We are a group of 300 mothers, sisters, daughters and friends who believe in doing good in our community.Join Us >
OPUS is an organization dedicated to supporting Person-to-Person in their mission to provide more than 24,000 people in our community with food, clothing, emergency assistance and scholarship programs. We do so through fundraising, volunteering and generating awareness of these programs and initiatives.
We were founded on Valentine’s Day in 1996, when a group of women envisioned how they could pool their time, talent and commitment in helping families in need. As Katherine Michele, co-founder and first president of OPUS, explains:
“Our hope was to bring an entirely new audience, full of energy, creativity, professionalism, and a new perspective to Person-to-Person.”
Since then, hundreds have joined us, logging countless hours volunteering and fundraising to help Person-to-Person in its mission. In the process, we have created lasting friendships and proven that women united in a shared goal is a pretty powerful thing.
How We Helped in 2018
$319,970 in financial assistance to 1,015 families
993,637 meals from groceries for 12,320 people
53,095 bags of free clothing for 12,739 people
$239,201 gave 458 campers a safe, fun-filled summer
$243,168 college scholarships awarded to 96 students
1,827 children received toys & books for the holidays
81 layettes delivered to new mothers and their babies
FROM OUR PRESIDENTS
We want to thank you for your continued volunteerism, fundraising and friendship! This past year we were able to provide food, clothing and financial assistance to 24,262 people in Lower Fairfield County. This was made possible by sharing your time, talents and commitment to helping families in need.
As we embark on a new year, we hope you will continue to get involved and join us in helping Person-to-Person serve our community. We invite you to join us through volunteer opportunities, attending member events and our annual fundraisers and benefits.
Our main goals this year are to:
1. Increase awareness of OPUS as the fundraising and public awareness arm of Person-to-Person
2. Drive recruitment of new OPUS members and activate existing OPUS members and alumnae
3. Increase visibility to the volunteer opportunities OPUS offers to serve others and help our community
We look forward to a productive year ahead while making lasting friendships with this amazing network of women!
Kerry, Cristina and Jamie