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Westport Book Sale Awarded $10,000 Grant from Fairfield County's Community Foundation

Updated: Mar 3


Westport Book Sale Ventures, Inc. was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, to support its employment program for adults with disabilities in 2022.

Westport Book Sale Ventures’ mission is to provide meaningful employment for adults with disabilities, while raising support for the Westport Library, through used book sales. Its nonprofit Westport Book Shop, located in downtown Westport at 23 Jesup Road, presently provides part-time employment and job and workplace skills training for nine individuals with differing abilities.

“Grants like this help provide the means to offer competitive employment and job training for a segment of our community that is greatly underserved. We are very grateful to Fairfield County’s Community Foundation for supporting our mission,” said Jocelyn Barandiarán, President of Westport Book Sale Ventures.

About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation: Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded over $230 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation brings together community organizers, business experts and philanthropists to solve our region’s challenges. Their goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive. For more information, please go to www.fccfoundation.org

About Westport Book Sale Ventures, Inc.: Westport Book Sale Ventures, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit enterprise with a dual social mission: to provide meaningful employment for adults with disabilities, while raising support for the Westport Library, through used book sales. Its nonprofit Westport Book Shop is downtown Westport’s only source for previously enjoyed and greatly appreciated books, and hard to find out-of-print and antiquarian books, as well as vintage vinyl records, CDs, DVDs and audio books. Gently used books are also offered for sale online on the company’s website and at periodic book sale events.

Westport Book Sale Ventures welcomes volunteers for all aspects of its operations, from book donation receipt and sorting, to preparing for and working at book sale events, to work in its online sales operation, and at the Westport Book Shop. For information, to get involved, or to make a donation, visit www.westportbooksales.org or send an email to info@westportbooksales.org.

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