to stay alive,” he said.

Tickets cost US$50 and can be purchased at www.roundhillcommunitychurch.org. The church is located at 395 Round Hill Road.

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