As we have done so many times when disaster strikes — in tornadoes, in hurricanes, in floods, in fires, in shootings at Virginia Tech and now at Sandy Hook Elementary School — we look to community foundation partners for guidance in how best to reach out to those who are suffering in the communities they serve.
Newton, Connecticut, where Sandy Hook is located, is part of Fairfield County, where our sister community foundation is coordinating immediate response with United Way of Western Connecticut. According to a spokesman there, immediate help for the children and families in the Newtown community will focus on grief counseling and support services.
A longer-term response is still in the works, but the Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF) is sharing ways that people can help right now. In addition to giving to immediate needs, you can make a gift to memorial funds or to the community foundation’s mental health Field of Interest Fund. We invite you to find out more on the FCCF website. (Reuters photo)