June 11, 2018

Nonprofit Notebook —June 11, 2018

Photo | Contributed
Photo | Contributed
Schaller Subaru and Klingberg Family Centers staff at a check presentation.

The Hartford Foundation has awarded a $287,000 grant to the overseer of a revitalization project on Albany Avenue in the Capital City's north end.

The grant, distributed over three years, will allow Upper Albany Main St. Inc. (UAMS), which supports and promotes 125 businesses, to expand its staff overseeing the improvement project in the area's commercial district of more than 100 small businesses.

The Foundation said Albany Avenue has needed infrastructure improvements for decades as the area has suffered from high rates of blight and crime.

"It is our hope that this collaboration will create a 'complete street' that will improve the quality of life for all those who live, work, and visit this historic and diverse community," said Herman Todd, chairman of the UAMS board of directors.

The funds will also increase Upper Albany's collaboration under the Micro Business Incubator (MBI) program, a joint partnership between the nonprofit and the University of Hartford's Barney School of Business. MBI provides UHart students an opportunity to pitch new strategies in business planning, marketing and technology to local businesses.

As part of Subaru's Share the Love Campaign, Schaller Subaru donated $18,457 to Klingberg Family Centers. Klingberg Family Centers is a New Britain-based nonprofit multi-service agency providing help to thousands of individuals across Connecticut each year through 20 distinct programs. Its services aim to help children and families who have dealt with abuse and/or neglect, or who have mental health issues.

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