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Human Services – March 2022

Human Services – March 2022

Local Masks and Test Kits:  The Town of Woodbridge will be distributing free COVID-19 at-home test kits, adult N95 masks, and children’s masks between Friday, April 1 and Thursday, April 14 for Woodbridge residents while supplies last.

“We want to ensure that residents remain healthy and safe, especially throughout the April holidays and spring break and do not unwittingly expose their families and friends to COVID-19,” said First Selectman Beth Heller.  “I thank our Human Services Department for providing these kits to Woodbridge residents at such an important time.”

Friday, April 15 is both the beginning of Passover week, Good Friday and Easter weekend and the start to our public schools’ spring break.  Residents in need of test kits, masks, or both may call 203-389-3429 to make an appointment for pick-up.  Proof of residency is required.

Prior to April 1 the Town has test kits and masks available for 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).  Those residents may call to request a COVID-19 at-home test kit and masks through the Human Services office at 203-389-3429.

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 through April 12.  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 for a drive-through or in-person appointment.  For more details on Woodbridge VITA services, see the Human Services website at https://www.woodbridgect.org/223/Human-Services-Department.

Energy Assistance Program:  Human Services is scheduling 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.  The deadline for filing applications is May 31.

Emergency Preparedness:  To be prepared for weather emergencies or power outages, 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.

Food Pantry:  Woodbridge residents in need may contact the Human Services Department for access to non-perishable food from the Food Pantry each month.  Income eligibility is needed.  If you would like to donate to the Food Pantry, these items are currently needed:  baking mixes, cooking oil, snack foods, laundry detergent, dish soap, and deodorant.

Pictured: Woodbridge VITA Volunteer Coordinator Michelle Ditzian chats with a client during the in-person tax assistance program through Woodbridge Human Services and the Woodbridge Center

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