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Meriden group provides opportunities for summer lunch program

cafca | July 07, 2016 |

Isaiah Gonzalez, 4, sat on a blanket, sipping his TruMoo chocolate milk in the shade. His aunt brought him to Columbus Park Wednesday for a free lunch. He sat among dozens of other children dining in the park. New Opportunities of Greater Meriden will serve free lunches at nine locations across the city throughout the summer. The group distributes about 55 lunches every day. Low income families or parents who are unemployed come with their children to receive the free lunches, said Frances Alemar, who was serving lunches at Columbus Park Wednesday.

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Runners, walkers get it done for New Opportunities of Greater Meriden

CAFCA | May 03, 2016 |

Maloney High School junior Frederick Antier participated in the Walk for Warmth 5K Saturday, and he was on a mission. “I just want to run,” Antier said. “I’m trying to beat my coach.” It was an ambitious goal for the 17 year old, especially since his assistant track coach is Derek Destefano, a well-known runner from Meriden who regularly wins city road races.

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Dr. James Gatling: Budget would harm low income earners

CAFCA | March 04, 2015 |

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's recent proposal to eliminate funding for the Human Services Infrastructure Program may cancel one of the most efficient and effective initiatives available to Connecticut's low-income residents. The program provides core funding for community-action agencies, such as New Opportunities Inc. The proposed elimination of $3.4 million would cancel $2 million worth of matching federal funds and fully defund this service delivery system, which provides clients with programs that help then achieve self-sufficient lives.

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New Opportunities Director to Retire after 25 Years of Service

CAFCA | October 02, 2014 |

The Rev. Larry Elliot, 62, has tendered his resignation as director of New Opportunities of Greater Meriden, effective at the end of this month. “This is hard,” he said. “It’s a leap of faith.”

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New Opportunities wins Residential Energy Efficiency Award in Weatherization

CAFCA | April 16, 2014 |

New Opportunities, Inc. (NOI), the Community Action Agency serving the Greater Waterbury, Meriden and Torrington areas of the state recently won the 2014 Residential Energy Efficiency Award in the Weatherization Category for their Butter Brook Hills Apartment project.

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Meriden's 25th annual Walk for Warmth, first 5K were a success

CAFCA | March 27, 2014 |

Saturday dawned bright and chilly, to the relief of the runners in the 25th annual Walk for Warmth’s first ever 5-kilometer race. The fund-raising walk pays for heating expenses for families who can’t afford them. About 100 families will receive funds from the Walk for Warmth, said Larry Elliott, director of New Opportunities Community Services. Elliot, who participated in the walk, said the support was especially needed this year after such a harsh, relentless winter.

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Waterbury agency proposes fish farming operation

CAFCA | March 04, 2014 |

A local service agency is turning to fish farming to feed its coffers as well as the hungry. New Opportunities, Inc. James Gatling presented his proposal to launch a major aquaponics operation called "Food 4 Thought" in an empty, contaminated watch factory on Cherry Street on Monday to the Board of Aldermen. Partnering with the University of New Haven and New Tech Haven, Gatling hopes to create a stable source of income for his agency, which relies on government money to fund most of his programs that serve the region's needy.

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Holiday Toy Drive provides toys to over 1,450 children in Greater Waterbury, Thomaston, Meriden, and Torrington

CAFCA | February 05, 2014 |

New Opportunities' 2013 Holiday Toy Drive wrapped up another successful campaign, providing more than 4,500 toys to over 1,450 deserving children throughout the region that otherwise may have gone without gifts this holiday season if it weren't for the campaign.

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New Opportunities, Inc. Meals on Wheels Partners with Premier Subaru to "Share the Love" this Holiday Season

CAFCA | December 19, 2013 |

New Opportunities, Inc. is proud to announce its partnership with Premier Subaru Watertown this holiday season to help this area's Meals on Wheels Program. Premier Subaru is inviting the public to fill the trunk of a Subaru with unwrapped holiday gifts for home-bound seniors receiving Meals on Wheels services in hopes to raise community awareness and participation to support local seniors in need.

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Fuel Funds Short, a Long Winter Ahead

Andrew Larson | January 18, 2012 | Inc; Dr. James Gatling; LIHEAP; Energy Assistance; Heating Assistance; Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program; Community Action; CAFCA, NOI

Last fall, the federal government made drastic cuts to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps needy families obtain heat at little or no cost. Many families are at risk of simply running out of fuel.

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