Fairfield County Leadership Council

A photo of members in the Fairfield County Leadership Council smiling.

Council members (left to right) Bernie Park, Joan Curran, Simonne Hewett, Joan Panagos, Anne Troxell, Kristana Esslinger, Jen Platek, and Debbie Prister visiting our programs in Mississippi. Not pictured Trish Demaras, Lindsay Duggan, Sandra Frost, Michelle Jaffee, Barbara Kleban, Jill McGrath, and Sheila Sullivan.

For more information about the Fairfield County Leadership Council contact:
Ann Marie Miles
Senior Director, Individual Philanthropy
Save the Children
AMiles@savechildren.org
475.999.3125

Please join Fairfield County Leadership Council for a discussion on how Save the Children has been working to support the most vulnerable children in rural America’s poorest communities during COVID-19.

Friday, May 29, 2020
12 to 1 pm
Zoom – register here

Your Save the Children host:
Mark Shriver
SVP, U.S. Programs & Advocacy

Featured guests:
Shane Garver
Senior Director of Rural Education
and
Yolanda Minor
Deputy Director U.S. Programs, Mississippi

Our Mission

The Fairfield County Leadership Council (FCLC) represents a group of philanthropic leaders who are taking the initiative in building greater awareness and support in Fairfield County Connecticut. We anticipate that council members will demonstrate their commitment to Save the Children's mission - our mission - to ensure every child in the United States and around the world grows up healthy, educated and protected from harm.

Our Vision

Our council members bring special talents and participate in ways that make them the most effective toward achieving our goals. We encourage our members to introduce Save the Children to potential supporters and future council members in Fairfield County who could expand and enhance Save the Children’s ability to fulfill its mission.

We invite our council members to identify Save the Children as one of their own philanthropic priorities. In particular, we ask members to consider the impact of annual giving for the boys and girls who need our help. This could be a family philanthropy initiative and leadership opportunity with teen participation in the Fairfield County Youth Council and or in school clubs.

We encourage council members to visit our field programs to see our work for children first-hand. We also encourage members to attend council meetings and consider hosting or co-hosting a Save the Children salon event or council meeting in their home. Finally, we look forward in sharing a rewarding experience of friendship, philanthropy and fun!

Our Focus

The FCLC anchors our focus within the Save the Children organization’s mission and priorities. In the last two years we have focused on education with support of Early Childhood Development and Return to Learning programs. New focus areas we support include maternal and reproductive health, and gender equality. We adapt to changing needs of children and mobilize quickly when emergencies strike at home or in other countries. For example, in 2017, we held a pop-up event benefitting victims of Hurricane Maria.

Fairfield County Leadership Council

Bernie reading a book.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Bernadette “Bernie” Park- Chair
Joan Curran
Trish Demaras
Lindsay Duggan
Kristana Esslinger
Sandra Frost
Simonne Hewett
Michelle Jaffee
Barbara Kleban
Jill McGrath
Joan Panagos
Jennifer Platek
Debbie Prister
Susan Seath
Sheila Sullivan
Anne Troxell

Events and Field Trips

Fairfield County Leadership Council member smiling with a group of children.

January 2020 —  Visit Save the Children's programs in Marion County, Mississippi

April 29 — Fairfield County Leadership Council — Fashion Show [Postponed to November 2020]

The FCLC will be hosting a fashion show and cocktail reception at Mitchells in Westport. Mark Shriver will emcee the event and the focus on fundraising will be for Save the Children’s US programs in Mississippi.

May 2020 — Webinar about Save the Children's response to the COVID-19 crisis

FCLC 2018 Year in Review

FCLC 2017 Year in Review

For more information or to RSVP please email:
ipgevents@savechildren.org

Fairfield County Youth Council

Photo of Fairfield County Leadership Youth Council members in Save the Children's Connecticut office.

The Fairfield County Youth Council (FCYC) is a group of teens from surrounding towns in Fairfield county committed to help change the lives of children in the United States and around the world. They participate in advocacy programs, local fundraising and educate fellow students through high school clubs and other local community groups. This past spring, members from the Youth Council travelled to D.C. to participate in the Save the Children’s Advocacy Summit where they met with Congressman Jim Himes and other student ambassadors.

Expectations for FCYC Teen Membership

  • Attend 3 student ambassador meetings per year
  • Participate in annual fundraising event planned by the ambassadors
  • Participate/implement one Advocacy ACTION individually or with other students
  • Try to form, continue or revive a Save the Children club at your school
  • Further details and application to join can be found here

For more information please contact:
Bernie Park, FCLC Chair
Bernie_mcgovern@hotmail.com

Get Involved

A group of children enjoys story time lead by Save the Children Education Coordinator Maritza Erazo during a community event at the Mulitas Community Center in Puerto Rico. Photo credit: Shawn Millsaps / Save the Children 2018.
Literacy programs run by Save the Children are crucial in Kentucky. Photo credit: Save the Children 2019.

Volunteer

  • Participate in our community outreach, education and fundraising events
  • Tell your schools, organizations and community groups about Save the Children and encourage them to participate in our events
  • Organize events within your company or organization to support Save the Children through the FCLC
  • Spread awareness about Save the Children’s work to improve the lives of children in a sustainable way
  • Volunteer to be a leadership council partner
  • Volunteer to be a Junior Council member
    • STC Teen Ambassadors
    • Form Clubs at their schools – Grades 8-12
    • Learn about STC’s programs
    • Plan, attend and participate in 3 quarterly meetings and 1 annual Youth Council fundraising event (i.e. Dodgeball event)
  • Volunteer to be a Young Patrons member

Sponsor

  • Become an Event Sponsor

Campaigns

Ways to Give

 

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