Giving back is important to us as it is for our clients. Over the years, we have created several ways for Nestor Financial and its clients to volunteer, donate, and help local organizations. Listed below are the programs we created, work or coordinate with.
"Birthday Wishes" for the Milford Boys & Girls Club
What it’s all about: In 2014, Nestor Financial created a unique program for the younger children who attend the Boys & Girls Club of Milford. "We learned that some of their children never had a birthday cake due to family situations. We thought, wouldn’t it be great if every child had a home-made birthday cake?" Since then, our clients have made literally hundreds of beautiful and creative birthday cakes for the children. Nestor Financial clients are also involved in supporting "Chemo Caps for Kids" where hand-knitted caps are distributed to children at Dana Farber and Smilow. "Giving back to the community is essential and having our clients involved makes it even better!"
What our volunteers do: They bake the cakes! We supply the cake mix, icing, boxes of candles, cards, and decorations. Our volunteers find it rewarding fun to put a smile on a child’s face.
Who benefits: The Boys and Girls Club of Milford, the volunteers who helped to make a child happy, the children and their families.
How you can help: This program is great for those who enjoy baking and want to give back. We find grandparents who bond with their grandchildren making cakes together. It’s also a great way for young students who have to do community hours for their schools.
Chemo Caps for Kids
What’s it all about: This program was started by a colleague’s personal connection with a young child afflicted with cancer. Crocheting and knitting hats create special moments for children knowing someone has given handmade gifts with love and care.
In 2009, the Dan-Farber Pediatric care unit had grown into widespread efforts benefiting many more children at hospitals across the country, including Smilow at Yale. More than 3,000 Chemo Caps have been made with this program. These caps translate into a thousand special moments. There is relief a child feels when wearing the cap and his or her cancer is no longer on display for the world to see which makes this program so special.
What our volunteers do: Our volunteers purchase specific yarn for the hats so there will be no irritation and the cap will feel comfortable and soft. The volunteers use their imagination and colors to make these beautiful hats.
Who benefits: Everyone does! From the volunteers who make the chemo caps with love to the smiles put on the children’s faces and the families who know the love that was put into making the caps.
How you can help: Clients can make caps themselves or put together a knitting club with others who enjoy to crochet or knit.
What's it all about: TEAM Inc. is a non-profit organization whose goal is to "strengthen our community by educating, supporting, and empowering individuals and families. Its Milford organization is made up of two main programs: Diaper Bank and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) programs. In the past year, they have helped more than 330 Milford taxpayers (with an average gross income of $26,000/year) who had their 2019 income tax returns prepared and filed by TEAM.
Who benefits: The community. TEAM has organizations in Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, and Woodbridge. NFN is giving back to the Milford organization.
How you can help: Donations and support for NFN fundraisers for TEAM Inc. would be greatly appreciated. That support will go to their programs and federal and state funding. TEAM’s administrative expenses are less than 10 cents on every dollar so the majority of the contribution goes to the programs.
Care Packages for Soldiers - A Project from the Heart
What its all about:
- A “Project from the Heart” is a non-profit organization in Fairfield that was started in 2002 with a small group of retired police wives, who volunteer to collect everyday items like toiletries, stationery, snacks, health care items and special treats to send to our overseas troops.
- They have sent over 5,000 packages since 2002. We need your help in any of the following ways:
|Beef Jerky||Shampoo (smaller sizes)||Pens|
|Slim Jims||Liquid Soap||Writing Paper|
|Multi-vitamins||Gold Bond Foot Powder||Gum|
|Insect Repellent (non-aerosol)||Baby Wipes||Cookies (in boxes or cans)|
|Clear Packing Tape||Deodorant||Crackers (in boxes or cans)|
|Mouthwash (smaller sizes)||Lotion (smaller sizes)||Miscellaneous Snacks|
|Toothbrushes||Chap Stick||Energy Bars|
|Shaving Cream||Toilet Tissue||Hand Sanitizer Wipes|
|Razor & Refills (disposable)||Q-tips||Nail Clippers|
- Help us with postage...send a check:
- PROJECT FROM THE HEART
- c/o Nestor Financial Network LLC
- 491 New Haven Ave.
- Milford, CT 06460
- Initiate a "Care Package for Soldiers" project in your school, church, or community group. We would be happy to help you organize the effort.
- A Project from the Heart is a non-profit organization. For reference, please feel free to contact Chief Gary McNamara of the Fairfield Police Department.