Violette Haldane

President

A Message from the President

 

Our Mission

The West Indian Foundation, Inc. encourages a strong and stable economic status for West Indian Americans in the Greater Hartford community through promotion of education, economics and skill development, as well as the preservation and perpetuation of West Indian culture.

OUR JOURNEY

2018 was a year of growth and relationship building for the West Indian Foundation (WIF).  We continue to educate our community while celebrating our Caribbean culture.  Strengthening existing partnerships while developing new relationships in support of our mission has been a priority.   This year we were able to financially support over 15 organizations reaching over 2,500 community members.  Our summer camp served 71 students and during the school year we feed over 125 students weekly while providing leadership and cultural opportunities for them.

In 2019, we will continue to work with our partners in support of our community and our mission.

Educate

  • Youth Enrichment Program – 71 students attend 5 weeks of educational and cultural summer programming culminating with participating in the West Indian Day Parade
  • Community Conversation- supported a community conversation to discuss economic development, education and health opportunities in our communities
  • Partnered with Trinity College and Capital Community College to study the placement of newly arrived Caribbean students in the Hartford & Bloomfield school systems
  • Provided college scholarships for 4 freshmen students

Community

  • Partnered with Albany Ave Branch of Hartford Public Library to feed over 125 kids each Friday during school year. Created a youth leadership advisory board to manage the food distribution while developing youth programming
  • Provided financial support ($45,000) to more than 15 community organizations in support of their work
  • Worked during free dental clinic at Community Health Services Hartford each Fall serving over 300 patients

Culture

  • Provided financial and human resources to the West Indian Independence Celebration, including parade.
  • In collaboration with the Police Athletic League, introduced 20 youth to the sport of cricket during summer and after school at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
  • In honor of our 40th Anniversary, sponsored pictorial history of the West Indian Foundation, Inc

 

Violette Haldane,
President
West Indian Foundation Inc