Thank you for your support!

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Thanks to the generous donations of 45 donors, we raised $5,105 for Guilford ABC during last week’s GREAT GIVE!

Plus, we had the second highest number of donations from Guilford residents, earning us a $500 prize from the Guilford Foundation.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated and for your continued support of our efforts!

 

 

The Great Give 2019! Donate Now!

The Great Give Is On!

The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven’s (CFGNH) annual fundraising event is a great way to show your support for Guilford ABC!

CFGNH and several corporate sponsors have leveraged a pot of over $200,000 in prize money that will be awarded for highest numbers of unique donors and total dollars raised. Here are a few we could win:

  • The Guilford Foundation will award two $500 prizes to Guilford nonprofits who have the highest number of Guilford resident donors, so let’s go for it!

  • We are also eligible for a $3,000 prize for the most money raised by an organization with only part-time staff

  • Set your alarms—there will be five Early Bird prizes of $1,000 each for organizations with the greatest number of unique donors between 8:00 and 9:00 AM tomorrow!

Set Your Alarms and Alerts—The Great Give Starts Tomorrow Morning!

The Great Give Starts Tomorrow
Wednesday, May 1 at 8:00AM!

The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven’s (CFGNH) annual fundraising event is a great way to show your support for Guilford ABC and boost public awareness of our small—but mighty—organization. CFGNH and several corporate sponsors have leveraged a pot of over $200,000 in prize money that will be awarded for highest numbers of unique donors and total dollars raised. Here are a few we could win:

  • The Guilford Foundation will award two $500 prizes to Guilford nonprofits who have the highest number of Guilford resident donors, so let’s go for it!

  • We are also eligible for a $3,000 prize for the most money raised by an organization with only part-time staff

  • Set your alarms—there will be five Early Bird prizes of $1,000 each for organizations with the greatest number of unique donors between 8:00 and 9:00 AM tomorrow!

Let's Go For It! Help Us Win Great Give Prizes!

The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven’s (CFGNH) annual fundraising event is a great way to show your support for Guilford ABC and boost public awareness of our small—but mighty—organization. CFGNH and several corporate sponsors have anted a pot of over $200,000 in prize money that will be awarded for highest numbers of unique donors and total dollars raised.

The Guilford Foundation will award two $500 prizes to Guilford nonprofits who have the highest number of Guilford resident donors, so let’s go for it! We are also eligible for a $3,000 prize for the most dollars raised by nonprofit with only part-time staff, as well as fun hourly prizes during the event.

Early giving is now open www.THEGREATGIVE.org. Early gifts count toward Prizes and Grand Prizes for numbers of donors and dollars raised, but not hourly prizes during the event.

The 36 hour event runs May 1 at 8AM through May 2 at 7:59PM. Click Here to go directly to the Guilford ABC giving page or Click Here to reach the home page where you can search for multiple participating organizations.

Guilford ABC is an exceptional volunteer-driven organization that has been a vital part of our community for 45 years. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to help us keep this program moving forward, lessening the educational divide for promising young scholars of color.

Thank you in advance for your support—and please share this message with your friends and family!

 

The Great Give - Early Giving Now Open!

The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven’s (CFGNH) annual fundraising event is a great way to show your support for Guilford ABC and boost public awareness of our small—but mighty—organization. CFGNH and several corporate sponsors have anted a pot of over $65,000 in prize money that will be awarded for highest numbers of unique donors and total dollars raised. The Guilford Foundation will award two $500 prizes to Guilford nonprofits who have the highest number of Guilford resident donors, so let’s go for it! We are also eligible for a $3,000 prize for the most dollars raised by nonprofit with only part-time staff, as well as fun hourly prizes during the event.

Early giving begins today at www.THEGREATGIVE.org. Early gifts count toward Prizes and Grand Prizes for numbers of donors and dollars raised, but not hourly prizes during the event.

The 36 hour event runs May 1 at 8AM through May 2 at 7:59PM. Click Here to go directly to the Guilford ABC giving page or Click Here to reach the home page where you can search for multiple participating organizations.

Guilford ABC is an exceptional volunteer-driven organization that has been a vital part of our community for 45 years. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to help us keep this program moving forward, lessening the educational divide for promising young scholars of color.

Thank you in advance for your support—and please share this message with your friends and family!

 

What I did last summer…

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Lauren Cyrus

“This summer was an amazing way to relieve myself from my extremely busy first year at Guilford High School. The first three weeks I was getting readjusted to being in Brooklyn again. I met with the owner of the Performing Arts company “Creative Outlet.” We conversed and planned out ways to get them to come up and educate the people of small towns with low diversity on Black culture. They teach their lessons through the arts.

The last week of July I travelled to Labadee, Haiti; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; The Cayman Islands; and Nassau. I learned so much about Haitian people especially, from how they live to what they eat, and how they provide for their family. Most people in these islands rely on their income from when tourists come to shop and take tours. I learned that the people who drive cabs spend most of their income on gas so they bring homeless than $20 a day. I also met many genuinely pleasant people from all over the United States on this trip.

The last weekend of summer I went to Spike Lee’s block party in honor of Michael Jackson. Backstage I was able to meet and speak to

Al Sharpton, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington’s son, and many more. It was a great way to end my summer and go into a long year of hard work.”

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Sumaiyah Lee

“This summer I got the chance to go to China with the Experiment in International Living program. I traveled around Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Chengde, Shanghai and other smaller cities. Getting to taste their food and immerse myself in their culture was a dream come true! While in Beijing and Shanghai, we spent time visiting famous temples and other Chinese landmarks. In other cities, I had the chance to stay with two different host families, and experience their everyday lives, which was my favorite part of the trip.

This year, I’m looking forward to continuing Dance Team, as co-captain, and Unity Club as co-president. Going into my senior year, I’m excited for the heavily anticipated college process, and cannot wait to see where it takes me. ”

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T-Jauni Barham

“Hi my name is T-Jauni Barham and I’m currently a junior at Guilford ABC. This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the Pace University Summer Scholars Program in the field of psychology. I took part in 6-hour classes daily, learning about the history of significant psychologists and different mental disorders. Then after class, I had the privilege of touring New York City and all its wonders, such as Chelsea Piers and the Brooklyn Bridge. Overall, this summer was an experience I could never forget. It gave me a true insight into psychology and provided me with new friends and connections all over the country.”

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Julia Antwi

“My name is Julia Antwi and I am a junior at Guilford High School. During this past summer I attended a program called “Girls Who Code” in Manhattan, New York. The program lasted for 7 weeks, Monday-Friday, 9 AM-4 PM. Thanks to the long hours in class, I was able to learn new program languages (Scratch, CSS, Java, Python, HTML, Arduino C and Java Script) and interact with different people. During the program we learned a new program language each week and were assigned to groups to work on projects that used the programming language. At the end of the week we shared our projects with the class. This allowed us to socialize with different students, learn new ideas and compromise in order to work as a team. The program also allowed us to visit companies, talk to computer scientists and go on trips. I was able to make many friends and understand more about the different aspects of coding. I would totally recommend this program to everyone because it is very informational—and the food was great! As a result of my summer experience, I decided to take AP Computer Science at Guilford High School. ”

The Guilford ABC Board has created guidelines to assist scholars with identifying and funding summer educational and cultural opportunities. While any and all of these programs are excellent resume builders and enhance college applications, they are optional.

Welcome New Scholars!

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Arianna Alvarez

Freshman Arianna Alvarez joins Guilford ABC from Bronx, NY. She describes her middle school as having some caring teachers, especially her 8th grade humanities teacher, but others were less challenging. Very focused on a good high school education, she explored several options among public school and private school programs. Her guidance counselor suggested ABC and Arianna got involved right away. She expects to put a lot into her high school education and believes she will get a lot out of it.

Arianna is interested in math and science, especially astronomy and engineering. She is a member of the Math Team, Women in Science Club and Interact.

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Leslie Camarena

Freshman Leslie Camarena, also from the Bronx, was already familiar with the ABC program; her brother graduated from an ABC program in Massachusetts. Leslie also took advantage of middle school programs in Stony Brook, LI and NYC. Even with these experiences, moving to Guilford has presented a lot of firsts. GHS is bigger and better equipped than her previous schools and, having attended several schools, it’s a change to be with classmates who have known each other since grade school. On making the move, Leslie says, “it seems impossible till you do it.”

At GHS, Leslie is focusing on math and science. She is a member of the Interact club. Her career interests lie in the medical field, in particular facial reconstruction.

A Bigger Hole in the Wall

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JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

When rental space adjacent to the Hole in Wall became available, manager Patty Sullivan and the ABC board decided to make the bold move to greatly expand the store. Six months after opening the new space that was generously transformed through the pro-bono services of Baldwin & Baldwin Construction, we are pleased to report that it has been a smashing success! Customer response to the wider selection of furniture and a larger men’s department have been outstanding, and overall sales have increased significantly, easily offsetting the increase in rental expense. Patty and her team also purchased a used pick-up truck, which has led to an uptick in donation and consignment of larger, more valuable items. Thanks to the donation of a storage unit by Milano Secure Storage, we now have space to store items as well.

In addition to providing Guilford ABC’s largest revenue source, the Hole in the Wall provides a great service to our local thrifty shoppers and consigners. Our Best of the Shoreline designation last year got the attention of many new customers who are spreading the word about the quality of our offerings. From clothing to household goods to jewelry and more, there is truly something for everyone—and it changes daily. If you haven’t visited lately, stop by and check us out.

Donations can be dropped off when the store is open. To schedule a consignment appointment or speak with staff about a furniture pick-up, please call (203) 453-2088.

ABC Friends & Faces

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New Resident Director Lynn Prendergast

Lynn, our new Resident Director, has been a teacher in Madison for 26 years, first in elementary school, then teaching language arts and social studies to 5th-6th graders, and currently teaching computer coding. Lynn moved to Madison in third grade, and has lived in Guilford for the last 12 years. She has an 18 year old daughter, Elizabeth, who is now a freshman at Central Connecticut State University, which made this fall a perfect transition time for Lynn.

The story of how Lynn came to GABC is an interesting one. For two years, she taught at Sal’s Driving School, and two of our scholars took lessons from her. They talked about GABC and got Lynn interested, and Katrina reported back to our departing resident director that Lynn would “be the perfect lady for this job.” The rest is history.

Lynn, and her cat, Sunny, love being at GABC, where she’s quickly observed that every day – and every scholar – is different. She believes that each girl brings something special to the group, and she says one of the best parts is listening to the laughter when they are hanging out together. Lynn sees her role a ‘house mother,’ and believes that she brings a healthy calmness to a house full of energetic teens. She says that she’s amazed by the support and involvement of the board, advisors and volunteers, and she attributes the program’s long-term success to that multifaceted effort. Lynn is ‘honored’ to be at GABC, and we are equally honored to have her!

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JEANNE MELE, Assistant Resident Director and Cook

Jeanne has been a welcoming sight at the House for many years, first as a 12-year volunteer (while her husband, John, served on the Board), helping out where necessary, including as a gardener and volunteer driver. Ten years ago, she and John became the Host Family for GABC scholar Tyesha Robinson. Jeanne’s love of cooking has always been strong, and for two years she taught young, recovering addicts in New Haven how to cook; the combination of her passion and her experience made her extraordinarily qualified for her current position as cook; for the last two years, she has taken on the additional responsibility as assistant resident director.

Jeanne shops for and cooks for the scholars four nights a week. She begins each school year by having each scholar fill out a long form of likes, dislikes and allergies, Her categories include ‘like,’ ‘no way,’ and ‘willing to try.’ She notes that some of the scholars haven’t heard of certain foods, and she coaxes them to at least take a taste and give it a try. Each scholar gets to pick the dinner menu for her birthday, and summer birthday girls get a birthday night during the school year as well. Jeanne started a very popular tradition: The first Monday of every month she serves breakfast for dinner, with her beloved breakfasts including eggs, two kinds of bacon, waffles, home-made fries, pancakes, cinnamon raisin toast and sausage. She says this is the most popular dinner of the month! You will find Jeanne at the house from 2:15 – 6:30 pm Monday through Thursday and on Friday afternoons. Board members and volunteers are encouraged to call for an invitation to dinner, an excellent opportunity to get a real feel for what goes on at the House.

Hole in the Wall Expands Space and Offerings

If you haven’t recently stopped in at Hole in the Wall, Guilford’s only non-profit consignment and resale shop, which donates all its profits to Guilford ABC, you’re in for a major and delightful surprise! Thanks go to the generosity of our landlord, Craig Helmrich, and to the wonderful pro-bono work of Baldwin & Baldwin Contractors who, within four weeks, transformed former office space into an open display area now full of a wonderful, ever-changing assortment of quality furniture and home furnishings, books, CDs, and other decorations as well as our entire men’s department, including men’s dressing rooms. This addition has been welcomed by savvy shoppers, who quickly scoop up wonderful values at gentle prices. The selection changes almost daily as donations and consignment items are received – and sold.  Pick up of furniture to be donated or consigned can be arranged through manager, Patty Sullivan at 203-453-2088.

CLICK HERE to visit their Facebook page to see the latest and greatest offerings!

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