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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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Hartford nonprofit seeking employers to hire 200 students

CAFCA | May 13, 2019 |

Hartford nonprofit Community Renewal Team (CRT) is seeking businesses in the city to hire some 200 students in its annual summer youth employment program.

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Cooking For A Cause At 12th Annual ‘Men Who Cook’

CAFCA | May 13, 2019 |

Fernando Solis towed his smoker to Warsaw Park Saturday, making his 45-minute-trip from East Hampton to participate in the 12th annual Men Who Cook fundraiser.

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TVCCA holds Annual Carnevale Benefit for Meals on Wheels

CAFCA | April 10, 2019 |

The Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (TVCCA) raised over $45,000 at their 9th Carnevale Annual Benefit for Meals on Wheels.

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Child poverty in Connecticut hurts us all

CAFCA | April 10, 2019 |

Decades of research continue to confirm the obvious; poverty is bad for children. As evidenced by a 2015 report from the Urban Institute, the more time children spend living in poverty, the worse their outcomes are across nearly every domain. Compared to their peers who are never poor, the nearly 40 percent of children who experience poverty at some point during their childhood fare worse in educational achievement and employment, teen births, and even involvement with the criminal justice system. When we fail to alleviate generational poverty we prevent our children?and our society as a whole?from reaching their fullest potential.

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Community Health Workers Fill Gaps In Connecticut And Look To Solidify Their Roles

CAFCA | April 10, 2019 |

One by one, people bundled up in long coats, hats and scarves made their way down into the basement of the Center Church Parish House in New Haven on a Wednesday afternoon. Some carried boxes and carts, which they filled with produce and other food items they got from the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen’s pantry services. While they waited, Katia Astudillo went from person to person in line, making sure they got what they needed.

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Connecticut Food Bank, New Opportunities host mobile pantry in Meriden

CAFCA | February 06, 2019 |

The Connecticut Food Bank and New Opportunities (NOI) of Greater Meriden offered a “pop up” Mobile Pantry earlier last month to anyone in need of food assistance. The Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Pantry helps address food deserts and transportation barriers that make it difficult for people who are hungry to access the adequate nutrition they need. The Mobile Pantry also helps to provide fresh and refrigerated foods as a supplement in areas where local programs may not have storage resources to distribute those foods.

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TVCCA receives grant to help families at risk of losing housing

CAFCA | February 06, 2019 |

The Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA), the Community Action Agency serving southeastern Connecticut, received a $5,000.00 grant from the Savings Institute Bank and Trust Foundation. The funds will to the agency’s Homelessness Prevention/Diversion Financial Assistance Program (HP/D). The program targets limited income families who are at risk of losing their housing and face entry into homeless shelters.

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'Foster Grandparents' add experience, wisdom, and love to some Hartford preschools (Sarah Cody, WTNH, 2/6/19)

CAFCA | February 06, 2019 |

While singing songs or making crafts, some Hartford preschoolers turn to Isabel Guzman for guidance. She's not the official classroom teacher. She has a special role. "They call me Abuela," she says. Guzman is part of the Foster Grandparents Program, a partnership between the Nutmeg Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Community Renewal Team.

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Along with food, Meals on Wheels delivers relationships

CAFCA | January 08, 2019 |

Almost immediately after Dennis Przekop hopped out of his blue and white Meals on Wheels station wagon, Art DeWolf offered him a hug. "I love you. You're beautiful. You're doing a beautiful thing," DeWolf, a former Electric Boat employee and golf instructor, told Przekop, who has been a driver for Thames Valley Council for Community Action program for the last four years.

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