Letter: With Continued Support, No Meals on Wheels of New Canaan Clients Will Go without Food

To the Editor,

With Meals on Wheels programs nationwide the subject of intense media coverage over the past week, the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels of New Canaan (MOWNC) would like to address some of the issues that have been raised and how this will affect our local program. Meals on Wheels of New Canaan has been delivering nutritious meals to those in need in our community since 1972. The service we provide makes a real difference in peoples’ lives and allows them to remain in their homes. Meals on Wheels of New Canaan devotes over 90 percent of funds raised to client services. The volunteer Board of Directors administers the program and our 125 dedicated volunteer drivers deliver the meals to our clients each weekday throughout the year.

New Canaan Community Foundation Hires New President and CEO

A prominent nonprofit organization in New Canaan announced this week that it’s hired a veteran of Washington, D.C. area community philanthropy as its new president and CEO. Lauren Stillwell Patterson will take the helm at the New Canaan Community Foundation on Oct. 26, officials said. According to a press release issued by Leo Karl III, chairman of NCCF’s board of directors, Patterson most recently served as director of programs at Washington Area Women’s Foundation—which serves women and girls in poverty—and “brings a wealth of experience, talent and enthusiasm” to the organization. A hub of giving and needs assessments in town that had developed a number of successful programs under immediate past leader Cynthia Gorey, NCCF controls a little more than $16 million, and for the last several years has distributed more than $1 million in annual grants.

‘Some Really Great Candidates’: Search for Next Head of New Canaan Community Foundation Is Well Underway

In just a few weeks, New Canaan’s major local philanthropic organization and host to several unique human services-related programs has received a very strong response in its search for a new president and CEO. Since Cynthia Gorey stepped down June 30 as head of the New Canaan Community Foundation, the nonprofit organization has interviewed four candidates for the important position, including people who live locally and across the nation, according to Diane Hanauer, a past board member who is leading the search committee. NCCF has “made huge inroads over the last several years since our merger with United Way—we really feel like we are well-positioned in town to go to the next level and we’re for leader who can take us there,” Hanauer told NewCanaanite.com. “The next level of fundraising, next level of partnership in the community, next level of education and information-sharing. Cynthia did a great job bringing us where we are—literally from starting with three cardboard boxes in the trunk of a car—to where we are today, and we are ready.”

Those who are interested in the position—a full description can be found here—should contact the search committee as soon as possible at careers@newcanaancf.org.