July 30, 2012
Nonprofit notebook

Patriots honor Geetter for Easter Seals work

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David M. Geetter, a 40-year volunteer doctor and board member of Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut, accepts New England Patriots Charitable Foundation's Myra Kraft Community MVP Award and $10,000 prize on behalf his charity. With Geetter from left, are Patriots quarterback Tom Brady; team chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, and tight end Rob Gronkowski.

David M. Geetter was awarded the Myra Kraft Community MVP Award recently for his years of dedication and service to Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut. As part of the recognition, Easter Seals received a $10,000 donation from the New England Patriot Charitable Foundation to continue its medical rehabilitation services in Connecticut.

Geetter, a neurosurgeon with a private practice in Hartford, has served as a volunteer at Easter Seals for 40 years, caring for more than 20,000 patients. He began his involvement with Easter Seals when he volunteered to support the operations of the Easter Seals medical rehabilitation programs. After performing this volunteer service for 20 years, Geetter expanded his volunteerism to include serving as the medical director and then joining the Board of Trustees.

"As a neurosurgeon, I saw the devastating effects of brain tumors, head and spine trauma and sports injuries on many people," said Geetter. "Therefore, there is great satisfaction in being part of the team dedicated to restoring bodies, minds, and lives to those individuals with a variety of physical disabilities."

Even at the age of 78, Geetter is still a driving force in the development of new and innovative medical rehabilitation programs at Easter Seals. Under his guidance, Easter Seals developed the community's first traumatic brain injury rehabilitation program and the first stroke rehabilitation program.

Geetter was also instrumental in leading Easter Seals to develop the first cancer rehabilitation program in Connecticut, with special emphasis on medical rehabilitation for breast cancer survivors and children with cancer.

Award for housing

The Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund has received an award of $500,000 in tax credits from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority to help capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund for a Workforce Housing program that will support the financing needs of developers who create or sustain affordable rental or homeownership housing in New Haven for low and moderate income wage-earners.

The foundation is a Community Development Financial Institution working to create and sustain neighborhoods and communities through its lending and investment. In 24 years of lending, GNHCLF has made more than $51 million in loans for projects that have produced more than 2,300 units of housing for low/moderate income households.

The State Housing Tax Credit Contribution Program will assist in the financing of an estimated 25 to 30 affordable housing units this year.

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Applications begin

The Women and Girls' Fund of Main Street Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations with programs serving women and girls in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

The Women & Girls' Fund grant application packet can be downloaded from www.mainstreetfoundation.org. Applications are due Oct. 1 by 4 p.m. A total of $20,000 in grant money was distributed in 2011.

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Grant funds campaign

TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, recently donated $40,000 to The Governor's Prevention Partnership in Wethersfield.

The Governor's Prevention Partnership is a public-private partnership created in 1989 with a mission of keeping Connecticut's youth safe, successful and drug-free today for a stronger workforce tomorrow.

The partnership will use the funds from the TD Charitable Foundation for two media campaigns that will positively influence youth behavior by expanding mentoring in Connecticut; and supporting youth through issue awareness, community and leadership activities.

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