Why We Exist
The Hartford Larrabee Fund Association was established in 1864 to administer funds from the estate of Major Charles Larrabee for the "relief and benefit" of sick, poor, and suffering women of Hartford and for "other sick and poor persons". Major Larrabee's will, probated in 1863, directed that interest and income from his estate be used for this purpose. Major Larrabee requested that a "permanent society of ladies from each church" be established as the vehicle for distribution of the funds. Accordingly, any religious house of worship within the city limits of Hartford may apply for membership. Only women are allowed to serve as representatives.
Through the years, money from other sources has been added to the Larrabee Fund to be distributed in accordance with Major Larrabee's wishes.