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Over the Fall our team gathered donations to create Comfort Bags.  Recently we organized the donations and assembled the bags for children and teens.  All bags contain daily essentials like soap, shampoo, toothbrush, and toothpaste as well as comfort items including coloring books, journals, markers and creative items.  Over 150 bags have been provided to our local Hartford DCF (Department of Children & Families) office to aid in children’s transition as often they are removed from their homes without the opportunity to gather any belongings. Throughout the donation period we also gathered a large supply new and gently used toys & games, stuffed animals, diapers & wipes for the DCF office to have on hand for family visitations and to entertain the children while they are transitioning.  

We are so proud of our Team, our Glastonbury Office of Barnum Financial Group, and Barnum Foundation For Life! We recently completed our Bikes For Kids event at a University of Connecticut Football game. We sold over 340 tickets, gave away 36 bikes to local children and raised over $3,000 for our cause. It was such a beautiful day and so nice to see our office come together for such a great cause. We had a blast and can't wait to be back next year! 

Barnum Foundation for Life Bikes for Kids Program

The Barnum Foundation for Life truly makes an incredible impact on the lives of children in our communities. Great story here!

NBC Connecticut-- Bikes Gifted to New Haven Second Graders

Team JBW volunteers at the ABC House (A Better Chance) of Glastonbury!

We wanted to take a moment to highlight how we’ve chosen to spend some of our summer days. Our team has incorporated community outreach events into our mission statement and are proud to announce we recently completed our summer project.

A Better Chance (ABC), is a fantastic National program that accepts young minority men to the program based on leadership promise, personal motivation, academic record, and need. We fundraised, created a project list and completed a hands-on volunteer day for our local Glastonbury ABC House. The students, often from far way, reside in the Glastonbury home throughout the school year and attend Glastonbury High School. Our team completed some updates and refurbished the home for the students return this Fall so they can hit the ground running, focus on their studies, participate in school sports and be safe & comfortable in their home.

We would like to thank the ABC House for helping us coordinate this special day, as well as all those who donated or volunteered! It was an extremely positive and rewarding experience for our team and we are looking forward to our next philanthropic event.