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Community Action Agency of New Haven, Inc. (CAA-NH)

New Energy Program Open for Low-Income Residents

Lower-income residents and East Haven customers of United Illuminating (UI) can shave some dollars off their electricity bills through the company’s new Low-Income Discount Rate (LIDR) program. The program's rollout comes at a time when customers are beginning to use more energy as temperatures drop and house lights stay on longer with earlier sunsets. UI is looking to help shave off utility costs at the beginning of winter, as eligible customers will receive discounts during the December billing cycle. Customers...
New Opportunities, Inc.

KeyBank announces KeyBank Foundation grants to Connecticut and Western Massachusetts nonprofits

PR Newswire - KeyBank announces (25) twenty-five charitable donations made by KeyBank Foundation, the bank's charitable foundation to nonprofit organizations throughout its Connecticut and Western Massachusetts market.  The gifts focus support to address homelessness, financial literacy, education, job creation and workforce development, and more. New Opportunities Inc. received funding to acquire upgraded technology for CARES mobile job portal.
Thames Valley Council for Community Action employees prepare toys to be given at the Norwich Tommy Toy Fund distribution site.

Almost 50 years later, Tommy Toy Fund keeps giving – the need is great

The Bulletin - The Tommy Toy Fund gave toys to thousands of local families in need, said Scott Umbel, the vice president of Community Impact for the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. There was so much need for Tommy Toy Fund this year that the United Way had to end registration early this year, as there was high demand from the community. The registration capped out at a similar number to last year, Umbel said. TVCCA employees prepared toys to...

Yale Cancer Center Announces Community Leadership Project Awards

Yale Medicine - Yale Cancer Center recently awarded three community organizations in Connecticut with Community Leadership Project grants. Community Action Agency of New Haven, Inc., Sister Girl Foundation, and Sisters’ Journey each received $10,000 to fund projects addressing cancer prevention, screening, or education.
HRA Grand Opening early learning Center

Early learning center in Bristol celebrates renovation amid ‘childcare crisis’ in Connecticut

NBC CT - The HRA Lake Avenue Early Learning Center in Bristol celebrated a renovation and expansion on Tuesday. The federal grant-funded renovation began in August 2020 and allowed the facility to expand Head Start slots by 18. The facility now also offers an Early Head Start program. "We were able to expand slots for the preschool-age children in the facility and we were able to expand slots for our 0-3, which are the infants and toddlers. That's the critical...

United Way Awards $1.5 Million in Response to Urgent Community Needs

United Way - United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut announced today its investment of $1.5 million to ensure that people in central and northeastern Connecticut achieve financial security and basic needs are met when times are tough.   The investment will support 55 community programs at 38 nonprofit partner agencies across the region. 

Buy flowers, benefit Access Action Agency at same time

The Chronicle - Fight hunger with a purchase of a floral bouquet. Access Community Action Agency has been selected by local Stop & Shop store leadership as the benefiting hunger organization in the Stop & Shop Bloomin’ 4 Good Program for the month of December at the Stop and Shop location in Putnam.
TVCCA director of nutrition meals on wheels

Non-profits asking for volunteers in Connecticut

News 8 - The Thames Valley Council for Community Action also delivers for Meals on Wheels. The TVCCA said they can always use more volunteers. “They visit with someone they go grocery shopping,” said Gina King who is the director of senior volunteer services for TVCCA. “They’ll take them to medical appointments.” The Salvation Army says it takes an army. “Volunteers are critical for what we do here in the community,” said Brandon Gonzalez-Cottrell who is the commanding officer for...

Access Community Action Agency awarded $1,300

The Chronicle - The Access Community Action Agency was recently awarded $1,300 from the Savings Bank of Manchester Charitable Foundation for the Access Food Pantry Program. This support will play a crucial role in ensuring pantry shelves are stocked and the needs of the community will be met throughout this season of giving.
Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (TVCCA)

Nine Recipients Part of AARP Connecticut’s Sixth Livable Communities Grant Program

AARP -  AARP Connecticut has selected nine recipients for its sixth Livable Communities Grant Program dedicated to fund quick-action projects in Connecticut communities that will help make immediate improvements or jumpstart long-term progress that will support residents. AARP Connecticut has funded 38 projects since the inception of the program in 2018. Thames Valley Council for Community Action is a recipient of AARP Connecticut's 6th Livable Communities Grant Program. The Thames Valley Council for Community Action will use this funding to...
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