364 days of intensive planning and outreach are about to translate into one day of massive home repairs delivered at no cost to 65 local, low-income families and the community centers that serve them. Saturday, May 7 marks the 29th annual HomeFront Day across more than 54 cities in CT & NY. In all, 2,000 volunteers from 65 local faith communities, corporations and civic groups figure to answer the prayers of local, older adults living on fixed incomes, single-parent households, persons with disabilities and low-income families facing illness or unemployment. Generous building material donors, grantors, and other financial backers have answered the call, backing this monumental pro bono, hands on repair blitz.

This year, a partnership with The Home Depot Foundation (THDF) takes HomeFront’s low-income veteran housing response to a whole new level. The Home Depot Foundation funds projects that improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families. More than 200,000 veterans reside in CT alone. Six of 10 large-scale revitalization projects funded by THDF for veterans culminate on HomeFront Day. Volunteers from Norwalk-based, Temple Shalom, are on board to complete weeks of work on behalf of Arthur & Ruth Bobrowski [9 Maxwell Road, Norwalk]. Arthur, a veteran of the Korean conflict, and his wife were sorely in need of a wheel chair ramp, an answer to their dysfunctional kitchen, and extensive adjustments to make their bathroom more accessible. According to HomeFront Board Chair, Kenneth Wiegand, “Each year, HomeFront receives requests from 80 veteran families in need. We commend The Home Depot Foundation for a commitment that builds mightily on our record of giving back to those who served our country.”

Charter Communications philanthropic initiative “Charter our Community” is partnering with organizations focused on rehabilitating and rebuilding unsafe and unhealthy homes in the United States. A grant from Charter supports five substantive HomeFront Day projects in New Fairfield, Stamford, and Southbury. Charter employees are also volunteering to help with two major home repair projects for families in need, locally, in June and September.

The collective compassion of hands on volunteers, product contributors, foundations and other donors brings HomeFront to the mark of 2,930 homes revitalized in program history, delivering $50 million of service where it is needed most. HomeFront is a community-based program dedicated to keeping low-income homeowners in their homes with an improved quality of life through substantial repairs completed at no cost to them. More information on HomeFront can be found online at homefrontprogram.org.


Project Address: Domus Kids, 225 Washington Boulevard

Volunteer Team Name: St. Barnabas Church, Greenwich

Volunteer Media Liaison: Rev. Ted Pardoe

Project Address: 54 McMullen Avenue

Homeowner Name: James Crowley

Volunteer Team Name: St. Luke’s Church, Darien

Volunteer Media Liaison: Charles England

Project Address: 1 Green Street

Homeowner Name: Gwendolyn Garnett

Volunteer Team Name: St. Cecilia Church, Stamford

Volunteer Media Liaison: Kim Thompson

Project Address: 93 Unity Road

Homeowner Name: Richard Negysi

Volunteer Team Name: First United Methodist Stamford

Volunteer Media Liaison: Pam Drago

Project Address: Childcare Leaning Center, 90 Maple Avenue

Volunteer Team Name: Synapse

Volunteer Media Liaison: Sarah Orlando

**Note: this project, unlike all of the above, is happening on Wed., May 18th**


Project Address: 9 Maxwell Road, Norwalk

Homeowner Name: Arthur & Ruth Bobrowski

Volunteer Team Name: Temple Shalom, Norwalk

Volunteer Media Liaison: Jonathan Long

Project Address: 36 June Avenue

Homeowner Name: John Evans

Volunteer Team Name: New Canaan Congregational Church

Volunteer Media Liaison: Marianna Kilbride

Project Address: 3 Mill Brook Drive

Homeowner Name: Patricia Kolkmeyer

Volunteer Team Name: New Canaan Exchange

Volunteer Media Liaison: Dan Sullivan

Local participating volunteer groups


Community Builder Level

Charter Communications, Stamford

FactSet Research Systems, Norwalk

Hometown Hero Level

Deloitte, Stamford

GE Capital—GECAS, Stamford

Hologic, Danbury

Barn Raiser Level

Synapse Group, Inc., Stamford

Foundation Source, Fairfield

Civic/Non-Profit Volunteer Groups

AmeriCares, Stamford

Kiwanis of Wilton

New Canaan Exchange

Faith-Based Volunteer Groups

First United Methodist Church, Stamford

New Canaan Congregational Church

Our Lady of Fatima, Wilton

Our Lady Star of the Sea, Stamford

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Greenwich

St. Cecilia Church, Stamford

St. Edward the Confessor, New Fairfield

St. Francis of Assisi Church, Weston

St. Luke’s Church, Darien

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Wilton

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fairfield

St. Stephen’s, Ridgefield

Talmadge Hill Community Church, Darien

Temple Shalom, Norwalk

Wilton Presbyterian Church


Program Benefactor Level

The Home Depot Foundation, Atlanta, GA

Community Leader Level

Charter Communications, Stamford

Mithun Family Foundation, Minneapolis, MN

Housing Partner Level

The Norbert H. Hardner Foundation, Amherst, NH

The John H. & Ethel G. Noble Charitable Trust, New York, NY

Good Neighbor Level

FactSet Research Systems, Norwalk

First Congregational of Old Greenwich

PeoplesUnited Community Foundation, Bridgeport

The Fred & Joan Weisman Fund, Stamford

Twenty Seven Foundation, Glastonbury

Project Builder Level

First County Bank Foundation, Stamford

James T. Lee Foundation, New York, NY

Near & Far Aid, Southport

Sidney Stern Memorial Trust, Pacific Palisades, CA

The Goodnow Fund, Darien

The Inner-City Foundation, Bridgeport

Other Major Sponsors

Bank of America, Hartford

Downey Family Foundation, Westport

First Presbyterian Church, New Canaan

New Canaan Young Women’s League

Savings Bank of Danbury

UBM, Norwalk

Westport Young Women’s League


A.W. Hastings & Co., Enfield – windows

Accurate Lock & Safe, Danbury

Allway Tools, Bronx, NY – misc. tools

Behr Paint, Santa Anna, CA – paint

Camsan Inc., Stamford – electrical work

Extra Space Storage, Stamford – building supply storage

Fast Cap, Ferndale, WA – tools, gloves, respirators

GAF, Wayne, NJ – roofing shingles

Heritage Systems, Inc., Waterbury – new roof

H.J. Hoffman & Co., Norwalk — screenprinting

Marypat Design, Westport — graphic design

Nelson Roofing & Siding, Bethel – donated roofing replacement

Owens Corning, Toledo, OH – roofing shingles

Pro Bono Partnership, NY & Fairfield County — non-profit legal assistance

R.E. Davis Builders, Stamford – construction services

S&S Asphalt Paving, Southbury – paving work

The Home Depot, Trumbull – paint

The Home Depot, Danbury – building materials

Wooster Brush Co, Wooster, OH – paint sundries

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