Give Local Greater Waterbury Raises More Than $2 Million for Nonprofits

WATERBURY— Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills, an annual online giving event hosted by Connecticut Community Foundation for the ninth year, concluded a 36-hour flurry of giving at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, raising a record breaking $2 million. The bounty is earmarked for more than 280 nonprofit organizations serving the foundation’s 21-town service area and will ultimately provide countless benefits to organizations serving tens of thousands of people in the region.

“Every year we’re humbled by the generosity of local residents, who broke all Give Local records this year,” said Julie Loughran, president and CEO of Connecticut Community Foundation. “Their support for the extraordinary and critical work of local nonprofits makes an enormous difference, particularly now when needs have been high and organizations continue to struggle to raise the funds needed to adapt their services to the pandemic environment.

“It is truly moving to see so many thousands of people step up and dig deep to support the people and organizations that serve us all so well.”

More than 6,700 individuals throughout the region and beyond contributed during the campaign. Giving continues to be particularly important as the pandemic persists. Communities are hopeful that the possibility of recovery is on the horizon.

“The recent Give Local fundraiser will help organizations that have been stretched for resources over the past year to address such critical issues as food insecurity, shelter, access to vaccines and other health care, supporting kids during distance learning, and much more,” Ms. Loughran said.

Connecticut Community Foundation, presenting sponsor Ion Bank Foundation and many other sponsors provided more than $145,000 in bonus funds to boost all donations during the event. And, as the giving tallies grew in real-time on the Give Local website, nonprofits vied for $44,000 in cash prizes from sponsors.

Total dollars raised for each of the participating nonprofits can be viewed on the leaderboard of the Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills website at www.GiveLocalCCF.org.

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