September 9, 2013
Nonprofit notebook

Billings Forge, Hartford Public Library open job training kitchen

Photo | Contributed
Photo | Contributed
The new farm-to-table job training café at Hartford Public Library aims to help Hartford residents gain employable skills. In the photo, from left to right: Matt Poland, CEO, Hartford Public Library; Gov. Dannel P. Malloy; Cary Wheaton, executive director, Billings Forge Community Works; Nancy Wheeler, vice president, investor relations, MetroHartford Alliance; Catherine Smith, commissioner Department of Economic and Community Development.

Nonprofits Billings Forge Community Works and Hartford Public Library have joined forces to create a one-stop-shop for job training and permanent job placement for Hartford residents.

Together they've established Kitchen at Hartford Public Library, a farm-to-table job training café and bakery offering breakfast, lunch and catering. Additionally, the library's second floor is home to a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen where café and library customers will soon have the opportunity to take cooking classes.

The Kitchen at Hartford Public Library will provide hands-on job training and assist city residents with securing permanent employment opportunities and also provide community members an opportunity to eat healthy foods.

The partnership between the two nonprofits aims to strengthen Hartford's Main Street and improve the quality of life for those who live in Hartford.

Supporters of the partnership include: the city of Hartford, CT Department of Economic and Community Development, Capital Community College, CT Works, Bank of America and The Melville Charitable Trust.

SBM Charitable Foundation Announces 2013 Scholars

The SBM Charitable Foundation awarded 115 college scholarships totaling $185,400 at its recent scholarship reception. Thirty-two recipients are new award winners and 84 awards represented scholarship renewals. The students, who reside in 39 central Connecticut cities and towns, will be enrolled in 19 Connecticut colleges and universities.

The SBM Scholarship Program began in 1996 and is available to students who will be attending accredited colleges and universities in Connecticut and who live in the market area originally served by the former Savings Bank of Manchester. Between 2004 and 2013, the Foundation has awarded $1.6 million in scholarships for 779 scholars.

$100K Grant Awarded to Leadership Greater Hartford’s Leaders On Board Program

Leadership Greater Hartford has been awarded a $100,000 grant for its Leaders On Board program by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Leaders On Board began in 2009 and seeks to strengthen nonprofit organizations by training and connecting participants with boards of directors seeking new members.

The program attracts individuals who want to serve on a board, develop their leadership skills and serve the community. It also attracts nonprofit organizations looking for board members who have been trained in the basics of board membership. Leaders on Board has successfully matched nearly 300 individuals with more than 75 nonprofit organizations.

Berkshire Bank Announces $700K in Grants

Berkshire Bank recently announced that its two charitable foundations awarded $691,416 in grants so far this year to nonprofit organizations across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont.

While Berkshire Bank Foundation's priorities are education and community/economic development projects, it also donated to youth, cultural, and human service organizations.

Berkshire Bank Foundation and Berkshire Bank Foundation-Legacy Region, the bank's two charitable funds, plan to award nearly $1.5 million this year to nonprofit organizations across the company's service area.

Connecticut grant recipients include: Mercy Housing & Shelter Corp., The Village for Families & Children, YMCA of Greater Hartford, and Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.

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