Board of Trustees
Like all Community Action Agencies, the Community Renewal Team (CRT) has a Board of Trustees with equal representation from three sectors: The private (business) sector; the public (government) sector; and the neighborhood (community) sector. Public policy and corporate experience are joined with the authentic perspective of those who live in the neighborhoods and communities we serve. This powerful combination enables CRT to respond flexibly and creatively to local needs.
We asked each of our Board members to answer the following question:
Why do you serve on the CRT Board of Trustees?
“Nothing changes lives more than education—an early childhood education, a GED or higher education. CRT is there each and every step of the way. Education is truly one of the Steps to Success.”
“CRT provides excellent early care and education services to hundreds of children every year. Children are excited and prepared for a lifetime of learning when they enter the public school system. CRT’s partnerships ensure children and families receive services to address their needs, enabling families to become stronger, self-reliant, and better educated.”
“I can attest first hand to the quality of education my children received in CRT’s Early Care and Education program. Today, CRT’s centers are NAEYC accredited—the Gold Standard for quality early care and education programs nationwide.”
“As Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee I know the importance of financial accountability. CRT’s management and staff are committed to their fiscal stewardship of hard earned tax dollars, as demonstrated year after year by our clean financial audits.”
“I know the importance of having the right person in the right job. CRT’s talented staff is truly committed to customer empowerment. It is what they do, and they do it very well.”
“I serve on CRT’s Board of Trustees because I believe in their mission. To help those in need, regardless of who they are. This parallels the mission of organized labor, and other organizations where I’m involved and dedicate my time.”
“I got involved with CRT’s real estate development affiliate, The Meadows, more than a decade ago. It is exciting to help reverse poverty by giving people affordable housing options. I am proud to have helped with the development of low-cost housing for individuals, families, elderly and even grand-families.”
“I have been on CRT committees for over 30 years, and have just joined the board. It’s a matter of giving back: You really have to take care of the community in every way possible. Working with CRT is my contribution. I’m proud to help with CRT’s mission, which is to lift up the community.”
“The community benefits when people can access a broad range of supports in a coordinated fashion. There are few organizations that can accomplish this as effectively as CRT. I have long supported CRT’s work with ex-offenders, preschool children and grandparents raising their grandchildren.”
“To continue to be innovative, we must be vigilant on the legislative front. CRT is very effective at advocating on behalf of our customers on the local and national stage. Legislators turn to CRT when they need to understand the concerns of Central Connecticut’s citizens.”
“I want to contribute in making positive changes in our communities so everyone can have opportunities to succeed. CRT is community focused and a great resource, providing numerous programs that are beneficial in so many ways. Allowing others to dream big and achieve more.”
“I joined the CRT Board of Trustees to learn more about what services were being provided to the communities they serve. The caring and purposeful resources are what brings the customers from levels of need to levels of empowerment.”