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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.
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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.
TEAM, Inc. helps with food pantry donations

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 visits ABCD daycare.

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.
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Griffin Health chosen to pilot social care coordination network Unite Connecticut (New Haven Register)

Griffin Hospital will be one of the first hospitals in Connecticut to launch Unite Connecticut — a statewide initiative of the Connecticut Hospital Association that connects health and social services providers through a shared technology platform to address social needs and deliver integrated care. Read the full article on New Haven Register.
SNAP discussion

Cuts in federal SNAP program will eliminate food assistance for thousands of Connecticut residents (Hartford Courant)

Proposals by the Trump administration to change eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) could have a widespread, adverse impact on Connecticut residents, state politicians and service providers warned during a roundtable discussion in Hartford. Read the full Hartford Courant article.
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