The Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County, a not-for-profit organization established in 1920, is an organization…More of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
The Junior League's community projects have included the Bridgeport Childcare Project, whose goal is to build a childcare center in Bridgeport to serve low-income families; providing meals for Operation Hope, a Fairfield agency that helps the homeless and operates a homeless shelter at 50 Nichols St.; partnering with the Thomas Hooker School in Bridgeport to help the school and its students; "Done in a Day" initiatives in which the League's Helping Hands Committee addresses immediate short-term needs in its communities, such as clothing and book drives, spruce-up projects and event staffing.
The League also is active in "Kids in the Kitchen," a national Junior League initiative aimed at empowering children to adopt healthy habits in an effort to reverse the trend of childhood obesity. Local leagues educate at grassroots levels by providing information, materials and interactive lessons related to nutrition and healthy eating to parents and children in their communities.
Members of the Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County receive training in advocacy, community research, fundraising, finance, leadership, public relations and personal development.
Prospective members must be at least 21 years old and pay $100 to receive training at classes held in Fairfield Public Library.
The Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County, whose motto is "Women Building Better Communities," is comprised of women from Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Newtown, Redding, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston and Westport.
The Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County's headquarters is on the third floor of Burr Homestead, a town-owned historic structure at 739 Old Post Road.
First Church Congregational dates to 1639 when the town of Fairfield was settled.
The church's current home at…More 148 Beach Road, across from Old Town Hall, was built in 1892 and is the sixth meeting house of the church to occupy that property. The current church building was built after the previous church building was destroyed, apparently by an arsonist, on the night before Memorial Day in 1890.
The Rev. David W. Spollett, First Church's pastor, was among religious leaders in Fairfield to prompt former First Selectman Jacquelyn C. Durrell to establish Operation Hope, an agency on Nichols Street, next to the Fairfield Police Department, that helps the homeless in 1986.
Church members recently have been involved in developing elderly housing, volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, Literacy Volunteers and Project Learn, a homework help program, interfaith trips to Israel, continuing a sister church relationship with Walters AME Zion Church in Bridgeport, Holocaust studies, refugee resettlement, affordable housing and service trips to Appalachia.
First Church Congregational says its mission is to be mindful of the rich tradition of its Puritan heritage, aware of the need to move through the world as humble seekers after truth, and strong in its commitment to God's love and justice.
Greenfield Hill Congregational Church was founded in 1725, and the current church building dates to 1855, though it…More was extensively remodeled after a hurricane in 1944 blew down the church's steeple.
Greenfield Hill Congregational Church is run by its congregation. The congregation elects members of boards that run the church, select the church's ministers and staff and approve budgets and programs at the church's annual meeting in late January.
Adult programs at the church include volunteering at Operation Hope, a Fairfield agency that helps the homeless, and for the church's annual Dogwood Festival, which raises money for charities. Adults also serve in the church's Compassion Group, which exists to help members of the church and the broader community, and as confirmation mentors, church school teachers and advisers for youth programs, the Boy Scouts and service trips to Appalachia.
Youth programs include serving as junior deacons, service trips to Appalachia, staffing a soup kitchen in Bridgeport, the "Super Bowl of Caring," which collects donations during Super Bowl week to assist food pantries, and fundraising for cancer research.
Money donated by church members assists local and international charitable organizations.
The church's co-pastors are the Rev. David Johnson Rowe, who has served as a pastor at the church since 1997, and the Rev. Alida Ward, who has served as a pastor at the church since 1989.
Greenfield Hill Congregational Church is the site of the annual Dogwood Festival, a much celebrated event in the spring that draws thousands of visitors from around New England and that raises money for local, national and international charities. The 2010 Dogwood Festival, which will be the 75th, takes place on Mother's Day weekend from May 7 through May 9.
Greenfield Hill Congregational Church says its mission is to be a welcoming community which proclaims the Word of God and the Gospel of Christ, nurtures Christian beliefs and behavior and lifelong maturing in faith, and empowers everyone to grow as a Christian and to minister to others spiritually and physically.