A grass-roots effort is growing in southeast Connecticut, and it’s starting to make a "bigger" impact for local non-profits.
The Power of Together organization started three years ago in East Lyme.
It’s the brain child of local realtor Deb Fountain, who was inspired by a book “Be the Miracle.”
"Give that small non-profit a big boost that they could do something with to improve their programs,” Fountain said.
In July, the organization pulled their money to buy a mobile food pantry that delivers fresh produce and protein to 1,100 families each week, servicing non-profit food pantries in the region.
"Without the generous donation of that vehicle we would not have been able to get that fresh food out or the protein. Again, because we want to have healthy food out in the community,” said Dina Sears-Graves, of the United Way.
Each member of Power of Together must commit to donating $100 during four meetings a year.
The donations will be given to southeastern Connecticut area charities.
No national charities will be considered.
The purpose is for the contribution to stay 100 percent in the community.
The group has made a difference in a dozen groups in just 3 years donating $88,000.
"It’s life changing for the stuff that we're after. Whether it be homeless, needing fuel, even transportation, the Gemma Moran Food Center,” said member Don MacKenzie.
The Power of Together has spawned new chapters in Mystic and other areas, giving back locally.
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