March 2018

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Are You Grieving the Loss of a Loved One? The EAA’s Bereavement Support Group Can Help:

The group will meet at the EAA building located at 450 South Street; Suffield on Friday mornings from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning April 6 and ending on June 1. (There is no class on May 4.) The program is offered at no cost and a light lunch will be provided. The Suffield Mini-Bus will be available to assist with transport, but residents must call and reserve in advance. Registration is required and space is limited – please call Linda Huff at 860-290-6771 to register. Call the EAA for more information, 860-668-1986.

Suffield Garden Club Brightens Winter Day Blues for Suffield Meals-On-Wheels Recipients:

The Suffield Garden Club donates beautiful floral arrangements every February through their “Posies to Go” program for residents that are on Meals-On-Wheels. Not only do our residents enjoy receiving these floral beauties, the volunteers enjoy delivering them too!

Dozens of floral arrangements stand ready for delivery by Suffield’s Meals on Wheels  volunteers. They are provided each February by the Suffield Garden Club in the late Sue Ann Nealon’s Posies to Go program.

Photo by Beth Sheridan

Dozens of floral arrangements stand ready for delivery by Suffield’s Meals on Wheels volunteers. They are provided each February by the Suffield Garden Club in the late Sue Ann Nealon’s Posies to Go program.

Parkinson’s Peer Support Group Meets Monthly at the Suffield Senior Center: The group’s goal is to share ideas and resources in the managements and treatment of Parkinson’s disorder. The next meeting is March 12 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Caregivers are welcome and encouraged to attend. Topics vary monthly. Refreshments are served. For more information, call Janet at the EAA – 860-668-1986.

Operation Fuel Can Provide a One-time Grant of up to $500 to Assist Eligible Families with Their Energy Bills:

Operation Fuel partners with more than 100 agencies across the state to provide low-income families with year-round emergency energy assistance. The EAA is a partner agency to the Operation Fuel. Assistance can be provided with any energy type – oil, electric, natural gas, kerosene, wood, propane, pellets, and other energy sources. Call the EAA or go to www.operationfuel.org for more information.

Some Ongoing Program and Updates:

The EAA Food Pantry is Brimming with Canned Goods!

A special thanks is extended to Spaulding Elementary School for the incredible donation from their wildly successful Soup-ER Bowl Food Drive! If you are a Suffield resident in need of help, we encourage you to call us at 860-668-1986.

EAA Director Janet Frechette, center, happily accepts Food Bank donations brought from Spaudling School by Kris Pryce, left, and Denise Rigby.

Photo by Patricia Beeman

EAA Director Janet Frechette, center, happily accepts Food Bank donations brought from Spaudling School by Kris Pryce, left, and Denise Rigby.

James F. Coggins, Jr.  Community Service Award- Open to Applicants!:

In memory of our late volunteer and Board Member, James F. Coggins, Jr., the EAA offers a $1,000 award to a graduating Suffield high school senior who demonstrates selflessness, generosity and concern for the community through their volunteer activities. Applicants are required to submit a 500-word essay supporting their selection to the EAA at 450 South Street, Suffield 06078 or email to janetf@suffieldeaa.org. The deadline to apply is midnight on Monday, May 14.

Jane Purtill Fuller Scholarship for Nursing or Social Service Candidates:

To recognize the many contributions of our past employee and long-time supporter of the Emergency Aid Association, the Board of Directors dedicates an annual needs-based scholarship in memory of Jane Purtill Fuller. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating Suffield high-school senior pursuing a nursing or social service field of study. Applicants wishing to apply are encouraged to fill out the common application at the Suffield High School or call the EAA at 860-668-1986. The application deadline is May 14.

Check Out Your Blood Pressure:

The Emergency Aid Association sponsors free blood pressure clinics for residents of all ages at the Suffield Senior Center on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m.- noon. No appointments needed!

Are You a Low or Moderate Income Homeowner in Need of Some Critical Home Repairs?

You may be eligible for a deferred payment loan with no interest through the Ellington Regional Housing Rehab Program for Suffield homeowners. The loan can be used for roofing, septic, well, plumbing, heating, electrical, handicap accessibility, asbestos/lead abatement, carpentry and other repair work on single and multi-family units up to 4 units. Call the EAA at 860-668-1986 or call the Ellington Community Development Office directly at 860-870-3132 on Tuesdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., for more information.


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