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Helping our local families
and communities thrive


Share Our Mission . . .

River Valley Fund for Families (RVFF) and Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Inc.


(CFMC) The Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people of the County now and in the future by developing endowments, making grants that have impact, and assisting donors in meeting their philanthropic objectives. The River Valley Fund for Families at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County focuses on the CFMC mission through our efforts in supporting the unmet needs of children and families in the Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline areas.  

Our Purpose . . .

RVFF facilitates opportunities for donors to support their local community through grants for nonprofits that serve children and families in need. Distributions from the River Valley Fund for Families are used to support the health and well-being of families and children in the Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline areas. Distributions are made through CFMC’s grants process.



Summer Reading Kits

This spring we are helping to put books in the hands of some of our community kids in need this summer.

It’s hard for many of us – adults or children – to imagine not having access to books, but for many families in our River Valley and Shoreline areas, finding the extra money to afford books or knowing what books to purchase is a struggle at best, and frequently impossible. Over the summer months, we want to keep children reading to maintain their reading skills.

With the guidance of staff at our local elementary schools – Clinton, Deep River, Essex, and Old Saybrook – we will be able to provide books for approximately 100 children, ages 6-11. Each child will receive a Summer Reading Kit – a backpack comprised of a book and a collection of related props, games or other activities designed to make reading interactive and enjoyable for both the child and the reader. These Literacy Kits help bring a book to life for a child and deepen the reading experience.

To learn more about how you can participate in instilling the love of reading, contact us here.

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Helping Where There is a Need

Helping Our Local Families and Communities Thrive

Supporting children and families in need in our region – and building a better today and a brighter tomorrow for ALL.


Through . . . dedicated volunteers who reach out and give a hand up.


Through . . . grants for local nonprofits and social service agencies providing basic needs for our friends and neighbors and thus helping to make our towns a little better every day.


Through . . . community members putting their hearts and dollars to work to improve the quality of life for all, now and forever.  

Join Us as We Help Our Friends and Neighbors

Volunteer your time and talents

  • Join a fundraising team to help raise resources for grants

  • Join the wonderful volunteers spreading the good word about RVFF And so much more . . .


All gifts – no matter the size – are designated for the River Valley Fund for Families at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County Gifts will be invested in our communities through grants to our local nonprofits and will also support RVFF’s effort in making those grants a reality.

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Keeping the 'Fun' in Fundraising

Our Pledge to Our Supporters

As dedicated volunteers, we pledge...

  • To help RVFF donors put their funds to work to benefit our community

  • To support our volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to our fundraising efforts

  • To assist, through grants, local nonprofits to meet their objectives in service to the children and families in our local communities


The Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by a group of local individuals and businesses dedicated to building community through philanthropy, leadership, and partnership. It is proud to be accredited with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®, the nation’s highest and most rigorous standard for philanthropic excellence.

More information can be found online at or by calling (860)347-0025.

River Valley Fund for Families is proud to be a fund of the
Community Foundation of Middlesex County 

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