John Mayer Community Challenge
Photograph: Tim Gurr
Fairfield County native, Grammy winner John Mayer challenges community to match $150,000 to support mental health care
The Fairfield County Community Foundation announced Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer has made a donation of $150,000 as a matching challenge to help increase access to mental health care, regardless of a recipient’s ability to pay.
Mr. Mayer will match each donation, up to $150,000, potentially raising $300,000 for mental health care services across Fairfield County.
Donations to match Mr. Mayer’s gift can be made online at www.fccfoundation.org, or by sending a check to:
Fairfield County Community Foundation
Attn: John Mayer Challenge
383 Main Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
“John Mayer grew up in Fairfield and it remains close to his heart,” said Jennifer Havey, who works closely with Mr. Mayer on his philanthropic efforts. “Like all of us, he recognizes the need for quality mental health care and for ensuring that area residents have access to it now and in the years to come.”
“Sandy Hook was a painful reminder of the need to address some of the underlying factors behind the tragedy and to increase our efforts to support this work,” said Juanita James, president and CEO of the Fairfield County Community Foundation. “Mr. Mayer’s generosity and encouragement for others to give will help address this need now and for the long term.”
Contributions to the John Mayer matching challenge will go to the Fairfield County Community Foundation’s Fund for Health and Wellness. Grants from the fund will support Fairfield County nonprofits that provide quality mental health services for children, teens, families and adults and seniors throughout the entire county.
Mayer has been a longtime supporter of U.S. military veterans, particularly as it relates to their physical and mental health after returning from service. He has established programs in the San Francisco Bay Area which deal with the effects of post traumatic stress on veterans.
For more information, visit fccfoundation.org.