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Funding Available for Local Nonprofits

July 31, 2014 News No Comments

Local nonprofits can now submit requests for funds from the Duncaster Community Outreach Committee. Local nonprofits that submit their requests by September 1 will be considered at the Committee’s next quarterly meeting on September 18. The Committee considers requests quarterly in June, September, December and March.

Most recently the committee awarded $2,000 to the AuerFarm to support the lead abatement project at the Farm Manager’s House and $1,000 to provide support to the Bloomfield United Methodist Church Food Pantry. The committee also helped sponsor the July 4 concert on the Bloomfield green.

Those interested in submitting a request for the next round of funding need to call Vanessa Giannasi, Director of Foundation and Community Relations at (860) 380-5021 before the September 1 deadline for proposal submission to discuss their applications. The Committee will meet to make its decision on September 18.

For 30 years the Duncaster Community Outreach Committee has searched for ways to enhance Greater Bloomfield by making gifts and grants to local nonprofits. It focuses mainly on short-term projects or program support and looks for organizations with charitable missions that have a significant impact on the local community.

The goal of the Community Outreach Committee is to actively participate in Bloomfield’s ongoing health and vibrancy by supporting not-for-profit organizations that reside within, or that provide needed social services to, their fellow Bloomfield residents. In addition to financial support, Duncaster residents regularly donate their time with endeavors such as tutoring Bloomfield school children and are active volunteers for many local charitable organizations.

New Program Officer Named at Hartford Foundation

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Yvette Bello of Glastonbury has joined the staff of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving as program officer. Her responsibilities will include reviewing, analyzing and evaluating grant proposals and grantee reports from nonprofit organizations and providing funding recommendations to management.

Ms. Bello joins the Foundation after serving as the executive director of Latino Community Services in Hartford for seven years. Her prior experience includes various positions with the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Connecticut Army National Guard.

She has been involved in numerous community service activities including the State Innovations Model’s Consumer Advisory Board, Community Partners in Action and the Hartford Commission on HIV/AIDS. Ms. Bello is also a Health Leadership Senior Fellow with the Connecticut Health Foundation and was recognized by the Hartford Business Journal as one of Five Newsmakers to Watch in 2011. In 2013, Ms. Bello was listed as one of the 50 Most Influential Latinos in Connecticut by Latinos United for Professional Advancement (LUPA).

Ms. Bello holds master’s degrees in business administration and management and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Albertus Magnus College.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, established in 1925, is the community foundation for 29 communities in the Hartford region. It is dedicated to putting philanthropy into action to create lasting solutions that result in vibrant communities. It receives gifts from generous individuals, families and organizations, and in 2013 awarded grants of more than $29 million to a broad range of area nonprofits. For more information, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.

Connecticut High School Students Head to China to Reconnect with Chinese Students in Year-Long Partnership

July 30, 2014 News No Comments

Joint Program Explores Business Innovation, Ethics and Entrepreneurship

Twenty high school students from Connecticut will travel to China for the first week in August, completing a year-long program that began when a delegation of Chinese students came to Connecticut last summer. The students from Mark T. Sheehan and Lyman Hall high schools in Wallingford will join 20 Shanghai students for a week-long focus on topics including business leadership, ethics and entrepreneurship.

The first-in-the-nation Junior Achievement (JA) international exchange program, JA Global Connection, is aimed at helping students better understand each other’s cultures, economies and global business in general. It is being made possible through the generous sponsorship and participation of United Technologies Corp (UTC).

The Chinese and American students, who worked together last summer, will reunite and advance their first-hand knowledge of business innovation, marketing and sustainability in the context of international collaboration across cultures.

The JA program will be based at Shanghai Fudan University, and will include field trips to leading business facilities, hands-on workshops led by individuals from academia and the business sector, and case studies and marketing scenarios. The Chinese and American students will work in collaborative teams and present their research, strategies and proposals throughout the week.

The JA Global Connection, held July 31 – Aug. 9, is organized by Junior Achievement China, based in Beijing, and Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, based in Hartford. UTC is the major corporate sponsor of this program, providing the company’s perspective as a leading multinational corporation.

Student visits will include the U.S. Embassy in Beijing; and United Technologies’ entities in Shanghai, such as Shanghai Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engine Maintenance Company Limited, Otis Elevator Management (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., and Pratt & Whitney Management (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. In Beijing, they will also visit Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall. The students will end their trip with an excursion to Xi’an, where they will see the terra cotta warriors.

“By working together, the students from both countries will advance their understanding of the cultures and dynamics that fuel global marketplaces, and will be better prepared for the jobs and opportunities ahead,” said Lou Golden, president of JA of Southwest New England. “We are delighted to collaborate in this innovative and dynamic student exchange program, and we are fortunate to have such great partners as JA China and UTC.”

“As a long-standing partner with Junior Achievement, UTC is excited to continue this partnership and support the growth of this international program,” said Jill Albertelli, Vice President of Procurement for UTC’s Pratt & Whitney. “This innovative partnership builds on a commitment to developing the next generation of talent and we hope that this experience will encourage these students to pursue science and technology, and one day a career in those fields.”

Last year, the JA programs took place on the campus of Yale University, and included speakers from Yale, UTC and other Connecticut businesses, and state and federal government officials. Students explored business concepts and entrepreneurship across cultures, as well as innovation, ethics and marketing. The students also visited the New York Stock Exchange, ESPN and an agricultural center in Connecticut.

UTC and its employees have partnered with JA for decades as part of the company’s long-standing commitment to supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM).

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain Seeks Proposals to Bolster After-School Programs

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New Britain, Conn. (July 28, 2014) – The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain and members of the Foundation’s Catalyst Fund are seeking grant applications from area service providers capable of strengthening and improving the quality of existing after-school and out-of-school programs serving 10 to 15-year-olds in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington.

A $10,000 Catalyst Fund grant will be awarded to the chosen applicant in November. The deadline for applications is August 15.

The goal of the grant is to improve the quality of programs that provide local youth with regular, well-rounded after-school and out-of-school programming that has clear goals and outcomes, and activities that support those goals and outcomes. The Request for Proposal is focused upon applicants capable of:

  • Providing durable and reusable supplies and/or equipment to support curriculum and enhance programming;
  • Offering professional development and/or training for staff in the areas of curriculum, child development and best practices;
  • Creating a program environment that is inviting and conducive to relaxation and the needs/interests of program participants;
  • Offering field trips that enrich the program and deepen participant engagement.

Members of the Foundation’s Catalyst Fund were recently enlightened on the subject of after-school and out-of-school programming by Michelle Doucette Cunningham, executive director of the Connecticut After School Network. According to Ms. Cunningham, new research has shown that consistent student participation and engagement in after-school programming can play an important role in narrowing the achievement gap.

Service providers interested in applying for the grant should contact Kaylah Smith, Program and Scholarship Associate, at ksmith@cfgnb.org or (860) 229-6018, ext. 300.

The Catalyst Fund is a group of local citizens interested in improving the quality of life in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. Members make a modest $250 investment per couple or individual each year. Three times per year, members gather to learn about a member-chosen issue facing their community, and to consider funding requests from charitable organizations addressing this issue. The year concludes with a collective vote to award a $10,000 grant to a chosen grantee.

In its 11 years of existence, Catalyst Fund members have awarded more than $100,000 to a variety of programs meeting important needs and addressing difficult challenges in the local community.

Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain connects donors who care with causes that matter in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. It does this by raising resources and developing partnerships that make a measurable improvement in the quality of life in each of these communities. For more information, visit www.cfgnb.org.

Contacts:

Jim Williamson, President, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, (860) 229-6018 x306, jim@cfgnb.org

Dennis Buden, DBPR, (860) 558-0514, dennis@dbpr.net

CT Repertory Theatre Announces 2014-15 Season

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Storrs: The Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) announces its 2014-15 Season, filled with classic comedies and challenging, engaging new work. The 2014-15 Season is full of characters in search of their identity. Their journeys explore the dramatic moments and decisions that allow for self-discovery. For detailed information and tickets call the box office at 860-486-2113 or visit www.crt.uconn.edu.

“There is a point in life when each of us must give up the luxury of being ‘nobody’, if only for a moment, to become ‘somebody’ –no matter how dreary, exciting or frightening. These self-defining moments – some comic and some tragic – are the subject of the plays we are offering in the 2014-15 season,” said Artistic Director Vincent J. Cardinal.

The 2014-15 season begins with a fascinating new play, Olives and Blood, by UConn Professor Michael Bradford. It investigates Spain’s search for national identity following the Spanish Civil War through one man, Juan Luis Trescante Medina. He has defined himself as the heroic executioner of the playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. Now, late in life, he faces a trial by memory for a 60-year-old killing, an event whose truth may define him as a champion or silence him as a coward. Gary English directs this informative and compelling play.

Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9, directed by Cardinal, is a wild, erotic, gender-bending story that crosses oceans and centuries as Betty journeys to embrace her identity while managing her off-kilter family. It’s a hilarious, obscene romp populated with unforgettable characters, situational foolishness, and sight gags that leave room for a bittersweet conclusion of love and acceptance.

CRT is thrilled to welcome back the talented team of director Paul Mullins (I’m Connecticut, Much Ado About Nothing) and choreographer Gerry McIntyre (Legally Blonde and the 2013 CT Critics Circle Award winner for Best Choreography for Hairspray) to stage The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This award winning musical comedy from William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin and Rebecca Feldman is a joyously embellished tale of the public school system in a head-on collision with brainy puberty and self-discovery through the amped up competition of a spelling bee. This heartwarming and clever show promises to bring hearty laughter to the holiday season.

Aristophanes’ ribald comedy Lysistrata will invade CRT’s Nafe Katter Theatre to warm the evenings with hilarity during the cold nights of February and March. The play’s heroine, Lysistrata, rallies the women of Athens, Sparta and Corinth to discover their power to end the Peloponnesian War with great comic consequences and startlingly current commentary.

The world premiere of Band of the Black Hand comes to the Studio Theatre stage guided by the deft hands of Split Knuckle Theatre’s Artistic Director Greg Webster and Puppet Arts Professor Bart. P. Roccoberton. This noir style journey of one man’s search for justice will combine movement theatre, modern Indonesian shadow puppetry and jazz music to create a sensual, dark and mysterious world. The production will be featured in the summer of 2015 at the National Conference of the Puppeteers of America.

The final offering for the season is Associate Artistic Director Dale AJ Rose’s staging of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This magical comedy, set in Victorian times, ends the yearlong search for self, as we follow four young lovers into the fairy forest to discover their hearts’ true desires.

Current CRT subscribers have been sent a subscription renewal form. New subscriptions are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale August 1. Please call 860-486-2113 for information on subscribing and general ticket information. The CRT Box Office is located at the Nafe Katter Theatre, 820 Bolton Road, on the Storrs campus. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.

Performances are usually Wednesdays through Sundays. Wed. & Thu. evening performances start at 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. evening performances start at 8 p.m., Sat. and Sun. matinee performances start at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $36, and subscribers receive a discount of up to 24 percent off regular ticket prices.

All plays, dates and times are subject to change.

Hartford Foundation Approves Nearly $3 Million for Hartford Education Programs

July 29, 2014 News No Comments

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has approved grants totaling nearly $3 million in strategic investments to support education programming in the City of Hartford. This investment includes more than $2 million for six Hartford community schools and $650,000 for five neighborhood-based Brighter Futures Family Centers.

“These substantial investments to support efforts to ensure the holistic development of children with an emphasis on community partnerships is at the heart of the Hartford Foundation’s educational strategy as we and our partners work to make sure that every child in Greater Hartford comes to the school door ready to learn, and graduates from high school prepared to succeed,” said Cyrus Driver, the Hartford Foundation’s vice president for strategy. “Our work in community schools and family centers in Hartford have produced positive results for children and families by providing access to a variety of programs and services including pre-K programs, health services, nutrition programs and adult education programs. It is our hope that we can build on this work in Hartford, provide models for other communities in the region and bring our experiences and lessons learned to inform broader efforts across the state.”

First developed in 2008, Hartford Community Schools seek to respond to a variety of opportunity gaps that students and families experience as a result of economic and educational disadvantages. Three Hartford nonprofit agencies currently coordinate services in seven Hartford neighborhood schools working in partnership with the schools’ principals and district leaders.

The Hartford Foundation presently funds six of Hartford’s seven community schools, which serve more than 4,000 students, engaging more than 60 school-community partnerships with area universities, health care providers, cultural organizations and others. The six community schools receiving funding from the Foundation include the Asian Studies Academy at Bellizzi, Alfred E. Burr Elementary School, John C. Clark Elementary and Middle School, Thirman L. Milner School, Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy, and Burns Latino Studies Academy.

While several of these schools continue to face challenges and are in various stages of transition, the community school model has been cited by the State Department of Education, Hartford Public Schools and others as a stabilizing force amid these changes, due in large part to community schools’ focus on school culture and climate alongside academics and developmental gains. Community schools provide a broad range of wraparound services in response to issues related to poor health and nutrition, social and economic disadvantage, trauma, and other barriers to healthy development. Community schools also offer comprehensive, high-quality educational supports and opportunities so all children can flourish.

Since 1990, the Hartford Foundation has supported Brighter Futures Family Centers in six Hartford communities. Family centers are designed to meet neighborhood families’ specific needs and interests, and foster young children’s success in school and beyond. Each family center provides programs and services that support parents in their role as a child’s first nurturer, teacher and advocate. Centers are located in the Asylum Hill, Behind the Rocks, Blue Hills, Frog Hollow, Clay Arsenal and Parkville neighborhoods. The Foundation’s board has approved $130,000 for five Brighter Futures Family Centers over one year for a total of $650,000 (the sixth family center is on a different funding schedule and will be considered for funding in 2015).

All of the centers provide early childhood education programs and parenting classes to improve parents’ knowledge of child development and nurturing skills, helping them cope with the stresses of parenting. Numerous community organizations provide special programs in partnership with the family center, increasing the range of services.

This past year, staff representing each facility have created the Family Center Network to work more collaboratively, identify efficiencies for service delivery and share resources in ways that help families access the supports they need wherever they may live in the city. This network is now developing shared measures, and better linking their various services and referral systems in order to serve more families. Their efforts represent an important step in strengthening an effective and coordinated system for serving children and families in the city.

At the same time, local and state agencies and organizations including Hartford’s Office for Young Children, the Hartford Health Department, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center are and the new Connecticut Office of Early Childhood have recognized the unique role Family Centers play in their communities and have expressed interest in using them as a means to develop and incubate new programming.

“At the end of the day, Accelerate Success is about having greater impact and we are focusing our efforts on assuring that the components of our Family Centers and Community Schools remain strong while also seeking greater coordination between the fine projects that the Foundation has supported with other outstanding efforts taking place in the city of Hartford,” Driver said. “The objective, at the end of the day, is to bring comprehensive, high-quality services to every child in need in Hartford so they develop to their fullest capacities and are ready to succeed when they leave our public schools.”

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, established in 1925, is the community foundation for 29 communities in the Hartford region. It is dedicated to putting philanthropy into action to create lasting solutions that result in vibrant communities within the Greater Hartford region. It receives gifts from generous individuals, families and organizations, and in 2013 awarded grants of more than $29 million to a broad range of area nonprofits. For more information, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.

Grant Aids Families Coping With Parent in Prison

July 29, 2014 News, Releases No Comments

A grant of $206,243 to provide assistance to families whose lives have been affected by having a loved one in prison has been awarded to Families in Crisis by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

The grant will allow the agency to launch new programs that support the well-being of children and families in Hartford, where it is estimated as many as 6,000 children have at least one parent in prison.

“Naturally, we feel empathy for the victims of a crime,” said Susan Quinlan, executive director of Families in Crisis, a nonprofit headquartered in Hartford. “But we don’t generally think about the others affected – the families of offenders, especially children. They have committed no crime, but their lives are drastically changed.”

Families in Crisis is the only agency in Connecticut, and one of few nationally, dedicated to serving families of offenders. It provides services throughout Connecticut, including 15 state correctional facilities, helping families build fundamental skills and meet basic needs through participating in specialized counseling, education, case management, and related services.

“Our programs, which are based on documented best practices in the field, help offenders and their loved ones preserve and strengthen family ties and confront and overcome challenges to rebuilding their lives. Without interventions, incarceration becomes a cycle that often repeats itself,” said Quinlan.

A report of the Recidivism Reduction Committee of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission documents that strengthened family ties reduces prison violence and decreases recidivism.

“Yet many families struggle to even visit relatives in prison because of the lack of transportation, distance, restrictions on who can visit, conflicts with work schedules, child care responsibilities, or prison visiting areas that are not conducive for young children,” said Judith McBride, a Hartford Foundation senior program officer.

Two of the programs funded by the grant are video visitations and kincare parenting programs being developed by Families in Crisis in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Correction and the Department of Children and Families (DCF), respectively. The video visitation program will give priority to families unable to visit prisons in person and will offer follow-up support with gas cards and bus tokens to help address transportation challenges. The grant will also support kincare parenting education sessions in correctional facilities in Greater Hartford and in the Hartford community. Kincare supports the involvement of incarcerated fathers in DCF placement decisions for their children.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, established in 1925, is the community foundation for 29 communities in the Hartford region. It is dedicated to putting philanthropy into action to create lasting solutions that result in vibrant communities. It receives gifts from generous individuals, families and organizations, and in 2013 awarded grants of more than $29 million to a broad range of area nonprofits. For more information, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.

La Cage Aux Folles at the Ivoryton Playhouse

July 24, 2014 Events No Comments

Ivoryton Playhouse Contact: Jacqui Hubbard
(860) 767-7318
jhubbard@ivorytonplayhouse.org

Press Release
July 23, 2014
The Best of Times is Now!
La Cage Aux Folles
At The Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton: It’s the dog days of summer but in Ivoryton, August is kicking its way on to the scene in feathers, glitter and six inch heels! LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, the smash hit Broadway musical opens in Ivoryton on August 6th and runs through August 31st. Written by Harvey Fierstein, Jean Poiret and Jerry Herman, the original 1983 Broadway production received nine nominations for Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. LA CAGE was later turned into a popular movie, The Birdcage, starring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams.

After twenty years of un-wedded bliss Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse get a bit of both when Georges’ son announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, narrow-minded politician. Albin tries to help by making a perfect family with hilarious results. Further complicating the situation, Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the star performer ‘Zaza.’ Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as “normal” when he meets the family of the bride-to-be. But Albin has other plans, with hilarious results.

The show features some beautiful songs by Jerry Herman including I Am What I Am and Song on the Sand, and some hilarious situations. But, more than anything else, LA CAGE is an old fashioned love story wrapped in feathers, sprinkled with glitter and tied with a bow. This wild and warmhearted farce about the importance of nonconformity and being true to oneself will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Directed by Lawrence Thelen, choreographed by Todd Underwood and musical directed by Michael Morris, the show features David Edwards* as Albin and James Van Treuren* as Georges. Edwards has appeared on Broadway in BY JEEVES and THE ROTHSCHILDS and Van Treuren was in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. Both actors have performed these roles before and are good friends on and off stage. Zach Trimmer* is reviving the role of Jean Michel for his third time; marTina Vidmar* is Jacqueline; Frank Calamaro* of Chester is Ms. Dindon and Samantha Talmadge of Groton is Mme. Dindon

The set is designed by Cully Long, lighting by Doug Harry, wigs by Liz Cipollina and costumes by Njaye Olds.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opens in Ivoryton on August 6th and runs through August 31st. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. There are 2 extra matinees for this show on Saturday August 16th and 23rd at 2pm. Tickets are $42 for adults, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.
Generously sponsored by: Sennheiser and Webster Bank
Members of the press are welcome at any performance. Please call ahead for tickets.
Pictured: James Van Treuren and David Edwards

Photo by Anne Hudson
*member of Actors Equity

Chelsea Groton Bank Foundation Donates $1,500 to Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries

July 22, 2014 News, Releases No Comments

The Chelsea Groton Bank Foundation has awarded a $1,500 grant to The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP) to purchase of food for needy residents of the shoreline.

“The support SSKP receives from Chelsea Groton Bank Foundation assures that those in our community who are facing financial difficulties will have a place to turn for food and fellowship. These funds specifically will provide enough food for over 3,500 meals. On behalf of all those we serve, who experience a community that cares each time they come to one of our pantries, I sincerely thank the Chelsea Groton Bank Foundation,” said Patty Dowling, executive director of SSKP.

“This is a special year for Chelsea Groton Bank,” remarked Lori Dufficy, Senior Vice President, Director of Sales and Service. “We’re celebrating our 160th anniversary and we’re very grateful for the wonderful community relationships we’ve developed over the years. To celebrate, Chelsea Groton Foundation has pledged $160,000 in total grants this year—up from $130,000 in 2013. For us, it’s all about investing in the communities we serve to make life better for everyone. We’re grateful to be a part of this rich tradition of giving back and helping SSKP achieve their mission.”

About The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries
Founded 25 years ago, The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries provides food and fellowship to people in need and educates the community about hunger and poverty, serving the Connecticut shoreline towns of Essex, Chester, Clinton, Madison, Old Saybrook, East Lyme, Lyme, Old Lyme, Killingworth, Westbrook and Deep River.

About Chelsea Groton Foundation
Formed in June 1999 as a Section 501(c) (3) organization and endowed with a $2,000,000 donation from Chelsea Groton Bank, the Foundation has, to date, awarded $1,781,328 in grants to hundreds of scientific, educational and charitable organizations located within the bank’s Eastern Connecticut and Southern Rhode Island market area. Applications are accepted year round and reviewed in the spring and fall. For a full list of grantees and information about the Foundation please visit https://chelseagroton.com/OurstrongCommunitystrong/ChelseaGrotonFoundation.aspx or contact Sue Olszewski, Assistant Treasurer and Assistant to the President, at (860) 448-4105 or zolszewski@chelseagroton.com.

Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford Appoints Howard Sovronsky Acting CEO and President

July 21, 2014 News, Releases No Comments

Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford Appoints Howard Sovronsky Acting CEO and President

 

GREATER HARTFORD, CT – The Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford (www.jewishhartford.org) has announced that Howard Sovronsky has been named Acting CEO and President, stepping in for Cathrine Fischer Schwartz, who will depart at the end of July to direct the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation located in Boca Raton, Florida.

Sovronsky is an experienced nonprofit management leader with expertise in strategic planning, operations and fiscal nonprofit management. He has more than 20 years of senior leadership experience in the behavioral and forensic mental health management field, including work in government, nonprofit and hospital systems. As Vice President for Behavior Health at Nassau Health Care Association between 2005-2007, Sovronsky managed a large municipal hospital, nursing home and health center. Until 2012, he was the COO of Community Health Resources, a behavioral health network in Windsor, Connecticut.

Sovronsky’s role will include leading the staff during the 2015 Annual Campaign, overseeing the work of Federation locally, in Israel and in 70 Jewish communities overseas.  He will continue the collaborative relationship with the Jewish Community Foundation and the Aim Chai Campaign, local synagogues and the partners, programs and services Federation supports.

Sovronsky holds a B.A. from Queens College, New York, and earned his masters degree in clinical social work from Adelphi University’s School of Social Work in Garden City, New York. Sovronsky, a West Hartford resident, will officially begin work on July 15, 2014.

“I am looking forward to working with Howard as we continue to serve the Greater Hartford Jewish community,” said Robert K. Yass, Chair of the Board. “With Howard’s leadership and energy our community will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Jewish Federation’s mission is to create a thriving and caring Jewish community that connects people of all faiths, builds tomorrow’s Jewish leaders, cares for Jews in need around the world and supports the state of Israel. Our partners, programs and services provide opportunities for all generations to connect and share Jewish heritage. Federation’s work is guided by core Jewish values: Tzedakah (righteous giving), Tikkun Olam (improving the world) and Klal Yisrael (Unity of the Jewish People). Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford (www.jewishhartford.org) is located on the Zachs Campus | 333 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite C, West Hartford, CT 06117

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