On March 7th, the Fairfield County Community Foundation wants you to give where you live.
"It is a 24 hour online giving campaign where we have nearly 280 nonprofits in Fairfield County signed up and registered to participate. Giving donors an opportunity to learn more about these nonprofits, to give, to have some of their gifts matched and to raise the visibility of the nonprofit giving community," said Juanita James, President and CEO of the Fairfield County Community Foundation.
The Fairfield County Community Foundation in collaboration with Bank of America, hopes to raise $1 million for the local nonprofits, ranging from museums to food banks.
"People want to see impact where they live. They see the great work of the local nonprofits and while at the corporate level support many of these nonprofits that are participating, this is a great way of touching every one of them and lifting them up and providing them resources," said Carol Heller, Senior Vice President, Southern Connecticut Market Manager at Bank of America.
The Human Services Council is just one of the 30 nonprofit organizations in Norwalk taking part in the online day of giving.
There are 50 Stamford nonprofits and 17 Greenwich nonprofits also taking part in Fairfield County Giving Day.
Anthony DiLauro, Executive Director of the Human Services Council said, "There are a lot of nonprofits in the Fairfield County area that serve in different areas. We serve kids with health centers, we serve [kids] with mentors so we help the community in several different ways but it's good that the people in the community learn about and take advantage of where their interest lie."
Dr. Christopher Bogart, Executive Director of the Southfield Center of Development said, "It's important as a demonstration for children. We're working with kids and to be able to show them that we take seriously the idea of giving and supporting those around us, I think is a fantastic message to give to kids."
To donate, visit www.FCGives.org on Friday, March 7 from midnight to midnight and search for the nonprofit of your choice by town, by cause or by name.
Juanita James says while there is a lot of wealth in Fairfield County, "there's also a lot of need. Part of our role is to help people identify where those needs are and support those who need it most."