Each NCL, Inc. Chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to serve. Each Chapter then supports its philanthropic service partners through different volunteer activities. Philanthropies supported by the New Canaan Chapter include:
ABC House: A Better Chance Inc. is the oldest, largest and only national program providing academically talented minority children with access to some of our nation’s finest college preparatory schools, both private and public. Since its founding in 1973, A Better Chance of New Canaan’s mission has been unchanged: to offer capable minority youth the opportunity to learn in a superior educational program that will affirm and nurture their academic talent, while also preparing them to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.
Domestic Violence Crisis Center: The DVCC is committed to the fundamental right for all individuals to be safe in their personal relationships. Since 1980, the DVCC has provided crisis services to victims of domestic violence and their children and safeguarded their rights through legal, housing, medical, counseling, and educational initiatives.
Domus: The goal is for the young people they serve to create the conditions necessary for them to get on a path toward health and opportunity so they can engage and succeed in school and ultimately have satisfying and productive lives. Their programs–schools, community programs, and residential programs–lead youth to that path.
Filling in the Blanks: New Canaan based Filling in the Blanks fights childhood hunger by providing needy children with meals on the weekends.
Homes for the Brave: Provides safe housing, vocational training and job placement, mental health and addiction services, and life skills coaching to help individuals, especially Veterans, leave homelessness behind. To date, the organization has worked with more than 900 individuals.
Inspirica: Located in Stamford, Inspirica is the largest provider of services to the homeless in Fairfield County.
JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation): Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a life-threatening autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults. There is no way to prevent it, and at present, no cure. JDRF works every day to change this by amassing grassroots support, deep scientific knowledge and strong industry and academic partnerships to fund research.NCL provides support with local events, such as the JDFR One Walk.
Kids In Crisis: Launched in 1978, Kids in Crisis is the only organization of its kind providing free, round-the-clock crisis counseling and temporary shelter for infants, children and teens. An extensive professional staff offers support and solutions to families and children struggling with issues including abuse, neglect, family conflict, mental health issues, divorce, substance abuse and more.
Lyme Research Alliance: A community organization that seeks to eradicate tick-borne diseases by promoting research, education and legislation.
Midnight Run: Midnight Run is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless.
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF): The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) was founded in 1998 by twin sisters Karen Andrews and New Canaan resident, Kathy Giusti following Kathy’s diagnosis with multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer. Today, the MMRF is the world’s number one private funder of myeloma specific research.
New Canaan CARES: New Canaan Cares is a non-profit agency dedicated to promoting good health, both physical and emotional, through its programs offered to the community.
New Canaan Chamber of Commerce: To serve the community, not only by fostering growth of local businesses, but also in promoting the continued progress of New Canaan as whole. Membership in the Chamber consists of retailers, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, businesses, schools, housing and government, museums and the arts.
New Canaan Food Pantry: The New Canaan Food Pantry is a community food pantry that serves clients from New Canaan who have been identified by our town’s Dep’t of Social Services.
New Canaan Historical Society: To bring together and arrange the historical events of the town of New Canaan, the genealogies of the families who have lived in the town, to form a library and to collect relics and curiosities, to form a museum.
New Canaan Human Services: The mission of the Department of Human Services is to help all New Canaan residents to function optimally by developing programs and activities that address developmental needs, as well as helping residents obtain appropriate social services and resources.
New Canaan Inn: A charming residence for residents who are 62 years and olderand are able to care for themselves. It is ideal for seniors who appreciate the benefits of independent living in a thriving, yet intimate retirement community.
New Canaan Library: New Canaan Library’s Mission: Enrich the town’s intellectual and cultural life by providing free and convenient access to information, fostering lifelong learning, and encouraging the exchange of ideas.
New Canaan Nature Center: Our local not-for-profit environmental education center and sanctuary dedicated to helping people of all ages better understand, appreciate and care for the world of nature.
New Canaan Preservation Alliance: The NCPA aims to establish the conservation of the town’s character-defining historical architecture and natural environments as a community priority.
New Canaan Public Schools: NCL supports our local school’s in events that will better our schools and community.
New Canaan YMCA: The New Canaan YMCA is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected, and secure children, adults, families, and communities. Every day, our impact felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.
Person to Person: Person-to-Person is a volunteer driven, community supported agency which, through the sharing of goods and talents, responds to individuals and families who lack the basic necessities or resources to improve their lives. More than 90% of all donations go directly to programs.
Pura Vida: Pura Vida for Children is a non profit organization, founded by New Canaan resident Sharon Knechtle in 2005, that seeks to raise awareness and inspiration to help children in need.
Save The Sound: The mission of Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its program Save the Sound is to protect and improve the land, air, and water of Connecticut and Long Island Sound. We use legal and scientific expertise and bring people together to achieve results that benefit our environment for current and future generations.
Town Players of New Canaan: A non-profit community theater. NCL assists with the ushering at this local theater.
Turn the Town Teal: Turn The Towns Teal® is a national campaign to promote awareness of ovarian cancer and its silent symptoms. Volunteers tie ribbons throughout town centers and hand out symptom cards during the month of September which is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Waveny Care Center: Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the growing needs of adults from all areas. We offer a progression of therapeutic programs, services and living options to enhance quality of life for those served.
Waveny Care Center Tray Favors: Waveny Care prepares daily, bagged/boxed meals for the Meals on Wheels Program and serves hot lunches for disabled seniors who participate in the Adult Day Program everyday. NCL provides 40 tray favors every month for the Waveny Care Adult Day Program.