The Community Fund of Darien

recently awarded several grants, among them awards to Laurel House and Person-to-Person.

At the 2017 Grant Awards Open House at the Darien Community Association July 12, Laurel House was awarded $20,000. The grant will help fund the salary for a part-time youth resource specialist for the Resources to Recover program, a privately funded, free resource that quickly connects families with expert mental health resources, best practices and personalized recommendations.

The Grants Executive Committee of the Community Fund of Darien awarded a $21,000 grant to P2P to be used for the Emergency Assistance Program. With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the P2P service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

P2P also nabbed a $1,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation, thanks to a small business owner in Darien.

Allstate agency owner Mariella Cuccolo recently secured a $1,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community grant to support P2P’s efforts to provide basic needs and emergency assistance to low-income individuals and families living in lower Fairfield County.

As a volunteer with P2P, Cuccolo joins thousands of Allstate agency owners and financial specialists around the country who aim to improve their communities by supporting important local causes.

P2P is one of thousands of organizations this year that will receive Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community grants secured by agency owners and financial specialists on behalf of the nonprofit where they volunteer.

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County awarded two 2017 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Grants to P2P: $10,000 for the Emergency Assistance Program and $9,000 for the Norwalk Food Pantry.

United Way is committed to closing the opportunity gap so children and families in the most challenged communities can thrive and has consequently had an ongoing partnership with P2P.

Specifically, the two grants will help P2P provide financial assistance for security deposits and utility payments and purchase produce, meats and staples for the Food Pantry.

Darien’s Megan Caulfield graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa May 22 as one of 390 members of the class of 2017. Caulfield, who earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in Chinese and political science, is the daughter of Michael J. Caulfield and Carol L. Nygaard-Caulfield, of Darien.

Three Darien natives graduated May 14 from Hobart and William Smith colleges in Geneva, N.Y.

Margaret A.C. Cameron received a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations. Cameron, the daughter of Ian Cameron and Catherine Cameron, graduated summa cum laude.

Peter B. Gesualdi received a bachelor’s degree in American studies. He is the son of Louis Gesualdi and Heather Gesualdi.

James T. Lyons received a bachelor’s degree in media and society. He is the son of Jane Lyons and Edward Lyons.

Returning favorite Bud Johnson, of the Kind Buds with Waynard Scheller, takes the stage Friday for Darien Summer Nights, organized by Baywater Properties, Grove Street Plaza and the Darien Chamber of Commerce.

Johnson has been on the jam band scene for 12 years and in that time has shared the stage with many talented artists. Scheller has been performing and traveling with Rainbow Full of Sound. This season they have joined together and kicked off the summer season at Fenway Park.

Inspired by a love of Jerry Garcia music, the two soulfully blend keys and acoustic guitar to produce a groovy sound unlike any heard on Grove Street so far this summer. Together they bring their own sound to the best of the Grateful Dead.

The dynamic duo will be performing at Grove Street Plaza from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Four Darien natives made the Loyola University Maryland spring dean’s list. To qualify for the dean’s list at the Baltimore school, a student must achieve a minimum quality-point average of at least 3.5 for the term, provided they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 15 credits.

Caitlin Burke and Nikolas Cirillo, both from the class of 2017, made the dean’s list, as did Mary O’Boyle, class of 2018, and Eleanor Kelley, class of 2020.

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, which serves children in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, is seeking additional volunteers for its Youth, Empowerment, & Support Mentoring Program.

The YES Mentoring Program supports children 6 to 18 who are involved in System of Care in Stamford and Norwalk. CGC’s System of Care program helps families access integrated services to meet complex needs and safely maintain children at home.

Through YES, youth will have the opportunity to interact and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities with a positive role model. While the mentor is spending quality time with the child/teen, parents will have some time to themselves.

Each YES session lasts 12 weeks, and youth will meet with their mentor for three hours a week. Every mentor will complete thorough interview, orientation, and background checks. The mentor and family will work together to develop a convenient schedule of enjoyable activities for the child.

To learn more about the YES Mentoring Program or to volunteer, contact Sheila Figueroa at or 203-517-3346.