Why should our community prioritize civic engagement and advocacy?
Although voter turnout has increased in our state, especially among young people and people of color – two groups that were historically less likely to vote – voters of color and those with lower incomes are still less likely to believe they have the power to make change, and to feel like their government is working for them. Yet their voices are essential in advocating for the changes that will truly help Fairfield County thrive.
The State of Civic Life in Fairfield County
How is FCCF bringing people together to fix this problem?
Many people care about the future of Fairfield County. As a community foundation, we are strengthening our relationships with aligned partners and connecting local leaders, lawmakers, businesses and organizations to take action together. With your support, our Civic Engagement & Advocacy Fund invests in programs that:
Amplify Resident Voices
We partner with local nonprofits and the Secretary of State to increase civic engagement, sharing information on how to vote and running nonpartisan Get Out the Vote campaigns.
Raise Support for Equitable Policies
We are helping the public understand our region’s racial history and current challenges and growing support for more equitable policies by writing op eds, hosting community dialogues and learning events, talking with government leaders, and submitting public testimony.
Foster Grassroots Organizing
We are increasing our funding, coaching and training opportunities for local nonprofits and community organizers who are most deeply embedded in our communities and working to empower their stakeholders to engage in advocacy.
How can I get involved?
Want to join the journey to move Fairfield County forward? Here are three ways you can strengthen civic engagement, advance equitable policy, and support grassroots organizations in our community.
Give to our Civic Engagement & Advocacy Fund to be part of our collaborative work in this area.
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