STAMFORD, CT – February 12, 2016 – The Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) today announced Near & Far Aid is supporting its Stamford Mentoring Program, which serves to eliminate the achievement gap, with a grant of $10,000. Near & Far Aid is an all-volunteer fundraising and fund granting organization based in Southport, Connecticut, dedicated to eliminating the causes and effects of poverty in Fairfield County. “Near & Far Aid values our partners, like SPEF, who are making a meaning difference in the lives of so many men, women and children living in poverty. We accomplish our mission by finding and funding programs that provide life’s most basic necessities, as well as those seeking to achieve lasting change, as SPEF’s Mentoring Program does,” said Joan Panagos, President, Near & Far Aid. SPEF’s nationally-recognized Stamford Mentoring Program serves elementary, middle and high school students in the Stamford Public Schools. It provides students who need additional academic and/or social support with resources and guidance required to be successful. Our traditional program partners college, community and corporate volunteers with students in the Stamford Public Schools. The four primary objectives are: help students set goals, improve their academic standing, become engaged in positive after-school activities and prepare for college, career training or full-time employment after high school graduation.