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Friendly Visitor and Friendly Caller Program
SCA is seeking volunteers to help us revitalize our Friendly Visitor and Friendly Caller Program. Volunteers must be 21+ years of age and are able to commit to at least six months of providing social support for an older adult or adult with disabilities in Suffield. Volunteers will be matched and trained by SCA staff. CPR/First Aid training will be required of Friendly Visitor volunteers, who are not currently certified. To learn more, please call SCA at (860) 668-1986 or email Stephanie Silva at

To Be a Recipient:

We are also recruiting recipients of the Friendly Visitor and Friendly Caller Program. If you or a loved one would enjoy the company of a friendly volunteer on a recurring basis, please call SCA at (860) 668-1986 or email Stephanie Silva at Please note that volunteers are not a substitute for a caregiver or hired helper.

What SCA is Spotlighting this Month:

Meghan Voisine “Kindness Matters”— Accepting Applications!
In honor of Meghan Voisine, who tragically lost her life in 2021, Kindness Matters grant applications are open for youth and youth groups in Suffield, grades 5-12 to share their ideas to promote kindness, inclusion, and friendship in Suffield. Applications can be found on the SHS, SMS and McAlister websites through December 1. For more information or to get an application, please contact Danielle at SCA: (860) 668-1986 or

You Can Donate to SCA’s Annual Appeal electronically!
Within the next few weeks, you will receive SCA’s annual appeal letter in the mail. Please support our campaign at any funding level you can by donating by mail, on our website or through our Facebook page. We can’t accomplish our goals without you! Visit our website to read our annual report:

People and Pet Food Drive at the Polls to benefit the SCA Food Pantry:   SCA volunteers will hold a benefit drive at the election polls (Suffield Middle School) on Tuesday, November 7 from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. We are especially in need of small bags of dog/cat food, paper goods, snacks, condiments, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies. Cash and grocery gift cards are also welcome donations at this time of year.

Photo by Jo Dzioba
The SHS Girls Lacrosse Team graciously collected and donated various items to benefit our Food Pantry. Pictured above are Ariana, Leila, and Zoe.

Mobile Mammography—Reserve Your Appointment Today!  The Mobile Mammography van will be at McAlister on Saturday, December 2 providing screenings for women. Please call SCA to reserve your appointment today: (860) 668-1986.

Are You in Need of a Little Holiday Cheer? Apply for SCA’s Holiday Basket Program: SCA is coordinating the Thanksgiving and Holiday Basket program for financially qualified Suffield residents. Residents wishing to receive help for the holidays are encouraged to call SCA: 860-668-1986.

Some Ongoing Programs and Updates:

Stay Warm This Winter! – We are taking applications for CT’s Energy Assistance Program:  These government programs help offset the winter heating costs for financially eligible households. Please contact SCA to apply. More information on eligibility is available at

Parkinson’s Peer Support Group at the Suffield Senior Center: The next meeting is scheduled for November 14 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Suffield Community Aid and will include a pizza lunch. Call Danielle at SCA: 860-668-1986 to register your attendance.

SCA Seeks Residents for Priority Emergency Response List:  We are updating our list of residents who would benefit from a check-up call during a town or state-wide emergency. Please contact SCA at 860-668-1986.

Memory Café Support Group: Join Pat Beeman, MSW for our Memory Café support group for individuals with memory loss and their loved ones. The group will be held at the Suffield Senior Center on November 28 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please contact Pat at 860-668-1986 to register.

Are you paying too much for Medicare? Open Enrollment from October 15 through December 7 is your chance to check and change your coverage. SCA’s trained, unbiased volunteer is available by appointment to help you sort it out. Give us a call to schedule your appointment.

Social Service Consultations at Kent Memorial Library: Residents wishing to schedule a consultation for November 16 can register online by going to If you prefer to come to the office, call 860-668-1986.

Friendly Reminder: Mobile Foodshare:  The Mobile Foodshare Truck will be onsite at the West Suffield Congregational Church on Tuesday, November 7 and 21 from 1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

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