Over 800 supporters gathered Thursday for the 15th annual luncheon for the Fairfield County Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls which has been helping to make a difference in the lives of women and girls for 16 years.
"During that time we have invested $4 million and helped more than 5,000 women and girls," said Suzanne Peters, Vice President of the Fund for Women and Girls. "We are expanding our reach and our work and this expansion is really driven by our research but also by being in the community, connecting and listening."
The Fund was established to help women and girls in Fairfield County surmount obstacles and lead productive lives.
"Who are we serving? Females of all ages from 7 to 88, with 87% of our programs participants between the ages of 7 and 18," said Peters. "Currently, most of our resources go into the major cities in the county, that includes Norwalk, Stamford, Danbury, Greenwich and Bridgeport and with girls programs we are touching 38 schools."
The Fund initiated the Family Economic Security Program at Norwalk Community College, which helps women acquire the education and skills they need to move up to careers that pay a family-sustaining wage.
"Because of this program and these ladies I realized my dream of earning a Bachelor's degree," Stacey Reid.
"Thank you for helping me to complete my education, believe in my dreams, and help others like me, you have really changed my life," said Teresa Robbins.
And to help celebrate the wonderful work of the Fund for Women and Girls, influential poet, novelist, and activist, Dr. Maya Angelou, gave an inspirational keynote speech.
"But if a rainbow is put not just in the sky, but in the clouds themselves, that means that at the worst of times, there is a possibility of seeing light," said Dr. Angelou. "I was delighted to be asked to come and speak to your organization because I think of you as rainbows in the clouds."
To learn more about the Foundation or to donate, visit www.fccfoundation.org.