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Our Stories

Southington Scholars are Mitch Porydzy's Lasting Legacy
Mitch Porydzy was the young, well-liked, up-and-coming general manager of landmark Southington car dealer Mitchell Motors when cancer suddenly took him from his family and the Southington community. Nearly 30 years later, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is helping Mitch's family preserve his legacy through the Mitchell J. Porydzy II Memorial Scholarship Fund.

  Reflections: Bauer, Millerick See Bright Future for Foundation
The end of the calendar year at the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain almost inevitably brings with it the necessary and often sad parting of ways symbolic of the by-law-restricted relationship between the Foundation and its board members. For retiring board members Charles Bauer and Gail Millerick, their departure at the close of 2013 brings with it reflections on the past, and hope for the future.

Alma Exley

A Life Remembered, A Legacy Left

For Woody Exley and his two children, establishment of the Alma Exley Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has proved to be, in his own words, “the most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life.” And also the ideal way to honor his wife, an inspired educator and activist.

Catalyst Fund an Obedzinski Family Affair

For David, Linda and teenage daughter Katie Obedzinski, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain's Catalyst Fund offers possibilities far beyond the noble goal of making Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington better communities. Yes, there is that...but there is also the immeasurable reward to be gained by coming together as a family to make a difference in the world.

A Family History Serving New Britain Children

Helping young children to fulfill their dreams and be all they can be is part of Tracey Madden-Hennessey's DNA. The long-time chair of the New Britain Early Childhood Collaborative and Associate Director of the New Britain YWCA has made serving New Britain's children her life-long passion, and her 30-year career is chock full of impact and accomplishment.

A Charitable Journey with Immeasurable Reward

Donna Rutola has been part of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain family for more than a decade and remains one of the Foundation's - and our community's - most steadfast supporters. But her 40-plus year career in business didn't start with a focus on philanthropy. It was a colleague's skepticism at a company meeting some 25 years ago that started Donna on her diverse and rewarding journey serving the Greater New Britain community.

CFGNB & Foodshare Partner Against Hunger

Hunger is an issue we all personally experience daily, yet most of us are able to easily provide our bodies’ with plenty of nourishment. As well, we get an almost primal satisfaction from feeding our friends and families. Cooking and serving food to those we love is the basis of nurturing others. So we contemplated: what must it feel like to be unable to provide that basic nurturing and critical nutrition for yourself and your family on any given day?

Read This . . . Because You Can

Whether its reading a chapter of “Harry Potter” to your child, Googling the internet gathering helpful facts or managing all the aspects of your busy job—we rely on our ability to read countless times every day. Now imagine you can’t read… Really try to imagine that. It would change your life completely, wouldn’t it?


Foundation Strategy Helps Sustain Area Families

Headlines remind us daily that our economy remains in a slump and although some gains have been made, the outlook for many families continues to be uncertain at best.

Expanding Family Literacy Initiative Helps Parents and Their Children Succeed

Plainville resident Carol Hermanowski knew it was finally time to confront her reading problem when her daughter began to catch on that Carol was making up the stories she was “reading” from the children’s books. Read more about how the First Years First grant helped this mother finally learn to read.

Family Resource Center Gaining Visibility

It's morning in the Dragon's Den at Derynoski School and the room is filled with the sights and sounds of children playing.

Driving the Downtown Renaissance

Yes, there is life in the Hardware City, driven not by the pounding machine presses of years ago, but by a new generation of arts and culture led by Trinity On Main.

Building Bridges to Productive Lives

At Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut, learning to read, write or speak English just scratches the surface.

Preserving the Past, Enriching the Future

The good people of Southington know the value of their heritage, as evidenced by the glorious preservation and restoration of the Southington Historical Society and Museum.

Beautiful Music

Cori and Brian Humes, born and raised in families for whom helping others is a way of life, knew they had the desire, and knew they had the wherewithal. What they didn't have was a plan.

In the Family Tradition

As a third-generation business owner in New Britain, Gerry Amodio knows what a successful business brings to a community - and how a thriving community feeds that success.

For the Common Good

Bill and Gail Millerick both feel that the work of the Plainville Community Food Pantry is a perfect example of how resources can be put to work to benefit those in need, regardless of address.

A Healthy Commitment

Andy and Fran Meade have been enriching people's lives in Southington for decades - and have long understood the impact that genuine commitment can have upon a community.

Joan & Charles Leach

Why We Give: Joan & Charles Leach

For Joan and Charles Leach, giving back to their community is personal, rewarding – and lots of fun.

Why We Give: CW Resources

CW Resources, Inc., is a private, nonprofit vocational rehabilitation agency serving the needs of persons with disabilities and the socioeconomically challenged.

Why We Give: Schaller Auto World

The Schaller group has nearly 200 employees and sells some 3,000 vehicles each year, all while maintaining its family-oriented roots that are so important to the New Britain community.

Turning A Loss Into A Legacy

Before Alma Exley died of breast cancer in March 1995, she left her husband Woody a “honey-do” list of sorts. She wanted to encourage more people of color to become teachers.

Offering Alternatives

As Executive Director of the largest service provider in Southington, John Myers sees a lot of need in the community.

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