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coalition of families for inclusion 

COFFI

Let's Make Your Kindness  

 More Visible 

 Recurring inclusive programming in lower Fairfield County for all ages.


 

Storytimes           Art Club          Happy Hours           Community-wide Events

Coalition of Families for Inclusion


Make Art                  Make Change 

just by joining our coalition, you donate 1 inclusive story-book
to the children served by Person 2 Person 

how do we take our coffi? very seriously. 

Welcome
a child's drawing of three children jumping rope with the title "KINDNESS" and a rainbow running through the letters.

UPCOMING EVENTS

to help us maintain our paid programs, please join our coalition

  • Sun, Oct 15
    Darien Library
    Oct 15, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Darien Library , 1441 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Join us for an Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, featuring guest readings by community leader Carolina McGoey.
  • Wed, Sep 13
    Darien
    Sep 13, 4:00 PM – Sep 14, 5:00 PM
    Darien, 5 Corbin Dr, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    We wrote a book - Let's party!! There will be FREE face painting, coloring and Kona Ice! Can't wait to celebrate with you.
  • Sat, Jun 17
    Darien Nature Center
    Jun 17, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
    Darien Nature Center , 120 Brookside Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Join us as we paint rocks with positive messages and create other fun, inclusive crafts that make our kindness more visible. Take your rock with you or leave it in our rock garden at the Nature Center - help kindness grow! Great for all ages.
  • Sun, May 21
    The Depot
    May 21, 3:00 PM EDT – May 22, 4:00 PM EDT
    The Depot, 25 Heights Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Join us as we paint rocks with positive messages and create other fun, inclusive crafts that make our kindness more visible. We'll help kindness grow in our community by participating in mindful art projects that focus tween attention away from the screen, and on uplifting ourselves and others.
  • Sat, May 13
    Darien Library
    May 13, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Darien Library , 1441 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Join us for an AAPI Heritage Month Celebration, featuring guest readings by community leaders, Arpita Muchal and Annie Ho.
  • Sun, Apr 30
    Darien Library
    Apr 30, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Darien Library , 1441 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    We're celebrating our differences this month by reading books curated by local teacher, mother and K-5 Reading Specialist, Amanda Elgert.
  • Sat, Apr 29
    Darien YMCA
    Apr 29, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    Darien YMCA, 2420 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Visit the COFFI table at the YMCA's free community event: Healthy Kids Day. This event is to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active!
  • Thu, Mar 02
    YWCA of Darien and Norwalk
    Mar 02, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    YWCA of Darien and Norwalk, 49 Old Kings Hwy N, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Join us as we build birthday bags to help the children served by the Carver Foundation celebrate their special days! Bring a gender neutral unwrapped toy (under $10). Ages 5-10.
  • Tue, Feb 28
    Bodega Darien
    Feb 28, 8:15 PM – Mar 28, 10:15 PM
    Bodega Darien , 980 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Join us as we raise our glasses and our awareness of the YWCA of Darien and Norwalk. We can't wait to learn more about the YW as we gather, sip, and chat our way to a more inclusive tomorrow.
  • Fri, Feb 17
    Rowayton Community Center - Moose Room
    Feb 17, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Rowayton Community Center - Moose Room , 33 Highland Ave, Norwalk, CT 06853, USA
    RPE Members are invited to join COFFI for stories and crafts that celebrate our differences and instill self love.
  • Wed, Feb 15
    Darien
    Feb 15, 10:00 AM – 11:05 AM
    Darien, 49 Old Kings Hwy N, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    COFFI and the YWCA invite you to hear from expert Liz Dempsey Lee about how to talk with your kids about race and racism.
  • Sat, Feb 04
    Darien Library
    Feb 04, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Darien Library , 1441 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    COFFI and Darien Library invite you to celebrate Black History Month! We will honor Black History with stories and crafts that celebrate the African American cultural perspective. We'll even be joined by local children's author and early childhood educator, Geri Major!
  • Sun, Jan 22
    The Depot
    Jan 22, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
    The Depot, 25 Heights Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Join us as we paint rocks with positive messages and create other fun, inclusive crafts that make our kindness more visible. We'll help kindness grow in our community by participating in mindful art projects that focus tween attention away from the screen, and on uplifting ourselves and others.
  • Sun, Jan 15
    Darien Library
    Jan 15, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Darien Library , 1441 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    COFFI and Darien Library invite you to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with us! We'll be honoring Dr. King's legacy by reading books and doing crafts that highlight and celebrate our different skincolors.
  • Fri, Dec 16
    Darien Library
    Dec 16, 2022, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Darien Library , 1441 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Celebrate the holidays COFFI Style! We will read books that highlight the many light-based traditions taking place throughout our world during this festive time of year. We'll learn how light helps us celebrate Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and more!
  • Sat, Dec 10
    Darien Nature Center (main foyer)
    Dec 10, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST
    Darien Nature Center (main foyer), 120 Brookside Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Join us as we paint rocks with positive messages and create other fun, inclusive crafts that make our kindness more visible. Take your rock with you or leave it in our rock garden at the Nature Center - help kindness grow! Great for all ages.
  • Sat, Dec 03
    Hindley Elementary School
    Dec 03, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Hindley Elementary School , 10 Nearwater Ln, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Come peruse the COFFI SHOP at the Hindley Holiday Market. While your COFFI Kid paints a kindness rock for a teacher or a friend, you can shop our merchandise to help us continue operations. We're planning many more inclusive events in the new year!
  • Sat, Nov 19
    Darien Library
    Nov 19, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Darien Library , 1441 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820, USA
    Come learn about and celebrate the culture of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa! Alyssa Morrin, a member of the tribe and creator of Storytime with Alyssa, will share her stories, talents and culture with us.

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WELCOME TO  COFFI 

SHOW YOUR KINDNESS

We are the Coalition of Families for Inclusion. Lower Fairfield County has so much kindness, hospitality and open-mindedness—that's who we are.  But let's face it: we have a less than stellar rep for being an inclusive place for all families. We don’t like that. That's why we're banding together to put on recurring, inclusive programming for all ages in Lower Fairfield County and beyond.

We get it. You're low on bandwidth, but high on intention. You are kind and inclusive, but don't have the time to figure out every piece of the puzzle.  We'll make it easy:  join our coalition and attend our events when you can. We're going to show how inclusive our community can be—together.

 

Once you join COFFI, you make a piece of our inclusion movement yours. Let's make your kindness more visible. 

Where are you based? 

COFFI is based in the former sundown town of Darien, CT. It is important to confront and acknowledge the painful history of our headquarters. COFFI represents those of us living here today who denounce hate in all forms. But you don’t have to take our word for it. We’re going to show you. We’re making our kindness more visible every day.

Who is running
this shindig? 

COFFI programming is put on by the same team that brought you the Children's Art Walk in 2020. Our efforts are co-led by Armel Jacobs and Diane Urban. You can learn more about us in a profile created by the New Canaan and Darien Local Moms Network in advance of the 2020 Art Walk, available here.

How do I join? 

You can join our coalition by purchasing a $50 annual membership. Membership in COFFI allows you to participate in our paid programming, including our monthly inclusive storytimes (pre-k and elementary), rock-painting club (all ages) and quarterly happy hours (adults).

 

For access to our free programming, simply follow us on Instagram. You can also support our programming from afar by buying some supplies from our wishlist, or by rocking some COFFI merch.

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JOIN OUR
COALITION 

When you join COFFI,  you will be able to access our roster of inclusion events for all ages. Storytimes for the littles, Art Club for all ages, and Happy Hours for the adults!

 

Click here to find out the current roster of available books for donation. Learn more about membership

 

We also invite our non-local Includers to enjoy our free media offerings, and support us from afar by rocking some COFFI merch. Happy including! 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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GET IN TOUCH

We are located in Darien, CT. 

Email: coffi.org@gmail.com

Instagram: @get.coffi 

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