FELO prepares and serves dinner at Operation Hope

The Fairfield Emerging Leaders Organization (FELO), a professional group within the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, prepared and served dinner to about 50-60 people at Operation Hope in Fairfield, on Saturday, Nov. 19.

With a core group of about 15 FELO members, they began their day by meeting in the morning, to first go grocery shopping for all the food. After purchasing the food, they loaded their cars with grocery bags and drove over to First Church Congregational to unload all the food items into their kitchen, and began to unpack, prepare and cook and the food. Café Dolce, Norwalk, also donated pastries.

Beverly Balaz, president of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, said: “I’m so very touched, and beyond proud, of FELO. Part of their mission, is to volunteer and give back to the community. On Saturday, they shopped for food, prepared and cooked it at the First Church Congregational kitchen, (making meatballs, ziti, salad, garlic bread, brownies, and more). They then brought it over to Operation Hope, where they served this delicious dinner Saturday evening. FELO is a very special group of people, and during this holiday time of Thanksgiving, I’m so proud of them for coming forward and thinking of others.”

Spearheading the Operation Hope volunteer brigade was Ryan Pallathra/Nutriscience Innovations and other FELO volunteers included Scott Nickel, Lori Jones, Chris McCoy, Jackie Kosiba, Lindsay Smith, Rebecca Lautenslager along with the help of many friends and family, including mini Sous Chefs (children) who cooked throughout the day as well, and then helped handout plates to the guests at the Shelter.

Operation Hope was formed in 1986 when local residents became aware of individuals in the community unable to meet their own basic needs of food and shelter. Clergy and lay leaders worked together to provide food and emergency shelter. The foundation of Operation Hope as a community organization was fueled by the energy of concerned citizens. In that same year, Operation Hope became a 501©3 organization.

Operation Hope provides the opportunity for individuals and families to experience transformative change. By addressing basic needs for food and shelter, as well as offering long-term solutions to hunger and homelessness, including affordable housing, life skills training and personalized clinical support, we help people reach their potential in an environment where compassion inspires dignity and hope.

FELO, Fairfield Emerging Leaders Organization, is a professionals group within the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. This is an organization of emerging leaders from entry to management level in their current company. FELO’s mission is to provide education, plus a platform for emerging professionals to engage in business sponsored activities and connect with individuals to enhance professional and leadership skills, while promoting social and civic opportunities for the enrichment of our business community.

FELO contributes its proceeds raised, to go towards the High School scholarship program. Each year, FELO will award a local high school senior from both Warde and Ludlowe, who is majoring in business, a scholarship to a student in need. FELO’s community and civic activities focus on making the local community a better place to live, work and play.

If interested in more information about FELO, visit FELO on Facebook, the Chamber website FairfieldCTChamber.com, contact Chair Jackie Kosiba at [email protected] or call 203-307-4221.


FELO volunteers help prepare dinner at Operation Hope.

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