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Human Services – February 2022

Local Masks and Test Kits:  Woodbridge residents who are elderly, vulnerable, or disabled and those with non-licensed childcare (a child taken care of by a family member or nanny, but not at a licensed daycare center) may call to request a COVID-19 at-home test kit through the Human Services office at 203-389-3429.  No walk-ins available; residents must call ahead.  Residency required.  Curbside-pickup only with appointment.  N-95 masks are also available to all residents who call ahead for curbside pick-up- limited per household.

Ordering at-home COVID-19 tests:  To order COVID home test kits, at no cost, go to covidtests.gov.  This site is live and accepting orders for kits per household.  Those without internet access or who need additional assistance with ordering can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to place their orders.  Home test kits are best used when someone is showing symptoms of COVID-19.  Someone with a negative result should re-test 24-48 hours later.  Human Services may also provide referrals for PCR testing, vaccinations, and booster shots.  Test kits are also available at some local stores.  If you have health insurance through an employer or Marketplace, your insurance will refund you for 8 at-⁠home tests each month for each person on your plan.

Blood Drive:  An American Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled on March 6 from 11 am to 4 pm at the Center Building Gymnasium.  Appointments are required.  Please visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code NDF or call 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment.  According to the American Red Cross, Connecticut has a critically low blood supply.  Prior to the pandemic, a national surplus of blood products could be used to mitigate regional shortages.  Currently, there is no national surplus.  Every donation helps!  This event is sponsored by American Red Cross and co-hosted by the Nicole Donzello Foundation and Woodbridge Human Services.

Use this QR code to make an appointment for the upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Center Gymnasium

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA):  In partnership with the IRS and the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS), the Woodbridge Center offers free tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  The program runs Tuesdays from 9 am-12 pm beginning February 8.  In this third tax season of the pandemic, taxpayers with low to moderate income, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and those with limited English now have four options to safely and accurately complete 2021 tax returns.  If you have access to a computer and internet, you can complete your own tax return through MyFreeTaxes.com, supported by United Way in partnership with the IRS.  If doing your own taxes seems daunting, preparers can complete your return either virtually or in person.  If you have a camera phone, you can virtually access Woodbridge VITA tax preparers through GetYourRefund.org/WBSC-CT without leaving home.  If you don’t have access to technology, call Woodbridge Human Services (203) 389-3429 for a drive-through or in-person appointment.  For more details on Woodbridge VITA services, see the Human Services website here:  https://www.woodbridgect.org/223/Human-Services-Department.

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.

Emergency Preparedness:  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 at 203-389-3429.

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