Madison Foundation Awards Grants to Promote Fitness, Health, and Wellness

The Madison Foundation is pleased to announce grant awards totaling $5,000 for three local organizations promoting health and wellness: Madison Little League, SARAH, Inc., and the Madison Arts Barn. In a time when children are feeling isolated, spending more time connected to devices, and less time engaging in physical exercise, these vital groups are offering activities that challenge the mind as well as the body.

Founded in 1967, Madison Little League (MLL) offers boys and girls aged 5 to 12 the year-round opportunity to learn and play baseball and softball in a fun, nurturing environment. The Madison Foundation provided funding for need-based waivers to families who were unable to pay the registration fee. This grant award allowed six children to participate in the program. Visit the MLL website at www.madisonctbaseball.com to sign a child up to play, volunteer, make a donation, or learn more about league operations and the community sponsors that help make youth athletics available to Madison children.

SARAH, Inc., a Westbrook-based nonprofit serving people of all ages and differing abilities, is launching an adaptive virtual fitness class for its Madison Day program members. The foundation funded a weekly fitness program led by trainers experienced working with individuals with disabilities. Set to begin in early April, the recorded training sessions will give differently abled people the tools to make healthy choices and live more independently. The fitness videos will be archived and used to benefit all members of the SARAH community.

The Madison Arts Barn has been encouraging young people to pursue their creative passions since 1997. In early 2021, the group launched New Year, New You, a program promoting health and wellness through a variety of fun activities. Nearly one hundred adult and student participants met weekly via Zoom to exercise, learn, and support one another during this unprecedented period of social isolation. A blog detailing the program’s weekly workshops can be found on its website at www.madisonartsbarn.org.

The Madison Foundation provides grant funding to local nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of town residents. Grant applications can be found on the foundation’s website www.themadisonfoundation.org.

American Legion Edges Closer to Fundraising Goal with $25,000 Madison Foundation Donation

MADISON — The Madison American Legion Griswold Post 79 received a donation of $25,000 from the Maureen and Peter Dalton Fund, a donor-advised fund of The Madison Foundation, this month in support of its Building Improvement Fund. The fundraising campaign launched in the fall has a goal of $200,000 to allow for comprehensive renovations both inside and out. The Dalton Fund donation moves the American Legion a little closer to realizing this goal.

Built in 1936, the hall has been maintained but has had no significant improvements in decades.

“It is old, worn, and tired,” said Post Commander Charles Corso. “I have made it my mission to see this community space revived and restored over the next 18 months.”

Maureen Dalton, who serves as an advisor on the American Legion Building Improvement Committee and is a founding member of The Madison Foundation, is making this gift to the Griswold Post in honor of her late husband, Peter—a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War.

“Peter believed that he was successful in business and in life because of his formative experiences in the military. This gift honors his legacy of supporting veterans on the 10th anniversary of his passing,” said Dalton.

The American Legion Post 79 building renovation plans include new roof and siding, the relocation of a handicap accessible ramp, and expansion of the front porch to create an outdoor meeting space.

“We want to create a campus feel with the Senior Center and plan to hire local contractors, wherever possible, to complete the work,” said Corso.

Dalton is grateful for her relationship with The Madison Foundation where she has a donor-advised fund.

“The foundation offers me a flexible, convenient, and cost-effective way for me to manage my charitable giving,” offered Dalton. “We hope Madison residents will rally around this fundraising effort to preserve the American Legion building. It is much more than a place where veterans meet. It is a community space for Boy Scouts, civic groups, Irish dancers, and town residents seeking a large hall for their gatherings.”

Contributions can be mailed to the American Legion Building Renovation Fund at P.O. Box 504, Madison, CT 06443. To learn more about establishing a donor-advised fund with The Madison Foundation, visit www.themadisonfoudnation.org or call 203-245-2796.