January 12, 2015
Nonprofit Profile

The Connecticut Forum

United Bank CEO Bill Crawford, shown above, right, presented a $5,000 donation on behalf of the Rockville Bank Foundation to Connecticut Children's Medical Center. The money will be earmarked for purchasing specialized toys and other resources for the hospital's Occupational/Physical Therapy Program, which is designed to help children participate in normal activities, engage in play and sports and return to home or school. The check was made to Rob Keane, left, assistant vice president of development at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

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Leadership Greater Hartford's Common Ground youth leadership program has received a $5,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation. Common Ground is a 15-week program that trains Greater Hartford high school students in leadership, diversity awareness, and community problem solving. Since 1988, a diverse group of 40 students, from urban and suburban high schools throughout the region, has participated in Common Ground.

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The National Fund for Workforce Solutions recently awarded a $145,000 Social Innovation Fund grant to Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford. Workforce Solutions is a funders' collaborative and network of public/private stakeholder organizations that helps meet area employer needs for a skilled workforce with a focus on unemployed and lower-income wage earners. Workforce Solutions will direct this new $145,000 toward partnerships in areas of health care, manufacturing, and transportation.

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Community Health Center Inc.'s Weitzman Institute has received a $299,997 grant from Pfizer's Independent Grant for Learning & Change. This funding will allow Weitzman Institute to establish an online professional learning community, called PainNET, focused on chronic pain management in the primary care setting. The goal of PainNET is to provide the highest quality of care to medically underserved patients, and in particular to those experiencing disparities in healthcare outcomes.

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Girl Scouts of Connecticut has received a $60,000 grant from The Travelers Cos., to deliver the College Pathways program for girls in grades 9 -12 in Hartford. This grant will help fund the many offerings of the College Pathways program, which encourages the educational and career goals of urban Hartford girls. College Pathways is an out-of-school activity that has meetings on a regular basis.

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