November & December theme:
“Choose One Thing”

Community Works

On Monday, all 17 Fathomites gathered together at a church in downtown Hartford to volunteer with Hands On Hartford’s MANNA program. MANNA stands for “Meals, Assistance, Neighbors, Nurturing, Advocacy” and is designed to help Hartford’s most vulnerable citizens (in the second poorest city in the United States) with the basic needs that most of us are fortunate to have, such as a hot meal and the ability to get a notarized birth certificate.

We volunteered our time through MANNA Community Meals, HOH’s soup kitchen, helping to serve lunch to [More...]

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On Wednesday, April 25, Fathom volunteered with Junior Achievement of Southwest New England. We were nervous, excited and didn’t know what to expect. Our time with JA and the kids of Lincoln Elementary in New Britain, Conn. was, to say the least, amazing, inspiring, exhilarating and exhausting!

To learn more about our day, keep reading for some post-experience thoughts from a few Fathomites . . .

“I loved it!  It was so fun to hang out with the kids.  The kids were all so respectful and kind.  They seemed to genuinely enjoy [More...]

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This Friday Lunch, Fathom was visited by Dave Murphy and his fellow Oil Drum Art board members, Jack Lardis and Donna Donovan. Dave has been working on an amazing local, and soon-to-be global, community project that he hopes (and we do too) Fathom can participate in.

A master woodworker and former MadMen-like advertising exec, Dave has built a catamaran for off-shore fishing that communities in developing countries can construct themselves from oil drums and easily accessible materials. The project began as a way to help raise funds for [More...]

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As Fathom continues exploring how to make doing good in our community a part of who we are, I’ve been thinking a lot about group dynamics.

Why do some ideas generated by groups live and thrive while others die on the vine? The same thing could be said for you as an individual too. What makes something maintainable in your life, and why do some things fade away?

Scale is definitely a factor. If you have a lot of chefs in the kitchen all working on the same meal, the output could be great or a disaster depending on how people collaborate. [More...]

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If you’ve ever been to a local church craft fair, it might be difficult to ever go again after shopping at the Aid to Artisans Holiday Craft Sale.

Glass from Egypt, textiles from West Africa, papier mache from Haiti and other products that are found in hip stores like Anthropologie and ABC Carpet & Home, can be found at Aid to Artisans’ Connecticut headquarters (1030 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, [More...]

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This week Fathom completed our coat drive and brought the donations (115 coats!), along with dinner from Agave Grill, to friends of Joe the Barber. Agave owner Al Ferranti himself joined us for the Wednesday event in Bushnell Park and was, as always, happy to be a part of helping others. We were amazed at the support of our friends and family (shout outs can be found on Give Coats Facebook fan page), particularly during a time when most of us were [More...]

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