The Danbury Exchange Club Foundation, Inc.
A Brief History of Exchange From the earliest times, the concept of volunteer-ism - Americans helping other Americans in their communities- has been a dynamic force in our nation. Exchangites are volunteers who believe it is a person's responsibility to serve. They find satisfaction in discharging the duty to other people, their communities and their nation. Thousands of local Exchange Clubs have been chartered in the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico since the first club was formed. Exchange remains strictly national in scope and character. The Danbury Exchange Club Foundation, Inc. The DEC Foundation was formed in 2007 as the Fundraising arm of the Danbury Exchange Club. The Foundation is an Internal Revenue Service approved 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Foundation. The Danbury Exchange Club Foundation, Inc. is charged with raising funds to support the Prevention of Child Abuse and the following Exchange Club Programs of Service: • Youth of the Month • Danbury High School, Immaculate High School, Henry Abbot Technical School and The Wooster School • Young Citizen Award • Rogers Park and Broadview Middle School • Eagle Scout/Gold Award (Girl Scouts) Night • Veterans Night • Freedom Shrine • Firefighter/Police Officer of the Year • Book of Golden Deeds - Past recipients include: Dr. Ruth Haas, Albert Meserve, Bill Montesi, Carmen Melillo, Carl Burdick, Frank Stone, Edwin Harrison, Donald Milillo, Ray Gomoll, The Tri-centennial Committee, Paul Baker, Abe Najamy, Joe Pepin, Dave Treadwell, Mike Seri, Rabbi Jerome Malino, Jim Purcell and Joe DaSilva. Our various fundraising activities include: • Program Ad Book • Raffle • Walkathon
Child Abuse Prevention Since 1979, when the Exchange adopted Child Abuse Prevention as its National program, clubs across America have been working to help diminish the tragedy of abuse through a wide variety of worthwhile activities. Here in Danbury, The Exchange Club of Danbury has supported the Danbury Regional Child Advocacy Center, formally known as the Danbury Regional Commission on Child Care Rights and Abuse for over 15 years, and most recently has also contributed to Family and Children's Aid, Inc. With the recent merger of these two agencies the Exchange Club of Danbury will continue its efforts to further prevent abuse of children.
Child Abuse Prevention Centers Connecticut hosts 4 of the 70+ nationwide Child Abuse Prevention Centers. Centers help break the cycle of abused children growing up to be abusive adults and parents. Centers provide family counseling, parenting and personal coping skills and education. Connecticut District Exchange The Connecticut District Exchange was founded in 1946 to link local Exchange Clubs with the national organization. District leaders assist local clubs with the dissemination of District and national programs and policies. The District also provides education and leadership training for local club officers, assistance in community service, goal setting and where appropriate, the coordination of activities and fund-raisers among various local Exchange clubs. There are 28 Exchange Clubs in the Connecticut District.

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