Community News: Blazin’ Pumpkins, UMC Paper Shredding, Coins for Change

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Save Our Stepney Task Force members posing for a photo by the Blazin' Pumpkins display on Stepney Green are, seated from left, Mary Orsillo and Madeline Krushinsky and, standing from left, Joel Leneker, Beverly Doyle, Cathleen Lindstrom, Joan Marr, Donald Casey Jr., Kevin Daly and Katherine Loehr.

MONROE, CT — Save Our Stepney Task Force celebrated the 203rd anniversary of the Stepney Green with its annual Blazin’ Pumpkins illumination event.

Task force members carved 40 pumpkins of all sizes and expressions, which created a blazin’ ring of illumination around the gazebo on the Stepney Green each night during late October and early November.

UMC Paper Shredding Event

United Methodist Church of Monroe is hosting its Paper Shredding Event fundraiser at Village Square, 401 Route 111, on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. until noon — rain or shine.

The event will benefit missions near and far. Individuals and businesses are welcome. For details, click here.

Coins for Change

Townspeople can team up with Connex Credit Union to affect positive change in the community by emptying out their spare change jars and using its coin-cashing machines from now through Dec. 31. Connex will donate 100 percent of the small fee it charges to four charitable organizations.

Offered as part of Connex’s philanthropic initiative ConnexCares, Coins-for-Change supports four new charities each quarter and contributes more than $14,000 annually. It is open to anyone, including those who are not members of the credit union.

Coin-cashing machine fees at Connex’s Monroe branch, 155 Main St., will be donated to Solar Youth, a nonprofit dedicated to providing urban youth with unique opportunities that empower them to achieve lifelong success. Funds raised will be put toward programs and activities that promote leadership, environmental stewardship and community service.

Connex’s Guilford branch will donate to the Branford Food Pantry, its Hamden branch to Opportunity House, which addresses the needs of adults with autism, and the North Haven branch will donate to The r’ Kids Family Center, a nonprofit that helps to reunite children with their birth parents and assists foster and adoptive children with the transition to loving, nurturing and safe homes.

For information, or to learn how your local nonprofit or charitable organization can participate in the Coins-for-Change program, send an email to Roquita Johnson at [email protected] or call 1-800-CR-UNION.

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