The Geeks & Nerds Summer Gala Benefits Two Local Charities

The Connecticut Veterans Legal Center

Our mission: To help veterans recovering from homelessness and mental illness overcome legal barriers to housing, healthcare and income.

CVLC was the first legal services organization in the country to be co-located, and staffed on a daily basis, within a VA community mental health facility. This location gives the 3600 veterans a year who seek VA’s mental health, employment, housing, addiction, wellness and primary care services at the VA Connecticut’s Errera Community Care Center easy access to free legal assistance. This eliminates transportation and scheduling barriers that would prevent these veterans from accessing programs off-site and creates unique opportunities for multi-disciplinary teamwork between VA social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and peer specialists and CVLC staff and volunteer lawyers, paralegals and law students.


Future 5

Our mission: connect disconnected high school students to a better education and career path, as well as a life-altering network of ongoing support.

Our philosophy and community strengthens a student’s self-esteem through character building workshops, job preparation programs, and one-on-one coaching. Future 5 students develop the motivation and a game plan for achievement in school and life. All of Stamford’s high school students should be connected to their full life’s potential, regardless of income or family circumstances.