People's United foundation grants $35K to nonprofits in the region

People's United Community Foundation has announced nearly $35,000 in grants for charitable organizations with ties to southeastern Connecticut, including $12,000 in funding for the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board.

The workforce board runs state Department of Labor job centers in the region and helps provide training to workers looking to upgrade their skills.

Other organizations receiving support in the second-quarter round of funding included New London-based Eastern Connecticut Housing Opportunities ($7,500), Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut ($2,500) and New London Homeless Hospitality Center ($2,500), Norwich-based Madonna Place ($5,000), and Catholic Charities ($5,000), which has offices in Norwich.

A total of more than $320,000 went to 46 organizations statewide. Nearly $700,000 was handed out in the six states served by Bridgeport-based People's United Bank, including more than $177,000 given to United Way chapters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and Maine.

The foundation had given away nearly $450,000 in the first quarter of this year.

People's United Community Foundation, formed in 2007, helps support activities enhancing local quality of life, with an emphasis on economic self-sufficiency, education and low-income families and neighborhoods.

l.howard@theday.com

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