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2001 Grants

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:

Americares, Inc.--$2,500 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