The board of directors of The Community Fund of Darien is searching for a new executive director.

TCF's present executive director, Jenny Streeter, is resiging for personal reasons.

"We were delighted to have worked with Jenny and wish her the best," said Christie Stone, president of TCF. In the interim, Lisa Stout is acting executive director.

The Community Fund of Darien, established in 1951, addresses human service needs in Darien, Stamford and Norwalk by raising money and distributing to local social service agencies. Through its Human Services Planning Council, community leaders and professionals are brought together to identify needs and find solutions.

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Over the past 62 years, TCF has distributed more than $20 million, raised from residents and businesses, to local social service agencies. In addition to providing annual grants, TCF supports other organizations and projects through a small and emergency grant program and the Touch of Life Fund.

During 2012, more than $675,000 was granted to 30 agencies.

Ray Hodil, vice president of allocations, said, "We were very pleased with last year's allocations and our due diligence with grantees. This year's allocations process will begin in March and we invite community members to be involved."

In fall 2012, TCF responded with emergency grants in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, to Person-to-Person to help with funding a generator and to Family & Children's Agency, which lost its primary service location on Water Street in Norwalk.

The Human Services Planning Council has been active addressing senior mental health issues and essential services for individuals with special needs and their families. After the tragic shooting event at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, the HSPC convened to discuss the resources, supports and programs available to residents of Darien.

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