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“Our national partners are critical to the work we do. These four organizations reflect the diversity of our partners as we seek to ensure that all children and youth in all corners of the country have the resources and support they need to thrive not just in school but in life,” said Cody Oliver, director of partner and youth engagement at America’s Promise.   

“Our national partners are critical to the work we do. These four organizations reflect the diversity of our partners as we seek to ensure that all children and youth in all corners of the country have the resources and support they need to thrive not just in school but in life,” said Cody Oliver, director of partner and youth engagement at America’s Promise.  

The new national partners include: 

  •  Step Up Women’s Network propels girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women.
  •  Trust for America’s Health is dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.
  •  Oral Health of America works to educate Americans about the importance of mouth health to overall health and well-being.
  • Foster Family-based Treatment Association’s more than 400 member agencies provide treatment foster care services to over 50,000 children and youth each year and a larger array of child welfare and mental health services to over 600,000 children and youth.

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Created in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure positive outcomes for our young people.


NMM celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives. Its goals are to:

    Raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms.

    Recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people.

    Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring.

The national partners work with the NMM campaign’s local partners, who are organizing special NMM events in their communities with numerous partners, including their local media. These events help interested adults learn how to turn their concern for young people into direct action by becoming mentors.

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Who’s Your Hero?

There are many unsung heroes in this 'Small City with a Big Heart.' On Thursday, October 16th, adults and youth who have been nominated – and chosen - as someone’s ‘Hero’ will be recognized and honored at the 5th Annual ‘Be A Hero’ dinner event, from 6 pm to 8:30 p.m., Personal heroes that have made a difference in an individual's life will be recognized, especially mentors and heroes that have played an important role in a child's life. Buffet dinner, cash bar, music, interactive activities for children, adults, families, raffle & silent auction.  Hero table - $350 for a table of 10 in honor of your hero. Individual tickets are $40 for adults. Children: 1-5 y/o free; 6-12 y/o $10; 13-16 y/o $20; 17+ full price.  

Still seeking sponsors, raffle and silent auction items – can you help? For more information email:

Click Here to Register Online!

This year the following adults and youth will be honored

Kelsey Burns
Teacher/Jr. Class Advisor/Student Intern Advisor: Jonathan Law High School

Rosemarie Marzinotto
Principal: Live Oaks School
Sally ‘Bubbles’ Onofrio
Volunteer: Camp Katoya/Camp Buddies & Pals – Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Margie Ruggeri
Volunteer: Mathewson Elementary School & Community
Brian Smith
Milford's Ambassador and Radio Personality

Sue ‘Situpon’ Stevens
Volunteer: Camp Katoya/Camp Buddies & Pals – Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Francis Thompson
Principal: Jonathan Law High School
Mary Ann Wasil
President/CEO/Founder/Survivor: TheGet In Touch Foundation
Jimi Wright (youth)
Founder: Jam 4 Jimi's Friends
Soledad & Isabela Meade (youth)
Youth Entrepreneurs:The Rock On Girls

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Milford Elks Name Milford’s Promise as Grant Recipient

Pictured in front of the Milford Elks #1589 Lodge are, l to r: Bob Magowan/Elks Exhalted Ruler, Jan Wankowicz, Sr., PDD/Elks & CEA President, Ella Holst/Elks Youth Chair, and Donna Corey/Milford’s Promise President

Milford, CT – September 2, 2014. Milford’s Promise is a recent recipient of The Milford Elks #1589 'Gratitude Grant.' The Milford Elks is a non-profit organization comprised of members dedicated to serving the community, focusing on programs that support and benefit Veterans and youth. Its volunteers help support many other groups and programs throughout Milford such as the Veterans, youth sports leagues, the Beth-EL Shelter, Holiday food baskets, drug awareness, Sea Scouts and Boy Scouts, Milford Safety Day, Jordan's Run, Special Olympics, Boys & Girl's Village, Engine 260 Fire Muster, Children's Medical Center, Milford Animal Shelter and Youth Scholarship Programs.

Milford’s Promise is a local non-profit organization providing programs such as after-school 1-on-1 mentoring, the annual ‘Respect’ month implemented throughout all Milford Schools K-12, and other youth enrichment programs. According to Milford’s Promise President Donna Corey, “We were so pleased to receive this special grant, aligning the Milford Elks as co-sponsors of our 14th Annual Respect Campaign. We look forward to our continuing alliance with this worthwhile and dedicated community organization.”

“We are so proud of Elks Youth Activities Chair Ella Holst, who was key to identifying and facilitating the Grant,” stated Elks Exalted Ruler Bob Magowan. He continues, “Our Gratitude Grant is sponsored by the Connecticut Elks Association with funds that are obtained from the Elks National Foundation.”

For more information on the Milford Elks Lodge #1589 visit

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Milford Wine Trail to benefit Milford’s Promise

Milford’s Promise has been selected as a beneficiary of the 6th Annual Downtown Milford Wine Trail! Along with Milford Education Foundation, our organization will receive a portion of the ticket sale proceeds from this popular event.

Tickets are now on sale at Villa Gourmet at 11 River Street and at Wines & More at 242 Boston Post Road in Milford. Tickets are $40 each and a limited number will be sold.

Your ticket entitles you to sample flights of wine at each shop along with delicious food from a variety of restaurants.

In addition to wine and food at every location, you will receive a commemorative wine glass when you register. All participating retailers will be offering special in-store promotions and sales so this will be a great opportunity to get in some early holiday shopping!
The 12 Wine Trail participating businesses are:

(paired restaurants serving on site in parenthesis)
Chiropractic & Wellness Center – River Street (Scribner’s)

Duck Duck Goose – River Street (Brats on a Bun)

MJKS Woodworking – River Street (Tabouli Grill)

Ocean’s Spray – Broad Street (Milford Green Pizza)

Sophie Claire’s – Broad Street (Eli’s Tavern)
Sweet Cupcasions – River Street – their own sweet things

The Lovet Shop – River Street – (Indigo by the water)
Tranquility Mind & Body Wellness Spa – Noble Avenue – (Stonebridge) (Registration Site)

Ultimate Interiors – River Street (Bin 100)

Villa Gourmet – River Street (their own fabulous yummies)
Village Vogue – Broad Street (Villano’s Restaurant)

Whispers by Lady Olga – River Street – (Scratch Baking)

Stop by Villa Gourmet and Wines & More soon to purchase tickets! For more information, visit the Downtown Milford Business Association’s web site.

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Milford, CT -- Have you ever driven around town and noticed the "Milford, Where Respect Shines" banners and signage? This is a local organization's initiative established twelve years ago, and presented with support from the City of Milford and the Board of Education. Each May, Milford’s Promise celebrates National Respect Month in all schools citywide. The celebration begins in April when information packets are sent to all schools regarding the year's campaign. The goal of this popular annual event is to engage all schools and help encourage a climate of Respect in the community.

Each year brings new ideas and projects, but the packets always include a calendar that is shared with all students throughout the month. The calendar gives students ideas on how to be respectful each day in May. Many teachers use the quotes and ideas shared on the calendar as discussion points or projects in their classrooms. Throughout April students nominate each other as "Stars of Respect" in each classroom, choosing those who they believe exemplify respect. From 2 to 5  students from amongst the 'Stars' from each school are chosen as Respect Ambassadors.

According to Mayor Blake "This is a very important program for young people. Respect needs to be taught and practiced at a very young age. I would like to commend Milford's Promise for the good work that they do." 

Selected Respect Ambassadors will be honored at a Respect Ceremony, this year taking place on Wednesday, June 4th at City Hall. Mayor Benjamin Blake, Dr. Elizabeth Feser, principals, teachers, student honorees, their fellow students, friends and families will be in attendance.

Milford’s Promise, founded in 1998, is an affiliate of the National ‘America’s Promise’ organization, and a partner agency of the United Way of Milford. They were also a catalyst in compiling and submitting the application for the National ‘100 Best Communities in America for young people’ which resulted in Connecticut being chosen as one of the ‘100 Best’ for the past 5 years – and in 2008 Milford was the only Connecticut community to be chosen.

Milford’s Promise is committed to mobilizing the community to build the character and competence of its youth by fulfilling the Five Promises set forth by the parent organization, America’s Promise - started by Colin Powell - as a call to action to make youth a national priority. 

The Milford organization supports several youth initiatives in Milford, and is making youth a priority by committing to the Five Promises. Those are, to provide youth with: A caring adult; a safe place; a healthy start, marketable skills, and an opportunity to give back to the community. For more information visit or email

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