Golf Outing is SOLD OUT!

We are excited to announce that our Annual Golf Outing on October 5 at Country Club of Fairfield is SOLD OUT! Our Annual Gala and Tag Sale were canceled this year due to the pandemic so we cannot tell you how much we appreciate our players and friends stepping up to support us. There’s still time left to sponsor a hole! Imagine your company name set against the beautiful backdrop of the Long Island Sound and Country Club of Fairfield’s course. Hole sponsorships are $250, please contact Paula Morthanos at pmorthanos@operationhopect.org to purchase.
Many thanks to returning TITLE SPONSOR Webster Bank, Lunch & Cocktail Sponsors AvalonBay CommunitiesEC Scott Group and People’s United Bank, and to Eagle Sponsor First County Bank.

L’Shana Tova

Happy Rosh Hashanah! Wishing all those observing a happy, safe, healthy and sweet new year, from our family to yours. 

Pantry Wish List on Amazon Makes It Easy to Help Neighbors in Need

Our Amazon Food Pantry Wish List makes it quick and easy for you to help feed and care for our neighbors in need AND maintain social distancing! In just minutes, click, donate and help someone in need: http://bit.ly/oh-amazon-pantry-wish-listAnd if our choices are out of stock or won’t come in for another month, feel free to choose other brands or similar items. Or even donate directly to us at http://bit.ly/oh-donate. Our gratitude to these recent generous donors: Deborah Cheevers, Thomas and Rose Fallon and anonymous friends. Help us stock our shelves to feed our neighbors in need in the coming weeks. Thank you from the bottom of our heart!

Meet Emma, One of Our In-Office Volunteers

Meet one of our in-office volunteers, Emma Hopkinson! Emma is a Fairfield Warde graduate and is a senior at George Washington University this year. Because she found herself with a little extra time on her hands due to distance learning this semester, she’s lending her helping hands to us, and for that, we are grateful 🙏🏽 She spent yesterday sorting through the mountains of school supplies generously donated during Saturday’s “Really Big” Food Drive. Thank you, Emma!

Thanks to the Community for a Really Great Food Drive!

Commitment to community. That was on full display today at our “Really Big” Food Drive. From volunteers and donors of all ages to Operation Hope employees to local elected officials, we were thrilled to see so many come out to help feed and care for our neighbors in need. The brainchild of enterprising and creative Ludlowe High School student Andrew McKinnis, the drive was also organized by Alexis Harrison, Helene Daly and Heather Dubrosky. This was the 20th drive organized by these women, many of which have benefited Operation Hope during the pandemic. We met our goal of FILLING A POD with non perishable donations PLUS $2,450 in cash donations and $790 in store gift cards. These cash donations and gift cards will help us purchase exactly what our clients need. In addition to our many generous donors and volunteers, many thanks to these folks for supporting us today:
 
 
Day in and day out, we are grateful to be part of the Fairfield community. Times are tough for everyone. But you keep finding ways to help our neighbors most in need. Thank you.

A Day of Remembrance and Service

As we reflect on the 19th anniversary of 9/11, we pay tribute and honor the memory of the brave and loved ones lost that day, keeping them and their families in our hearts. We hold dear their struggles will not have been in vain, and maintain a sense of hope for the future. We will never forget.

As 9/11 has been federally recognized as the National Day of Service and Remembrance and is intended to transform this national day of tragedy into a day of doing good, it’s become the largest annual day of charitable service in the United States. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s challenging to do the hands-on volunteer work greatly appreciated by many service agencies. Instead, please take a moment to support a cause close to your heart, and know that your donation makes a big difference.

Get a Tax Credit AND Support Operation Hope!

Get a tax credit AND support Operation Hope! Operation Hope has been approved for the 2020 Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA), where funding will be used to purchase energy-efficient rehab and upgrades to its affordable housing units. Companies that are C or S corporations paying taxes to the State of CT can receive a 60% or 100% state tax credit for their donation to Operation Hope. Companies must submit a brief application to the state between September 15 and October 1, 2020. The online application will be available beginning September 15, 2020 at bit.ly/oh-naa-2020. Questions? Please contact our Grants Administrator Liz Bennett at (203) 292-5588 or lbennett@operationhopect.org.

 

Join us for a “Really Big Food Drive” on Saturday, September 12

Since we couldn’t have our annual “Really Big Tag Sale” in August due to the pandemic, we are hosting a “Really Big Food Drive” to help fill our pantry shelves in time for the fall. Join us on Saturday, September 12, 10am-2pm behind the lot of Operation Hope and First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road. Donate, drop off and do good! All volunteers will be practicing social distancing and wearing masks, we encourage our donors and guests to do the same.

The Low Darts and the 5 o’clocks will be performing musical selections and Trinity Solar will be on hand to answer your questions about how to harness the power of solar WHILE helping Operation Hope. Sign up for a complimentary, no commit solar consultation for the chance to win a restaurant gift card! BD Provisions will also be selling coffee with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Operation Hope.

Our most urgent pantry needs include: boxed or shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, jelly, honey, cereal, oatmeal, cookies, crackers, Lysol spray, cleaning products, paper towels, dried potatoes, baked beans, condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressing), any variety of 14oz canned tomatoes (diced, crushed, sauce, etc.), popcorn, pasta side dishes, mac and cheese, ground coffee, canned vegetables (especially green beans, peas, corn), canned chili and stew, stuffing and gravy.

Operation Hope Seeks RFIs for Affordable Housing Renovations

REVITALIZATION OF 21-23 & 63-65 DURRELL DRIVE FAIRFIELD, CONNECTICUT.

Operation Hope of Fairfield Inc. is looking for firms to submit to a bid for renovation of 21-23 & 63-65 Durrell Drive Fairfield, Connecticut. The hired firm will provide for all aspects of a complete job listed in the scope of services.

Mandatory Site Visit is SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 AT 9:00AM. RFI Deadline is SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 AT 3:00PM. Bid Due Date and Submission is SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 AT 3:00PM. Contact Robert Sickeler at 203-495-6300/ Mobile 203-299-7682 or email robert@vasemanagement.com (always copy vee@vasemanagement.com)

The work consists of but not limited to Demo, Site Work, Concrete, Carpentry, Thermal & Moisture Protection/ Insulation, Roofing, Doors and Windows, General Trades/Finishes, Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical. Bids received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Plans and specifications may be viewed free of charge at the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6jmezb0ez8wehga/AABhhptTJPAmj6Pgk_Fz41jUa?dl=0

Contract Documents, Plans, and Specifications may also be available at VASE office at 531Ferry Street, Unit A, New Haven, CT 06513, Monday – Friday 9:00AM -5:00PM EST, Appointment is required. Call 203-495-6300 or email support@vaseconstruction.com for appointments. (Printing fee will apply)

Bid Bond is NOT required. Operation Hope encourages Minority, Women, and Section 3 Designated Companies to apply. State of Connecticut Minority & Small Contractors’ Set-Aside Program apply.

Operation Hope is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer.
Minority, Women, and Section 3 Designated Companies are encouraged to apply.

Fairfield Rotary Club Delivers in Big Ways to Help Our Neighbors in Need

During the pandemic, we have been so fortunate to benefit from so many generous people and groups. And most of them support us despite the pandemic! One of those groups who we rely on time and time again is the Fairfield Rotary Club. The Club stepped up in BIG ways during the pandemic, and we are deeply appreciative.

Initially, it secured a grant from the Rotary District, of which it is a part, to purchase groceries for a local food bank. The Club selected the Operation Hope’s Food Pantry to be the beneficiary of that grant, which resulted in the delivery of $525 worth of groceries that the Pantry indicated were especially needed. Soon afterwards, the Club’s Board of Directors voted to donate an additional $2,000 to Operation Hope for groceries to be distributed through the Pantry. That donation was made through groceries purchased by Rotarians and delivered to the Pantry and through an additional $975 in Stop & Shop gift cards delivered to Operation Hope. Finally, Rotarians have been purchasing gift cards for Operation Hope since the pandemic began and, to date, have donated over $4,000 in cards to Stop & Shop and ShopRite. The donations to Operation Hope from the Fairfield Rotary Club and its members during the five months since the pandemic began surpass $7,000.

The number of individuals and families who rely on us for food and services has increased tremendously since March, and through these donations from the Club, we have been able to barely keep pace with the need. Thank you to the Fairfield Rotary Club and its members. With friends like you, we are equipped help our neighbors in need when they are at their most vulnerable.

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

ADDRESS
636 Old Post Road

Fairfield CT 06824

HOURS

Main Office:
Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Summer hours: Main Office closes at 1:00pm on Fridays

FOOD PANTRY

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
10:00am to 12:00 noon
Thursday, 4:00pm to 6:00pm

OUTREACH & KITCHEN

ADDRESS
50 Nichols Street, Fairfield, CT

06824
Phone: (203) 254-2934

HOURS
Homeless Outreach: 4am-9pm

Community Kitchen:
lunch from 11:30am to 1:00pm
dinner from 5:30pm to 6:30pm