A Season of Giving

December is always filled with generosity, excitement, and compassion. 

This year is undoubtedly different, as we’ve all faced unforeseen challenges in 2020. Yet, there is still an overwhelming amount of kindness we can’t help but notice. 

All year, we’ve witnessed individuals, businesses, and families rally together to help those in need. Over the months, we’ve continuously been uplifted by people near and far who continue to do the work of helping others. 

Challenges in Connecticut

While many have adapted to a new way of living, many more are faced with lingering challenges: 

  • 600 Connecticut restaurants have closed since March.
  • 35,000 businesses have closed. 
  • 277,000 jobs have been eliminated. 
  • 43% of Connecticut unemployment claims came from closed and nonoperational businesses, including restaurants, bars, nail and hair salons, and museums.

Many have reached out to ask how to help along the Connecticut shoreline, and that’s where The Gift Card Project comes in!

The Gift Card Project

The Gift Card Project launched in Guilford and Madison in March 2020 in response to the desire of so many people asking how they can help. Their efforts quickly spread throughout Connecticut, helping collect and distribute over $20,000 worth of gift cards to those in need. 

The Gift Card Project aims to help in more than one way:

  1. By buying gift cards from small businesses, you help support your favorite local restaurants and shops.  
  2. Those gift cards are then given to someone who could use a boost. The Gift Card Project handles distribution to ensure gift cards get to those in need! 

Now, they are once again collecting and donating gift cards to those who need them most!

Simply buy a gift card from a small business and email or send it to The Gift Card Project. They will distribute it to those who need it most: families struggling to make ends meet, restaurant workers whose hours have been cut, and business owners forced to close their doors. 

Learn more about how you can help at The Gift Card Project.

Shoreline Hardware Stores

We know many homeowners have been busy with summer home maintenance and DIY upgrades. No matter what the project is, it’s essential to have high-quality supplies.  We are excited to share a list of open local hardware, building, and painting supply stores along the Connecticut shoreline. 

Purchasing your supplies locally can have a significant positive impact in helping support these small businesses. 

#StrongerTogether

 

New Haven 

Bender (203) 787-4288

Grand Paint & Design Center (203) 562-5601

 

East Haven 

Goody’s True Value Hardware (203) 469-5335

East Haven Builders Supply (860) 474-9040

 

Branford

Branford Building Supplies (203) 488-2518 

Country Hardware and Paint (203) 481-5255

Richlin Home & Auto (203) 481-8081

 

Guilford 

Page Hardware & Appliance Co. (203) 453-5267 

 

Madison

Ring’s End (203) 655-2525

 

Clinton 

Steward’s Ace Hardware (860) 669-0505

Clinton Paint & Decorating (860) 669-8842 

 

Let us know your favorite local business to get your home improvement supplies!

How the Guilford Community is Stepping Up

Communities all over the country are stepping up during this time of need. 

Recently, Byron Lazine and Nicole White of One + Company Real Estate, spoke with Brian McGlone, the Economic Development Manager for the town of Guilford. They discussed some of the incredible ways residents and businesses of Guilford are offering their assistance. 

Read on for highlights of the discussion, or listen to the full conversation here

Bio-Med Devices and 4Catalyzer

Bio-Med Devices and 4Catalyzer, both located in Guilford, are contributing to the medical field. Bio-Med Devices makes ventilators and is currently ramping up production to meet the needs of the industry. Jonathan Rothberg of 4Catalyzer is working on a home test kit for coronavirus. 

Women & Family Life Center

Women & Family Life Center, in collaboration with the Guilford Foundation and the Branford Foundation, have an assistance program available. If you are in need of assistance, you can fill out an application for a $500 grant. If you would like to add to the fund, donations are being accepted here.

Guilford Public Schools

Guilford Public Schools began distance learning, one week earlier than anticipated. Students who need a Chromebook can get one on loan from the school. 

What can we do to help support our small, local businesses during this time as residents?

Brian McGlone, along with others from the town of Guilford, is encouraging people to continue to support local establishments by ordering food for curbside pickup or delivery, getting gift cards, and online shopping.

As we head into unknown territories, Brian reminds us of the positive things happening in the shoreline town. 

“I see it with the town. Banding together, trying to help one another, encouraging people that we will get through this. We’re still on unchartered waters and some ideas might come up that might not be as successful. If people just remain patient, remain positive and optimistic, and practice kindness, we’ll all get through this,” he said. 

 

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