These 39 Volunteers to Be Honored by The Community Fund of Darien on April 30 — and You’re Invited

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The Community Fund of Darien invites the community to celebrate 39 Darien residents who are being recognized Tuesday, April 30, for their outstanding volunteer efforts.

— an announcement from The Community Fund of Darien (TCF)

You’re Invited

This year, The Community Fund of Darien will honor 39 of Darien’s extraordinary volunteers on Tuesday, April 30th at 5:30 p.m. at the Darien Community Association’s Garden Wing Room.

All are welcome. You can RSVP to the event organizers here.

Darien Volunteer Awards 2024

Thanking These Thirty-Nine

Honorees, who must be Darien residents, will be awarded in the following categories: Outstanding Adult Volunteer (19-64 years), Outstanding Emerging Volunteer (18 years and younger), Outstanding New Volunteer, Outstanding Senior Volunteer (65 years and older), and Outstanding Volunteer Duo.

This year’s volunteer award honorees:

Outstanding Adult Volunteer

Robin Ackerman, The Community Fund of Darien

Ximena Barrera, Saint Joseph Parenting Center

Reva Corrigan, At Home In Darien

Meredith Edwards, The Mather Homestead

Holly Galper, Waveny LifeCare Network

Meaghan Hetherington, Multiple Organizations

Sarah Hunsberger, The Darien Foundation

Emily Kroenlein, Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County

William Looney, Family Centers

Maria Esther Magallanes, Building One Community

Sharon Parr, The Tiny Miracles Foundation

Rob Roberto, Future 5

Claudia Rodriguez, Darien Book Aid Plan

Jackie Scott, ABC in Darien

K.C. Simon, Liberation Programs

Liza Smith, Darien Community Association

Melinda Stewart, Person to Person

Sandi Sufrin, The Community Fund of Darien

Outstanding Emerging Volunteer

Kateri Daly, Eagle Scouts

Maria Gardner, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding

David Popson, The Darien Depot

Paige Westbrook, Feed My Starving Children Darien Packing Event

Outstanding New Volunteer

Dan Guller, Kids In Crisis

Amber Paquette, Family & Children’s Agency

Outstanding Senior Volunteer

David Dever, Darien TV79

Midge Lopat, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Kathianne Robins, Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County

Outstanding Volunteer Duo

Marcia Cleary and Sue Okie, The Carver

Tricia Bresnahan and Courtney Darby, Darien SEPPAC

Jamie Demark and Will Massey, Person to Person

Sha-li Lee and Da-Tung Chang, Darien Senior Programs at Mather Center

Vicki and Bob Patton, Darien Flag Football League

Claire Ventker and Penny Vanovitch, Freshman Community Group

More About the Annual Awards

Since 1979, The Community Fund of Darien has annually recognized Darienites who have selflessly dedicated their time and skills to benefit others.

The Community Fund of Darien invites local nonprofit organizations and the public to nominate individuals from Darien who exemplify the spirit of volunteering.

Thanks, Sponsors

The event is sponsored by Brown Harris Stevens, Cross Private Client Insurance, and the Darien Community Association. The Community Fund of Darien would like to thank Brown Harris Stevens for sponsoring the event for more than 19 years and Cross Private Client Insurance for sponsoring the event for four years. Thank you to the Darien Community Association for hosting the event in their Garden Wing Room.

About The Community Fund of Darien

The Community Fund of Darien’s (TCF) mission is to inspire people and mobilize resources to strengthen our community. Our vision is for all community members to have the opportunity to reach their full potential as healthy, educated, and self-sufficient individuals.

TCF initiates solutions, builds collaborations, and implements and supports programs to strengthen youth, adults, and families, for lasting and positive impact in Darien, Norwalk, and Stamford.

Established in 1951, The Community Fund of Darien invests approximately $600K annually in nonprofit health and human services organizations. Since 1951, TCF has distributed more than $27 million to charitable organizations in our local communities, positively impacting thousands of lives.

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