HARTFORD--The Katharine Matthies Foundation grants for 2001 have been announced. Fleet Bank, Trustee of the Foundation, will distribute 44 grants totaling $759,414 to organizations that serve the Lower Naugatuck Valley community.
Katharine Matthies was a benefactress and lifelong resident of Seymour. The Foundation she established supports non-profit activities and programs that improve the quality of life in the Valley area. Since its first grants were made in 1989, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $7 million to fund projects serving the towns of Seymour, Oxford, Beacon Falls, Ansonia and Derby.
Recipients of 2001 grants are:
to cover the repairs of one Lower Naugatuck Valley home for HomeFront 2001.
Ansonia Community Action--$15,000 to support the Summer Youths and Adolescence Enrichment Program.
Area Congregations Together--$24,000 to purchase a vehicle for the emergency shelter.
Birmingham Group Health Services--$8,000 to purchase equipment for the GRIP program.
Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley--$67,665 to increase outreach efforts by purchasing two vans and hiring one driver.
Catholic Family Services of Ansonia--$39,900 to hire a full-time social worker for the project SIN.
Covenant to Care--$3,500 second-year payment to support the hours of the regional coordinator.
Derby Senior Center, Inc.--$10,000 to provide for the cost of a Kitchen Site Manager and supplies.
Friends of the Beacon Falls Library--$1,500 to purchase a digital camera and a fax machine for the library.
Girl Scouts, Connecticut Trails Council--$6,915 to provide campership assistance and registration assistance fees to girls from the Lower Naugatuck Valley.
Griffin Hospital--$12,000 to enhance the outreach efforts of the Valley Parish Nurses.
Healthways Inc.--$2,727 to purchase a full computer system and educational software.
Healthy Valley 2000/Alliance for Economic Growth--$20,000 to support the Second Annual Valley Rivers Celebration.
Hewitt Foundation, Inc.--$24,850 to help implement a Clinical Chaplaincy Education Training Program.
Housatonic Council, Boy Scouts of America--$7,000 to update and upgrade the computer and phone systems.
Housing Authority/Town of Seymour--$4,000 to support the Block Watch Program.
Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut, Inc.--$15,000 to develop the economic education programs in the Greater Valley.
Long Wharf Theatre--$20,000 to provide arts education programs to Ansonia High School, Emmett O’Brien Tech School and Seymour Middle School.
Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center, Inc.--$50,000 to support a capital campaign for the "Project Child Resource Center."
Mutual Housing Association of South Central Connecticut, Inc.--$10,000 to support the MHA’s Naugatuck Valley Initiative.
Naugatuck Valley Health District--$5,340 to purchase powerpoint equipment.
New Haven Symphony Orchestra--$17,500 to support the continuation and expansion of the NHSO education activities in the Lower Naugatuck Valley.
Oxford Economic Development Corp.--$10,000 to help assist in the planning and design of a proposed business incubator.
Oxford Land Trust--$5,200 to continue supporting ongoing programs.
Prevent Blindness Connecticut--$12,000 to support the children vision screening program.
Sage Services of Connecticut, Inc.--$10,000 to continue support of employment programs.
Seymour Ambulance Association, Inc.--$35,000 to purchase a vehicle to replace Deputy Chief’s car #9.
Seymour Land Conservation Trust, Inc.--$10,000 to resume the comprehensive fishing program.
Seymour Public Library--$6,000 to purchase computer systems.
Seymour Volunteer Fire Department--$11,500 to provide equipment for volunteers deputy fire marshal and fire inspector.
Town of Seymour--$15,000 to purchase and install ancillary lighting at the Seymour Sports Complex.
Shakesperience Productions, Inc.--$8,500 to fund the 2001 theatrical presentations in the Valley schools.
Southern Connecticut State University--$27,119 to provide violence prevention services to Ansonia Middle School.
St. Joseph Parish Nurse Program--$30,000 to be used towards salary of coordinator(s), educational materials and other expenses.
St. Thomas the Apostle Church--$4,000 to support the participant of Seymour and Oxford teens and their sponsors to attend a Christian mission service workcamp.
TEAM, Inc.--$24,365 to provide home-delivered meals and supplemental services to seniors in Seymour, Oxford, Ansonia and Derby.
Town of Beacon Falls--$5,000 to purchase two defibrillators.
Valley Art Council--$15,000 to support the development of a membership recruitment campaign to provide support for the ongoing administration.
Valley United Way--$16,000 to support and continue the services of the Volunteer Action Center.
Woodbridge Avenue Honor Roll Restoration Committee--$15,000 to complete restoration of a local veterans’ memorial by purchasing five engraved bronze plaques.
Yale University--$15,000 to provide partial funding for the third year of a the pilot rowing initiative for the Valley.
Young Audiences of Connecticut--$10,000 to subsidize arts-in-education programs for Lower Naugatuck Valley schools.
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Katharine Matthies Foundation
Fleet Bank, Trustee
C/o Marjorie Alexandre Davis
777 Main Street, CT EH 40222B
Hartford, CT 06115
(860) 986-7696 or (860) 986-7845