Fairfield native and Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter John Mayer recently helped to ensure people living with HIV/AIDS in lower Fairfield County continue to receive high-quality services.

Family Centers has received a $15,000 grant from the Back To You Fund of the Fairfield County Community Foundation -- Mayer's donor-advised fund -- for its Stamford CARES program. The grant was made at Mayer's suggestion and comes at a critical time as Fairfield County's HIV/AIDS initiatives are experiencing substantial funding cuts. This is the third year the Back to You Fund has supported Stamford CARES.

"With fewer state and federal dollars being allocated to HIV/AIDS education and support, it's becoming increasingly difficult to provide our clients the services they desperately need," Bob Arnold, president of Family Centers, said. "We applaud John Mayer and the Fairfield County Community Foundation for recognizing this need, and thank them for their generosity."

Stamford CARES offers a host of counseling and education services to help children and adults with HIV/AIDS lead healthier, more productive lives. The program is staffed by trained therapists, family counselors and medical case workers. Services include case management, emergency financial assistance, support groups and referral services.

The Back to You Fund is John Mayer's donor-advised fund at the Fairfield County Community Foundation, and was established in 2003. It was created so Mayer could give back. He donates a portion of the proceeds from each show he performs to the Back To You Fund, which was set up to allow the Grammy-winner the opportunity to support various local charities. Many of the charities that receive Back to You Funds have a specific focus on keeping arts programs alive for kids in the community. In addition to the focus on arts programs, some of the other organizations that have received grants in the past include local community centers, homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, food banks, as well as programs serving people with HIV/AIDS.

The Fairfield County Community Foundation is a community foundation based in Norwalk and allows the Back to You Fund to operate with minimal cost and without the burden of running a foundation. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.

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Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. More than 1,500 professionals and trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs. A United Way, Community Fund of Darien and New Canaan Community Foundation partner agency, Family Centers is a member of the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies and the Alliance for Children and Families and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The agency is licensed by the State of Connecticut Departments of Public Health and Children and Families.

Visit www.familycenters.org for additional information.