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Human Services – July 2022

Human Services – July 2022

Volunteer Appreciation Event:  The Human Services Dept. honored over 100 volunteers at the 32nd Annual Volunteer Recognition celebration.  Many thanks to all receiving this honor for their generous volunteer contributions.  The Human Services Special Recognition Award was presented to the members of the Living Treasure Planning Committee, The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Volunteers, and the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Association.  Outstanding Volunteers this year are Susan Davidson, Cathy and Tim Austin, Alice Lippman, and Teena Arbo.  The Community Organization and Business Award was given to The Friends of the Woodbridge Library, Good Night Sleep Tight PJ Program, Inc., Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, and Coachman Square at Woodbridge.  The Woodbridge Center Award was presented to Sandy Faggiana and Linda Caffalette.  The First Selectman’s Youth Award was presented to Ava Shanbrom.  Congratulations to all these wonderful volunteers!

4th Annual Living Treasure Event – call for nominations:  The Human Services Department will hold the 4th annual Living Treasure event on September 22nd at 5:30 pm (please note change in date).  The event will honor a few residents age 60 or over, who have demonstrated positive actions to improve the quality of life in Woodbridge, have contributed and may continue to contribute their time to enhance our community, and have performed this work on a volunteer, unpaid basis.  Nomination forms, available at the Town Website, at the Human Services Department, and at the library, must be completed and returned by July 25th to Woodbridge Human Services.

Members of the community are welcome to join the event planning committee which meets frequently during the months of June, July, August, and September.  The first committee meeting will be June 28 at 10:30 am at Woodbridge Human Services.  Please contact Jeanette Glicksman at 203-389-3429 to volunteer.  Donations of gift certificates to local businesses are welcome!

Federal Home COVID-19 Test Kits Available:  The Biden administration has once again opened CovidTests.gov to facilitate ordering free at-home COVID-19 test kits.  Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a 3rd round of free tests.  You may order up to 10 test kits per household through the website.  For telephone assistance call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).

Local Masks and Test Kits:  The Human Services Department continues to distribute free COVID-19 at-home test kits to Woodbridge residents while supplies last.  Residents in need of home test kits may call 203-389-3429 to make an appointment to pick up.  Proof of residency is required.  If you have soon to expire home test kits, please check the recent extension that can be found at FDA.gov.  Expiration dates for the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test has been extended from June to September and may be safely used.

Food Pantry:  Residents in need may contact Human Services for access to non-perishable food each month.  The food pantry is currently looking for donations of oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, canola and olive oils, ground coffee, baking mixes, snack foods, salad dressing, paper towels, cleaning sprays, and laundry detergent. mKindly check all expiration dates prior to drop-off.

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 contacting the Human Services Department at 203-389-3429.  The Department will provide outreach to all on the list prior to anticipated emergencies.

Stay Safe in Hot Weather:  Too much heat is not safe for anyone.  It is even riskier for older people and those with health problems.  The following tips are always a good reminder:  drink plenty of liquids but avoid drinks containing alcohol and caffeine; try to keep your home as cool as possible by opening windows overnight and keeping shades or curtains closed during the day; dress for the weather using natural fabrics such as cotton; do not try exercise or do other outdoor activities when it’s hot; if you need help getting to a cool place please call The Woodbridge Center M-F to arrange transportation.

9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline:  On July 16th, the National Suicide Hotline number 9-8-8 will go live as a simplified way of getting connected to help if you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal ideation and need help.  This line connects individuals to over 250 agencies that can help a person who is at risk of death by suicide.  The current National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255 will remain a working number even after the 9-8-8 number is in effect.  For more information on suicide prevention resources visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org, Suicide Resources (ct.gov), Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Older Adults (ncoa.org).

  1. State Senators Jorge Cabrera, left, and James Maroney deliver state citations to the recipients of the Woodbridge Human Services Outstanding Volunteer awards at the 32nd annual Volunteer Appreciation event
  2. Winners of the Outstanding Volunteer award stand with members of the Human Services staff, First Selectman Beth Heller, and State Senator Jorge Cabrera

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