The Resident Assistance Fund (RAF):
To better assist Woodbridge residents in need, the Human Services Department has updated the Food and Fuel Fund with a new policy and a new name. The new guidelines were developed to improve the description of the fund’s use. The fund may be used for categories such as food and fuel but also may assist residents in need with miscellaneous services that are necessary but are not typically funded by outside agencies. The RAF, funded entirely by local donations, is not an entitlement; it is an emergency program only. As always, the Department is grateful for local support of this fund and the important work it accomplishes.
COVID Booster Vaccine access:
Residents 65+ who would like to access a COVID vaccine booster may contact Woodbridge Human Services for appointments available on Thursday, November 4 and Saturday, November 13 in the Center Gymnasium from 10 am to 2 pm. Call 203-389-3429 to be put on the list for an appointment. Appointments are limited, those 75+ will be prioritized. Appointments are also available daily through CVS and Walgreens websites.
Scouting for Food:
Many thanks to Woodbridge Boy Scout Troops 63 and 907 for their collection of non-perishable food for donation on October 30 to the Woodbridge Food Pantry. Each year volunteer coordinators facilitate this generous contribution from many residents in town. Human Services is grateful to the volunteers, the scouts and the households who donate for making this a successful annual program.
Thanksgiving Holiday Distribution:
Thank you to Human Services’ community partners Bailey, Moore, Schaefer, Glazer and Proto, LLC and the Woodbridge Rotary Club for their efforts to support and assist with the distribution of pies and gift cards ahead of the Thanksgiving holidays. Thanks also to Peter Lerner for his coordination efforts. The Woodbridge Human Services Thanksgiving holiday distribution is an annual tradition that provides support to Woodbridge neighbors in need.
Holiday Basket Program:
If you would like to donate to the Holiday Basket Program, please contact Human Services with donations of gift cards no later than December 2.
Medicare Open Enrollment:
The Medicare program can be challenging to navigate. If you have questions or need information, please call Human Services to speak with certified CHOICES counselor Judi Young. Open enrollment continues until Dec. 7. CHOICES is Connecticut’s program for health insurance assistance, outreach, information and referral, counseling, and eligibility screening. Counselors provide Medicare recipients with non-biased, free health insurance counseling. Changes take effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
Energy Assistance Program:
Human Services will accept appointments for residents to apply for the 2021-2022 CT Energy Assistance Program administered by TEAM, INC. Income eligibility requirements must be met. For information, or to schedule an appointment, call Judi Young at 203-389-3429.
In the event of a weather emergency or power outage, elderly residents and those with disabilities are encouraged to register for the Emergency Call List by calling the Human Services Department.
PHOTO 1:Two flu vaccine clinics in October provided more than 150 appointments for Woodbridge residents, employees, and volunteer fire fighters. Woodbridge resident Celeste Asis receives her vaccine as her friend Elaine D’Andrea gives her a hug at the October 14 clinic in the Center Building Gymnasium sponsored by Orange VNA.
PHOTO 2: Woodbridge resident Ellie Sheehy receives her vaccine during the second flu clinic in Woodbridge. This clinic, on October 21, was sponsored by VNA Healthcare and Hospice of Guilford and Hamden.