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Local organization provides meals to people who need to quarantine due to pandemic

When people need to quarantine due to the pandemic, they really need to stay home and that can be difficult, especially for those who may not have access to everything they need to isolate for ten days. Terry Dunn is a community resource coordinator with the TVCCA, the Thames Valley Council for Community Action. Today he continues his new duties during this pandemic.

Access Community Action Agency helps hundreds for the holidays

The Access Community Action Agency, Inc. (Access) has been assisting local families leading up to the holiday season, by helping to provide healthy food via a number of different avenues. There are a total of nine community action agencies (CAAs) in the state of Connecticut, which are striving to identify and remove social and economic barriers leading to poverty. 
Peter DeBiasi, President & CEO, Access Agency, Inc.

Working together to fight homelessness

Uncertainty … seems like it’s all around us these days, whether it’s the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our personal and economic lives, or the varied narratives related to our recent election and how the transition to a new president will unfold. Yet with all the uncertainty we face, it is certain winter will soon be upon us and once again there will be people who do not have the safety of a home and warm bed to retreat...

Stay warm with Community Action this year

As it starts to get cooler in Connecticut, my mind goes to cozy nights at home, getting together with friends and family (socially distanced, of course), and enjoying what the seasons have to offer. But for many in our communities, these colder temperatures bring on stress and worry about being able to afford their monthly energy bill and keep the heat on.

Community Renewal Team to name women’s empowerment center in Hartford after Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Community Renewal Team, the social-service organization that fulfills basic needs for thousands of underserved people in the Capitol region, is renaming its Women’s Empowerment Center in Hartford to the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Women’s Empowerment Center, it was announced on Thursday.
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CAFCA Press Release-CT Energy Assistance Program-CAAs Accepting Applications

Beginning today, the Connecticut Community Action Agency (CAA) Network is accepting energy assistance applications for the 2020-2021 heating season. Connecticut residents who need assistance paying their utility bills and primary heating costs can apply for energy assistance at their local CAA. Community Action Agencies are the only nonprofit agencies administering the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provides home heating assistance to the state’s most vulnerable residents.

CAFCA Press Release-CAAs Receive CHEFA COVID-19 Grant

Connecticut’s Community Action Agency Network was recently awarded a grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) as part of the newly established FY 2021 CHEFA COVID-19 Grant Program. Each Community Action Agency (CAA) will receive $11,000 to purchase necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other materials, such as gloves, masks, thermometers, plexiglass, and signage to promote social distancing.
Amos Smith

Op-Ed: Community action rises to the cause

"It’s in socioeconomic conditions like these that over 1,000 Community Action Agencies across the country like mine, the Community Action Agency of New Haven, or CAANH, are the greatest resource and place of support to people in crisis, both in Connecticut’s major cities and rural areas." Read more from CAANH's President & CEO Amos Smith in the New Haven Register.

Ground broken on new hydroponics facility in Torrington

A seed planted more than 25 years ago to develop a new revenue stream for one of the region’s largest social service nonprofits began to germinate Tuesday when New Opportunities broke ground on its hydroponics facility in the city’s industrial park.

CHEFA doles out $3M for coronavirus recovery under modified grant program

CAFCA will be receiving $99,000 for CT's Community Action Agencies to use for PPE and social distancing modifications.
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