What SCA is Spotlighting this Month

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SCA Is Welcoming a New Executive Director:
We are excited to announce that Danielle Annibalini, L.C.S.W. has accepted the position of Executive Director of Suffield Community Aid, following the retirement of Janet Frechette. Danielle has extensive experience working in community-integrated agencies and we welcome her to the SCA team!

Spring/Easter Basket Program:
Due to the generosity of our local Girl Scouts, SCA will be distributing candy baskets, toys and food to eligible Suffield families. Contact SCA to find out more.

Having Trouble Affording Summer Camp for Your Children?
SCA has funding available to subsidize participation for eligible Suffield children and youth attending Suffield Park & Rec. and other camp programs. For more information or to apply, give us a call.

Rental Rebate Program for Elderly & Disabled Residents:
The State provides a reimbursement program for renters who are elderly or disabled, and whose incomes do not exceed certain limits. SCA is taking applications. Call for more info.

James F. Coggins, Jr. Community Service Award Open to Applicants:
In memory of our late volunteer and Board Member, James F. Coggins, Jr., SCA 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 candidacy to SCA at 450 South Street, Suffield 06078 or email to janetf@suffieldcommunityaid.org

Jane Purtill Fuller Scholarship for Nursing or Social Service Candidates:
To recognize the many contributions of our past employee and long-time supporter of Suffield Community Aid, 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 SCA at 860-668-1986. The application deadline is Monday, May 9, 2022.

Some Ongoing Program and Updates:

SCA Offering Free Lunch at the Senior Center:
Would you like to get out more? SCA can pay for your lunch at the Suffield Senior Center up to two times a week. Fresh, nutritionally balanced (and really delicious) meals are prepared and served at the Senior Center. Call 860-668-1986 to see if you qualify.

Where Would You Go if You Could?
What if transportation was not an issue in getting you to your destination on nights and weekends when the Mini-Bus is not operating? Perhaps you’d go to a restaurant, the cemetery, a birthday party, the library, a church service or a friend’s house? You can! In conjunction with Nutmeg Senior Rides, Suffield Community Aid has funding to assist financially qualified Suffield residents, age 65 and older, or persons with a disability, get to where they want to go. Nutmeg Senior Rides provides door-through-door transportation, for any purpose, 365 days a year. Call 860-668-1986 to see if you qualify.

Parkinson’s Peer Support Group at the Suffield Senior Center:
The next meeting is scheduled for April 5 from 11:00 – 12:00 noon at 145 Bridge Street. This meeting will be dedicated to sharing ideas and meeting SCA’s new Executive Director, Danielle Annibalini. Pizza will be served. Call Janet at SCA – 860-668-1986 to register your attendance.

Operation Fuel Can Provide a One-time Grant of up to $500.00 to Assist Eligible Families with Their Energy Bills:
Operation Fuel partners with SCA, and more than 100 agencies across the state, to provide low-income families with year-round emergency energy help. Assistance is provided for residents in crisis for help with their oil, electric, natural gas, propane, or water arrearage bills. Call SCA or go to www.operationfuel.org for more info.

Free Blood Pressure Screening at the Suffield Senior Center:
Suffield Community Aid sponsors free blood pressure clinics for residents of all ages at the Suffield Senior Center on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 11:00 12:00. No appointments needed.

Photo by Janet Frechette
SCA LOVES their volunteers! Pictured are Marla Adelsberger, left, and Pat Barnes, right. They are helping unload the food brought to Suffield from the Community Renewal Team by CRT driver Alonzo Byrd.

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