Awards $20,000 Grant for the Emergency Assistance Program
Earlier this year, the Board of Directors of the Near & Far Aid Association voted to grant $20,000 to the Person-to-Person Emergency Assistance Program.
Person-to-Person Executive Director Ceci Maher notes that Near & Far Aid has contributed consistently to this program over the years. “This is a significant award, because the Emergency Assistance Program is at the core of our service offering,” says Maher, “providing food, clothing, financial assistance, crisis counseling and referrals to our clients."
When Near & Far Aid President Bitsy Higgins informed P2P about the grant, she noted that the award makes a meaningful difference in the lives of so many men, women and children living in poverty. “We take great pride in the work we do and endeavor to draw greater attention to poverty in Fairfield County, which will result in better funding for programs that address this issue.”
According to Maher, although Fairfield County is one of the wealthiest in the nation there are people in the area who face significant financial challenges on a daily basis. “We are grateful for the continuing commitment and support of Near & Fair Aid, which enables us to extend our services to meet the need in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Weston, Westport and Wilton.”
About Near & Far Aid: Near & Far Aid, an all-volunteer fundraising and fund granting organization, is dedicated to eliminating the causes and effects of poverty in Fairfield County. We accomplish our mission by finding and funding programs that provide life’s most basic necessities, as well as those that seek to achieve lasting change. Since the year 2000, Near & Far Aid has granted more than $13 million to the area’s best non-profit agencies and programs that further our mission. More information about our organization may be found on the web at www.nearandfaraid.org.
About Person-to-Person: Person-to-Person, Inc. was established in 1968 to provide low-income individuals and families living in lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services. A volunteer-driven agency, Person-to-Person is committed to helping clients achieve self-sufficiency through practical help, advocacy, education and problem solving initiatives. Programs include Emergency Assistance, Campership and Scholarship. More information may be found on the web at www.p2pHelps.org or by calling (203) 655-0048.