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Susan B. Anthony Project’s
9th annual MOMIX Fundraiser
hosted by Grace & Djan Yagtug
On Saturday, August 19th, the 9th Annual MOMIX in the Garden fundraiser will be held at the home of Grace & Djan Yagtug in Litchfield, CT. The event will take place from 5:00–8:00 p.m. and feature a private performance by MOMIX, a company of dancer-illusionists lead by Artistic Director Moses Pendleton and Associate Director Cynthia Quinn.  The fundraiser will benefit Susan B. Anthony Project. 
Founded in 1983, Susan B. Anthony Project promotes safety, healing and growth for all survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and advocates for the autonomy of women and the end of interpersonal violence. Based in Torrington, Susan B. Anthony Project provides services, free of charge, in 20 towns in Litchfield County.
For more information about MOMIX or to purchase tickets, please call 860-489-3798 or visit our website at  For immediate help, please call the 24-hour crisis line at 860-482-7133 or visit the office at 179 Water Street, Torrington. 
Connecticut Junior Republic Announces Campus Tours
The Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) recently announced that monthly tours of its Litchfield Campus will be offered for those interested in learning more about its programs and services.  Tours will be offered throughout the year on the following Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. on August 24, September 21, October 26, November 30, and December 21, 2017

The Junior Republic's 150-acre campus is located 2.5 miles north of the center of Litchfield on Route 63.  Tours will include the Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center, the Michael P. Mortara Family Center and Wellness Center for Children, Youth and Families, the Bertha M. Wheeler Gymnasium and Pool Complex, the Robert W. Loomis Agricultural Center (CJR Farm), and a cottage residence.

Reservations for each tour date are requested and may be made by calling the CJR Development Office (860-567-9423, ext. 252) no later than the Tuesday afternoon preceding each tour date. Click here for more details.

Walking Tour: West Street
Saturday, September 9 ~ 10:00 a.m.
Litchfield History Museum
Did you know that there used to be a playhouse on Litchfield's West Street? Or a grand hotel on the site of Center School? Join an educator on a tour through Litchfield's historic business center and beyond. We will discuss the street's residents, summer destinations, stores, and how the area has changed over time.
Walking Tours at the Litchfield Historical Society
The Litchfield Historical Society's Saturday morning walking tours are exploring new sites in town. Each tour lasts about an hour-make sure to bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes. We meet at the Litchfield History Museum at 10:00 a.m. for each tour. Registration is required for walking tours.

Walking tours are free for members and $5 for non-members.
To register please call (860) 567-4501
You can also register online here.
For more information about this or other programs,
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South St., Litchfield, CT.
Community Partners Collaborate to Release Opioid Report
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, the Foundation for Community Health, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the McCall Center for Behavioral Health have published a report on the opioid epidemic and its impact on Northwest Connecticut.
In Northwest Connecticut:
- From 2007 to 2010, arrests for Drug/Narcotic Violations and Drug Equipment Violations in Northwest Connecticut increased by 23.5%.
- Between 2012 and 2016, admissions to Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for Opioid addiction treatment have increased by 110% with a 90% increase in new clients.

Almost 20 years ago, fatal overdoses surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in Connecticut.  Since 2013, Connecticut has surpassed the national death rate for drug and opioid overdoses, with over half of Northwest Connecticut towns reporting opioid-related deaths, including Barkhamsted, Hartland, Harwinton, Morris, New Hartford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Washington and Winsted. On average, two people die in Connecticut every day from an Opioid overdose.

In addition to producing this report, our organizations are committed to applying our collective resources and strengths to work together to support current and ongoing efforts to address this epidemic.  Visit to view the report.

For more information on the Foundation for Community Health, visit
For more information on the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, visit
For more information on the McCall Center for Behavioral Health, visit

Established in 1969, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $94 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $3 million.

The Seherr-Thoss Charitable Trust and The Seherr-Thoss Foundation awarded the following grants at its Spring 2017 meeting:
Bantam Fire Department - $8,649.84
for the purchase of a Mercury Model 430 inflatable boat, outboard motor and trailer
Boy Scout Troop 29 - $9,400.00
to purchase and outfit a trailer to haul equipment and supplies to and from Scouting events
The Clothes Tree (Civic Family Services) - $6,640.00
to provide software, computer system, air conditioning and carpet to improve working conditions and safety at the Clothes Tree
East Litchfield Village Improvement Society - $42,000.00
to repair the East Litchfield Chapel building
Friendly Hands Food Bank - $2,500.00
to allow Friendly Hands Food Bank to continue serving the community
Litchfield Housing Authority - $7,440.00
to provide more accessible, secure mailboxes to the residents of Wells Run
Litchfield Land Trust - $6,588.63
for outreach
Oliver Wolcott Library - $7,120.00
to replace air handler for the main areas of the library
Susan B. Anthony Project - $23,000
to replace security and phone systems at the counseling and advocacy center on Water Street in Torrington
St. Michael's Parish - $125,000.00
to complete a matching grant for the restoration of the church
Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway - $48,000.00
to complete a substantial portion of the third phase of the Greenway project
The Seherr-Thoss Foundations consider applications from not-for-profit organizations to fund projects that directly serve the people and community of Litchfield.

For additional information about submitting an application, please go to the website, www.seherr-thoss.orgemail secretary@seherr-thoss.orgor mail your request to:

Seherr-Thoss Foundations, PO Box 292, Litchfield, CT 06759.  

Grant applications may be submitted any time, but they must be postmarked by April 1 for the Spring grant distribution and October 1 for the Fall grant distribution.
Contact: Rose Brooks, Secretary
Nonprofits Receive $79,045 in late June Grants
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has made awards to 21 area nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $79,045 during its second grant cycle of 2017. The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants to northwest Connecticut charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall.
Community Foundation congratulates the 2017 LEAP graduates
The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation and Danosky & Associates, LLC congratulates seven new graduates of the Leadership Enrichment for Advancing Professionals (LEAP) program. The graduates completed the intensive eight-week program designed toward building skills in all areas of nonprofit leadership. The graduates completed the intensive eight-week program designed toward building skills in all areas of nonprofit leadership.  Click here for details.