Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Launches 2020 Civic Education & Engagement Initiative with Online Discussion

Sep 22, 2020

Virtual Briefing with Connecticut Secretary of State, Denise Merrill, Scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 29th


(Norwalk, CT) — Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) this month will launch its 2020 civic education and community engagement initiatives aimed at encouraging voter registration and turnout in the November election and beyond. The efforts will begin with a virtual community briefing featuring the Honorable Denise Merrill, Connecticut Secretary of the State, discussing the lessons learned from absentee and in-person voting in the September primaries; key timelines and logistics for those practices for the general election in November; and the potential implications for strong civic engagement and voting in the future. Attendees will include local nonprofit staff, FCCF donors, and community leaders and residents.

The September 29th event to promote civic participation in voting is part of the Community Foundation’s ongoing efforts to address opportunity gaps in Fairfield County which have been amplified by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Community Foundation is uniquely positioned to help foster vital social change and to help give all residents a stronger voice in the future of their community, county, state, and nation,” said Juanita James, President & CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. “Educating and encouraging increased voter turnout is one way we can advocate for and empower our local communities.”

The virtual event with the Secretary of State Merrill will take place from 11:00am to 12:00pm on Tuesday, September 29th. Discussion will focus on how COVID-19 has forced changes in the electoral system to make it safer for voters, how absentee voting will be implemented this fall, and how 2020 changes may impact election cycles in coming years.

To register to virtually attend the presentation, go to www.FCCFoundation.org/Events.

The Foundation will announce more events, workshops and civic engagement efforts in the coming weeks and months.