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Access receives food donations from "Fighting the Good Fight on Hunger" through CT Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic

CAFCA | May 13, 2019 |

The Connecticut Mission of Mercy (CTMOM) Free Dental Clinic was held for the first time at Windham Middle School last month. Over 700 medical professionals and general volunteers for the clinic not only provided almost 1,000 local residents with exceptional free dental care but also donated non-perishable goods to the Access food pantries that serve the residents of Windham and Tolland counties.

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Access Agency and ECSU's Eastern Design Group project

CAFCA | January 07, 2019 |

Ten graphic design students at Eastern Connecticut State University recently concluded a major project with the Access Agency, the Community Action Agency serving limited income people in northeastern Connecticut. As part of Professor Terry Lennox’s capstone course “Eastern Design Group,” the students created 13 posters that graphically represent the agency’s 13 community programs.

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Senator Chris Murphy lauded for community service

CAFCA | November 16, 2015 |

Chronic homelessness may soon be a thing of the past. That was one of the messages delivered during Access Community Action Agency’s 50th anniversary celebration and awards ceremony Wednesday night. Access Chief Executive Officer and President Peter DeBiasi said in recent years the organization and its partners have made significant strides in reducing homelessness.

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Access Community Action Agency marks 50 years of service

CAFCA | May 11, 2015 |

An April 17 event at UConn's Thomas J. Dodd Research Center celebrated 50 years of community service through the Access Community Action Agency. Peter DeBiasi, the Access President/CEO for the past 10 years, spoke of the agency's origins during his opening remarks.

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Repair Cafe attracts a variety of broken items

CAFCA | January 28, 2015 |

Howard Raphaelson brought two VCRs to the First Congregational Church in Willimantic on Saturday because there was something wrong with them. Helen Armstrong brought an antique lamp to the church because she couldn't get it to turn on. And Lisa Petropoulos and Sarah Bartosiak came to get some of their clothes mended. They weren't looking for a miracle, just a skilled set of hands to help fix their belongings at the region's second Repair Café, hosted by The Access Community Action Agency and held in the church's auditorium.

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Access Community Action Agency celebrates 50 years of Community Action

CAFCA | March 27, 2014 |

Access Community Action Agency’s Board of Directors held their annual Staff Appreciation Breakfast on March 12, 2014. The theme of this year’s breakfast was Commemorating 50 years of Community Action.

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Access Invited To Attend White House Weatherization Conference

CAFCA | January 14, 2014 |

On Dec. 9, Access staff members Kathy Crees, Community Services vice president, and Angelique Roberts, Weatherization director, attended an event hosted by the White House, in collaboration with the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP). The invitation to attend was extended to selected organizations to highlight how the weatherization industry is creating skilled jobs and technology innovation and helping to reach the President's goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030.

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ACCESS Will Hold Annual "Giving Tree" For Adolescents In Transitional Living

CAFCA | December 19, 2013 |

Access is asking the community to help us keep the spirit alive this holiday season and bring holiday Cheer to adolescents in two Transitional Living Arrangements: Hawkins House and Crossroads. Community members who would like to continue this wonderful act of charity can contact the Community Engagement Associate, Elisha Sherman, at (860) 450-7400, ext. 7456 or at Elisha.Sherman@accessagency.org.

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Town Council Votes to Consult with Access Agency

Barbara Bresnahan | February 29, 2012 | Senior Housing; Access Agency; Town Council; Willimantic; Community Action; CAFCA

The town council held a public hearing on Tuesday evening to get public input and to vote on entering into a contract with the Access Agency, a non-profit organization out of Willimantic, which will help consult on using a portion of the former Parker Memorial School site as potential senior housing units.

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Statewide homelessness count held

Denise Coffey | January 31, 2012 | Access Agency; Community Action; Transitional Housing; Homelessness Count; CAFCA; Connecticut Association for Community Action

On Jan. 25, staff members at shelters and transitional housing programs across the state conducted a point in time homelessness count. The count is an attempt to get a snapshot of the number of homeless people that state agencies and other agencies are trying to help.

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