Bristol Roundup Burlington Roundup Community Coronavirus Updates Cover

Struggling Local Nonprofits Receive Essential Help Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Featured grant recipient Brian’s Angels Homeless Outreach

Main Street Community Foundation says local nonprofits are struggling due to the challenging effects of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

For these local nonprofits, there has been a significant increase in the demand for their services and a simultaneous decrease in both program and fundraising revenue.

Main Street Community Foundation has shifted its focus and adapted its grant making guidelines to provide funding for what they say is needed the most: unrestricted operating support. This month, $465,226 in general operating support grants were awarded to help sustain nonprofit organizations in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

“The Board of Directors took action and recognized the challenges facing our local nonprofits during this extraordinary time,” stated Susan Sadecki, President & CEO of the Foundation.

“Back in March, we joined hundreds of foundations throughout the country in partnership with the Council on Foundations to pledge our commitment to more flexible funding to help grantee partners meet emerging needs prompted by the COVID-19 crisis.”

Unrestricted operating support grants totaling $112,353 were awarded to 18 organizations from the COVID-19 Response Fund, the Bristol Brass General Grant Fund, the KAWFY Memorial Fund and several donor advised funds: the Clement Family Fund, the Hamzy Family Charitable Fund and the Pat & Bob Wollenberg Charitable Fund. The grants ranged from $2,000 to $20,000 and the organizations awarded are:

American Clock & Watch Museum Bristol CT. Photo (c) Michael Uchalid
  • American Clock & Watch Museum
  • Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Bristol
  • Brian’s Angels Homeless Outreach Center
  • Bristol Preschool Childcare Center, Inc.
  • Bristol Recovery Club
  • Community Counseling Centers of Central Connecticut, Inc.
  • Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, Inc.
  • Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center
  • Lock Museum of America, Inc.
  • New England Carousel Museum
  • Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
  • Plainville Community Food Pantry
  • Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
  • St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol
  • Tabernacle Christian Church – Giving Back Food Pantry
  • United Way of West Central Connecticut
  • Veterans Strong Community Center
Veterans Strong Community Center Bristol CT.

After careful assessment of the needs in Southington, MSCF awarded $352,873 in unrestricted operating support grants from the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust to nine organizations. The Trust was originally established in 1973 by the late Bradley Henry Barnes to support the health and well-being of Southington residents. The grants ranged from $12,500 to $100,000 and the organizations awarded are:

  • Arc of Southington, Inc 
  • Bread For Life 
  • Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington 
  • LiveWell Alliance
  • Prudence Crandall Center, Inc.
  • Senior Transportation Services
  • Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs
  • Southington Community Cultural Arts 
  • United Way of Southington

“These nonprofits are providing critical services to residents in need,” said Sadecki. “We want to provide relief today so we can keep our community strong for tomorrow.” 

Main Street Community Foundation Staff

Main Street Community Foundation will continue COVID-19 response and recovery efforts into 2021 and beyond. The Foundation encourages individual donors, businesses and other funders to consider a contribution to the COVID-19 Response Fund if they are able, at

Subscribe to The Connecticut Roundup

Subscribe to the Roundup, along with over 250,000 other subscribers!

Latest Stories

32 Things to Do in Connecticut This January

Looking for something to do in Connecticut in January? Even with all the COVID-19 safety restrictions, there is still so much to see and do — and you can be sure businesses are working hard to keep you safe. Whether you want something active or relaxing, cultural or nature-oriented, historic or trendy, Connecticut’s got youContinue Reading

This Litchfield Hills Chocolate Trail is Ridiculous

There simply aren’t many things in this world more loved, more appreciated, more craved, than chocolate. Chocolatiers are magicians who transform the simplest ingredients into not just delicious confections, but works of art. Fortunately, Litchfield Hills has no shortage of these dedicated artisans who understand that we can’t live without them! As always, be sureContinue Reading

Give The Gift of Cool CT Experiences

Know someone who’s impossible to buy for? Why not give them a great Connecticut experience, such as: A day (or more) on the water, sailing on an authentic New England schooner An amazing driving experience at Thompson Speedway or Lime Rock Park A fly fishing lesson on the Housatonic or Farmington Rivers A foodie tour of gourmet restaurants in New Haven A hot airContinue Reading


Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.

The Roundup team works hard to report, create and aggregate news stories that helps The Connecticut Roundup serve as a user’s guide for everything Connecticut, both in print and online. Through world-class design, bold photography, and captivating writing, they point you to the best in local news, business professionals, food, drink, arts, culture, fashion, and more. You can contact this group of amazing people at