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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...
Governor Lamont touts federal funding for child care ahead of his budget address
Gov. Lamont visits preschool class at ABCD in Bridgeport. State leaders on Monday visited a preschool class at ABCD in Bridgeport to announce they have increased how much income families receiving child care subsidies can earn before losing the Care4Kids benefit. And as families earn more, their share of covering the day care payments will also increase. Read the article on The CT Mirror.
‘Snap back’ program works to compensate families affected by cuts to food stamp program (News 12)
An effort is underway in Bridgeport to help residents impacted by cuts to the federal food stamp program. As low-income families and individuals brace for the cuts to federal SNAP benefits taking place in April, Alex Pena at Gala Foods is teaming up with Dr. Monette Ferguson at ABCD to implement a "snap back" program. Full article and video on News12 Connecticut.