Junior Women’s Club kicks off partnership with Alpha Community Services YMCA

After months of consideration, the Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield selected Alpha Community Services YMCA, a Branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, as their charitable partner for the 2015-16 year. The club’s C.A.R.E Committee, chaired by Lillie Ennis and Shantana Maye-Hazel, researched and interviewed dozens of outstanding organizations in Fairfield and the local communities. There were many worthwhile candidates but Alpha Community Services Y stood out as a great fit for the Club’s desire to find interactive service opportunities that affect the basic needs of local families.

Alpha Community Services YMCA addresses the basic human needs for shelter, dignity and self sufficiency by providing a range of housing opportunities and supportive services. Alpha Community Services became a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA in 1992 and for the past 19 years their community has come to rely on them to provide a sense of community, hope and a safe place to belong to a growing population of homeless men, women and children. While many of their residents may not have any other support networks, the Y’s housing gave 892 individuals, including more than 400 children, a sense of community and a place to belong last year.

Alpha Community Services YMCA was present at The Junior Women’s Club annual Open House held on April 8 at The Burr Homestead to share details of their organization with current and prospective members of the JWC. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear about the organization from its District Executive Director, Carmen Colon. Her obvious passion and devotion to the organization’s cause was inspiring and a good insight into the benefits of the new partnership. “We’re thrilled to join the JWC family!” says Carmen Colon. “It’s such an energetic group and we can’t wait to partner with them. We were impressed that the Junior Women’s Club’s goal is not to simply hand over a check, but to truly join forces with us by spending time with our residents, and working on projects that will help the Alpha Community Services YMCA improve the lives of so many people. We feel very blessed!”

As with all organizations, financial support is essential and the Junior Women’s Club is prepared to raise significant funds for Alpha Community Services Y. A Visit to Santa’s House, an annual event at Fairfield’s Burr Homestead, is the club’s primary fundraiser serving their new partner. The beloved holiday tradition will take place Dec. 12-13, and all profits will be given to Alpha Community Services Y. The Club will kick off the partnership on May 16 at Alpha Community Service Y’s 14th annual Walk to End Homelessness at Captain’s Cove in Bridgeport. Throughout the year, JWC members will continue to volunteer their time in a variety of hands-on service projects, in addition to the financial aid generated at their December fundraiser.

Open to women in Fairfield and nearby towns, the JWC is a non-profit service organization that gives members the chance to make new friends while giving back to the greater community through social and personal enrichment programs, fundraisers, and local events, such as Touch-a-Truck, A Visit to Santa’s House and the Town-wide Spelling Bee. To learn more about the club and upcoming projects, please visit www.jwcfairfield.com.

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