A $1.5 million grant from the state will make it possible for Canton nonprofit Favarh to construct a new building to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities whose support needs are severely compounded by physical and/or medical complications.
The $1.5 million grant, with a 25 percent match by Favarh, will allow for the construction of the first of two 7,500-square-foot, single-story buildings across the street from Favarh's Canton headquarters on Commerce Drive.
The building will be used to provide day activities and community excursions for Favarh's life enrichment program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as significant physical and medical needs.
There are currently 24 people who attend a life enrichment program in Simsbury who will be relocated to this new facility.
In addition to relocating the Simsbury program, Favarh will also relocate its transportation office from Canton Springs Road to the new building. Favarh's fleet of 70 small buses and vans that provide door-to-door transportation to its clients will be parked on the property.
Detailed planning for the new building is getting underway immediately. Construction is expected to take about two years.
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The Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center was recently awarded a $12,500 Gateway to Impact Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The award recognizes clubs that have made outstanding advances in the number of children participating in programs, in average daily attendance and capacity utilization.
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The American Savings Foundation announced a $12,500 general operations grant to Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford. Workforce Solutions supports three partnerships in growing industries — health care, advanced manufacturing, and transportation, distribution and logistics.
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T.L. Cannon Cos., the franchisee for 62 Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants, provided more than $2.64 million in fundraising and in-kind support to community nonprofits and organizations in 2015. Restaurants in Connecticut raised more than $265,000 for their respective organizations.
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American Eagle Financial Credit Union presented the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut with a donation of $34,933 as part of the credit union's annual fundraising campaign.
The donation comprised $18,371 that employees pledged, an $8,846 grant from American Eagle's Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and $7,716 that was raised through the credit union's "Wear Jeans to Work on Friday" campaign.