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.

Operation Hope Community Garden Sees a Bountiful Summer

Fairfield Ludlowe students Harper Treschuk, Jordan Stein and Campbell Treschuk have been hard at work this summer at the Operation Hope Community Garden located on the First Church Congregational property. Little sister Sylvie Treschuk has also lent her helping hands to the garden. Broccoli, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, kale, beans – all have been planted and harvested with care, feeding our neighbors in need through the Operation Hope food pantry. We are truly grateful not just for the opportunity to offer fresh produce in our pantry but that this has been a wonderful way for our young volunteers to connect and give back to the community in a meaningful way. Thank you for your green thumbs and big hearts, Harper, Jordan, Campbell and Sylvie! 

Round Up for Operation Hope at Turnpike Spirit Shop

$1,431 worth of thank yous to the generous customers and staff at Turnpike Spirit Shop! Operation Hope was the beneficiary of the store’s round up bucket through the month of August. The $1,431 will go far in helping us feed and care for our neighbors in need. We are deeply grateful to be part of such a dedicated and giving community.

Fairfield CERT Volunteers Kept Our Pantry Going During the Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff and volunteers recognized the need to change the operations of our pantry. A curbside, prepackaged delivery system was created to safely provide food and other essential items to those in need in the Town of Fairfield, CT. In these unprecedented times, many volunteers were unable to help due to the high risk of COVID-19. However, Fairfield’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteered to help run the food distribution tent which helped ensure that we could continue to feed our community. Fairfield CERT is a trained volunteer organization which works under the Town of Fairfield’s Emergency Management Department. During this pandemic, CERT volunteers showed up, quickly joined the Operation Hope team and helped those in need. Since April 3, just a few weeks after the Town essentially shut down, CERT volunteers have provided 33 volunteers over 87 day of service and over 1,500 volunteer hours. They made the difference between Operation Hope remaining open and not closing down at a time when our community was truly in need. As our pantry returns indoors due to space concerns and fall approaching, several CERT volunteers plan to stay and help us after these changes are made.
 
Yesterday, we hosted a send off lunch to thank the CERT volunteers for their efforts, with sandwiches catered from

Fred 06825 and the most adorable decorated cookies from Custom Cookies by Marina. Also on hand were Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick, whose office we thank for issuing proclamations for the volunteers, as well as
Fairfield Fire Department Fire Chief Denis McCarthy and Deputy Fire Chief Kyran Dunn.
 
We are deeply grateful to all of the dedicated and brave CERT volunteers for going above and beyond during this challenging time to help feed and care for our Fairfield neighbors in need.
 

Sign Up for Solar and Help Operation Hope

The sun is out, it’s time to take advantage of solar! We are excited to welcome a few more Fairfield families to the Trinity Solar fold. These families are supporting Operation Hope by going solar and taking control of their monthly utility bill increases. Why not join them? And once your system is installed, Trinity Solar will send YOU and Operation Hope each $1,500! It’s a win-win-win! The $1,500 we receive will go a long way towards maintaining our affordable housing units. Sign up here to see if solar works for you!

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