You don’t see it or hear it, but in the past six months there’s been a huge change in the way St. Luke’s LifeWorks in Stamford provides for its energy needs.
A new system of rooftop solar panels now allows St. Luke’s to purchase electricity at a 17 percent discount. Wednesday, the organization celebrated of the solar system’s ongoing, successful operation. In addition to St. Luke’s CEO Jason Shaplen, the event was attended by U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia and Jesse Grossman, CEO of Soltage LLC, provider of the new system.
Stamford's Fairway Market kicks off a week-long campaign Sunday, the day before Valentine’s Day, to benefit one of the city’s oldest community agencies.
The store’s Share the Love fund-raiser will give a portion of its proceeds from Feb. 13-19 to St. Luke’s LifeWorks. A kick-off event will take place at the store Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. Local and state officials are expected to attend, including Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes and state Rep. Carlo Leone, among others. The launch is free and open to the public.
St. Luke’s LifeWorks is a social
Maury Povich breezed through the inner doors of the Stamford Media Center early Thursday afternoon. The waiting audience stirred. The TV star grinned his famous grin. Just a little longer before the next show’s taping, he told the crowd. First, he had to wrap a gift or two.
“We’re going to give away a lot of gifts to people who need it,” Povich said.
He was taking a quick break from taping “Maury,” his often-raucous syndicated talk show that relocated from New York City to Stamford last year. The NBC Universal-distributed program is taped here every Thursday
Deepali Puri, 15, was skeptical at first. The Westhill High School sophomore didn't believe she could make a difference when so many volunteers were expected at the St. Luke's LifeWorks holiday gift-wrapping party in Stamford.
"I wondered, why do I need to come if they have so many volunteers?" said Deepali, whose mom, Nino, works in the St. Luke's LifeWorks Development Office. Then, she met the other volunteers.
"When you walk in, you just feel the vibe," she said.
This year marks her third as a gift-wrapper for the project, which makes gifts available for 2,500
Four years ago, Stamford resident Yellka Chaparro was looking for a charitable outlet. She wanted to give of her time in a way that would be meaningful. She chose to become a St. Luke’s LifeWorks holiday gift-wrapping volunteer.
“I wanted to give back to the community and I didn’t know how. I thought it was a great option,” said Chaparro. “Every year we come. We go through this and everybody’s happy.”
Chaparro was among some 250 volunteers who wrapped toys, electronic gadgets and other donated gifts for needy Fairfield County youngsters throughout the
Volunteers with the St. Luke's LifeWorks 2010 Holiday Gift Collection are all set to wrap thousands of gifts for needy children throughout Fairfield County. But before they get started, organizers say more presents are needed. The community has been generous, providing toys and other items for youngsters. But 700 more gifts are needed to reach the goal of two presents for each of the 2,500 area youngsters helped.
The children served are infants through age 13 who live in poverty and may be affected in some way by HIV/AIDS and/or homelessness. All the children are clients of at
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