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Free Vaccination Clinic Hosted at Person to Person on Friday

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Person to Person is co-hosting a free vaccination clinic on Friday, Feb. 4 at its Darien site, 1864 Post Road, in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Public Health. — an announcement from Person to Person
This clinic is for ages 12 years old and over and is open to the public. All three brands of vaccine will be available (Moderna, Pfizer and J&J) so this is appropriate for anyone who needs a first dose, second dose or booster. Participants are asked to please bring a health insurance card and photo ID if they have them, but it is not necessary to have health insurance or ID to receive the vaccine.

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Ox Ridge Students Give Time; Their Parents, Gift Cards to Foster Care Program Kids

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For the 20th year in a row, Ox Ridge Elementary School in Darien again this holiday season supported Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) and the young people in the organization’s Foster Care program. — an announcement from Family & Children’s Agency

FCA provides services for children, families, adults, and seniors, including specialized foster care, which is designed for children with serious medical, emotional, and behavioral disorders. More than 60 kids from Ox Ridge School’s Kids Care Club gathered before school to create holiday cards for youth in Foster Care using colored paper, stickers, crayons, and other art supplies. “It has been our privilege to work with Family & Children’s Agency for the last 20 years,” said Lauren Stisser of the Kids Care Club. “Through Ox Ridge Elementary School’s Kids Care Club and Hope Chest, we have been able to teach our kids the importance and true joy of giving back, and that even small hands can make a big difference,” Stisser said.

YWCA Darien-Norwalk Helps Charity Group Get 75 Coats to Person-to-Person in Norwalk

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YWCA Darien/Norwalk in partnership with Wilton-based Riverbrook Regional YMCA served as “coat drive ambassadors” for One Warm Coat, a nonprofit that distributes coats nationwide to organizations that serve people in need. — an announcement from the YWCA Darien/Norwalk

The two local groups identified Person-To-Person in Norwalk as an organization in need of coats. Jarred Barnes, YMCA’s chief operations officer, picked up 50 coats, and YWCA Board Chair Aidan Welsh, picked up another 25, then delivered them to Person-To-Person in Norwalk. The coats are all either gently worn or new. The need was especially urgent this year.

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Students Make Holidays Brighter for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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Each child in the STAR Rubino Family Center, an early intervention pediatric therapy program in Norwalk, will receive a handmade card with a cheerful holiday note along with a book to enjoy during the holidays, thanks to a project spearheaded by Amanda King Heavey and her son, Will. — an announcement from  STAR Inc., Lighting the Way

Heavey, a STAR board member and New Canaan resident, and Will, a student at East School in New Canaan, were joined by students in Grades K-4, the Community Service committee of volunteer parents, the PTC board, and Principal Mrs.Woleck came together to give the holiday gifts. Along with the gifts to individual children, the project is also providing a specially curated selection of books that address age appropriate understanding of unique abilities, inclusion, diversity, and kindness will be shared at the school and donated to STAR Rubino Family Center lending library. Through STAR Rubino Family Center, STAR provides a multi-lingual program for children experiencing, or at risk of, developmental delays. This program, generously supported in part by The New Canaan Community Foundation and The Community Fund of Darien and other generous grants, offers services from birth through age eight.

Lindsay Ferretti Becomes Darien’s First Female Eagle Scout

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In a first for Darien Scouting, Lindsay Ferretti was honored Sunday as Darien’s first female Eagle Scout. — an announcement from Darien Scouts

Lindsay has always been involved in community service, as an altar server at St. John Church, a volunteer at Person-to-Person, and even helping rebuild a home in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. After just a few weeks in Troop 219, Lindsay was chosen to be the senior patrol leader as the girls attended their first week ever at Camp Sequassen summer camp. For her Eagle project, Lindsay lead a team painting over 50 yellow fire hydrant locater markings on telephone poles to aid firefighters in quickly locating the closest hydrant in an emergency.

Job Fair for Abilis, Helping People With Special Needs, Runs This Monday Through Friday

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Abilis is holding its week-long Job Fair this Monday through Friday, Dec. 6 to 10, at its Greenwich headquarters at 50 Glenville St. — an announcement from Abilis

Prospective employees/job seekers are encouraged to attend the Abilis Job Fair and interview on-site for open positions. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment necessary! Applicants should come prepared with their resume and be prepared to be interviewed during the job fair.

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Dazzling December Shopping Night at Everything Is Rosey Supports YW’s Parent Awareness Programs

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YWCA of Darien/Norwalk’s annual Dazzling December shopping event, a fun and festive evening celebrating the upcoming holiday season, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9 at Everything is Rosey in Darien. — an announcement from the YWCA of Darien/Norwalk

Everything is Rosey at 1072 Post Road in Darien offers a wide array of colorful apparel, resort wear and unique holiday gifts. Light hors d’oeuvres and complimentary wine tastings will be served by local Scout & Cellar representative Sally Betz. Several gift baskets will be raffled off throughout the evening.

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Methodist Family Center Preschool Collects Record-Breaking Amount in Annual Food Drive for P2P

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A record-breaking 300 canned and dry goods were collected for Person-to-Person’s pantry at the recent “Thanksgiving Sing” at the Methodist Family Center Preschool. — an announcement from the Methodist Family Center Preschool

On a bright and unseasonably warm November morning, the MFCP welcomed the school’s families to the Thanksgiving Sing, a cherished annual tradition that had been canceled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The ‘Sing’ as it is affectionately called, concluded a month-long food drive in partnership with Person to Person’s Darien Pantry and their mobile food pantry, P2P On Wheels. Children ages 3 to 5 began the Sing by bringing their food donations and placing them in a basket. “Listening to the children sing reminds us of how blessed we are to come together on a gorgeous day with the sole purpose of being thankful,” said MFCP Director Laurie Anderson.

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At Home In Darien Annual Meeting Dec 10 Features State Attorney General William Tong

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The Annual Meeting of At Home In Darien will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 10, with state Attorney General William Tong the featured guest speaker. The meeting will take place in the Community Room at Darien Library. The public is invited to attend virtually and learn more about At Home In Darien and its services. — an announcement from At Home In Darien

As attorney general, Tong’s top priority is to protect Connecticut families, residents and consumers, and to stand up to powerful forces that threaten us.

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Former Darien Eagle Scout Matthew Gentile Receives Award Sunday from National Association

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Darien High School graduate Matthew Gentile will be awarded the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award from the National Eagle Scout Association on Sunday at the Andrew Shaw Memorial Scout Cabin. Gentile is an engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is part of the Mars Rover Mission team. He was a scout in Troop 35 Darien when he became an eagle scout in 2010. — an announcement from Darien Scouts

The award is granted to eagle scouts who have distinguished themselves in their life’s work and have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis. Only a couple of these honors are awarded from each Boy Scouts of America Council.

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Marketing Veteran Tina Tison Named Executive Director of Darien-Based Tiny Miracles Foundation

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The Tiny Miracles Foundation, a Darien-based not-for-profit organization set up to help area families with premature babies, has announced Tina Tison as its new executive director. — an announcement from The Tiny Miracles Foundation

Tison joins the foundation from The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, where she was director of marketing since 2016. “I am looking forward to working with our partners and volunteers to guide and support families impacted by prematurity,” Tison said. “The Foundation has an incredibly important mission and has helped so many families since its creation.”

Ashley Dineen, president of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, said, “We’re so pleased to welcome Tina, and know that her skills, experience, energy and vision will lift the organization to new levels.”

Tison will direct the foundation’s efforts to help preemie parents in Fairfield and New Haven counties through critical times, as well as to enhance neonatal intensive care unit services and improve the short- and long-term outcomes for local preterm babies and their families. The Foundation operates in-NICU programs at the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH) Bridgeport and New Haven campuses, St.

The Volunteer Hub Is Launched to Help Darien Volunteers Find a Good Matches With Local Organizations

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The Community Fund of Darien is launching The Volunteer Hub, a complimentary service to Darien residents interested in finding just the right local volunteer opportunity. — an announcement from The Community Fund of Darien

“We’ve heard from Darien residents that they wanted to be more involved in our community and didn’t know how to get started,” explained Janet King, Executive Director of The Community Fund of Darien. Thanks to its community investments in many local nonprofit organizations, The Community Fund has strong ties to those who need volunteer help — a list that’s growing. “Since TCF has such extensive knowledge of local nonprofits, we want to use this expertise to create a personalized matchmaking service for Darien residents to find their dream volunteer position and support these organizations with their skills,” King said. How It Works
Individuals contact TCF’s Volunteer Hub Hosts, and those “volunteers for volunteering” will personally guide participants to the organizations which best match their skill set and areas of interest.