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CAFCA Op-Ed: Getting the help you need with compassion
"Today’s social services providers show compassion for their customers, and help them meet their needs without judgment. At Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across Connecticut – and across America – staff consider all of the needs individuals and families may have, and connect them with resources to improve their lives." Read more from CAFCA Executive Director Deb Polun, in the CT Viewpoints section of the CT Mirror.
Facing the challenge posed by COVID-19
The coronavirus crisis has brought unprecedented medical, economic and personal challenges to millions of Americans. Connecticut’s community-action agencies, such as New Opportunities Inc., are on the front lines in the region’s social-assistance network.
Community Action Agencies an essential community partner during crisis
Nearly 100,000 unemployment claims in just over one week. Retail businesses, movie theaters, bowling alleys, casinos and salons closed. Restaurants moved to take-out only, laying off or furloughing employees. Senior centers, libraries, religious institutions and schools closed. These are just some of the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 crisis here in Connecticut over the past two weeks. As we all adjust to these unusual circumstances, many of our friends and neighbors are left stranded, facing the stark reality of unemployment, isolation...
Partnership offers child care to Griffin Hospital staff amid coronavirus pandemic
Valley healthcare providers who spend days and nights working at Griffin Hospital and then come home to take care of their children will get a helping hand with childcare during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. While all child care centers have not yet been ordered to shut down amid the pandemic, Team Inc. and Griffin have partnered to ensure employees who need help with their children can remain on the front lines.
Being A Dad In 2020
What’s it like being a dad in 2020? On the next Where We Live, we’ll talk about social expectations for fathers as caregivers, and the impact an involved father has on the entire family, emotionally and financially. Are you a father? We want to hear from you.
Community Action Agencies Providing Services for Residents in Need Across CT
The coronavirus pandemic has created challenges for people in virtually every walk of life and every demographic, but none have been impacted more than those already living in society’s margins. The depth and breadth of the need in Connecticut is reflected in the recently released annual report of the Connecticut Association For Community Action (CAFCA), which details the work of local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the state.
Hartford Foundation, service organizations respond to crisis with new funds, new approaches
Organizations that provide assistance to those in need are finding new methods to address imminent problems quickly and efficiently in response to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis.
Valley lawmaker, TEAM look to recruit volunteers for nonprofits
State Rep. Kara Rochelle, D-Ansonia, is rallying Valley folks to volunteer their time to help their most vulnerable neighbors, such as the elderly, during these uncertain and challenging times. Rochelle has partnered with TEAM Inc. in an effort to recruit volunteers to help local nonprofits, including the Valley food banks, diaper banks and meal delivery services, due to the coronavirus pandemic impacting everyone’s daily lives.
CT food pantries get fresh, healthy donations from Griffin Health (featuring TEAM, Inc.)
NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) — Some area food pantries got a very special donation Monday, thanks to Griffin Health. They partnered up with other community organizations (including TEAM, Inc.) to deliver fresh, healthy foods to Lower Naugatuck Valley food banks.
CAFCA Op ed: Resolve to empower people and improve communities all year long
An op-ed article titled, "Resolve to empower people and improve communities all year long - Community action organizations need volunteers now as much as ever" by Deb Polun and Deb Monahan was published in the CT Viewpoints section of the Connecticut Mirror website. Here's a brief excerpt. At the end of each calendar year, as the holiday season approaches, people often look to contribute both time and money to local nonprofits. These efforts are not only appreciated, but essential in...