Christian Community Action, 4 other nonprofits seek votes for ‘Community Builder’ grant

Christian Community Action is up for a $25,000 grant as part of the Stratton Faxon law-firm’s Community Builder contest.

As part of the contest, Stratton Faxon has pre-selected four charities: All Our Kin, Billings Forge Community Works, Common Ground and Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.  The one that gets the most votes from people visiting the firm’s website will be awarded a $100,000 grant, with the other three receiving grants of $25,000 each.

As a past recipient, Christian Community Action is not eligible to compete among those four. CCA, however, can win a $25,000 grant under a fifth write-in category. That award also goes to the top vote-getter.

To cast your lot for the $100,000 winner, go to,  click on the “Vote Now” box and select one of the radio buttons. To vote for CCA, enter Christian Community Action in the write-in box and fill in your first and last name and email address.

No donation required to vote.

Help spread the word for these organizations, the contest ends July 8.

Community Action Agency of New Haven has a new home

Community Action Agency headquarters

The Community Action Agency of New Haven has moved its headquarters to a new location at 419 Whalley Ave., New Haven 06511.

For more information, contact Cassandra Floyd, director of programs at 203-687-1470 or by email

Quota International of New Haven calls for scholarship applicants

Quota International of New Haven a non-profit volunteer organization that works with the hearing impaired and disadvantage women and children, invites graduating high school students to apply for a Quota Book Scholarship.

Quota awards the scholarship to students who have demonstrated outstanding work in the following professions: healthcare or public health, education, speech and the hearing Impaired, or work related fields with mentally or physically disabled individuals.

Students from the following towns are eligible: Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Killingworth, Madison, Meriden, Monroe, New Haven, North Branford, Orange, Oxford, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull, West Hartford, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Haven, Woodbridge, and Woodmont.

For applications, email  Scholarships range from $500 to $2000. All applications must be received by April 15, 2012.

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Newspapers Helping Nonprofits in Connecticut

Journal Register Company newspapers in Connecticut are offering free assistance and resources to nonprofit organizations throughout the state. This includes:

Community Media Lab

Our Community Media Lab links to nonprofit organizations’ blogs and informational sites from a section on our newspaper websites, and links to top posts from our partner blogs from our homepages. The Community Media Lab also seeks to encourage, support and strengthen a networked community of local bloggers, community sites and nonprofit organizations whose goal is a better-informed citizenry.

Help with Blogging and Social Media

It is the full-time job of Community Engagement Editors Angela Carter and Ed Stannardto reach out to readers and community organizations and help them tell their story. If you want to be part of the Community Media Lab, but don’t know how to get started with blogging, or need help with best practices, they can guide you through the process. They will also help you get established with social media and grow your connections.

News Coverage

You submit a press release, or call the newspaper and try to get coverage for an issue that’s important to your organization, or an event that will be crucial to your year, and what happens next to you is a mystery, and can seem random. The ConnecticutNewspapers.Org effort commits resources to helping you through that process, and at the same time aims to educate editors and reporters about the needs and missions of nonprofits and how they align with the newspaper’s mission.

Ed Stannard and Angela Carter

Meeting Space

Our open-to-the-public “Newsroom Cafe” at The Register Citizen in Torrington offers small- and medium-sized meeting rooms to nonprofit organizations for use free of charge to hold board meetings and internal or public classes, workshops and gatherings.

Community Conversation

Our aim is to partner with the community at every step in the process of local journalism, and we seek to engage readers in dialogue about the important issues of the day. We invite you to help us explain the objectives of your organization in our news coverage and editorial pages. And we want to partner with you to facilitate a community discussion about those issues.

Discounted Advertising

The ConnecticutNewspapers.Org program includes access to discounted nonprofit advertising programs reaching Journal Register Company publications’ Connecticut audience of more than 2.5 million people online and in print. For more information, contact Brenda Grover at