Person-to-Person has received a $5,000 grant from Westport-based Newman’s Own Foundation to support the Emergency Assistance Program.

Helping to meet the immediate needs of the working poor in Fairfield County — such as food insecurity, the threat of eviction or the imminent shutoff of utilities — this P2P program provides food, clothing and financial assistance and offers casework services to help guide clients toward self-sufficiency. The P2P service area includes Norwalk, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

Since 1989, Newman’s Own Foundation has been a steady supporter of Person-to-Person as part of Paul Newman’s dream of changing the lives of those less fortunate.

Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. Since 1982, 100 percent of the profits from the sale of Newman’s Own products, now totaling more than $475 million, has been contributed to thousands of nonprofit organizations worldwide.

Students sing

in state chorus

On March 31, eight elementary chorus students from Darien participated in the Connecticut Music Educators Association Elementary Honors Chorus held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The Honors Chorus was held in conjunction with the 2017 Music Educators Conference.

The students prepared six pieces of choral music with their teachers and then joined together with 250 choral students from across the state. The students had the opportunity to work with a nationally recognized conductor and educator, Mary Ellen Junda from the University of Connecticut.

The students performed an afternoon concert for a standing-room-only audience at the Convention Center.

Music teachers Rebecca Parnoff and Kathleen Theisen prepared and accompanied the students at the event.

Community Fund gets matching gift donation

The Community Fund of Darien received a $500 matching gift donation from the law firm of Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky.

The money will go toward At Home In Darien’s “Help Darien’s Seniors Travel Safely!” project, via The Community Fund’s new venture philanthropy crowdfunding initiative, The Impact Vine.

The Impact Vine is an online giving platform that allows donors to support projects they care about, and provides a platform for lower Fairfield County nonprofits to use as a tool to raise funds for socially impactful projects in the community using crowdfunding strategies.

The site was developed by the Community Fund of Darien, with support from 16 founding funders, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, and others. ImpactVine.com is free for qualifying nonprofits and 100 percent of the funds are paid to the nonprofit upon the completion of a successful project.

At Home In Darien is a nonprofit agency that connects seniors to their community in Darien by empowering them to stay independent, safe, healthy and socially connected.

The Community Fund of Darien is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that helps to solve local problems by awarding grants and fostering new community initiatives to support critical human services in Darien, Stamford and Norwalk.

Day of Service

New Canaan Country School volunteers pedaled side-by-side April 1, “spinning” at JoyRide of Darien in support of the ELM Project. The event was part of the third annual Kyle A. Markes Day of Service, which drew a total of over 400 Country School students, their families and teachers in a wide range of activities which benefited 14 nonprofit organizations located throughout Fairfield county. The day itself was in honor of a sixth-grade student who passed away in 2013, but whose commitment to community service became an inspiration for all at the pre-K through grade 9 school.

The mission of the ELM Project is to enhance the lives of youth living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease by providing an enriching summer camp experience, year-round skill building, as well as a supported transition to adulthood. Campers age 8 to 16 enjoy one of two seven-day sessions at a beautiful site in Warwick, N.Y. The program is free of charge and transportation is provided to the camp site. The goal of fundraising rides is to raise $1,700 to send one child to camp. For more information, about the ELM Project, please visit Joyride Darien.

New Canaan Country School students spent April 1 helping out in the community.

Some Country School volunteers also visited residents of Waveny Lifecare Network’s The Inn and the students and seniors teamed up to plant seedlings for a garden. Other volunteers worked side-by-side creating flash cards and clocks, teaching tools to be used by the nonprofit organization Building One Community in their English language instruction program offered to immigrants and others assimilating into the Stamford area.

The day culminated with a basketball tournament on a court dedicated in Markes’ honor. Twenty 4-person teams comprised of Middle and Upper School students, including many of Markes’ classmates, competed in a spirited tournament. Proceeds from the games will benefit Horizons at New Canaan Country School.

The event was organized by the school’s Parents’ Association, along with the community development office.

Bulk pickup program

The Darien Department of Public Works will continue its bulk pickup program by appointment again this spring.

Pickup will be by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays ending June 7. Each residence is restricted to a single pickup per calendar year.

Residents should have their debris placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of their scheduled pickup. No pickups will be made at addresses on private streets (unless property has road frontage on public street and material is placed along public road frontage).

Items are limited to those too large for transport by a passenger car or SUV.

The following items will not be accepted:

Hazardous waste.

Sealed containers or barrels.

Liquid wastes or paint

Propane tanks, fire extinguishers or other pressure vessels

Pathological or medical waste

Logs, stumps, leaves, grass clippings or brush

Batteries (bring to Transfer Station).

Drywall (gypsum board, sheet rock or wall board)

Wood items must be less than four feet long and six inches in diameter.

Refrigerators, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners require a refrigerant sticker with an additional fee of $15, which may be paid at the Department of Public Works in the Town Hall (2 Renshaw Road) or at the scale house. If purchasing the refrigerant sticker at the scale house, please bring exact change. Please remove refrigerator doors for safety and affix sticker onto device.