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September 30, 2013 Nonprofit notebook

Citizens Bank, New Britain Rock Cats, and Read to Grow Hold “Reading Books in Summer” Program

Photo | Contributed Pictured are last years “Reading Books in Summer” All-Star Grand Prize winners Jake and Abby Ferland along with New Britain Rock Cats pitcher, Logan Darnell.

This summer, Citizens Bank teamed up with Read to Grow, the New Britain Rock Cats, and the Connecticut Library Consortium for the 13th annual “Reading Books in Summer” (RBIS) program. Encouraging children to read during their summer break, the RBIS program drew to the ballpark more than 14,000 young reading participants last year.

Students between the ages of 5 and 12 who have completed a summer reading program with a Connecticut public library received two complimentary reserved seat tickets to one of the three Summer Reading Recognition Nights at the New Britain Stadium in August. Youngsters had the chance to participate in on-field activities, meet authors and were entered to win the All-Star Reader Grand Prize, which includes a VIP experience for 10 at the ballpark.

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain Awards More than $145K in Scholarships

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain recently awarded $145,430 in scholarships to 55 students from Berlin, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Southington and other towns.

The students, who received 60 scholarship awards from 40 of the Foundation's named scholarship funds, plan to attend Connecticut colleges and universities including the University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University and Southern Connecticut State University, as well as out-of-state schools including Arizona State, Maryland, Northeastern, Ohio State and Villanova.

DeLuca Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

Connecticut public charities, nonprofit and community organizations are eligible to begin applying for a grant from the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, which provides grants to CT organizations, with concentration on education, job training, and the arts. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Last year the foundation awarded grants to more than 100 Connecticut organizations and 47 high schools. Recipients of DeLuca Foundation grants have supported child and adult literacy programs, animal rescue organizations, food banks, and many other community outreach programs. Proposals will be accepted through Oct. 8 and decisions will be made on or before Dec. 31, with notification and checks mailed in January 2014.

Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center Receives $5,000 Grant

The Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center recently received a $5,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support its Teen Incentive Program (Y-TIP) that benefits underserved, at-risk teenagers from Hartford's Clay-Arsenal and Upper Albany neighborhoods.

Y-TIP seeks to help teens, ages 13 to 18, overcome challenges to their success including gangs, violence, drugs and other harmful and self-destructive influences.

CT Council of Family Service Agencies Announces Leadership Program Grads

The Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies recently announced the graduation of 24 professionals from Connecticut nonprofit agencies who were selected to participate in a seven-month, seven-day executive management training program by their CEO.

The program, with funding from American Express, provided information, training and resources to help individuals develop the leadership skills necessary to effectively partner with their CEO to carry out each organization's respective mission.

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