Junior League of Greenwich distributes awards

Bob Capazzo From left, President Cathy Youngman, Community Service Award winner Gabrielle Liflander and 2013-14 President Cindy Lyall.

Bob Capazzo
From left, President Cathy Youngman, Community Service Award winner Gabrielle Liflander and 2013-14 President Cindy Lyall.

It was a night of accolades at the Junior League of Greenwich (JLG) Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony held at the Burning Tree Country Club.

According to the league, the dinner is not only a celebration of the many accomplishments of the JLG volunteers and projects, but also highlights the incredibly deserving awards and grant recipients.

Each year, the Junior League of Greenwich gives a Community Service Award to a female high school senior who has demonstrated sustained community service and leadership. The league said that this year’s recipient, Gabrielle Liflander, stood out for her “significant and sustained community service and leadership, but also her fulfillment of the JLG’s mission of developing the potential of women and in this case girls.”

Her Girl Scout Gold Award project: Math Girls Add Up created curriculum about famous women in STEM fields for an after school program at Waterside School in Stamford. She is going to Johns Hopkins to study engineering and we look forward to seeing the next amazing contributions this dedicated and talented young woman develops in her future communities.

The JLG also designates a portion of its funds to be awarded to one or more community organizations. The purpose of the JLG grant is to provide financial support to areas of community need that are not being met by current JLG projects or programs. The grant is intended to fund new initiatives, not subsidize existing programs. This year’s recipients were the Greenwich Library and the YWCA of Greenwich.

Greenwich Library, formed in 1878, aims to provide exceptional resources, programs and services to promote the joy of lifelong learning and discovery and to offer a welcoming place for people to gather and share experiences. Their new venture, Next Chapter Book Club, offers people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to read and learn together, talk about books and make friends in a relaxed community setting. The program is run by a librarian and supported by volunteers from ABILIS.

The YWCA of Greenwich grant will help fund two newly launched services, Banana Splits and Second Step. Banana Splits is a support group for at-risk children who are victims of domestic violence and have experienced parental divorce. The purpose is to provide a safe place to express feelings, to normalize feelings through sharing, to train children in problem solving and coping skills, to increase self-esteem through mutual help, and support parents to work with their children and increase communication. Second Step is a national curriculum, which the YWCA will pilot with first graders, that aims to reduce impulsive and aggressive behavior in children and to increase children’s levels of social competence by teaching skills in empathy, impulse control and anger management.

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