Windsor — BLOOMFIELD — Sara Ray, the new Adult Services Librarian at the Prosser Public Library, 1 Tunxis Ave., introduced herself to the community with an update on the library operations. At this time, the library has canceled all in-person programming.
Library staff are booking virtual programs, hosting storytimes, offering curbside services, updating online resources and taking phone calls. Contact the library at [email protected] or call 860-243-9721 Monday through Friday from 11 am to 6 pm
Visit bplct.org for all up-to-date information. Sign up for upcoming programs by choosing “Calendar of Events (Find Virtual Events).”
WINDSOR –The Windsor Food & Fuel Bank stands ready to support Windsor neighbors but, like so many organizations and businesses during this challenging period, they have had to modify its services for the health and safety of volunteers and the public alike, said Ernest Perreault , President of Windsor Food & Fuel Bank.
Ongoing Food Distribution: The Windsor Food & Fuel Bank food pantry is housed at LP Wilson Community Center, which has not been open to the public since March 16, but Windsor Food Bank clients can continue to receive pre-packed food distributions outside the building during Limited food bank hours. If you are a Windsor resident and not a current client of the Windsor Food & Fuel Bank but find yourself in need of food assistance, call the Windsor Social Services office at 860-285-1839, Mondays through Fridays.
In addition, during this prolonged closure of schools, the Weekend Wheels backpack program for Windsor students is continuing to make food distributions to participating families through doorstep home deliveries. Each week, 122 bags filled with non-perishable breakfast, lunch and dinner items, shelf milk, juice and fresh produce and bakery items are delivered. Last week, 10 dedicated volunteer delivery teams sent home 1,600 pounds of food, all while practicing safe food handling and social distancing.
Donations of Gift Cards & Personal Care Items, Instead of Food… For Now: As a result of the temporary closure of LP Wilson Community Center, the Windsor Food & Fuel Bank cannot accept contributions of food from the public at this time. Instead, they are accepting donations of gift cards to local grocery stores and pharmacies, as well as diapers and unopened personal care and hygiene products in their original packaging. Call Windsor Social Services at 860-285-1839 or email [email protected] for information on how to donate items.
The Windsor Food & Fuel Bank continues to stock its pantry shelves with food from Foodshare, and it will resume receiving food donations from the community when state and local entities feel it is safe to do so, and as soon as LP Wilson Community Center reopens to public access. When that happens, staff know there will be a great need for contributions of food, and will then welcome the community to help fill the pantry.
Monetary Contributions: To support the Windsor Food & Fuel Bank with a cash donation to be applied to food, fuel, and basic needs programs, go to www.windsorfoodbank.org and use the Donate button on the home page. Checks can be mailed to Windsor Food & Fuel Bank, PO Box 854, Windsor, CT 06095.
Volunteerism: The Windsor Food & Fuel Bank is not currently seeking additional volunteers, but welcomes people who want to volunteer in the future to give their names by calling Windsor Social Services at 860-285-1839. In addition, Bloomfield-based Foodshare has a variety of volunteer needs. Visit www.foodshare.volunteerhub.com for more information.
If you are a Windsor resident and not a current client of the Windsor Food & Fuel Bank but find yourself in need of food assistance, call the Windsor Social Services office at 860-285-1839, Mondays through Fridays. Visit www.townofwindsorct.com/social-services and www.windsorfoodbank.org for more information.
STATEWIDE — To provide relief to Connecticut taxpayers during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is extending the filing and payment deadlines of certain returns until July 15, 2020. These extensions align Connecticut tax filing and payment dates with filing and payment extensions recently announced by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Visit https://portal.ct.gov/drs for more information and to view Frequently Asked Questions, which are updated regularly. Taxpayers who need to contact DRS may email [email protected] or call 860-297-5962 from anywhere, 800-382-9463 within CT, outside the Greater Hartford area only, or 860-297-4911 for hearing impaired, TDD/TT users only.
STATEWIDE — UR Community Cares (UCC) is a secure online resource that connects volunteers with community members who are age 70 and older or age 18 and above, if the person has a physical injury or disability.
UCC is up-to-date and compliant with the CDC’s COVID-19 protocols. It is free for residents or groups to enroll online, complete a background check, and then schedule assistance for household tasks/errands, yard work and companionship visits, currently via remote/distant contact.
Services include but are not limited to shopping and drop-off of food and other essentials including medical supplies, pet walking, taking out the trash, yard clean-up and anything else that provides peace of mind in difficult times. Once enrollment is done, ‘Community Deeds’ can be scheduled online quickly, completed within a day or a few days at most, and repeated as needed — weekly, monthly or intermittently.
UCC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that is 100-percent volunteer-based and donation-funded. Town governments and local organizations are welcome to partially cover costs of directly supporting participants. Visit URCommunityCares.org for more information. Contact UCC founder and president Michelle Puzzo at 860-430-4557 or [email protected] for more information.
STATEWIDE — Connecticut’s hospitals, nursing homes and medical facilities are in need of medical volunteers. gov. Ned Lamont is urging anyone with experience in healthcare to register on the CTResponds! volunteer registry. Visit Ctresponds.ct.gov for more information or to register.
CTResponds! is the State of Connecticut’s web-based volunteer management system. This system helps to maintain a registry of volunteers’ skills and credentials available within the state, and helps communities match available resources to an emergency event.
STATEWIDE — The Connecticut Higher Education Trust extended the deadline of the annual CHET Dream Big! Competition to April 30. Parents, teachers and guardians can conveniently access entry materials online. Visit www.chetdreambig.com for more information.
The competition features two entry categories based on grade level. Students in grades K through three are asked to submit an original drawing that answers the question: “What do I want to do after I go to college?”
Fourth through eighth graders are asked to write a 250-word essay that responds to the question, “How will I make a difference in my community or in the world after I go to college?”
Forty-eight students will be awarded a contribution to a CHET 529 college savings account of either $1,000 or $529. Over $26,000 will be awarded. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. Contest winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced in May.
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WINDSOR — The upcoming Windsor Police Cadets 1040EZ Run, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 25, has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 3. Visit https://windsorpolicecadets.org/ for more information.
AREA — Caregivers support groups provide emotional, educational and social support in a positive and uplifting atmosphere for those who care for an older loved one, particularly those with dementia. For many years, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging has offered monthly in-person support groups at numerous senior living communities and senior centers.
However, due to recent restrictions on social gatherings, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is now hosting four call-in caregivers support groups each week led by dementia specialists and resource coordinators. The call-in groups are held Mondays at 10 am; Tuesdays at 3 pm; Wednesdays at 10 am and Fridays at 2 pm At the meeting time, participants can call 860-972-6338 and enter access code 19623#.
“We want caregivers to have a sense of community and connectivity even if we cannot come together in person. This is an opportunity for caregivers to share how they are feeling, their successes and challenges, and be supported by others in similar situations,” said Adrianne DeVivo, CDP, dementia specialist, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging.
Participants do not need to have attended a caregivers support group in the past. Confidential discussion and telephonic assessments can also be had one-on-one with a dementia professional outside of the online group.
“Everyone is welcome,” DeVivo said. “At a time when we all need emotional support, this is the perfect way for people to connect with others even while they are home. The Center for Healthy Aging is glad to continue to assist families and those they love in new ways.”
For more information about Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, visit http://hhccenterforhealthyaging.org or call 1-877-424-4641.