TORRINGTON — The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation’s Draper Foundation Fund and Marion Wm. and Alice Edwards Fund have awarded 45 charitable organizations serving some of the area’s most economically distressed residents with grants totaling $60,000.

Grants will help provide the most basic of necessities, food, warm clothing and shelter.

“Thank you very much for presenting the Torrington Veterans Service Office with this grant...” said Michael C. Thomas of the Torrington Veteran Services Office. “The need is especially crucial during these hard times brought on by this Covid 19 pandemic.”

The following nonprofits received critical needs grants: AHA - After-School Program, Bronc Callahan Community Fund, Canaan Child Care Center, Canaan Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills, Caring for Bethlehem, Chore Service, Community Food Bank, Community Kitchen of Torrington, Connecticut Food Bank, EdAdvance, Falls Village Emergency Relief/Fuel Fund, Falls Village Senior Center, Family & Children’s Aid, FISH of Northwestern Connecticut, Food Rescue US, Friendly Hands Food Bank, Goshen Good Neighbor Fund, Hands of Grace, Helping Hands Chore Service, Housatonic Child Care Center, Housatonic Youth Service Bureau, Litchfield Hills Chore Service, Litchfield Hills Elderly Nutrition Program, McCall Center for Behavioral Health, Mental Health Connecticut, North Canaan Social Services, Prime Time House, Salvation Army of Torrington, Salvation Army Winsted Regional Service Center, Sharon Day Care, Supportive Housing Works, Susan B. Anthony Project, Torrington Area Youth Service Bureau, town of Colebrook, town of Kent Social Services, town of Litchfield Department of Social Services, United Church of Christ in Cornwall, Veterans Service Office and Museum, Warm the Children, Washington Community Fund, Winchester Youth Service Bureau, Winsted Area Child Care Center, Winsted United Methodist Church and Women’s Support Services.

Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 280 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to approaching $115 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled $4 million.

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