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James F. Coggins, Jr., Community Service Award
Congratulations to Ash Richardson-White, who was chosen to receive 2023’s Community Service Award, in memory of the beloved James Coggins, Jr., in the amount of $1,000! Thank you to all of the talented applicants who applied!

What’s Happening at SCA this Summer?

School Supply Collection Needs Your Donations:
We are collecting only NEW items for the “Return-to-School Backpack Program” to assist qualified school-age children in Suffield. Backpacks, one and two-inch 3-ring binders, post-its, calculators, earbuds, page dividers, glue sticks, white out, erasers, colored markers (fine and broad tip), dry-erase markers, pencil sharpeners, highlighters, scissors, index cards and pencil pouches are needed. Please drop off your donations to 450 South Street, Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

SCA Seeking Volunteer Gardeners:
SCA is looking for youth volunteers to help with garden maintenance. Call SCA or email Danielle at daniellea if you’re interested.

Utility Financial Assistance:
Operation Fuel is slated to re-open applications for utility assistance in August. Call SCA for more information.

Some Ongoing Programs and Updates:

Food Pantry: Our Food Pantry is well-stocked and available to Suffield residents. Appointments are required. Please call SCA to learn more.

Meals on Wheels: Meals are delivered 5 days per week by SCA volunteers to Suffield seniors 60+ or disabled adults who are homebound. No financial qualifications in order to participate. Please call SCA for more information.

Memory Café: Join Pat Beeman, MSW for an informal group for individuals with cognitive loss and their loved ones. The group will meet in the multi-purpose room at the Senior Center on July 25 and August 29 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Please call Pat at SCA to register (860) 668-1986.

Parkinson’s Support Group: The group will not meet during the months of July and August. We’ll resume in September.
Free Social Services Consultations: There will not be scheduled social services consultations at Kent Memorial Library in July. To schedule a time to meet with Pat Beeman, MSW, please call Suffield Community Aid at (860) 668-1986. Consultations at KML will resume on August 17 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Nutmeg Senior Rides: 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 their desired destination. Call SCA to see if you qualify.

Lunch Subsidies at the Senior Center: SCA continues to offer lunch subsidies to cover the cost of two meals per week at the Senior Center for financially eligible residents. Enjoy a home-cooked meal on us! Call SCA to see if you qualify.

SCA has Camp Subsidies for Qualified Suffield Residents: The maximum subsidy is 80% of the camp cost, not to exceed $400 per child per summer. Subsidies can be used for any camp that works best for you and your child.

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. Rebates are based on the percentage of income versus rent and utility expenses. SCA is scheduling appointments now.

Photo by Amy Healy

Suffield Girl Scout Troop 10990 members raised money to benefit HOPE4SPANDANA, a non-profit based in India that collects money for underprivileged youth. SCA was honored that HOPE4SPANDANA selected our Food Pantry to receive a portion of their donated funds. The smiling folks posed in the pantry are Girl Scouts Nora, Streepreetha, Maya, and Carly, with SCA Director Danielle Annabalini in the center.

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