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Foundation gives over $20,000 in 2012

Published 6:14 pm, Thursday, February 28, 2013
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The John Patrick Flanagan Foundation, a Fairfield charitable organization established to help vulnerable children and families in Connecticut, awarded $20,860 in grants last year to five Connecticut organizations.

The grant allocations are as follows, according to a news release:

Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield: The society was given $7,860 to fund the cost for its JPFF Trailblazers Program, which, in its fourth year, provides Bridgeport public school students with transportation to the center for nature science field trips.

Lawyers for Children America: The Hartford-based nonprofit received $2,500 to recruit and train new volunteer attorneys in Fairfield County to help place children in safe permanent homes and secure mental health and education services for them.

Wakeman Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse in Bridgeport: The clubhouse was given $7,500 to help fund a full-time counselor for teen programming.

High School Scholarship Foundation of Fairfield: The foundation received $1,000 to fund an annual scholarship to a college-bound, high-achieving student with an economic need at Fairfield Warde High School.

Caroline House: The Bridgeport education center for low-income women and children received $2,000 to help economically-disadvantaged immigrant women and children reach their potential through education in English language and life skills.

The John Patrick Flanagan Foundation was established in memory of John Patrick Flanagan, a lawyer who died at 44 from a rare and aggressive form of cancer on Dec. 24, 2008. He was a longtime resident of Fairfield and a member of Fairfield Prep's class of 1982.

The foundation's mission is to support charities that provide the direction, education and healthy environment that vulnerable children and families need to have the chance to reach their full potential, the release states.

For information or to donate, visit www.jpff.org.