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Pet Lovers—Did you know that SCA Stocks Pet Food in our Food Pantry?
April 11 is National Pet Day! In honor of our beloved furry residents, SCA will be collecting small bags of dry dog & cat food as well as cans of wet food. Donations should be dropped off at SCA during regular business hours (M – F, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Email your pet’s photo to in order to be entered to win a fun swag bag. Submissions are due by midnight on April 11!

Camp Scholarships Available to Suffield Youth!
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!

Renter’s 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 – 860-668-1986.

Mobile Mammography Returns to Suffield
On Tuesday, May 23, Hartford Healthcare’s Mobile Mammography bus will be onsite at the Suffield Senior Center providing mammograms. Women interested in participating should call SCA 860-668-1986 to reserve their time slot. Please note that it must be one year since your last mammogram in order for insurance to cover the cost of the screening. While you’re at the Senior Center, stop in to visit the Senior Health & Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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 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, by midnight on May 8 to SCA at 450 South Street, Suffield 06078 or email to

Kathy Ostrowski Memorial Nursing Scholarship for Suffield Graduating Seniors
To honor beloved SCA Board member and nurse to many, Kathy Ostrowski, SCA will award a needs-based scholarship to a Suffield graduating student in pursuit of a nursing degree. 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 8.

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 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 8.

Some Ongoing Program and Updates:

Parkinson’s Peer Support Group at the Suffield Senior Center:
The next meeting is scheduled for April 11 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at 145 Bridge Street. This meeting will be joined by Dietician, Lori Sullivan, to discuss healthy nutrition options. A pizza lunch will be served. Call Danielle at SCA – 860-668-1986 to register your attendance.

Memory Café:
Pat Beeman, MSW, hosts a monthly supportive group for individuals with cognitive loss, and also with their loved ones. The group meets the last Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center. April’s group will be held on April 25. Please call Pat Beeman to register at 860-668-1986.

Photo by Beth Sheridan
Pictured with his mom, Aaron asks friends and family members to donate items to our Food Pantry for his 5th birthday. What a big heart you have, Aaron!

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