Operation E.L.F. (Embracing Lonely Families) – In 2002 CT Governor Jodi Rell reached out to Ken Crowley to help collect gift cards, food items, toys and money for fuel. Since then, Crowley has been a large contributor to Operation E.L.F. The program benefits the families of our troops who are deployed overseas during the holiday season and is run by the National Guard. In most cases, the family of the deployed soldier is leaving behind a paying job in the private sector and now their family must make do with what he or she makes in the military. Crowley Auto, a strong supporter of the program, has been told that without its significant donations, the program wouldn't have had the means to continue or the ability to hold the annual holiday party for the families of the deployed soldiers. As a result of this, in 2012, Crowley was named a top contributor to Operation E.L.F. and received a beautiful Bronze Eagle Award during a ceremony at the National Guards' Family Christmas Party.
In addition to his help with Operation E.L.F. each year, Crowley donates Thanksgiving turkeys to the National Guard to be distributed to the families of deployed troops. Ken Crowley has also been a supporter of local soup kitchens and has helped to feed veterans on Christmas morning.