The Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County recently awarded community service mini-grants to two organizations serving the greater Bridgeport area.

The nonprofit organization, headquartered in Fairfield's Burr Homestead, has given $1,500 each to the Bridgeport Public Education Fund and the Burroughs Community Center, according to a news release from the league.

The fund, formed in 1983 to develop public education programs in Bridgeport, will use the grant to give first-graders a new book on the first day of school to start their personal home libraries, the release states.

The center, which provides programs and facilities that promote individual growth and community cohesiveness to Bridgeport residents, will use the money to fund a healthy-eating education program involving a garden plot for 20 families.

For over 90 years, the league has given grants to nonprofits in eastern Fairfield County from monies raised through fundraisers, its annual art show and private donations. It is a volunteer organization of women focused on promoting voluntarism, developing women's potential and improving the community, the release states.

For information about the league and its volunteer opportunities, visit or call 203-259-9995.