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HRA Celebrates 60 Years Of Community Action

The Human Resources Agency of New Britain (HRA) marked its anniversary at a “60 Years of Success” awards dinner held at Farmington Gardens on Thursday June 13th honoring individuals and partner organizations for their contributions to an organization born in the 1960s at the start of “the War on Poverty” and President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society”. Dr. Marlo Greponne, HRA’s Executive Director, welcomed local officials and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) to the dinner attended by an estimated 200 persons including alumni, staff, board members and...

Access Awarded 2024 Inaugural Systems Change Grant to Combat Child Poverty in Eastern Connecticut

Access Community Action Agency has been awarded $200,000 by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut to reimagine homeownership pathways for families in Northeastern Connecticut. This initiative, focused on Windham County, involves partnerships that will provide homeownership counseling services, education, and support.
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Access Awarded Safety Grant by Workers’ Compensation Trust

Access Community Action Agency announced that it has been selected as one of the recipients of the Workers’ Compensation Trust Safety Grant. The agency will receive over $4,200 to enhance safety and security measures at its Emergency & Cold Weather Overnight Shelters in Danielson. The grant will enable Access to purchase essential equipment aimed at improving the safety and well-being of both staff and guests at the shelters. These facilities play a crucial role in providing refuge to homeless families and individuals...
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$1.2 million in federal funding will help CT families get diapers

Channel 3 WFSB News - Channel 3 provided coverage of the Diaper Distribution Demonstration and Research Pilot Program (DDDPP) press event. This new federal program helps families in need access diapers. CAFCA received $1.2 million dollars to distribute over 1.3 million diapers and supplies to 320 children in collaboration with participating Community Action Agencies and other partners. To learn more about the program, families should visit to find and contact their local Community Action Agency.
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Diaper – Accessible: Federal program kicks off in NB

New Britain Herald - About a dozen families participated in the Diaper Distribution and Research Pilot program held by the Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA), which plans to distribute over $1.2 million in diapers and supplies to families in need, serving approximately 320 children.
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New diaper bank opens in New Britain

NBC CT - A new diaper bank opened in New Britain on Monday with the help of new federal funding. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes announced that for the first time the federal government will be providing funding for diaper distribution in the amount of $1.2 million. Connecticut was one of 18 states chosen, according to Hayes.
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Hayes, Blumenthal Join Nonprofits to Launch Diaper Program

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes and Senator Richard Blumenthal voiced their support at a press conference today at the Human Resources Agency of New Britain’s Food and Resource Center for a new federal program that provides diapers to families in need across the state. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Diaper Distribution Demonstration and Research Pilot Program (DDDPP) expands existing diaper distribution programs, increases accessibility to diapers, and connects program participants to other support services like Head...

Access Food Pantry Program awarded $2,500

Access - Eversource has awarded the Access Community Action Agency $2,500 for the Access Food Pantry Program. This support will play a crucial role in ensuring that pantry shelves are stocked and that the needs of the communities will be met year-round.

Thames Valley Council for Community Action to receive state capital improvements grants

The Day - Governor Ned Lamont announced that his administration is awarding Thames Valley Council for Community Action $792,681 in state funding to help support new construction expansion of its Groton childcare center at 35-38 Central Ave.
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New Opportunities Inc. helps respond to the increased need for food services within their local area

New Canaan Advertiser - New Opportunities Inc. is helping to respond. Their Meriden food pantry is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and hosts a Connecticut Foodshare truck with fresh food and vegetables every other Thursday. Pantry participants also receive access to a variety of wraparound services that are provided in a number of different languages that are prevalent in the area.
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