From Fairfield County Community Foundation:
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) this month will launch its 2020 civic education and community engagement initiatives aimed at encouraging voter registration and turnout in the November election and beyond. The efforts will begin with a virtual community briefing featuring Secretary of the State Denise Merrill discussing the lessons learned from absentee and in-person voting in the August primaries; key timelines and logistics for those practices for the general election in November; and the potential implications for strong civic engagement and voting in the future. Attendees will include local nonprofit staff, FCCF donors, and community leaders and residents.
The September 29th event to promote civic participation in voting is part of the Community Foundation’s ongoing efforts to address opportunity gaps in Fairfield County which have been amplified by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Community Foundation is uniquely positioned to help foster vital social change and to help give all residents a stronger voice in the future of their community, county, state, and nation,” said Juanita James, President & CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. “Educating and encouraging increased voter turnout is one way we can advocate for and empower our local communities.”
The virtual event with the Secretary of State Merrill will take place from 11:00am to 12:00pm on Tuesday, September 29th. Discussion will focus on how COVID-19 has forced changes in the electoral system to make it safer for voters, how absentee voting will be implemented this fall, and how 2020 changes may impact election cycles in coming years.
To register to virtually attend the presentation, go to www.FCCFoundation.org/Events.
The Foundation will announce more events, workshops and civic engagement efforts in the coming weeks and months.
About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards and has awarded over $337 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond since 1992. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, the organization brings together community organizers, business experts, and philanthropists to close the opportunity gap in Fairfield County with a focus on eliminating disparities in education, employment, housing, and health. Our goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive. Learn more at FCCFoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIN. Listen to the Fairfield County Thrives podcast at https://fccfoundation.org/podcasts/.