Family & Children’s Agency is thrilled to announce its spring benefit will see a transformation! This year’s event, RE-IMAGINE 2015, will be held on Saturday, May 30 at The Loading Dockin Stamford, CT. The evening will highlight Family & Children’s Agency and the 10,000+ individuals we impact throughout Fairfield County. With a chic new venue, inventive cuisine, and entertainment by Broadway star Liz Callaway, you won’t want to miss RE-IMAGINE!
As you may know, RE-IMAGINE is our largest annual fundraising initiative; we host hundreds of guests from Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton, Westport, Wilton and surrounding communities for an evening of dining, entertainment, silent auction, as well as a compelling program. Since 1942, Family & Children’s Agency has been helping individuals in our community build better lives. As a leading nonprofit human service agency, we are committed to increasing the social and emotional well-being of our clients. We provide solution focused services that meet the needs of individuals throughout the life cycle, including children, families, youth, adults and seniors.
VITA Program services will be offered on Tuesdays between 5-9 p.m. beginning January 27 through April 7. These services are open to any individuals or families in the greater Norwalk region who earn less than $52,000 per year. Those participating in the VITA Program should bring the following items to their appointment:
Valid photo ID
Social Security cards or official Social Security number (SSN) verification letters for yourself, spouse and any dependents, or Individual Taxpayer Identification number with letter for you and anyone else to be on your tax return
All income statements from work or from self-employment, Social Security or pensions, including W-2, 1099-R, 1099-Misc.
All interest, dividend and capital gain statements from bank(s)
Education expenses and student loan payments
Total dollars paid for child and dependent care, in addition to the day care provider’s address and tax ID number
Copy of checking and savings account numbers, and routing numbers for tax return direct deposit
Mortgage interest and real estate taxes paid
Other deductions, property taxes paid to the town
Copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
The VITA Program is provided by IRS-trained volunteers that are certified to prepare basic tax returns using TaxWise Online software. VITA sites also connect families to programs and services that can help them to maximize their tax refunds, such as matched savings programs, budget coaching, financial education and benefits screenings.
To schedule a tax appointment with FCA, contact Crystal Charlton at (203) 523-5336. No walk-ins will be taken after 8:45 p.m.
Thank you to everyone who came together to donate to FCA families this holiday season. You have made the holiday season warmer and brighter for so many families. A holiday program of this magnitude is only made possible through our dedicated community and corporate partners who continue to support FCA clients each year.
Holiday Gift Giving and Sponsor a Family Programs
Family & Children’s Agency’s Holiday Gift Giving Collection received over 1,200 gifts for children and families of all ages this holiday season. In addition, our Sponsor a Family program provided 15 entire families with gifts.
Nine holiday meals and events were held for FCA families of all ages, including Family Support and Prevention, Homeless Services, the After School Program, Specialized Foster Care, Project REWARD and Home Care Services for Seniors.Thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers!
Chaz & AJ Toy Drive
For the third year in a row, Family & Children’s Agency has participated in the Chaz & AJ Toy Drive at the Webster Bank Arena, sponsored by 95.9 The FOX and Connoisseur Media. The radio stations of Connoisseur Media have been longtime friends of FCA and we thank them for their continued support!
Thank you to everyone who supported A Taste of Fairfield County, held Nov. 13 at Aitoro in Norwalk. The event was a huge success for Family & Children’s Agency and the After School Program. Special thanks to our Junior Board of Directors for all their hard work!
The After School Program is once again lucky enough to have the Rowayton Arts Center fund a six-week art program. In addition to art expression, students will learn how to be art docents to describe their work to the public. Please join us in supporting the After School Program students for the Expressive Arts Class gallery opening!
On Wednesday, Oct. 29, a free mental health screening will be offered at Family & Children’s Agency’s 140 Water St. location in Norwalk from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The event is part of a mental health screening series sponsored by the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board, Inc. throughout the month of October in conjunction with National Depression Screening Day. Screenings are offered free of charge and are open to the public.
“These free events are designed to raise awareness of the importance of regular health checkups, promote early detections, and provide materials that support wellness,” said Margaret Watt, Executive Director of the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board, Inc.
Information will be provided on a variety of mental wellness areas including stress management, sleep hygiene, mood-boosting foods, resilience and mindfulness. Visitors will take a free mental wellness screening and then chat about the results with a clinician and get a referral, if needed. Healthy snacks and activities will also be provided. In addition to mental health screenings, the Norwalk Community Health Center mobile bus will also be available on site and open for the public.
Another year, another great Minks to Sinks sale! Thank you to all who donated, consigned, volunteered and shopped this past week!
Minks to Sinks, often referred to as the greatest treasure hunt in town, will kick off its fall sale this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the corner of Danbury Road (Route 7) and School Road in Wilton. An auxiliary of Family & Children’s Agency (FCA), Minks to Sinks holds two tag sales per year offering an incredible variety of clothing, furniture, kitchen items, art, books, athletic equipment, toys and more. Proceeds from each sale benefit FCA.
Minks to Sinks has its roots in Wilton, having taken place since 1931. Today, the sale brings out nearly 200 volunteers from the Wilton community, many of whom have been involved in Minks to Sinks for over 30 years. During the semi-annual sale, volunteers work tirelessly to price, ticket, organize and display the thousands of items that are donated or consigned for the sale. Volunteers don the trademark red, white and blue striped aprons.
“Family & Children’s Agency’s relationship with Minks to Sinks dates back as far as the 1950s. In that time period, Minks to Sinks has donated roughly $2.9 million to FCA,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “We are grateful each year for their wonderful work.”
Minks to Sinks sale hours are:
Saturday, Oct. 4th: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 5th: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 6th : 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunday and Monday dates are half-priced bargain days, with all items for sale at 50 percent off the marked price. On Monday, all shoppers may fill a bag with any merchandise at the sale for only $7.
More than $100,000 was raised at Family & Children’s Agency’s (FCA) annual Golf & Tennis Classic, held Sep. 8, 2014 at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield. Mark Brown, of Wilton, and Jamie Bergin, of Darien, chaired the golf tournament, while Stephanie Mercado and Mary Cahill, both of Wilton, chaired the tennis portion of the event.
“The Golf & Tennis Classic continues to be a tremendous success each year for Family & Children’s Agency,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “We are so grateful to our sponsors and players who supported the event this year. We are proud to say that 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to helping clients.”
Corporate sponsors, participants and donors for the golf outing included Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Bloomberg Tradebook, cg42, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Hillhead Capital Inc., The Hour Publishing Company, HSBC, Idelle Labs, Jefferies, KCG Hotspot, Maplewood Senior Living, McMahon Ford of Norwalk, MJP Wealth Advisors, Morgan Stanley, Nomura Securities International, Inc., People’s United Bank, RBS, Stein|Troost architecture, UBS, Weeden & Co. LP and Xerox Corporation. Individual sponsors and donors included Deanna and Jamie Bergin, Tammy and Mark Brown, Jill and Alex Dimitrief, Jay and Mark Lux, Kathleen and Peter Murphy, Barbara and William O. Murphy, and Friends of Family & Children’s Agency.
150 backpacks were collected from local donors for FCA clients!
“Family & Children’s Agency is so grateful to our supporters who donate back to school supplies for clients each fall,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of FCA. “School supplies are essential for academic success, and these donations will mean so much to the students and families receiving them.”
This is Rachel Schiavone’s first year donating school supplies in honor of their friend Victoria Soto, a teacher who was killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy. Both the Service League of Boys of New Canaan and the Sciarretta and Lord families of Wilton are in their seventh year of donating back to school supplies. The “Tools for School” drive, conducted by the Wilton families, collects backpacks filled with supplies, which are given to sixth grade students in the After School Program. The tradition began when one student in the family began to collect school supplies in lieu of birthday presents seven years ago. In its third year, FactSet Research Systems had a “giving tree” with over 100 request tags for employees to take.