CFA’s Spring 2018 Newsletter

CFA’s Spring 2018 Newsletter

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Save the Date!

1. East Lyme Aux’s Touch A Truck: May 19
Join the East Lyme Auxiliary and the East Lyme Parks and Recre-ation Department for the 11th annual Touch A Truck. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at McCook’s Point Park in Niantic, CT.

2. Groton Aux’s A Time for Wine: June 7
Try all the new wine and beer on the market with this annual Wine Tasting event. Catered by Grasso Tech’s Culinary students, this is an event not to be missed at the Shennecossett Yacht Club in Groton.

3. Lyme/Old Lyme Aux’s Farm to Fork: June 16
Tour a small, family-owned working farm in Lyme! Learn about sus-tainable farming, organic practices, and how Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) works to provide healthy, clean, and locally grown food to our families, restaurants, markets, and shops. Enjoy a boxed lunch made from ingredients grown at the farm

Our 64th Annual Sale: Coming May 10th, 11th & 12th

CFA’s Annual Sale is the largest and longest running event of its kind in New England.
Two hundred and sixty Child & Family Agency volunteers are gearing up for the 64th Annual Sale, to be held this year at the New London Armory, 249 Bayonet Street in New London, CT. CFA’s six different shoreline Auxiliaries hold close to 30 fundraisers a year. The Annual Sale is the big one, the one when all six come together for what has become the largest tag sale in Connecticut.

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Journeys of Change: by Rick Calvert

Child and Family Agency’s Mission Statement, Nurturing children and families to develop their strengths through service, partnership and advocacy, reminds us that we’re in the change business. While our strengths and potential – clients and providers alike – are nearly boundless and stand always at the ready to respond when given half a chance, the actual journey of change often isn’t so simple. Barriers of all types – outside voices that tell us we can’t, our own inside whispers of doubt, the concrete barriers thrown up by poverty and societal inequities of all types, our hesitance to leave the familiar, and more – all too often cause us to give up and turn back or, worse, forget that we have that potential.

Part of the richness of working at CFA is that we’re big enough, with nearly 190 staff and 650 volunteers, that we are provided with frequent reminders that the majority of us have major change and challenges going on at any given point in time, and not always with much if any warning or forecast. A CEO is no different, and my upcoming retirement in July is, of course, packed with current and anticipatory changes, as well as lots of ripple effects on close co-workers, friends and family. While there is much to reflect on in terms of accomplishments and hard lessons learned since I first joined CFA in 1984 (OK – there was that brief tease of a departure from July, 1993 – September, 1994), that’s not what I want to write about.

What I do want to focus on is the incredible team that is here. The commitment, brilliance and compassion of staff, Board and auxiliary volunteers make it possible for me to let go with the confidence that the agency’s programs and served clients are in great hands, hands that are developing the skills of the future so necessary for CFA’s thriving. A number of major projects and structural changes are well underway, breathtaking for me to experience as I have a gradually less direct hand in them as they fly forward.

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CT Strong Job Fair:

CT STRONG is CFA’s community based program that serves at risk transitioning age youth and young adults between
the ages of 16-25. The program is driven by the youth/young adult’s voice; the team, comprised of a Wraparound Facilitator, Peer Specialist, and Family Advocate, strive to connect and build relationships with their clients in order to support them in reaching their potential. To date, the team has worked with over 100 youth/young adults and their families to develop/strengthen self-advocacy skills, seek and obtain employment and housing, pursue education goals, and connect with mental health services.
Each spring, CT STRONG organizes a job fair for the New London community and surrounding towns. Over the past couple of years this event has grown to be a huge success. The fair draws over 30 local businesses and more than 100 prospective employees from all ages and backgrounds. CT STRONG has received such positive feedback regarding this event.

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Learn about what we do through our stories…

Starting May 1st, we will be sharing one story weekly. Stories will be posted on our website and Facebook page.
We feel stories are a good way for you to understand all the ways we are working with children and their family members. CFA has a staff of 195 and helps more than 18,000 children and families annually. To read our stories go to:

What If?

We think they should, and this belief inspires our work with the children and families we serve. We are now looking to the future, raising funds to build an endowment that will help us keep making a difference. To learn more about our initiative:

Thank you businesses and organizations!

Caring for children and their family members could not be accomplished without the generous individuals, businesses, and foundations who fund the work we do in the community.
Thank you to the following, who have donated since October, 2017:

A Beautiful Company, A. J. Shea Construction LLC, AA Lock & Key, Inc., Aetna Foundation, All Saints Episcopal Church, Alva Greenberg Fund of the Community Foundation of E CT, Ann M and Sultan Ahamed Foundation, AT&T Employee Giving Campaign, AXA Foundation’s Matching Gifts, Bank of America Matching Gift Program, Barry Associates, Bessemer Trust, BK Services, Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation, Bowe Enterprises, LLC,…

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