Donate to The Children’s Center of Hamden: Where Kids Get Help

Buildings may be supported by the bricks or concrete upon which they stand—but the organizations housed within require a decidedly different kind of foundation: your financial support. With so many wonderful programs, activities, projects and plans, The Children’s Center of Hamden is one such organization.

For 184 years The Children’s Center has relied on three pillars of strength that, combined, create an oasis of hope for children seeking love, guidance and support:

• A Board of Directors comprised of dedicated volunteers who maintain the focus on our mission.

• A staff of managers and employees who live our vision each day, providing unceasing energy and a deeply felt concern for the needs of troubled children.

• A community of individual and corporate donors who exemplify the understanding that it takes a village to help a child in need.

 Be a proud part of our third pillar of strength.

Your donation will help keep our foundation strong, our mission attainable. Join the many individuals, corporations, charitable foundations, social agencies and community organizations that support The Children’s Center of Hamden. When you give, you give Connecticut children the gift of continued hope.

There are several ways that you can help:

  • Make a general contribution
  • Support an event or activity
  • Provide a legacy gift to our endowment
  • Fulfill specific requests from our children
  • Become a corporate sponsor
  • Make a ‘Tribute’ or ‘In Memoriam’ donation

To find out more please click on the file folder tabs below.

Our senior staff members are also available to speak at fundraising events where the financial needs of The Children’s Center can be promoted—such as Rotary and Lion’s Club meetings, chamber of commerce assemblies, and many other civic, social, and business association gatherings. For more information or to make a donation please contact Diane Bell Surprenant at x266 or email.

Support The Children’s Center of Hamden’s mission with a general contribution

The mission of The Children’s Center is to provide refuge and support for children and teens who suffer from psychological and/or social problems, abuse, learning disabilities, substance abuse, or family trauma.

General contributions ensure that our therapy sessions, educational programs, recreational activities, and other key functions will continue without compromise or delay. That is our commitment to our clients and their families. Your contribution will help us achieve it.

  • Donate with a check sent directly to The Children’s Center of Hamden. Click to open a Donation Form.
  • Donate with a credit card or debit card through PayPal (You do not have to be registered with PayPal to send a donation.)
  • Donate with a monthly contribution. Contact Diane Bell Surprenant at x266 or email for more information.
  • Donate with a gift of stock. Contact Diane Bell Surprenant at x266 or email for more information.

Support an Event or Activity

In addition to the many ongoing activities that are provided to children and teens, The Children’s Center sponsors events that encourage family participation as well as fundraising events designed to increase public awareness and support.

But there’s a catch: planning these events and putting them into action requires funding! Please consider donating to support an event or activity at The Children’s Center of Hamden. Here’s a partial listing of where The Children’s Center could use your help:

Activities for the children and teens include:

  • Off-campus trips (Connecticut Science Center, Boston Science Museum, Radio City Music
    Hall, Rockefeller Center)
    Movie theatre tickets and popcorn for 4 children average about $50
  • Craft supplies for art projects
    Supplies range between $5 and $25
  • Books for The Children’s Center library
    Average cost of a new book is $25
  • Incentive rewards at the school store
    Incentive gifts can range between $5 and $25

Family events include:

  • On-campus pizza party
    School-wide party sponsorships average about $500
  • “Family Day”
    Sponsorship packages range between $500 and $2,000
  • Holiday dinners
  • Guest lecturers

Fundraising events include:

Donate with a check sent directly to The Children’s Center of Hamden. Click to open a Donation Form.

Donate with a credit card or debit card through PayPal. (You do not have to be registered with PayPal to send a donation.) If you choose this option please contact Diane Bell Surprenant at 203-248-2116, ext.266 or email to let her know that your donation should be applied to a specific event.

For more information or to make a donation please contact Diane Bell Surprenant at x266 or email.

Provide a Legacy Gift

The Children’s Center of Hamden has been fortunate to have received several bequests and contributions in the past that were substantial enough to fund an independent, professionally-managed endowment. Gifts have come through estates, charitable remainder trusts or contributions of $10,000 or more. The more that is contributed to this endowment, the more we are assured that our 184-year heritage of mending young hearts and minds will continue unabated.

We have many young hearts and minds to mend. Your legacy can become theirs. Here are some of our legacy options:

  • Include The Children’s Center of Hamden as a beneficiary of your estate.
  • Endow a schoolroom or play area at The Children’s Center (which can be named after you or your designee).
  • Underwrite the ongoing operating costs of a computer lab, gym, dinning common or other Children’s Center facility.
  • Bequeath a charitable gift from your mutual fund, stocks, bonds, CDs, or real estate holdings.
  • Name The Children’s Center as a full or partial beneficiary of your pension plan or IRA.
  • Name The Children’s Center as the owner or beneficiary of:
    • An existing life insurance policy
    • A new life insurance policy
    • Employer-provided group term life insurance
  • Charitable remainder trusts and gift annuities allow you to retain a lifetime stream of income. Consult your financial or legal advisor on these and all other legacy gift options.

For more information or to make a donation please contact Diane Bell Surprenant at x266 or email.

Fulfill Specific Requests from Our Children: Let Them Know Someone Cares

At The Children’s Center of Hamden we make every effort to provide our youngsters not only with all of the things they need, but also many of the things they want. Why? Because encouragement, self-esteem, and fun are also key elements of the healing and improvement process—and many of the things they wish for promote that process very well.

We maintain a Kids Wish List of requests from many of the children on campus. You can make a donation that enables us to purchase a specific item, or you can purchase one from the list and drop it off at The Children’s Center. Your donation or purchased gift will let a child or teenager at The Children’s Center know that someone cares.

Costs range from $15 for a DVD to $150 for a bicycle—with dozens of items in between that may be a little more and a little less. Here’s a partial list of requested items.  (Please send us newly-purchased items, with some exceptions as noted.  Used items can be donated to Helping Hands Community Thrift Store & Furniture Bank.)

  • Sporting goods (basketballs, footballs, wiffle ball and bat)
  • DVD movies/video games for Wii
  • Bicycles and/or bike helmets
  • Comforters (Teen Twin Bed)
  • Computer games
  • MP3 players
  • Winter coats

For a more complete list please visit The Children’s Center Wish List.

Donate with a check sent directly to The Children’s Center of Hamden. Click to open a Donation Form.

Donate with a credit card or debit card through PayPal. (You do not have to be registered with PayPal to send a donation.) If you choose this option please contact Diane Bell Surprenant at 203-248-2116, ext.266 or email to let her know that your donation should be applied to the Kids Wish List.

Holiday gifts can be made through our Children’s Center Christmas Stars program.

For more information or to make a donation please contact Diane Bell Surprenant at x266 or email.

Become a Corporate Sponsor

On one hand, the fact that we have a 184-year heritage and extremely bright future makes us very proud. On the other hand, with every passing year comes the need to repair, improve, or expand our campus facilities.

By underwriting an improvement, repair, or addition, your corporation can help us keep our entire facility up to date, safe, and aesthetically pleasing. From the buildings to the rooms, from the furnishings to the windows, from the roofs to the walkways, from the playing fields to the parking lots, our maintenance and enhancement needs are persistent and can be costly.

By becoming a Children’s Center corporate sponsor you’ll be doing more than lending a helping hand. You’ll be giving Connecticut’s children and teens a future to depend on.

Corporate sponsor donations can be made with a check sent directly to The Children’s Center of Hamden. Click to open a Donation Form.

For more information or to make a donation please contact Diane Bell Surprenant at x266 or email.

Make a ‘Tribute’ or ‘In Memoriam’ Donation

We all have special people in our lives—from family members and friends to business acquaintances and colleagues. Sometimes we’re inspired by their accomplishments or milestones. Sometimes we just miss them. Consider honoring someone special in your life by making a ‘Tribute’ or ‘In Memoriam’ donation to The Children’s Center of Hamden.

Tributes can recognize professional or educational accomplishments, birthdays, anniversaries, successful ventures, personal achievements, and much more. You can also make a donation in memory of a loved one who has passed away.

You can make a Tribute or In Memoriam donation with a check sent directly to The Children’s Center of Hamden. Click to open a Donation Form.

You and also donate with a credit card or debit card through PayPal. (You do not have to be registered with PayPal to send a donation.) If you choose this option please contact Diane Bell Surprenant at 203-248-2116, ext.266 or email to let her know if your donation should be applied as a Tribute or In Memoriam.

For more information or to make a donation please contact Diane Bell Surprenant at x266 or email.

Why Choose The Children’s Center of Hamden

  • We are managed and served by people of courage, vision, unceasing energy and a deeply felt concern for the needs of troubled children
  • We have a 184 year history of successfully meeting changing client needs, political climates, and economic challenges so we can deliver high quality, individualized treatment to the children and families we serve
  • We are nationally accredited by The Joint Commission for the high quality of our Behavioral Health Care Services.
  • We engage family members via communication, family therapy, visits and program-wide family events
  • We continuously assess the needs and strengths of each child and family throughout the treatment program.
  • The majority of our funding goes directly to helping children vs. administrative costs

What Clients Say

My son was struggling with substance abuse and our family was falling apart. The staff at The Children’s Center of Hamden started us on a path to make the changes that were needed. They were committed to helping families and children. Today, our son has grown up to be a kind, caring intelligent man. We will be forever grateful for helping to save our son, our marriage and our family.