WATERBURY — The Trustee Fund Awards, annual honors conferred by current and former trustees of the Connecticut Community Foundation, were awarded to Greenwoods Counseling and Referrals, Waterbury Police Activity League and Naugatuck River Revival Group. The honors recognize exceptional innovation and collaboration that benefit communities in Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills.
Each award includes a grant from the Trustee Fund to further the missions of the recipients.
The trustees presented the 2019 awards at the Foundation’s annual meeting on August 1 in Waterbury.
Litchfield-based Greenwoods, a 27-year old organization which provides mental health treatment for anyone who lives or works in Litchfield County, was lauded by the Trustees for teaming with the Litchfield Prevention Council and Litchfield Public Schools to improve students’ access to mental health services.
Their efforts, supported by an earlier grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation, empowered faculty and staff in schools to refer children in need to Greenwoods for mental health assessments.
In turn, Greenwoods matched the children with a clinician from their network of 130 providers for continued services for as long as the students needed it.
Waterbury PAL and the Naugatuck River Revival Group were recognized for creating and organizing a youth “River Brigade” to clean up the Naugatuck River.
Officer Querino “Q” Maia, PAL coordinator, and Kevin Zak, PAL project supervisor and executive director of the Naugatuck River Revival Group, led the work of 14 youths aged 16 to 20 who applied for summer jobs with the brigade.
In the past two summers, the brigade has removed an array of trash including washing machines, motorcycles, bowling balls, car engines, trolley tracks and cash registers from the river.
Connecticut Community Foundation provided a grant and local businesses and Waterbury and Naugatuck majors lent their strong support to the River Brigade’s efforts.
Martha Bernstein, a former board chair and trustee at Connecticut Community Foundation, presented the Trustee Award to Waterbury PAL staff and the River Brigade Youth.
Those seeking additional information on the 2019 Trustee Fund grantees may visit www.conncf.org/stories/.