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Community > Column 2 > Organizations

Community Organizations

The Town of Seymour has many local non-profit, outreach, interest, civic, or sporting organizations. These are just some of the local groups. Please contact us if you would like your organization recognized here.

Downtown Business District - Shops at Seymour: Downtown Shops at Seymour

 

American Legion
Chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans' organization, the American Legion is a community service organization which nationally numbers nearly 3 million members in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide.

Emil Senger Post 10, American Legion, was established in 1920, named for Emil Senger, the first World War I casualty from Seymour. There are now 170 members. David S. Miles Post #174 created in 1946, has 368 members. The unit is named for David S. Miles, who lost his life during the sinking of the Dorchester.

Both local posts participate in the national legion issues of veterans' affairs, flag protection and youth activities as well as holding Flag Day, Memorial Day and Veteran' s Day ceremonies.

Membership eligibility is based on honorable, federal active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces during World War I, II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon/Grenada, Operation Just Cause (Panama), Operation Desert Shield/Storm and all members now serving.

Post 10 is located at 37 Bank Street. The telephone number is 203-888-7813. Post 174 information is available at 203-888-2988.

 

Angel Heart Foundation
When a family is going through a medical crisis, their everyday lives become unpredictable and extremely stressful. The ill or injured family member and the crisis itself become the primary focus of the family's attention. When the ill or injured person is a primary caretaker or financial provider for the family, the result can be catastrophic. The primary goal of the Angel Hearts Foundation is to provide families in medical crisis with resources to reduce the financial stress on the family during the crisis phase. These resources may include the following: assistance making a monthly bill payment, providing holiday/birthday gifts for children, helping with co-pays, donating gift cards for groceries or general living expenses, etc. Angel Hearts Foundation Facebook Page  Email them at info@angelheartsfoundation.org

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Boy Scouts of America
Serving Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton, the Housatonic Council of the Boy Scouts of  America has three chartered Club Packs, one troop and one post in Seymour. They aim to provide youth programs which build character, teach responsible citizenship and develop personal fitness.

Cub Pack 11 meets at Trinity Episcopal Church; Pack 30 meets at Seymour Congregational Church; Pack 60 meets at Great Hill Methodist Church. Troop 11 meets at Trinity Episcopal Church.

The council office, at 326 Derby Avenue #2, Derby is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. The office may be reached at 203-734-3329 or e-mail boy.scouts@snet.net.

Visit https://beascout.scouting.org/ to find a troop for your age level!!

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Citizens' Engine Company, Great Hill Hose Company and Dive Rescue
The Seymour Fire Department provides fire and rescue protection for residents. The department consists of two companies with a membership of approximately 150 volunteers.

Citizens' Engine and Great Hill Hose Companies provide fire protection using 12 pieces of apparatus and two chiefs' vehicles. The Seymour Fire Department Dive Team provides equipment and expertise for handling water emergencies. Visit Emergency Services on this website for more information.

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Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Co
The Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps, Inc. of Seymour, Connecticut is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to promote arts education in a collaborative effort with public schools, Boy & Girls Clubs, Valley YMCA, Colleges and Universities. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Valley YMCA, Seymour, Ansonia, and Derby School’s have partnered with the Hurricanes in a Community Outreach Music and Color Guard Program. The Corps provides musical and visual arts education to all members through their participation in performance on wind and percussion instruments, as well as, the use of equipment, props and color to augment musical selections. The Hurricanes’ program places emphasis on a variety of musical styles, which give the membership the opportunity to correlate a sense of rhythm with physical coordination. The disciplines of music and choreography are displayed through uniformity of dress, conduct, teamwork, and self?control.

It is the intent of the Hurricanes to provide the members with life changing experiences, educationally and socially, which help each individual member gain real world life skills, musical training and performance experiences. Through the development of the character traits of dedication, discipline and teamwork, each member of this close knit fraternity learns what is required to be successful on and off the performance field.  Participation instills confidence, quality of character and a strong work ethic that is desirable in the real world workplace.

We are proud to announce the fifth year of the Hurricane Cadets Outreach Music Program for youth participating in elementary, middle school or high school band. Being offered are music lessons which are free to the community youth that are willing to work. The program is under the governance of the Connecticut Hurricanes Board of Directors and its policy's along with a local Advisory Board consisting of Seymour School Band Directors. As of now we are joined by several valley schools as well as the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley and the Valley YMCA. Over 100 kids have participated in the program over the last three years.

The lessons are geared towards students who want to refine their musical skills after school and through the summer with a program designed in conjunction with the Seymour bands curriculum for the various ages. The lessons will prepare the student for the next level of their school band program. The Cadets in the past have performed in Memorial Day parades and summer concerts. The program also assesses students at the high school level who are interested in moving to the competitive Connecticut Hurricanes all age Drum and Bugle Corps. To date six Cadets have advanced into the Hurricanes with three of them winning special honors in performance in their first year. One of the graduate members is also performing with the UConn Marching and Concert bands. For more information please go to our website at: www.cthurricanes.org

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Democratic Town Committee
The Democratic Town Committee acts as a vehicle for nominating and recommending candidates for town offices, as well as supporting the party's activities and its elected officials. Membership is limited to 40 residents who are registered as Democrats. The committee meets the second Monday of the month at Town Hall at 7pm. It conducts periodic fund-raising events to raise money for election campaigns and other party functions.  Information about the committee may be obtained from the DTC Chairman, Paul Roy at proy03@snet.net.

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Friends of the Seymour Public Library
The Friends is a growing non-profit, volunteer organization which believe in the importance of books and libraries for people of all ages.  Through this group's efforts, the library has been able to obtain much-needed materials, furniture and equipment that would otherwise be impossible to obtain.  The organization and its slate of officers meet at the library on a regular basis to plan and organize fund raising activities and yearly events.  Those seeking additional information about membership or cooperation may call the library at 203-888-3903.  Visit their website.

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George J. Hummel Little League
Founded in 1949, George J. Hummel Little League is a non-profit organization whose mission is "to promote, develop, supervise and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball and Softball".

Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program assists youth in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. By espousing the virtues of character, courage, and loyalty, the Little League program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes.

Teams forms at the end of February into early March; practices and games are played at several locations. Volunteers are always welcome.

Further information may be acquired by calling 203-888-4086. Visit their website.

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Girl Scouts USA
Seymour falls under the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Scouting offers an informal educational program designed to inspire girls with high ideals of character, conduct, patriotism and service, and to help them to become happy and resourceful citizens.

The organization is open to all girls between the ages of 5 and 17 and to adults who accept the Girl Scout promise and law.

Troops usually meet weekly, but this may vary according to the interest and needs of members. In addition to troop activities, members can participate in events sponsored by the Connecticut Trails Council and GSUSA. These events include crafts, nature study, camping, community service and physical fitness.

The Waterbury office, 860-522-0163, can also provide information.  - http://gsofct.org/

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Junior Fire Department
This group is open to any student living in Seymour between the ages of 14 and 18. It meets weekly. Members are able to respond to emergencies with the town's Fire Department. The students also fill support rolls. Due to OSHA regulations, students may not be directly involved in fire suppression, but it is a challenging, fun organization that trains future firefighters.

Those interested may leave a message at 203-888-1909

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Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is the largest lay organization in the Catholic Church with over 1.6 million members. Locally, many local charities are helped throughout the community. Local information is available at 167 Main Street, Seymour and by calling 203-888-2825.

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Parent Teacher Associations
All three elementary schools have active PTAs. Each is affiliated with the National PTA and strives to promote the welfare of children in home, school and community, raise the standards of home life and to bring a closer relationship between the school and home. Events held throughout the year include holiday parties, book fairs, science fairs and after-school programs.

Information about the PTAs may be obtained by called Bungay School 203-888-9009, Chatfield School, 203-888-4640, and Anna LoPresti School, 203-888-2009.

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Pumpkin Festival Association
The Pumpkin Festival is held each September at French Memorial Park.  Admission is free.  Featured activities include rides, contests, and prizes for youngsters; art and crafts and food booths. The festival gives local organization the opportunity to raise funds. It operates on a non-profit basis; net proceeds benefit worthy causes in the community. Membership is open to those wishing to join on the recommendation of a present member.  Membership work is voluntary; there are no paid positions and there are no dues. Meetings are called as needed by the chairperson on a monthly basis. The annual meeting is held at the close of the fiscal year when the election of officers takes place. Those seeking additional information you can email at pumpkinfestivalbooth@hotmail.com.

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Republican Town Committee
The Republican Town Committee acts as a vehicle for nominating candidates for town offices, as well as supporting the party's activities and its elected officials. Membership is limited to 50 residents who are registered Republicans. Candidates for membership are elected by a majority vote of the town's registered party members.  The committee meets the third Thursday monthly. It also conducts periodic fund-raising events to raise money for election campaigns and other party functions. Information about the committee may be obtained from the RTC, Chairman Bill Paecht, BillPaecht09@aol.com  Visit www.seymourgop.org

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Seymour Fish and Game Club
Located on Chestnut Tree Hill Road, Oxford, the 350-member club, which has been in existence since 1930, offers trap shooting until 9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Club members also hunt pheasant on leased land.

The club is active in the community, sponsoring a fishing rodeo, presenting scholarships to Seymour High and Nonnewaug High School students who plan careers in science-related fields, and donating to each of the Oxford elementary schools. Information about the Seymour Fish and Game Club may be obtained at the Town Clerks Office at Seymour Town Hall or by calling (860) 424-3200 the DEP Parks and Recreation Department. Those seeking additional information may go to the web-site at http://www.seymourfishandgame.com.

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Seymour Historical Society
The Seymour Historical Society was organized in 1975. In 1988 their collection of artifacts was moved to the former home of Miss Katharine Matthies, a local philanthropist, at 59 West Street. The museum serves as a historical resource center and is open for tours, local historical research, and genealogy by appointment.  Eight historical/educational programs are presented at the museum each year, generally on the last Sunday of the month (February-May and August-November). Availability of the speaker may dictate a change of date or location. A program is currently being restructured for use in schools or at the museum.

To contact the Seymour Historical Society and for information, call 203-888-7471.

Seymour Historical Society has a website. Please visit the following link for any information and events. http://sites.google.com/site/seymourhistoricalsociety/Home

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Seymour Land Conservation Trust, Inc.
The purpose of the Seymour Land Conservation Trust is to preserve the natural resources of the Town of Seymour: water resources, wetlands, woodlands and open spaces, including plant and animal habitats.  It also is interested in the preservation of unique historic and scenic areas.

The Land Trust seeks wise and responsible management of local woodlands, open spaces and water resources.  One of the trust's chief concerns is the potential loss of Seymour's forest land through over-development or neglect.

Annual event sponsored by the trust include a Fishing Rodeo at Legion Pool, hikes and nature walks and a December visit from Santa Claus.  Please contact the Land Trust President, Alex Danka at 203-881-3400 for more information or visit the LandTrust at 13 Chatfield Street, Seymour, CT, Or go to www.seymourlandtrust.org

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Seymour Lions Club
Lions are members of community service clubs, dedicated to the idea that the men and women who live in a community are in the best position to know who needs help and why. The association is both non-political and non-sectarian.

Lions are now best known for sight-related programs, including Sight First, the world's largest blindness prevention program. The Seymour Lions Club is in District 23A and meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month Molto Benne, Ansonia, CT. Those seeking additional information please contact Lions Club Secretary, Melissa Smith Poynton at 203-430-9356 & seymourlions52@att.net

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Seymour Pink
Seymour Pink's mission is to unite a community in the fight against breast cancer. Through fund-raising efforts, our goal is to fund breast cancer research, provide education and to empower and assist breast cancer victims and their families. "Seymour Pink Day" was an idea born from loved ones left behind...family and friends of those who lost their battle with breast cancer. The idea to have our entire community SEE MORE PINK came from the unique advantage that our town's name is Seymour.  Visit www.seymourpink.com for more information!

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Seymour Pop Warner
Seymour Pop Warner is recognized as a member of the national Pop Warner organization, which is the only national youth football and cheerleading organization in the USA.  The organization requires "satisfactory" academic progress to participate.  Pop Warner has stringent safety rules, one of which is an age-weight schematic.  This system insures maximum safety.  Pop Warner has a "no-cut" rule, which means that tryouts aren't allowed.  First-come, first-on is the way it works.  Games and practices are held at the Seymour High School.  Those seeking additional information may contact league president Joe Smarrelli at joesmarrelli@ymail.com or 203-901-4960 or go to the web-site at www.seymourpopwarner.com.

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Seymour Pride
"A committee for the community" Seymour Pride is an organization of volunteers that help make Seymour a nicer place to live. They organize monthly clean-up events in different areas of town. Anyone wishing to join should contact Chairwoman Kim Osgood at seymourpride@aol.com or visit their Facebook Page

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Seymour-Oxford Newcomers Club
The Seymour-Oxford Newcomers Club is a women's social and civic group dedicated to raising funds for local charities. Membership is open to any resident of Seymour or Oxford. The club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Seymour Public Library. The club is host of the Heart and Home Craft Fair and also sponsors adult and children socials and parties for members of the club. Those seeking additional information may call Therese Kennett 203-888-9707.

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Seymour Volunteer Ambulance Association
Membership in the Seymour Volunteer Ambulance Association is open to those 16 years of age and older. Seymour Ambulance provides all necessary training. Previous training as an Emergency Medical Technician is preferred, but not required. The association can always use more volunteer staff. It pays day care expenses for parent volunteers who have small children not yet in school. Those interested in volunteering should call Scott Andrews at 203-888-8843.

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Seymour-Oxford Rotary Club
The Seymour-Oxford Rotary Club, part of Rotary International, is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build good will and peace in the world. Those who live or work in Oxford and Seymour and serve in a management position are eligible to join. Meetings are at 7 a.m. every Thursday at the Sandwich Man Restaurant, Klarides Village, Route 67, Seymour.

The organization conducts a number of fundraisers to benefit the Seymour and Oxford communities. Members serve on committees dedication to community service, vocational service, international service, club service and fundraising. The club annually awards a number of scholarships to students from Oxford and Seymour. Those seeking additional information may call President Nancy Valentine (203) 734-6945.

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Seymour Soccer Association
The mission of the Seymour Soccer Association (SSA) is to provide a means of recreation to all the children of Seymour while promoting the sport of soccer and developing the skills of individual players. SSA’s vision is to create and encourage an environment consistent with good sportsmanship, physical fitness, respect, team play, and having fun. As the great coach John Wooden said, “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” It is our hope that Seymour’s young people will indeed reveal their character and realize the joy that participating in soccer brings.

The objectives of SSA are: to educate players and coaches in the skills of soccer; to stress positive attitudes, equal opportunity, and fair play; and to support, promote, and assist the development of soccer in the Town of Seymour at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

SSA provides both recreational and competitive league activities throughout the year for the youth of Seymour. Information regarding Seymour Soccer, its programs and schedule of events may be found at www.seymoursoccer.org.

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TEAM, Inc.
Training Education and Manpower, Inc., is a non-profit corporation which helps families find practical solutions to social problems. Stabilization of the family is a primary goal.

TEAM programs include employment training; a fresh start process of identifying and discussing changes that determine how participants live and use their skills; support for career and life path changes; skill training for women in such non-traditional fields as carpentry, painting, and lead abatement certification; summer employment for youth; Head Start; preschool; kid care; food reimbursements for day care homes; Toys for Tots; elderly support; energy conservation; food banks and grants; eviction prevention; security deposit application; used furniture referrals; and judicial system help.

TEAM is a member of the Valley Council of Health and Human Service Organizations. The TEAM office, at 30 Elizabeth Street, Derby may be reached by phone at 203-736-5420.

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Trout Unlimited - Naugatuck Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited's mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.  That mission is accomplished on local, state and national levels with an extensive and dedicated volunteer network. Visit www.tunaugpomp.org

The Naugatuck Chapter, which has been instrumental in the reclamation of the Naugatuck River, partnered with local industry to fund the full-time position of River Steward.  The chapter has a hotline at 203-264-1976, which serves as an information service about Naugatuck Valley Chapter meetings, activities and events, as well as a notification system for reporting potential problems with pollution, garbage dumping and poaching violations. Glen LaFreniere - President - parkcitytreq@hotmail.com

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Valley Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce represents the business communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton and the surrounding areas.  It provides leadership to enhance economic growth, development, prosperity and quality of life in the region.  The Chamber is currently comprised of more than 800 members, which encompass a work force of more than 14,000 people.  Membership is diverse, with representation from manufacturing, retail, service and corporate businesses and ranging in size from sole proprietors up to 1,000-plus employees.

Members share the common notion that commerce will function at its best when business relationships are forged and resources utilized to their fullest potential, creating "A Partnership for Prosperity".  The Chamber is located at 10 Progress Drive, Shelton; phone, 203-925-4981; fax, 203-925-4984. Visit their website.

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Valley United Way
Valley United Way is the leading philanthropic resource for the Connecticut Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton matching the needs of the community and interests of donors to improve the overall quality of life in the community. United Way supports and creates initiatives addressing youth, families, and people in crisis. Each year Valley United Way funds programs and organizations that make a measurable difference in the lives of people living and working in the valley.
54 Grove Street  Shelton, CT 06484 - (203) 926-9478 - www.valleyunitedway.org

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Valley Detachment Marine Corps League
Incorporated by an act of Congress in 1937, the Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of Marines who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe, and anchor of the corps.  Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of U.S. Marine Corps. William Cardow, 56 West Street, Seymour 06483 will provide more information.

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