SLOBs Partner Philanthropy Organizations
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Liaisons: Dylan and Jodie Azzopardi
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States established to provide the means to cure cystic fibrosis (CF) and ensure that those living with CF live long and productive lives. The Foundation provides information about cystic fibrosis and finances CF research that aims to improve the quality of life for people with the disease.
Carver Foundation of Norwalk
Liaisons: Taylor and Kari Pinkernell
The mission of the Carver Center is to help children and youth reach their greatest potential by providing educational, social and recreational programs in a positive, safe and fun environment. SLOBs has hosted a number of events for The Carver Center. All events were geared towards children, K-5. SLOBs has participated in after-school sports and activities as well as STEM events.
Family & Children's Agency - Norwalk
Liaisons: Ryan and Janet Little
For more than 75 years, FCA has been helping individuals and families throughout Fairfield County and beyond to realize life's possibilities. FCA increases the social and emotional well-being of its clients by providing strength-based, solution-focused services for every stage of life. SLOBs collects new backpacks and school supplies for the new school year.
Liaisons: Spencer and Iain Paine
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. SLOBs provide support during the annual cookie drive by unloading boxes of cookies from the delivery truck and loading the appropriate number of boxes of each cookie type into the scouts' cars as they drive through.
Liaisons: Tyler and Traci Pascarella
Inspirica is one of the largest providers of services to the homeless in CT. Its mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping people achieve and maintain permanent housing and stability in their lives. SLOBs supports Inspirica by collecting food donations during its Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Liaisons: Jonas and Clara Hansen
The Lustgarten Foundation is the world’s largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research and is focused on improving patient outcomes and serving as a catalyst in the field of pancreatic cancer research. Lustgarten-funded research has been a driving force in every major advancement in pancreatic cancer research since 1998.
Liaisons: Brooks and Megan Wunderlich
Midnight Run is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless. New Canaan Methodist Church coordinates Midnight Run relief missions several times a year, in which volunteers from SLOBs and other groups sort food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to be distributed to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City.
NCHS Scholarship Foundation
Liaisons: John and Allison Totaro
The New Canaan Scholarship Foundation provides need based scholarships to deserving NCHS graduating seniors each year. The NC Color Run is its only fundraiser. SLOBs support the run by helping with set-up, filling bottles, manning water stations and color stations and post race clean-up.
NCHS Sports Banquets
Liaisons: Brian and Mary Balkun
SLOBs collect food donations for the NC Food Pantry from banquet attendees.
New Canaan Beautification
Liaisons: Matthew and Michelle Riley
The NCBL is a non-profit community service and educational organization in New Canaan, CT. Founded in 1939 for the purpose of the beautification of the community and to provide members with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of gardening, conservation and horticulture. The Beautification League has continued to dedicate itself to enhancing the beauty of New Canaan. SLOBs help with the upkeep and beautification of Lee Garden.
New Canaan CARES
Liaisons: Adam and Sharon Parrino
New Canaan CARES is an independent non-profit community organization whose purpose is to advance the health and well-being of our youth and families. CARES provides responsive educational programs that support and strengthen parents skills, positive youth development, and healthy lifestyles.
New Canaan Chamber of Commerce
Liaisons: Bradley and Wendy Werneburg
New Canaan Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in 1952 and is comprised of 350+ members and an executive board. It's mission statement is to connect the community with commerce. Their organization acts as an advocate and liaison between New Canaan's business, local non-profits, the municipality and residents. SLOBs assist the Chamber with preparations for the Holiday Stroll, set up and clean up, and the garlands on the lamp posts in town.
New Canaan Chamber Music
Liaisons: Sarah and Johann Wrede
New Canaan Chamber Music Inc. is a non-profit organization established in October 2020 to perform world-class chamber music in New Canaan for audiences from far and wide. Led by Artistic Director and virtuoso pianist Andrew Armstrong with other premier musicians, we have performed well-attended concerts in New Canaan as well as a virtual Christmas Eve Concert (on YouTube at NCTV79, “Andrew Armstrong”) and done outreach programs with local schools, senior communities, and youth orchestras.
New Canaan Community Foundation
Liaisons: Ben and Katharine Reagan
NCCF serves as New Canaan’s local partner for advice, leadership, and facilitation of charitable giving. Since 1977, the Foundation has invested in high-impact local organizations and has helped donors achieve their philanthropic goals. The Foundation achieves it's mission by partnering with community members to help each individual, family, or organization achieve their philanthropic goals, educating and support volunteer leaders of all ages to guide our work and help maximize impact in the community, mobilizing thoughtful grant investments and other resources to respond to local needs, and convening community leaders, experts, and residents to address community-wide issues that affect New Canaan.
New Canaan Exchange Club
Liaisons: Will and Beth Pepe
The Exchange Club is a group of individuals who want to make our country and local communities a better place to live for everyone. The Club “exchanges” their time and talent through programs of service. SLOBs help the Club with their annual Christmas Tree and Wreath sale in Kiwanis Park. SLOBs help set up the lot, unload the trees and sell the trees between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
New Canaan Farmers Market
Liaisons: Tanuja and Rohan Shenoy
The New Canaan Farmers Market provides opportunities for local farmers and business owners to sell their goods to the townspeople. The market is open every Saturday from late April through late November. SLOBs assist the volunteer coordinator at the close of the New Canaan Farmers Market by breaking down the cooling tents. The cooling tents, located in the center of the market provide relief to the shoppers during the warm weather.
New Canaan Food Pantry
Liaisons: AJ and Josephina Bell
The Food Pantry is run by New Canaan Human Services and is currently housed in St. Mark's church. It is open every other Tuesday for both morning and evening distributions. SLOBS assist in stocking and organizing donations and help distribute the food to the clients.
New Canaan Nature Center
Liaisons: Will and Meredith Sullivan
New Canaan Nature Center is a nonprofit environmental education organization whose goal is the respect, protection, & enjoyment of nature. SLOBs helps with the Center's annual Fall Fair. SLOBs collect tickets at the various activities, rides and games as well as help sell food items at the food tent.
New Canaan Parent Support Group
Liaison: Zach and Steven Santiago
Liaisons: Ted and Shannon Goetz
Open Door's mission is to effectively address the causes and complexities of the homeless and working poor by providing shelter, food, clothing, case management services, treatment services, transitional planning for short and long term goals, subsidized housing, education, employment, and a path towards independence and success.
Open Doors - New Canaan Turkey Trot
Liaisons: Trifan and Robert MacIntire
The New Canaan Turkey Trot, a 5K race through beautiful Waveny Park, supports Open Doors in Norwalk. Organized by a volunteer committee of local students and families, this annual event raises funds and shines a light on Open Doors which strives to make a difference for people dealing with homelessness and food insecurity in our community. SLOBs provide race day donations and help with racecourse monitoring, set up and clean up.
Planet New Canaan
Liaisons: Ben and Julie Kim
Planet New Canaan is an organization committed to bringing awareness about the environmental issues facing New Canaan and the broader world both today and in the future. SLOBs provides support through various outdoor events such as Christmas tree recycling and the Mill Pond cleanup.
Rotary Club of New Canaan - Lobsterfest
Liaisons: Graham and Kim Norton Butler
Rotary Club of New Canaan Lobsterfest takes place every year and is the club's annual fundraiser. Funds are distributed to local charities and organizations. SLOBs help to set up, serve food, shuck corn, clear trays and clean up.
Schoolhouse Apartments Birthdays
Liaisons: Stuart and Jack Hellmann
SLOBs bring birthday cheer to residents celebrating a birthday. Included are a small gift and personal visit.
Schoolhouse Apartments Poker Night
Liaisons: Eddie and Suzanne Harrison
SLOBs members join residents of the School House Apartments for an evening of poker. All participating residents leave with a prize that they can use within their homes (ie, paper towels, cleaning supplies, toiletries, etc.)
South Avenue Cottage
Liaisons: Jack and Cathy Sconziano
SAC is a community home for learning challenged adults. SLOBs helps clean up the leaves in the fall at SAC and works with the residents to do the work and make it a fun experience for them. SLOBs also does a spring clean up and planting in their garden.
Liaisons: Ryan and Lauren Stannard
Sports Buddies is a weekly recreational program for special needs kids. SLOBs provides volunteers for Fall Soccer, Winter Basketball, and Spring Sports. Volunteers come for an hour of sports and exercise on Saturday mornings
Stamford Little Free Pantry
Liaisons: Cullen and Whitney McCarthy
Established in 2021, the Little Free Pantry seeks to assist those in food insecurity with an anonymous way of obtaining food basics and toiletry items. It is intended to be a supplement to food pantries, food banks, meal programs, and government assistance that are widely available throughout Stamford.
St. Marks May Fair
Liaisons: Tommy and Paige McInerney
May Fair is the celebration of the St. Mark’s community reaching out to the Town of New Canaan, and other communities, not only on the day of the fair but all year long through our outreach programs funded by May Fair proceeds. SLOBs coordinate volunteers for moving books and furniture for the tag sale, setting up tents throughout the week leading up to the fair, shifts during the fair (always the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend), and clean up.
Waveny Care Center
Liaisons: William and Monica Webster
Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the changing needs of seniors from all areas. It offers a progression of therapeutic programs, services and living options to enhance quality of life for those it serves.
Liaisons: Charlie and Suzanne O'Connor
For over 65 years, the New Canaan YMCA has served as the heart of our community. While the programs and activities have evolved throughout the years, one thing remains constant—the Y brings our community together. All ages. All backgrounds. All abilities.
The Y is a community nonprofit organization where individuals come together to connect, inspire, and support each other. It is where families meet life-long friends, where kids and teens build confidence and find their niche, where those with special needs feel welcome and empowered, where seniors remain engaged physically and socially, where cancer survivors regain strength, where all ages achieve better physical and mental health, where those who need a helping hand are embraced, and where we all stay connected.