July 2018

What’s Happening at the EAA this Month?

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School Supply Collection Needs Your Help:

We are already starting to collect for the “Return-to-School Backpack Program” to assist low-income school age children in Suffield. Spiral notebooks, one-inch three-ring binders, pencils, pens, calculators, ear buds, page dividers, rulers, glue sticks, glue, erasers, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, scissors, index cards, folders, ruled paper, and pencil pouches are needed. Monetary donations are also welcome! If you can help, please drop off your donations by August 13, to the EAA, located at 450 South Street in Suffield.

Rental Rebate Program for Elderly & Disabled Residents:

State law provides a reimbursement program for Connecticut renters who are elderly or totally disabled, and whose incomes do not exceed certain limits. Persons renting an apartment or room, or living in cooperative housing may be eligible for this program. The EAA is now taking applications for the CT Renter’s Rebate program. Call the EAA for more information!

Having Trouble Affording Summer Camp for your Children?

The EAA has funding available to subsidize participation for eligible Suffield children and youth attending Suffield Park & Rec. and other camp programs. For more information, please call the EAA at 860-668-1986.

Salvation Army Camp Opportunities:

Summer camp registration has begun for the Salvation Army Camp CONNRI in beautiful Ashford, Conn. The camp is open to children age 8-12. The youth overnight camp is only $35 for four nights! Call the EAA for specific dates at 860-668-1986.

Amazing 4-H Camp Opportunity for Eligible Suffield Children:

The EAA, in partnership with the Hartford County 4-H Camp, is pleased to offer income- eligible Suffield families with children age 9-14, camp opportunities in July. The cost of the weekly overnight camp is $460, but the cost to the family is only $100 per camper! The balance will be subsidized by the Hartford County 4-H and the EAA. Call the EAA at 860-668-1986 for more info. Hurry – space is limited!

Some Ongoing Program and Updates

EAA Celebrates the Efforts of their AMAZING Volunteers:

The EAA held its annual volunteer recognition event at the Sunset Tavern Restaurant last month. Over 100 volunteers were honored. Special recognition was given to current Meals-On-Wheels volunteers achieving longevity milestones: Dean Caswell – 31 years, Dorothy Deforge – 25 years, Kerry White – 21 years, Bob White and Peter Hryniewicz – 18 years and Peter Kulas and Michele Holcombe 15 years. What commitment to the Suffield Community!

Photo by Janet Frechette

EAA’s Pat Beeman congratulates EAA volunteer Dean Caswell on his 31 years of service to the Meals-on-Wheels program.

Photo by Janet Frechette

Peter Hryniewicz, Kelly Drake and Fred Ardery are pictured at the Community Renewal Team’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation breakfast for Meals-on-Wheels volunteers last month.

James F. Coggins, Jr. Community Service Award

The 2018 recipient of the James F. Coggins’ Community Service Award is Caitlin Bombard. In recognition of her commitment, Caitlin, a student at Suffield High School, received $1,000. The James Coggins’ Community Service Award is given each year to a graduating high-school senior who demonstrates selflessness, generosity and concern for the community as evidenced by their volunteer activities. Caitlin volunteers at Baystate Medical Center’s children Hospital in the PediPals Program. In addition, Caitlin has volunteered for Suffield Little League, the Suffield Soccer club and serves as a substitute teacher at St. Mary’s Parish. On behalf of the EAA scholarship committee, we wish Caitlin continued success in all her endeavors!

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. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month from 10:15 a.m. – 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.

Need Help with Housing Repairs? 

The Ellington Regional Housing Rehabilitation Program is Available for Suffield Homeowners:

If you are a low or moderate income household, (ex. Family of four may earn up to $65,800) you may be eligible for a deferred payment loan with no interest and no payments as long as you own your home. 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 four units.

Call the EAA at 860-668-1986 for more details.


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