TVCCA and 97.7 WCTY hosted their 18th annual food drive to benefit the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center November 3-4, 2016, at Big Y in Norwich.
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The Thames Valley Council for Community Action announced Thursday that it will eliminate two housing and homeless prevention programs as of June 30 because of state budget cuts. TVCCA announced it will cease operating the Eviction/Foreclosure Prevention Program and the Security Deposit Guarantee Program after receiving notification from the state Department of Housing that the funding for the programs will not be renewed.
When the Thames Valley Council for Community Action launched in 1965 - a year after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Development Act - Richard Brooks was its lone employee and the agency had $40,000 in the bank. Years later, TVCCA has grown into one of the region’s most impactful benefactors for Eastern Connecticut’s most vulnerable, serving through its programs more than 26,000 clients in the most recent fiscal year on a budget that has grown to $27.1 million and employs 400.
The Killingly Community Center cafeteria was packed on April 14 for a veterans' coffeehouse. Sponsored by the Thames Valley Council on Community Action, the coffeehouse will be held twice a month in Danielson. It will be open to all veterans as a place to gather, socialize and get information or assistance on the benefits they're entitled to.
For almost 20 years, the warehouse of the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor/Food Center has been stocked through the holidays because of a partnership between two nonprofits and a radio station. And despite this week’s rainy, cold weather, donors to the 16th annual WCTY/TVCCA Food Drive turned out to make sure the region’s most needy don’t go without during the most trying months. “It means so much. The families and people we help really benefit from this, and they need it,” said Deb Monahan, executive director of the Thames Valley Council for Community Action.
Extraordinary. It's not a word many would associate with poverty, but regional advocates who have spent years counteracting the plight of those struggling to succeed say the description is apt.
After a year of state and federal funding cuts, the Thames Valley Council for Community Action received good news Wednesday, with the delivery of a check for $70,970 from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority to pay for two new Meals on Wheels delivery trucks.
Members of the New London Garden Club fashion seasonal holiday greens arrangements Monday at Waterford Public Library. The arrangements, 70 in all, will be distributed with Thames Valley Council for Community Action Meals on Wheels deliveries today to 35 clients each in Waterford and New London.
Nancy Paetzell worked her whole life and thought she would be able to live off Social Security in her retirement years. But in tears Tuesday afternoon, she told U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., that she is barely surviving on her $1,230 monthly Social Security check. She pays $825 in rent and tries to save $50 a week. But by month's end, she has cleaned out her savings account to pay bills. She is eligible for $15 a month in food stamps and receives help with heating costs through the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Terri LaBarre is working with the Lisbon Walmart to collect enough yarn to make at least 50 adult-sized hats and scarves and more than 100 child-sized hats, scarves, slippers and mittens to outfit children and their parents staying at the Thames Valley Council for Community Action family shelter.