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Neighbor To Neighbor In Greenwich Receives $1.5 Million Gift

Nancy Coughlin, executive director of Neighbor to Neighbor, stocks the shelves of the organization's food pantry. A $1.5 million gift from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation will help pay for a new building for food and clothing operations.
Nancy Coughlin, executive director of Neighbor to Neighbor, stocks the shelves of the organization's food pantry. A $1.5 million gift from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation will help pay for a new building for food and clothing operations. Photo Credit: Eric Gendron

GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich-based Neighbor to Neighbor has received a $1.5 million gift from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation.

The gift kicks off Neighbor to Neighbor’s capital campaign, which is raising money to support the construction of a new building for the organization’s food and clothing operations. The foundation’s gift, a $1 million single pledge and a $500,000 matching grant donation, is the largest ever received by Neighbor to Neighbor.

The building will be called the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Center for Neighbor to Neighbor.

“The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation’s generous gift provides us with the opportunity to build a better, more sustainable space to help feed and clothe disadvantaged people in our community,” said Neighbor to Neighbor board president Allen Jackson. “Their gift exemplifies the grass-roots idea of neighbors helping neighbors by providing us with the physical foundation to continue to serve our community in a more effective and accessible manner. We deeply and sincerely thank Steve and Alex Cohen for their donation and their confidence in Neighbor to Neighbor.”

“Steven and I are happy to support Neighbor to Neighbor, an organization that offers services and resources to people right here in our community,” said Alex Cohen, co-founder and president of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. “Our gift will improve Neighbor to Neighbor’s operations and capabilities, enabling it to provide even greater assistance to Greenwich residents in need.”

The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Center for Neighbor to Neighbor not only wil provide safer, larger and more accessible space, but also will ensure the organization will be able to serve residents in need well into the future. The new building will be fully compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act, allowing all clients to take advantage of the client choice method of shopping and will provide a warm and welcoming place for visitors.

Donors will find a convenient, clean and cheerful home for their gently used or new donated items. Clients and volunteers will benefit from greater accessibility and improved storage capacity. 

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