Supporting projects that meet the diverse needs of the community.

Recent Projects

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The Bumpy Warner Youth House. Thanks to funds donated by the Warner Family, The Essex Foundation serves as Trustee for the Bumpy Warner Youth House located on Bushnell Street in Essex Village. Management and support for maintenance and repair is provided for the building which is the headquarters for the Essex Boy Scout program.  Support is also given to other scouting projects benefiting the community.

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Essex Gateway Beautification. The multi-phased project began with the painting of the Route 9 highway bridge overpass at the intersection of Route 153 and Route 154, with The Essex Foundation providing a portion of the funds for purchasing the paint. After the completion of the bridge painting, twelve Chanticleer pear trees and over 300 low-growing, low-maintenance evergreen and perennial ornamentals were installed in the southeast corner of underpass area thanks to a bequest to the Essex Foundation by the late Elizabeth “Diz” Barnes Callender and her predeceased sister Mary Frances Barnes.

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Essex Veterans Memorial Hall Parking Lot. Financial assistance was provided to the Essex Veterans Memorial Hall, the last known stand-alone, 501(c)(19) nonprofit veterans organization on the East Coast. The donated funds were used to fully underwrite the cost of paving the 10,633 square-foot gravel parking lot on the group’s property located at 3 Westbrook Road in Centerbrook. Sullivan Paving Company, Inc. submitted the winning bid, which also includes a donation of their time and materials to line stripe and mark the new pavement. Work was completed in July 2017.

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Essex Place Senior Housing Furnishings. Two weeks before the grand opening of Essex Place, a 22-unit, affordable senior rental housing complex developed by Essex Elderly & Affordable Housing, Inc. and the Women’s Institute of Housing & Economic Development, The Essex Foundation was called upon to help cover the cost of furniture for the community room, game room, office, and kitchen. Essex Place is located at 26 Main Street in the Centerbrook section of Essex, adjacent to the Essex Court senior apartments. The common areas are accessible to all residents of Essex Place and Essex Court, and will also be used for general meetings and as a designated emergency shelter.

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West Avenue Cedar Tree Plantings. The planting of 15 cedar trees along West Avenue to screen the fire station back garage and electrical sub-station was made possible with coordination and funding assistance provided by The Essex Foundation.