We are so close to our goal of raising $25,000 for Operation Hope from community partner Trinity Solar! But we need your help to reach it! We need just 10 more families to sign up for a no-obligation consultation. For every consultation to see if you qualify for solar, we receive $100. That $100 will help us feed a family of 5 for a month.
We are thrilled to announce Operation Hope is an awardee of a Community Innovation 2022 grant from United Way of Coastal Fairfield County (UWCFC). Awards were granted to 17 organizations in seven different towns. Selection criteria included innovation, partner collaboration, and a commitment to solve problems and advance equity in one of United Way’s focus areas: health, education, and financial stability. We are honored to be among these 17 organizations that empower people to thrive in Fairfield County.
We are grateful to community partner UWCFC for its continued support of our efforts to help secure housing and financial stability for our clients. This grant will allow us to provide security deposits for our clients moving into a new home, or those relocating from a dangerous situation.
According to Carla Miklos, Executive Director of Operation Hope, “Everyone deserves an opportunity for positive change, and that starts with a stable home. But a big barrier to housing access is the lack of security deposits, and federal funds can’t be used for that purpose. This United Way grant will fund deposits to help clients find both housing and financial stability at the same time, since once stably housed, clients are able to gain, keep and increase employment.”
Pictured here are Carla Miklos, Executive Director at Operation Hope, with United Way Board of Directors member, Paul J. Reszutek.
If you’re stocking up on your pantry basics, please take a moment to help our neighbors in need. Our most pressing needs are cash, checks and grocery store gifts cards, which allow us to purchase fresh produce, dairy and meat for our clients. Regular sized items (not bulk) appreciated. Drop off at our pantry M-Th, 9am-5pm or Fri, 9am-1pm at 636 Old Post Road; there’s a drop off area to the left of the building. Or simply shop our Amazon Wish List and send the donation directly to us at http://bit.ly/oh-pantry-wish-list. And, monetary donations are always welcome so we can purchase exactly what we need for our clients: http://bit.ly/oh-donate. Thank you!
– CASH, CHECKS, GROCERY STORE GIFT CARDS (to buy perishables)
– Juice (not juice boxes)
– Canned fruit
– Jelly & honey
– Pancake mix & syrup
– Toilet paper, paper towels & tissues
– Cleaning products
– Soap & body wash
– Shampoo & conditioner
– Canned shili & stew
– Sugar, oil & flour
– Canned chicken & SPAM
– Dried fruit & nuts
– Ramen noodles & instant soup cups
– Cookies, crackers & snacks
– Dried potatoes
Thanks to everyone who donated and all who volunteered for our food drive on Saturday! It’s heartwarming to see our generous community come together to make sure no one goes to bed hungry. Thanks especially to organizers Alexis Harrison and Helene Daly, and to community partner Trinity Solar and Lori Scala for educating friends on the benefits of going solar Sign up for a no obligation consult and Operation Hope receives $100. That $100 can help us feed a family of five for a month. Click here to sign up. We are grateful to be part of this community
During the month of August, visit the Stop & Shop at 1160 Kings Hwy Cutoff in Fairfield to purchase a $10.99 Bloomin’ 4 Good bouquet to benefit Operation Hope 💐 For every bouquet sold, Operation Hope will receive $1 to help stock our food pantry. Every dollar counts when we are helping out neighbors in need. Thank you! ❤💐🙏
Our Annual Town-Wide Tag Sale just took place on Saturday, July 23. A hot and steamy day but perfect for selling treasures to help raise funds for Operation Hope! We’d like to extend our deepest thanks to our Tag Sale Chairs Trudi Durrell and Rob Greenbaum, Tag Sale hosts, volunteers and staff for ensuring the event was a success. As with our other events, the Tag Sale helps sustain our neighbors in need and our operations throughout the year. It is one of the live fundraising events we host annually to support our organization.
17 Tag Sales were scattered around Fairfield and Southport, featuring all sorts of items, including toys, clothing, books, art, furniture, housewares, exercise equipment and more. This was a great opportunity to reduce, recycle and reuse – for a good cause. Thank you to our hosts for graciously opening their homes and hearts to help our neighbors in need. A few of the hosts’ children even offered lemonade, water, ice pops and cookies to help raise money for Operation Hope. We love our littlest volunteers and when the whole family is involved in helping friends in need.
Thank you to our shoppers from all over, to our volunteers and staff who staffed a table at Operation Hope for anyone with questions, to Lori Scala and Trinity Solar for their continued community partnership (see here to discover how you can save money AND raise money with Trinity Solar) and to last year’s Tag Sale Chair Andrew McKinnis for providing guidance throughout the process. This was the second year of the new model of the Tag Sale, one where friends host sales at their homes instead of having a single location hosted at First Church and Operation Hope. The Tag Sale continues to evolve and we are grateful for everyone granting us the opportunity to change with the times.
Finally, our most heartfelt appreciation to our Chairs Trudi Durrell and Rob Greenbaum. Longtime supporters of Operation Hope, there was nobody better than this dream team to make the Tag Sale a success.
We look forward to seeing you next year and wish you a happy rest of your summer!
We are thrilled to share that our Town-Wide Tag Sale this Saturday, July 23, will feature 17 Tag Sale sites around Fairfield and Southport, 9am-4pm, rain or shine. Proceeds will continue to help us feed, house and counsel our neighbors in need. And, you are guaranteed to find many treasures!
Click HERE to download & print the PDF version of the Tag Sale Site list and access an interactive map.
Please note that sites have varying operation times between 9am and 4pm. Site addresses, times of sale operation, and items featured are noted in the list to make it easy for you to shop around town.
Shoppers from all over are invited stop by the parking lot behind Operation Hope on Saturday, July 23, 636 Old Post Road Tag Sale, 8:45am-1pm to receive a printed copy of the Tag Sale Host site list. Operation Hope volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.
THANK YOU to our Tag Sale Site Hosts for generously opening their homes and hearts to support our Town-Wide Tag Sale, and to our shoppers for seeking treasures to purchase, which will help our neighbors in need. Happy shopping!
The “summer slide” is the time when school is out and learning, in particular for low income kids, lags. It’s also a time when parents who rely on daily school breakfast and lunch during the school year find it even harder to put food on the table to feed their families.
Help us take a bite out of the “summer slide” and support our summer food drive. Join us Saturday, July 30, 10am-12pm at Sherman Town Green. Help our neighbors in need by stocking our Food Pantry with the much-needed items listed below. If you can’t attend the food drive, please consider making a monetary donation here or purchasing items for our Food Pantry through our Amazon Wish List here. Thank you!
- Cash & grocery store gift cards
- Jelly & honey
- Canned fruit
- Canned chili & stew
- Shampoo & conditioner
- Microwave popcorn
- Pancake mix & syrup
- Ramen cups & packets
- Cleaning products
OFFICE & FOOD PANTRY
636 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
OFFICE & DONATION HOURS
Hours July 1-September 2, 2022
- Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Friday, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Monday, Wednesday & Friday:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Thursday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
OUTREACH & COMMUNITY KITCHEN
50 Nichols Street
Fairfield, CT 06824
COMMUNITY KITCHEN HOURS
Meals served Monday - Friday:
Lunch: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm - 6:30pm