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Honoring Eileen Marie Kelly

June 9, 2021 • In the News: Print and Web,Pressroom [ssba]

Family and Friendship Forever

Eileen Marie Kelly was a longtime resident and volunteer of Cromwell. There was no act too big nor too small when it came to helping others – family, friends, neighbors, and strangers who were truly just friends waiting to happen. She lived with a traumatic brain injury brought on by an Arterial Venous Malformation. Since her unexpected death two years ago, her cousin, Kasey Harding and her family have been working on how they could honor Eileen’s life and love of Cromwell.

Kasey learned about the Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s Campaign for Bully-Free Communities Buddy Bench initiative when CFMC partnered with CHC and the Middletown Police Department to place a purple bench in Harbor Park last year. Sharing the idea with family and friends, Kasey soon began plans to have a bench placed in Cromwell in celebration of Eileen. Continue Reading »

Campaign for Bully-Free Communities Rally featured in Middletown Press

October 7, 2019 • In the News: Print and Web,Pressroom [ssba]

Cassandra Day joined us at Sports on 66 for our annual Campaign for Bully-Free Communities Rally

check out her story and photo gallery HERE in the Middletown Press

Buddying Up For Positive Change in Middlesex County

June 21, 2018 • In the News: Print and Web,Pressroom [ssba]

When is a bench so much more than a bench? When does a bench have the power to connect people of all ages and experiences and create a community of upstanders? When it is a Buddy Bench built by at-risk youth from Rushford Academy in Durham. Thanks to 34 individual donors and the countless contributors to two Funds at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, the residential teen students are learning positive life skills and giving back to their community. The students at Rushford Academy are building wooden benches for local schools to use as a social inclusion tool. The benches are clearly labeled “Buddy Bench” and strategies for use are provided to school staff and students with each installation.

The initial idea for the bench building project came from a Rushford Academy resident supervisor’s desire to engage the young men recovering from substance abuse. He was looking for an interactive activity that would foster teamwork, commitment, and useable skills. The “Buddy Bench” project was the perfect opportunity – Continue Reading »

Spotlight on “Kindness Counts”

June 9, 2017 • In the News: Print and Web,Pressroom [ssba]

Spotlight on “Kindness Counts” – one yummy taste at a time!

Bravo, Munson’s Chocolates!

Cynthia Clegg, Dave Director, Jim Florence, Karen Munson

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s Council of Business Partners is delighted to present its “Spotlight Award” to Munson’s Chocolates, a third generation family-owned business, based in Bolton, Connecticut.

The Spotlight Award is given to organizations who take a proactive role in encouraging our young people to be “Upstanders, not Bystanders.” It is awarded by the Council of Business Partners, who established a Fund at the Community Foundation with the mission to stand up to bullying and all mean-spirited behavior.

Munson’s Chocolates fits the bill in so many sweet and delicious ways with its “Kindness Counts” school project. They asked Connecticut elementary and middle school students to come up with a design for a chocolate bar wrapper that conveyed a positive message encouraging everyone to treat all with respect. The winning label, reading “Kindness Counts”, was created by Ashford, Connecticut student, Anna. Not only did Anna’s school receive a $500 grant, but Munson’s Chocolates went the extra (sweet) mile by donating part of the proceeds of the sale of Kindness bars to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Connecticut.

Munson’s Chocolate has a history of supporting our young people and our schools. They are extremely proud to provide “first job experiences to many young people.” Now they can add “Upstander” to their many acts of kindness.


Read more about the Spotlight Award HERE from the Hartford Courant.

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October 1, 2016 • In the News: Print and Web,Pressroom [ssba]



It is bullying if: Continue Reading »

Small Businesses Having Big Impact Supporting Positive Change in Local Schools and Communities

October 1, 2016 • In the News: Print and Web,Pressroom [ssba]

Highlights include: Upcoming Third Annual Rally for Bully-Free Communities on October 6, in Middletown, Conn., coinciding with National Bullying Prevention Month; Implementation of bullying prevention training program in East Hampton schools.

The Council of Business Partners at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) Continue Reading »

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