Norfield Congregational Church announces its first ever Day of Service: The Norfield Giving Fair, on Saturday, June 16, combining the best elements of the traditional fair with a desire to serve the larger community around us.
The Giving Fair is open to the whole community.
This event will offer a chance for Westonites and others to participate in meaningful service opportunities on June 16, and then to celebrate at Norfield that evening, with food, music and neighbors.
This year marks the 111th fair — every year without fail, the fair has been about bringing people together to work, play, and help each other in some way.
First Selectman Gayle Weinstein said she loves the service opportunities this fair presents. “The Norfield Giving Fair is a wonderful idea — it reminds us of the spirit and values of service that mean so much to all of us in Weston.”
The Giving Fair will combine all of the fair’s best elements with a focus on serving. Specifically, Norfielders and neighbors are asked to form Service Teams (people will be matched with teams if they don’t have one).
Service Teams will be doing their volunteer work at the following non-profit organizations: Bridgeport Rescue Mission, CLASP Homes, Aspetuck Land Trust, Habitat for Humanity, Homes with Hope, KEYS, Family ReEntry, IIConn, Weston Warm-Up Fund, DOMUS, Open Door Shelter, George Washington Carver Center and Weston Social Services.
Each service team will create an online pledging page, soliciting donations from family and friends for their day of service. Money raised will go to:
CLASP Homes: serving people with developmental disabilities
Family Re-Entry: serving families and youth who are at risk or currently incarcerated
International Institute of Connecticut (IIConn): welcoming new refugee families from the Congo and other countries
KEYS: bringing music instruction to children of Bridgeport
UCC: United Church of Christ for overseas disaster relief and other projects
Weston Food Pantry: to support Weston neighbors in difficult times
The day will start at 7:30 a.m. with a Strawberry Breakfast at Norfield Church. Teams will check in, have a bite, and at 8:30 will learn more about their service project. At 9, the teams will set off to serve at their predesignated project sites.
In the evening, all will come together at the church for a picnic dinner at 6 p.m. Strawberry shortcake will be served. At 7, enjoy the sounds of St. Luke’s Steel Band from New Haven. The evening will be capped off with a slide show of the day’s activities.
Rev. Dr. Bernard Wilson of Norfield is delighted with the “re-imagining” of the fair. “Westonites, Norfielders and beneficiaries from a broad section of the wider community are coming together to make Norfield’s 111th Annual Fair an event not to be missed. What Norfield is doing in our re-imagined fair … is to help make the Gospel come alive in a real and tangible way,” he said.listen to those we intend to serve. It’s going to be a great experience.”