The Junior Women's Club of Fairfield, a non-profit organization, was formed in 1965 to promote educational,…More philanthropic community service work and to provide members with the opportunity for personal enrichment, leadership experience and social interaction.
The club's community service projects have included a women's business bazaar; the annual "A Visit to Santa's House" at the Burr Homestead, a town-owned historic structure at 739 Old Post Road; a townwide spelling bee where fifth grade champions in each school compete; and Touch-A-Truck, a hands-on activity that enables kids to climb into the driver's seat of their favorite truck, honk the horn and pretend to steer (proceeds benefit the club's high school scholarship foundation).
The club is open to any woman in Fairfield, Easton or the surrounding area who is at least 18 years old. The club holds a general membership meeting on the third Wednesday of each month - except for the months of July and August, when it does not meet - and the meeting is usually held at 7:30 p.m. in the library at Osborn Hill School, 760 Stillson Road.
Safe Parks and Recreation for Kids, established in 1994, is a non-profit organization dedicated to renovating and…More rebuilding playground and recreational facilities in Fairfield neighborhoods.
SPARK says volunteers from each project's neighborhood take responsibility for the bulk of fundraising and equipment installation.
SPARK cites as its accomplishments renovation and construction projects in Lincoln Park, Highwood Park, Owen Fish Park, Melville Park, Rugby Park, Gould Manor Park and the Ash Creek Open Space. The group also installed a popular sprinkler park and shade pavilion at Lake Mohegan and was a major contributor to construction of The Sandcastle, a wooden playground in Henry Rowland Park next to Jennings Beach.
SPARK says recent grants supported the installation of bleachers at Tomlinson Middle School; two picnic tables in Tunxis Hill Park for Fairfield National Little League; a garden greenhouse at Hillel Academy of Fairfield; a climbing wall at Riverfield School; an organic vegetable garden and fencing at Sherman School; and dance facilities at Roger Ludlowe Middle School.
SPARK says it also contributed funds to playgrounds at the Early Childhood Center and the following elementary schools: Jennings, Sherman, McKinley, Riverfield, Stratfield, North Stratfield, Holland Hill and Osborn Hill.
SPARK is seeking new volunteers. For information, call Brian Nerreau at 203-256-8915.
SPARK lists its mailing address as P.O. Box 1358, Fairfield, CT 06825. The address listed here is for the town's Parks and Recreation Department, which works with SPARK on projects.