100 of the state’s nonprofit organizations, all members of CT Nonprofits, made their case to state legislators in two CT Nonprofits Weeks at the Capitol: February 22nd through 26th, and March 29th through April 2nd.
The week-long events featured exhibits by nonprofits in social service, arts & culture, education and healthcare. This is the fourth year the initiative has been held by CT Nonprofits to feature our members’ work in the community.
Organizations met with policy makers and the public about their social and economic impact, highlighting the variety of work that nonprofits do to enhance the economy of the state and the quality of life for all of Connecticut’s citizens. Governor Rell also acknowledged this important dual role of nonprofits in her proclamation of March 29th through April 2nd, 2010 as “Connecticut Nonprofits Week in the State of CT”.
Many legislators visited the exhibit area/Concourse, and many others met with their constituents by appointment. Visitors included: Senate President Don Williams, Senator Bob Duff, Senator Jonathan Harris, Representative DebraLee Hovey, Representative Chris Perone, State Auditor Kevin Johnston (former Senator from Northeast CT), and many more.
The media also took note of the event, as WFSB / Channel 3 interviewed participants and Diane Smith shared information regarding our event with her audience on WTIC / 1080.
“It was a great opportunity to meet with our State Representatives, giving them information on the valuable work we do in our communities, " said Glenis Vialva, Program Director at Waterbury Youth Service System, Inc.
Mark E. Kovitch, CPA, Chief Financial Officer at Key Human Services, Inc. added that the week was a “wonderful opportunity to meet our legislators, hand out fact sheets, network with our peers, and build a greater awareness of all of our work in our communities! Nonprofits Week at the Capital was valuable experience, well-timed to raise awareness of our needs for support!”
Helping to stress the importance of supporting CT Nonprofits week, TEEG issued a press release asserting that “In this time of declining state revenues and increased needs, it is more important then ever that policy makers understand the cost effectiveness of programs offered through the nonprofit sector. There is a critical need for continued state support of the work done by nonprofits. It’s the most financially prudent thing that our legislators can do.”
Thank you to all of our members who participated in this important event! We look forward to continuing this critical effort in 2011.
Check out photos from the events either below, or on our Facebook page!