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Along with food, Meals on Wheels delivers relationships

CAFCA | January 08, 2019 |

Almost immediately after Dennis Przekop hopped out of his blue and white Meals on Wheels station wagon, Art DeWolf offered him a hug. "I love you. You're beautiful. You're doing a beautiful thing," DeWolf, a former Electric Boat employee and golf instructor, told Przekop, who has been a driver for Thames Valley Council for Community Action program for the last four years.

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Donations measured in pounds at 20th annual food drive at Norwich Big Y

CAFCA | November 01, 2018 |

A box truck from Rogers Kitchens in Norwich parked at the 20th annual two-day food drive, and the tally in pounds donated for the morning hours doubled once they finished unloading. Rogers Kitchens delivered the fixings for about 25 Thanksgiving dinners — 720 pounds of frozen turkeys, canned vegetables, potatoes, yams and plenty of pumpkin pie filling and pie crusts — in the Norwich business’s 15th year of participating in the drive. Owner Jim Smith and his daughter, Courtney Smith, the business office manager, said the company is challenging businesses throughout the region to match its totals, or at least donate as much as they can to the annual food drive, which stocks the Gemma E. Moran/United Way Labor Food Bank. Jim Smith said the company’s donations have escalated over the years, and now they maintain the goal of providing 25 holiday meals, adding to the number and variety of side dishes and desserts each year. The ingredients for pumpkin pies were added recently.

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Donations measured in pounds at 20th annual food drive at Norwich Big Y

CAFCA | November 01, 2018 |

A box truck from Rogers Kitchens in Norwich parked at the 20th annual two-day food drive, and the tally in pounds donated for the morning hours doubled once they finished unloading. Rogers Kitchens delivered the fixings for about 25 Thanksgiving dinners — 720 pounds of frozen turkeys, canned vegetables, potatoes, yams and plenty of pumpkin pie filling and pie crusts — in the Norwich business’s 15th year of participating in the drive. Owner Jim Smith and his daughter, Courtney Smith, the business office manager, said the company is challenging businesses throughout the region to match its totals, or at least donate as much as they can to the annual food drive, which stocks the Gemma E. Moran/United Way Labor Food Bank. Jim Smith said the company’s donations have escalated over the years, and now they maintain the goal of providing 25 holiday meals, adding to the number and variety of side dishes and desserts each year. The ingredients for pumpkin pies were added recently.

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TVCCA’s RSVP Veterans Coffeehouse Hosts Breakfast

CAFCA | May 24, 2018 |

The Thames Valley Council for Community Action's (TVCCA) Norwich RSVP Veterans Coffeehouse hosted a breakfast for Veterans at the Coffeehouse gathering earlier this month. Norwich Bully Busters graciously offered to prepare a full breakfast for all Veterans and guests attending Coffeehouse on that day in celebration of Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

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Courtney honors veterans's coffeehouse volunteers

cafca | April 27, 2018 |

Thirteen area volunteers were honored by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, on Wednesday for their work at the region’s veterans’ coffeehouses. “April is National Volunteer Month,” Courtney said in his congressional offices at the downtown Mercantile Exchange building. “It’s a good time to put the spotlight on the good things that are happening in the region.” Beginning in November 2016, a weekly coffeehouse has brought hundreds of area veterans to the United Congregational Church in downtown Norwich for camaraderie, lectures and resources. Although the events began in Danielson, coffeehouses have since popped up all over Eastern Connecticut.

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TVCCA and 97.7 WCTY Host Food Drive for New London County’s Hungry

CAFCA | November 15, 2016 |

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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TVCCA eliminates two housing programs after state budget cuts

CAFCA | June 14, 2016 |

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.

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TVCCA growth "beyond wildest dreams"

CAFCA | July 20, 2015 |

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.

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Coffee house opens up in Danielson

CAFCA | May 11, 2015 |

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.

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16th Annual WCTY/TVCCA Food Drive Aims to Help Through the Holidays

CAFCA | November 19, 2014 |

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.

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