Steeple Chase

Thread City Cyclers

2023 Event 195 cyclists/ walkers   |   $53,844 total raised so far (includes sponsorships, registration, fundraising, etc.) Top individual and team fundraiser as of this writing. Individuals   Name Team Total Raised 1 Brian McCarthy HST Homies $2,586 2 Don Baxter Thread City Cyclers $1,853 3 Mark Whitham $1,547 4 Kerry Landeck $1,334 5 Jane Moynihan … Read more

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Connecticut

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Ossen Community Outreach, Education and Advocacy Project: Act Locally, Think Globally

We’ve been able provide high quality, one-to-one mentoring to thousands of children in Windham and beyond thanks to the generosity and partnership of the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation. Children whose lives have changed for the better – they’re less likely to engage in anti-social behavior, more likely to attend school, feel self-confident and optimistic about their future, get good grades, plan on college and think about careers. When some partners began moving their focus away from young children and adolescents, the Jeffery P. Ossen Family Foundation leaned in. And their support has made a huge difference.

Andy Fleischmann

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Connecticut, President & CEO,

The Center for Medicare Advocacy: Act Locally, Think Globally

Center for Medicare Advocacy

Ossen Community Outreach, Education and Advocacy Project: Act Locally, Think Globally

The Center for Medicare Advocacy is honored to have partnered with the Jeffery P. Ossen Family Foundation in a variety of projects to enhance the lives of older adults and people with disabilities, to increase access to care, and to build community. Most recently, funding from the Foundation has allowed the Center to create and lead a Community Outreach, Education, and Advocacy Project to advance access to Medicare and necessary home and community-based services and to build an integrated community of service providers and policy makers in the under-served area of northeastern Connecticut.

This Project’s Advisory Team, made up of community service and health providers, legislators, and faith leaders, provides education and advocacy on behalf of older and disabled individuals and their families. Importantly, the development of the Advisory Team has bonded important organizations into a cohesive group that can better serve the community because we know about each other and have built relationships that did not previously exist. Together, we are helping spread the word about Medicare coverage, especially for community-based care, beneficiary rights, and how individuals, their families and caregivers can access help available at the Center and other community service organizations.

Additionally, the beneficiary stories and challenges we learn about through the Project helps us bring the experiences of the people we serve to the attention of the Connecticut Congressional delegation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the media, and others who can address and influence needed administrative and legislative changes at the State and National levels. We call this our “think locally, act globally” approach to advocacy. I am deeply honored and grateful to the Foundation for its generosity and commitment to helping build community, make a difference in the lives of individuals in need, and enhance advocacy for current and future generations of families.

Judith Stein Center for Medicare Advocacy, Executive Director

Judith Stein

Center for Medicare Advocacy, Executive Director,

Connecticut Legal Services (CLS)

Connecticut Legal Services School Based Legal Clinic Funded by: the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation

Over the last decade, the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation has played a critical role in assisting Connecticut Legal Services (CLS) provide its services to more than 800 low-income Windham County individuals and families in crisis.  By supporting its successful initiatives such as—CLS’ School Based Legal Project, CLS’ Lead Poisoning Legal Project, and CLS’ Pandemic/Pandemic Recovery Legal Project—the Foundation has had a direct positive effect on the lives of hundreds of families who needed CLS’ assistance to address often devastating legal emergencies.  Foundation funding also allowed CLS to provide hundreds of community outreach and legal education events and to work with local community partners to ensure that those individuals and families could access Foundation-funded CLS services.  The Ossen Family Foundation helped CLS make a significant difference for numerous Windham County individuals and families including—domestic violence survivors, those facing homelessness or job loss, those not able to access health care or health care coverage, elders who were victims of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation, and many others with urgent legal problems.  The Ossen Family Foundation has been an extraordinary partner whose generosity continues to make a difference for hundreds of low-income Windham County individuals and families to whom CLS has provided services.

Attorney Anne Louise Blanchard

Connecticut Legal Services, Deputy Director,
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