Locally Grown: Gifts that Make a Difference

>> Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Nonprofits are struggling with reduced donations, slashed grants and increased need, maybe this is the year to reconsider that office grab bag and donate instead to one of these locally grown CT charities (apologies in advance to all our out-of-state readers).



It's a gift that will keep on giving.

A Hand Up, Inc. Contact Name: Rosemary Cleaves P.O. Box 270323 West Hartford CT 06127-0323 Telephone: 860-424-2980 Email: ahandup2005@sbcglobal.net
A Hand Up collects and delivers donated furniture and household goods free to help people moving out of homelessness into independent living.
Wishes: Gift cards to Bed Bath and Beyond, Linen and Things, and Big Lots; gas cards; new sheets, blankets, comforters (twin, double, queen), pillows and towels; new dishes, glasses, silverware, pots and pans, cooking utensils and serving dishes.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Pick up and deliver donated goods to clients moving into independent living; volunteers with trucks.**BIG WISH - New mattresses and box springs for each of our clients (about 150 a year).


A Sacred Place Contact Name: Reverend Laurie Etter P.O. Box 422 East Lyme CT 06333 Telephone: 860-739-4518 Fax: 860-739-9375 Email: laurietter@aol.com
A Sacred Place provides programming to women incarcerated at York Correctional Institution and their children.
Wishes: Toys and gifts and the money for the postage to send the gifts to the children’s' homes.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers are needed to sort and wrap gifts on Wednesday, December 17, 9:30 am - 3 pm at the Niantic Community Church, 170 Pennsylvania Avenue in Niantic, CT.


Access Community Action Agency Contact Name: Kathryn Crees 1315 Main Street Willimantic CT 06226 Telephone: 860-450-7146 Fax: 860-450-7454 Email: kathy.crees@accessagency.org
Access Community Action Agency provides emergency shelter for individuals and families, housing for adolescents, senior services, food banks, case management and many other programs.
Wishes: Individuals/families to “adopt-a-family” for our holiday project. Residents at our girls’ group homes would appreciate anything -- stocking stuffers with hygiene supplies, bath and body lotions or anything electronic including CD’s or DVD’s.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to ring bell for Salvation Army at Dayville Stop & Shop on Friday and Saturday, November 28 and December 20; Volunteers to help in our Willimantic office Food Bank on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 24, 25 and 26 to prepare and distribute Food Baskets; Volunteers needed on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 22 and 23 to help distribute gifts to clients at Danielson office.**BIG WISH - A Wii game system with games or Play Station 3 with games for girls’ residential group homes.


A.C.H.I.E.V.E. Contact Name: Jaramial Lee Three Main Street, Suite 203 Norwalk CT 06851 Telephone: 203-354-2753 Fax: 203-354-2856 Email: jlee@kidzachieve.com
ACHIEVE provides Before and After school care and summer camp programs for school age children in Norwalk, CT.
Wishes: Hats, gloves, scarves, and coats for children during winter months.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to assist with assembly of gift boxes for our Thanksgiving canned food drive. (Week of November 17-21)**BIG WISH - 20 Tickets to Radio City music Christmas show, for the at risk youth in our program who are unable to enjoy the holiday season due to economic restraints.
AIDS Interfaith Network, Inc. (AIN) Contact Name: Ann Torres 1303 Chapel Street New Haven CT06511 Telephone: 203-401-4486 Fax: 203 789-8631 Email: atorresain1@gmail.com
AIN provides medical case management, substance abuse/mental health counseling services to people affected by HIV/AIDS and an Adult Day Center providing 2 meals daily.
Wishes: Thanksgiving: up to 75 Turkeys with stuffing, gravy, canned vegetable, bread, pie and soda/soft drink. Christmas: up to $3,000 for $20 grocery store gift cards to be distributed to 150 clients. Kwanzaa: $1,000 for 50 hygiene product gift baskets and Kwanzaa decorations for the Adult Day Center.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to assemble food baskets November 24, 2008 10 am - 2 pm. **BIG WISH - Stainless steel 6-8 burner natural gas range with 2 full size deep ovens.


AIDS Project Hartford Contact Name: Phet Gosselin 110 Bartholomew Street, Suite 3050 Hartford CT 06106-2241 Telephone: 860-951-4833 Fax: 860-951-4779 Email: phet@aphct.org
AIDS Project Hartford provides prevention education, case management, and support to those affected by HIV and helps them to maintain dignity and quality of life.
Wishes: We would like to provide small gifts of $20 or less (gloves, scarves, hats, CD’s or money to buy these things) for 50 of our regular patrons in our drop-in center ($1000). We would also appreciate hot food items for our holiday party to complement our continental breakfast (lunch is provided usually). **VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We could use volunteers to provide music for entertainment like a guitar player, karaoke DJ, or sing-a-long. Gift wrappers and delivery volunteers would be helpful as well. Our Thanksgiving party on Monday, November 24, 9 am - 1 pm and Christmas Party on Monday, December 22, 9 am - 1 pm at our new Connections Wellness Center located at 146 Wyllys Street in Hartford.**BIG WISH - A 15-person van to expand our limited recreational and transportation supports for our drop-in center patrons.


AIDS Project New Haven Contact Name: Amy Bombace 1302 Chapel Street New Haven CT 06511 Telephone: 203-624-0947 229 Fax: 203-401-4457 Email: amy.bombace@apnh.org
APNH provides education; case management; housing, mental health and substance abuse support; home meal delivery; nutritional counseling and emergency financial assistance to individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in greater New Haven.
Wishes: APNH will conduct both a toy drive and a food drive for its clients. The agency needs canned goods, non-perishables, unwrapped toys, warm clothes, and blankets. APNH needs approximately $1050 for 2,500 stamps for our holiday donor solicitation program. APNH would like $500 for vouchers/gift cards for those who do not receive a gift for the holidays. APNH would like $250 for vouchers/gift cards for clients to do laundry this holiday season.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - APNH needs volunteers for the toy drive on various days in December. APNH is always accepting volunteers with various skills and availabilities to assist with its Buddy Program, special events, meal preparation and delivery and outreach.**BIG WISH - APNH would greatly appreciate a professional grade reach in/walk in freezer as storage for its meal delivery program.


Amazing Grace Food Pantry Contact Name: Kathleen Kelly 139 Main Street Extension P.O. Box 398 Middletown CT 06457 Telephone: 860-347-3222 Fax: 860-343-0023 Email: ron.krom@sbcglobal.net
Amazing Grace is a community-wide food distribution initiative for Middletown residents.
Wishes: Food items needed include: peanut butter, cereal, baked beans, tuna, corned beef hash, pasta sauce, canned fruits and vegetables, box potatoes and stuffing mix. Donations should be made to Amazing Grace Food Pantry. **VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers are needed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12– 4:30 pm. **BIG WISH - A small copier machine.


American Red Cross - Charter Oak Chapter Contact Name: Betty Dugan 209 Farmington Avenue Farmington CT 06032 Telephone: 860-678-2813 Fax: 860-678-5461 Email: duganb@usa.redcross.org
The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
Wishes: New Shelter Trailer or funding for one (approximately $2,500). Gift Cards from grocery stores, Walmart and Target to provide to clients impacted by a disaster, such as fire.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - The American Red Cross welcomes volunteers all year long to assist with: disaster relief, health & safety education, office administration, blood drives, community disaster education, internships, and fundraising events.**BIG WISH - Donated warehouse space to store disaster supplies (50,000 sq. ft.).
Bacon Congregate Housing Contact Name: Trisha Beatty 43 Morris Street Hartford CT 06114 Telephone: 860-724-4212 Fax: 860-724-4212 Email: baconcongregate@ehmchm.org
Bacon Congregate Housing provides safe, affordable subsidized housing for low-income seniors in the South End of Hartford. We provide 24-hour security, light housekeeping and one meal a day, plus recreational and social activities for our residents.
Wishes: Flannel shirts, socks, slippers and white short-sleeved shirts for men, sweaters for men and women, games such as checkers and Bingo; Toiletries (scented lotions, soaps, deodorants, aftershave, etc.); Lightbulbs and cleaning supplies; VCR movies, stationery, pens.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Musicians - free one-hour session.**BIG WISH - Folding Lawn Chairs.


Boys & Girls Club of Hartford - Asylum Hill Unit Contact Name: Mary Kiernan-Gonzalez 170 Sigourney Street Hartford CT 06105 Telephone: 860-247-0018 322 Fax: 860-524-1995 Email: mkiernan@bgchartford.org
Asylum Hill Boys and Girls Club provides after school/weekend programming in five core areas; health and life skills, sports and fitness, career development, education and the arts for members ages 6-18.
Wishes: General, age-appropriate "toys" for children ages 6-18; small value gift cards for parent raffle i.e. Walmart, restaurants, food stores, gas cards, etc.; wrapping paper, holiday decorations.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Musicians and/or carolers to provide entertainment for our holiday party; sort & wrap gifts the week of December 15th; distribute gifts/ dinner during youth & family event (Date TBD); dress in holiday-themed costumes (not provided) i.e. Santa, Mrs. Claus, elf, etc.; set-up & clean up. **BIG WISH - Our own bouncy castle/bounce house with blower!


Boys & Girls Club of Hartford - Johnson Stewart Ctr & Simpson Waverly Contact Name: Monique Price 127 Martin Street Hartford CT Telephone: 860-478-7403 Email: mprice@bgchartford.org
The Johnson Stewart Center and Simpson-Waverly Units serve as an after school program which caters to youth development through our five core areas; life skills, character and leadership, education and career exploration, the arts, and sports fitness and recreation.
Wishes: Age appropriate games, new toys for our Christmas celebration (130 presents) gift cards to Walmart, Stop & Shop to raffle off to our parents. New coats, hats, gloves, and scarves.**BIG WISH - Wii Game Station.


Boys & Girls Club of New Britain Contact Name: Jason Gibson 150 Washington Street New BritainCT06151 Telephone: 860-229-2865 Fax: 860 229-8880 Email: toddc@bgclubnb.org
The Boys & Girls Club of New Britain serves youth of the New Britain area and offers a variety of educational, recreational and preventative programs for youth ages 6-18.
Wishes: Unwrapped gifts for children ages 6-12 for our Holiday party; Gift cards for teens 13-18 (Walmart, Best Buy, Movies, etc.); Sports Equipment (basketballs, footballs, etc.) **BIG WISH - Stereo Boom Box for Dance Program and a Wii System.


Boys & Girls Village, Inc. Contact Name: Judi Roberts 528 Wheelers Farms Road Milford CT 06461 Telephone: 203-877-0300 140 Fax: 203-876-0076 Email: robertsj@bgvillage.org
Boys & Girls Village is a non-profit agency that provides programs and services to children at risk and their families in Connecticut. Our services include two shelters, an elementary school for children with special needs, and programs to recruit, train and support therapeutic and adoptive parents, and offer in-home and community based services. We also have community offices in Bridgeport and Waterbury.
Wishes: Socks, underwear and pajamas, Hannah Montana and High School Musical products, Spiderman, Batman and Transformer action figures, Uno cards, Leapfrog games and gift cards to local merchants such as the CT Post Mall, Target, Walmart, Toys “R” Us, music stores and movie theaters.


Bridge Family Center Contact Name: Judy Bierly 1022 Farmington Avenue West Hartford CT 06107-2105 Telephone: 860-521-8035 322 Fax: 860-521-8036 Email: info@bridgefamilycenter.org
The Bridge offers comprehensive services for children, youth and families: counseling, support groups, positive youth activities, parenting education, family resource centers in five schools that offer family support services; five youth shelters (ages 11-17), and residential programs for older youth in transition.
Wishes: Gift cards for Marshall's, Best Buy, Blockbuster, Bob's, Target, Old Navy, A.J. Wright, Border's, Barnes and Noble, Westfarms Mall, FYE, CVS, Walgreens, and super markets; long distance phone cards; new sports equipment, new winter hats and gloves; gift certificates for activities such as movie rentals, movie theaters, etc.; Sony PlayStation games and accessories; new books, magazines, journals and video games; new picture books for birth to age 8; new kitchen utensils, cookware, lamps, small appliances, vacuums, etc.; stamps and stationery; funds for monthly activities.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers with prior experience with young people to play games, share activities, and talk with adolescents; volunteers with special skills, such as knitting, that they could teach to residents in our shelters; play guitar and sing at holiday parties.**BIG WISH - A new compact video camera.


Bridge House Contact Name: Phyllis Freeman 880 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport CT 06605 Telephone: 203-335-5339 Fax: 203-331-1694 Email: intake@bridgehousect.org
Bridge House is a psychosocial rehabilitation program, assisting adults with severe mental illness to reintegrate into the community by finding them part-time jobs, improving their education, living situations and leisure activities.
Wishes: $10 gift cards for Walmart or Stop & Shop for holiday gifts and needs for adults.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Help with diverse holiday celebrations around music, foods or crafts during the month of December.**BIG WISH - High quality digital scanner that scans photos and forms with relatively high volume capability.
Bridgeport Supportive Housing Contact Name: Lili Aalto 1062 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport CT 06605 Telephone: 203-331-0067 13 Fax: 203-331-0306 Email: aaltobshp@sbcglobal.net
Bridgeport Supportive Housing provides housing for 72 people with low or no income. Many of them have disabilities and a history of homelessness.
Wishes: Canned goods; new household items such as towels, sheets, blankets, dishes; personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to cook meals for holiday parties; a group to bring meals in once a month.**BIG WISH - A van (with insurance costs included) to better serve our tenants.


Buckingham Community Services Contact Name: Melissa Doherty 2434 Berlin Turnpike Suite 14 Berlin CT 06111 Telephone: 860-666-4363 Fax: 860 666-5610 Email: mdohertybcs@aol.com
Provide Vocational, Employment, and Supported Living supports to mentally and/or physically disabled adults.
Wishes: Food & fix-ins for Thanksgiving (November 21) & Christmas gathering (December 19) for 30 people. Hat, gloves (for adult men & women), small gifts, gift cards ($5-20) to area businesses (ie. McDonald's, Dunkin Donuts, Walmart, Target, Burger King, Best Buy). Holiday decorations for windows, Christmas lights, artificial tree, ornaments, board games, art supplies, CD players.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Santa to pass out small gifts to our clients on December 19 from 11:30 - 12:00.**BIG WISH - A handicap accessible van to transport clients in wheel chairs.


Burroughs Community Center Contact Name: Laura Magnotta 2470 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport CT 06605 Telephone: 203-334-0293 19 Fax: 203-334-0546 Email: laura@burroughscc.org
The Burroughs Community Center provides educational, recreational and enrichment services to Bridgeport children and families, in addition to providing programming space to over 70 nonprofit agencies and community groups.
Wishes: Grocery store gift cards of $50-100; gift cards to local mall stores and new winter clothes (jackets, hats, gloves, etc.) for boys and girls grades 5-9.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Sponsor a child for Christmas by giving him or her a gift to unwrap this season. For more information, please contact Laura Magnotta at 203-334-0293.**BIG WISH - A gymnasium!


CancerCare of Connecticut Contact Name: Lisa Cannella 120 East Avenue Norwalk CT 06851-5703 Telephone: 203-663-2191 Email: lcannella@cancercare.org
For more than 17 years, CancerCare of Connecticut has provided free professional counseling, education and support services to anyone affected by cancer. Specialized programs for children are provided throughout the state.
Wishes: Gift cards for $25 for Walmart, Target, Stop & Shop and Toys "R" Us so clients can buy gifts for their families during the holidays.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Help preparing children and families' gifts for the holidays.**BIG WISH - Laptop computer.


Capitol Region Conference of Churches Contact Name: Rev. Shelley Copeland 60 Lorraine Street Hartford CT 06106 Telephone: 860-236-1295 12 Fax: 860-236-8071 Email: scopeland@conferenceofchurches.org
We help under-resourced families increase assets through programs and services to help them become “healthier, wealthier and wiser.”
Wishes: Through our Young Entrepreneurs Business leadership program we have helped over 40 young people from some of Hartford’s most impoverished neighborhoods, gain hope for their future. Through the year, we are working with 12 of our post graduates who show extraordinary promise as “Emerging Leaders.” We would love to be able to provide each of them with a fully equipped laptop computer so they can be supported academically and in their efforts to build their micro-enterprises. The cost would be $700 per computer for a total of $8400. Many of our young people come from families that can’t give them holiday gifts. The computers would give each of them a holiday they won’t forget.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We need volunteers to teach our young people chess during the holidays.**BIG WISH - We need a 15-passenger van to transport our Young Entrepreneurs to group mentoring meetings with business professionals in greater Hartford and to volunteer service. We take the youth to area companies so they can learn about careers and meet people who might help them along the way and we take them to do community service. We now have to take our 12 teens in two cars.


Cardinal Shehan Center Contact Name: Lorraine Gibbons 1494 Main Street Bridgeport CT 06604 Telephone: 203-336-4468 Fax: 203-368-0901 Email: lgibbons@shehancenter.org
The Cardinal Shehan Center serves the inner-city youth of Greater Bridgeport by providing educational, recreational and cultural programming.
Wishes: Turkeys, potatoes, gravy mix, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables; toys and children's books for all ages; grocery store gift cards; music and movie gift cards; Walmart and Target gift cards for Christmas; holiday decorations; winter apparel such as gloves, hats, and coats.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Please call for dates and times.**BIG WISH - Children's bikes, television, and IPOD and I-Tunes.


Caroline House Contact Name: Mary Ellen Gavin 574 Stillman Street Bridgeport CT 06608 Telephone: 203-334-0640 Fax: 203-334-0248 Email: Maryellen.Gavin@snet.net
Caroline House provides free educational opportunities to low income immigrant women and children. We teach English as a Second Language as well as life skills. Mother and child literacy is emphasized.
Wishes: Gift cards from grocery stores, Walmart, Target; gas cards; art supplies.**BIG WISH - Provisions for the year - ink cartridges for computers- HP56,57, HP 96,97, Copier cartridge – Canon 106.
Catholic Charities of Fairfield County - Senior Nutrition Program Contact Name: Cindy Phelps 30 Myano Lane, Suite 14 Stamford CT 06902 Telephone: 203-324-6175 Fax: 203-323-1108 Email: cphelps@ccfc-ct.org
The Senior Nutrition Program provides congregate and home delivered meals to seniors (60+) in lower Southwest Connecticut area.
Wishes: Holiday gift bag items for homebound seniors, ie. toiletries, cosmetics, perfumes/colognes, gift certificates and any other non-perishable items that would fit in a gift bag (450 gift bags are distributed at Christmas time annually); and gas cards for home delivered meal delivery trucks.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to help serve meals at meal sites during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Volunteers to help make holiday gift bags for homebound clients in the second week of December.**BIG WISH - Gas cards all year round; and a salad bar for a low-income minority congregate meal site.


Catholic Charities New Britain Contact Name: Lisa Pawlik 90 Franklin Square New Britain CT 06051 Telephone: 860-728-2564 Fax: 860-548-9343 Email: lpawlik@ccaoh.org
Catholic Charities is a nonprofit, multi-service agency providing adoption, early childhood education, counseling, youth programs, elderly services, programs for developmentally disabled individuals, crisis intervention, and refugee services to a diverse population of all faiths in Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven counties since 1920.
Wishes: Gift cards to Walmart, Target, Stop & Shop, Shaw's, or BJ's for youth and families during the holidays. New games, books, art supplies, and toys for young children and teens. Cash donations to help families keep warm over the winter, purchase food for holiday baskets, and buy warm clothing for clients.**BIG WISH - Technology to bring CC offices into the 21st century.


Catholic Charities Torrington Contact Name: Lisa Pawlik 132 Grove Street Torrington CT 06790 Telephone: 860-728-2564 Fax: 860-548-9343 Email: lpawlik@ccaoh.org
Catholic Charities is a nonprofit, multi-service agency providing adoption, early childhood education, counseling, youth programs, elderly services, programs for developmentally disabled individuals, crisis intervention, and refugee services to a diverse population of all faiths in Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven counties since 1920.
Wishes: Gift cards to Walmart, Target, Stop & Shop, Shaw's, or BJ's for youth and families during the holidays. New games, books, art supplies, and toys for young children and teens. Cash donations to help families keep warm over the winter, purchase food for holiday baskets, and buy warm clothing for clients.**BIG WISH - Technology to bring CC offices into the 21st century.


Catholic Charities Hartford Contact Name: Lisa Pawlik 839 Asylum Avenue Hartford CT 06105 Telephone: 860-728-2564 Fax: 860-548-9343 Email: lpawlik@ccaoh.org
Catholic Charities is a nonprofit, multi-service agency providing adoption, early childhood education, counseling, youth programs, elderly services, programs for developmentally disabled individuals, crisis intervention, and refugee services to a diverse population of all faiths in Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven counties since 1920.
Wishes: Gift cards to Walmart, Target, Stop & Shop, Shaw's, or BJ's for youth and families during the holidays; new games, books, art supplies, and toys for young children and teens; cash donations to help families keep warm over the winter, purchase food for holiday baskets, and buy warm clothing for clients.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to assist in the food pantry giving out food to needy families.**BIG WISH - Technology to bring CC offices into the 21st century.


Catholic Charities New Haven Contact Name: Lisa Pawlik 90 Grand Avenue New Haven CT 06513 Telephone: 860-728-2564 Fax: 860-548-9343 Email: lpawlik@ccaoh.org
Catholic Charities is a nonprofit, multi-service agency providing adoption, early childhood education, counseling, youth programs, elderly services, programs for developmentally disabled individuals, crisis intervention, and refugee services to a diverse population of all faiths in Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven counties since 1920.
Wishes: Gift cards to Walmart, Target, Stop & Shop, Shaw's, or BJ's for youth and families during the holidays; new games, books, art supplies, and toys for young children and teens; cash donations to help families keep warm over the winter, purchase food for holiday baskets, and buy warm clothing for clients.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to help collect, sort and hand out food during our annual holiday food drive around Thanksgiving.**BIG WISH - Technology to bring CC offices into the 21st century.


Catholic Charities Waterbury Contact Name: Lisa Pawlik 56 Church Street Waterbury CT 06702 Telephone: 860-728-2564 Fax: 860-548-9343 Email: lpawlik@ccaoh.org
Catholic Charities is a nonprofit, multi-service agency providing adoption, early childhood education, counseling, youth programs, elderly services, programs for developmentally disabled individuals, crisis intervention, and refugee services to a diverse population of all faiths in Hartford, Litchfield, and New Haven counties since 1920.
Wishes: Gift cards to Walmart, Target, Stop & Shop, Shaw's, or BJ's for youth and families during the holidays; new games, books, art supplies, and toys for young children and teens; cash donations to help families keep warm over the winter, purchase food for holiday baskets, and buy warm clothing for clients.**BIG WISH - Technology to bring CC offices into the 21st century.


Center City Churches (see Hands On Hartford) Contact Name: Kathy Cooley 40 Pratt Street, Suite 210 Hartford CT 06103 Telephone: 860-728-3201 2002 Fax: 860-549-8550 Email: kcooley@handsonhartford.org
Wishes:


Center for Children's Advocacy Contact Name: Ann Tremont
University of Connecticut School of Law 65 Elizabeth Street Hartford CT 06105 Telephone: 860-570-5327 Fax: Email: sblanchard@kidscounsel.org
The Center for Children's Advocacy provides comprehensive legal representation to abused and neglected children in Connecticut. Funded solely through grants and individual contributions, the Center is dedicated to protecting and promoting the legal rights and interests of poor children who fall through the cracks of the state's judicial, child welfare, health, mental health, education, and juvenile justice systems.
Wishes: Gifts for young children such as toys, games and books; gift certificates for teens that can be used for clothing, personal items, music and movie tickets.**BIG WISH - Tickets to take the children to sporting events (football, basketball, hockey) or XL Center events (e.g., skating shows).


Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County Contact Name: Barbara Alberts 753 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport CT 06604 Telephone: 203-334-6154 Fax: 203-579-8882 Email: balberts@cwfefc.org
The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County Inc. is dedicated to strengthening women and families and to eliminating violence and abuse through education, intervention, advocacy, and community collaboration.
Wishes: Gift cards to Stop & Shop, Shaw’s, Kohl’s, Walmart, Trumbull Mall certificates, FYE, movie theatres, bowling, Duchess', McDonald’s, etc. (many of our clients do not own cars so gift card shops should be near a bus line) Non-perishable foods like non-dairy creamer, coffee, tea, cocoa, cereal, soup, rice, beans, pasta, pasta sauce and Hamburger Helper; Baby items and clothing such as, diapers (all sizes), Pull Ups (all sizes), formula, baby food, diaper rash ointment, etc. new toddler-sized clothing, blankets, new crib sheets; New clothing such as socks, hats, mittens, scarves, ear muffs, underwear (large sizes), bathrobes, stretchy slippers, long underwear; laundry and personal care items, like laundry detergent and softener, Stain Stick, bleach, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.; brooms, mops, household cleaning supplies; batteries, flashlights.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Help cover the holiday store we have for our clients on December 11- 15 or visit our website www.cwfefc.org/waystohelp.**BIG WISH - Gift cards to Walmart for our clients.


Central Connecticut Association for Retarded Citizens Contact Name: Warren Toland950 Slater Road New Britain CT 06053 Telephone: 860-229-6665 Fax: 860-826-6883 Email: wtoland@ccarc.com
CCARC, Inc., founded in 1952, is a not for profit organization providing an array of services within the community and offering opportunities for independence and personal growth for people with mental retardation.
Wishes: Gift cards in any denomination to Walmart, Target, McDonald’s, Burger King, Dunkin Donuts, and movie theaters such as Lowe’s and Showcase Cinemas; 4 wall mounted flat screen TVs for the participant training rooms; 4 DVD players; sensory stimulation products ranging from $25 to $300; 4 computers with monitors, 4 large print keyboards, 4 touch screens for computers, 4 speech/voice recognition computer devices. File cabinets for client records. Vacuum cleaners for client residences.**BIG WISH - A new or used 7 passenger mini-van or a 4 door, mid- to large-size car to transport individuals with developmental disabilities to activities in the community; or a mobile sensory stimulation cart for $4,200.


Charter Oak Health Center, Inc. ("COHC") Contact Name: Lowell Peterson 21 Grand Street Hartford CT 06106 Telephone: 860-550-7578 Fax: 860-550-7501 Email: lpeterson@thecharteroak.org
COHC provides quality, safe, culturally appropriate, financially and physically accessible health care, nutrition, dental and counseling services to under-served persons of all ages.
Wishes: $300 for other foods to accompany turkeys given away at Thanksgiving; Toys for children and youth at Christmas; Easel and grease board for presentations on health education at elderly and homeless sites; Portable electric skillet for nutritional class presentations on healthy eating habits.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers for delivery of toys to kids and other holiday outreach programs.**BIG WISH - Single-cup fresh coffee brewer for patients and visitors in reception area.


Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut Contact Name: Eileen Perkins 255 Hempstead Street New London CT 06320 Telephone: 860-443-2896 1406 Fax: 860-442-5909 Email: perkins@cfapress.org
Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut is a private, non profit social service agency that addresses the prevention of child abuse, family violence and teen pregnancy. We offer children’s health care, quality childcare, after school enrichment, parent education and child guidance. Established in 1809 as the Hartford Female Benevolent Society, Child & Family has been meeting the needs of children and their families for just less than 200 years.
Wishes: For our families; Digital cameras, photo albums, movie tickets, museum passes, gas cards, laundry baskets, towels, family portrait gift certificates, phone/address books, journals, new winter coats, pajamas, slippers and robes, passes to local points of interest, local grocery store gift certificates. Cash donations for our adolescent clients clinical services, or to supplement gift wishes for our Project Polar Express.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Individuals, businesses and or organizations to sponsor one of our 800+ clients that we are providing gifts for this year. “Shopping Angels” to help us with donations received for this program.**BIG WISH - A 10 or 12 foot box truck in good condition, for our books, clothing, furniture, backpacks, holiday gifts and many more items delivered daily to the 13,000 children we serve.


Child Guidance Center of Greater Bridgeport Contact Name: Suzanne Wallace 180 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport CT 06604 Telephone: 203-394-6529 3025 Fax: 203-384-8835 Email: swallace@cgcgb.org
The Child Guidance Center was established to provide for the emotional and psychological welfare of children and their families. The center offers a wide range of outpatient services to children under the age of 18as well as programs such as the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program.
Wishes: Turkeys, hams and all the fixings; warm gloves, hats, mittens, coats, boots for the grandparents as well as the grandchildren– clothing – gift cards from food and department type stores; age appropriate toys, games, etc. ANYTHING will be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you.**BIG WISH - A copier capable of collating and stapling documents. PLEASE!!! Thanks – computers we can give to our grandparents for the grandkids! Laptops too!


Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County Contact Name: Stuart Greenbaum 100 East Avenue Norwalk CT 06851 Telephone: 203-299-1315 Fax: 203-299-0015 Email: sgreenbaum@mfcgc.org
The Center provides comprehensive mental health services for children (0 – 18) and their families in Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, Darien. We address all aspects of a child’s psychological, behavioral and mental health – and strive to keep them in their home, school and community.
Wishes: Basketball, footballs, and soccer balls; Walkman; Board games (for ages 5 – 17); toy cars and trucks; crafts and art supplies; gloves and hats; sneakers for kids aged 5 – 12; stickers; cute/cool pencils, erasers, folders and small notebooks. Gift certificates for restaurants, movies, entertainment, and stores (Gap, Abercrombie’s, book stores, toy stores, etc.) to be used both for the youth and for the parents in the family groups. Gift certificates to grocery stores for after school snacks and for food for the family dinners at the Program.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - The confidential nature of our agency makes it difficult to utilize volunteers. We are seeking additional Board members and would be happy to talk with interested people.**BIG WISH - A 40” wide screen LCD wall mountable monitor for clinicians to more easily track clients and cases.


Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut Contact Name: Jeannine Egdorf 196 Greyrock Place Stamford CT 06901 Telephone: 203-517-3320 Fax: 203-353-1524 Email: jeannine.egdorf@childguidancect.org
CGC is a professional mental health resource for children and adolescents, dedicated to reducing emotional suffering and dysfunctional behavior, fostering healthy development and achievement of optimal potential.
Wishes: Board games; Lego's; coloring books/crayons; puzzles; children's books; toy truck/car/train; dolls; stuffed animals; hat/mittens/gloves; $25 gift cards (Walmart,Target, Kohl's, grocery store/other).**BIG WISH - $40,000 to underwrite a new Strategic Planning process for growth, expansion, excellence and leadership.

The Children's Home Contact Name: Sharon Graves 60 Hicksville Road Cromwell CT 06416 Telephone: 860-635-6010 327 Fax: 860-635-3425 Email: sgraves@childhome.org
The Children's Home is a residential treatment facility and community services organization providing comprehensive therapeutic treatment and education to boys and girls and their families.
Wishes: Industrial strength vacuum cleaners, mountain bikes, bike helmets, knee and elbow pads, discman, gift certificates for local stores and fast-food restaurants such as Walmart, McDonald's, etc. fishing rods, digital camera, full-page laminator, Karaoke machine, movie tickets, bean bag chairs, Nextel walkie-talkies, twin size sheets, kitchen gadgets and utensils, pots & pans, toasters, microwave ovens, funding for cultural enrichment **VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Groups or individuals to teach or perform cultural enrichment activities such as African drumming, Spanish dance, theater skits in diversity, etc. Group to design landscape and donate plants, trees and shrubs for our new addition. **BIG WISH - A new swimming pool on site.
Contact Name: RuthVan Winkle 30 Arbor Street, South Building Hartford CT 06106 Telephone: 860-232-9993 Fax: 860-232-9996 Email: clc@clcct.org
CLC’s mission is to protect the interests of poor children in family court by providing high quality legal services and advocating for policies that advance the well being and best interests of children.
Wishes: Tickets to events, movies or ball games; books, coloring books and crayons; and gift cards to stores like Target and Walmart, things to give to struggling families.**BIG WISH - A new or used refrigerator, for the office, to keep snacks and drinks in for our clients.


Christian Community Action Contact Name: Lillian Marquez 168 Davenport Avenue New Haven CT 06519 Telephone: (203) 777-7173 Fax: 203 777-7174 Email: lmarquez@ccahelping.org
Here at Christian Community Action we provide shelter for intact families. We have 17 units. We house the families for 60 to 90 days and help them overcome the barriers that keep them homeless. We have a food pantry in which we give out food to the Hill Community and those in need.
Wishes: On Thanksgiving we serve over 2,000 bags of food with a turkey to those in need and this money can help supply the need for food. **VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We need help in preparing the bags of food and also to deliver the bags. On November 24, from 10 am - 2 pm. **BIG WISH - Tokens for bus transportation or bus passes to give to clients we serve.


Christian Fellowship Center Storehouse Contact Name: Robert Wilk 43 Prospect Street Bristol CT 06010 Telephone: 860-589-0662 Fax: 860-589-8498 Email: robert@cfcstorehouse.org
The Christian Fellowship Center, Inc. operates a soup kitchen, food pantry, clothing ministry, a CFC/Carehouse and is constructing a Youth Center. All services provided are FREE.
Wishes: Food needed for soup kitchen and food pantry for Thanksgiving and Christmas: turkeys, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, pies, butter, soda, and coffee. New toys needed for special Christmas service held on December 21, at 10:30 am. Wrapped gifts are then distributed during this Service to children ages 0 - 18 years of age of adults that frequent our soup kitchen and food pantry. Gift cards to Blockbuster are needed for the teenagers. Wrapping paper, scotch tape, Christmas labels, and bows are also needed for this event. $5,375 to purchase a convection oven and also pots, frying pans, and baking pans needed to operate the soup kitchen more efficiently.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – On November 26, at 8 am - 1 pm, help distribute turkeys with the fixin’s for food pantry clients for Thanksgiving. Lunch will be served to volunteers. On December 20, at 9 am, help wrap presents for Christmas service.**BIG WISH - $300,000 is needed to help complete construction of the Youth Center.


Chrysalis Center Contact Name: Lisa Beede 278 Farmington Avenue Hartford CT 06105-3301 Telephone: 860-525-1261 Fax: 860-525-1261 Email: lbeede@chrysaliscenterct.org
Chrysalis Center is a social service organization providing support for individuals and families who are recovering from psychiatric disabilities, substance abuse, homelessness, and other forms of disabilities. We provide services in four core areas: community case management, supportive housing, and employment and community integration. Each year we serve over 2,000 individuals in the Greater Hartford area.
Wishes: New large, extra-large and extra, extra-large sweatpants and sweatshirts for both men and women and new hats, gloves and socks for men and women.**BIG WISH - $1,000 gift certificate to Stop & Shop or Waldbaum's.
Church Street Eats Contact Name: Rose Eagen 45 Church Street Hartford CT 06103 Telephone: 860-527-7231 Fax: 860-527-5313 Email: h123rfe@yahoo.com
Church Street Eats provides lunch every Sunday 12:30pm - 2:00pm. We now bring a bag lunch to Bushnell Park at 3:00pm on Saturday since there is no place to eat Saturday evening in Hartford. We offer clothing and toiletries, as given to us.
Wishes: We need socks, underwear including 2x and larger; razors, shaving cream and other toiletries; warm hats, scarves, warm gloves and mittens.**BIG WISH - A safe place for men and women to shower even if they are on the street.


Clifford Beers Guidance Clinic Contact Name: Toni Nixon 93 Edwards Street New Haven CT 06511-3933 Telephone: 203-772-1270 213 Fax: 203-772-0051 Email: fundraising@cliffordbeers.org
Clifford Beers Guidance Clinic is a nonprofit mental health facility providing services that include counseling for individuals, families and groups, domestic violence, HIV positive parents, sexually abused children and drug and alcohol prevention.
Wishes: Thanksgiving dinners, gift baskets and gift cards from Walmart, Stop & Shop, Shaws, Bob's Stores, Old Navy, Toy's"R"Us, Marshall's and AJ Wright, etc. so that families can shop for holiday items, food and clothing..**BIG WISH - Laptop computers and a microwave oven.


Columbus House Contact Name: John Brooks 586 Ella Grasso Boulevard P.O. Box 7093 New Haven CT 06519 Telephone: 203-401-4400 108 Fax: 203-773-1430 Email: jbrooks@columbushouse.org
Columbus House manages emergency shelters along with transitional and permanent supportive housing programs for homeless adults in New Haven. Columbus House strives to end homelessness.
Wishes: New holiday presents for residents in our programs (new items such as gloves, boots, sweaters; large duffel bags and backpacks; travel-size toiletry items such as shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving supplies, etc.); new twin-size sheets; bath towels; financial donations for bus and train tickets to send residents home or to visit home for the holidays.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Conduct a workplace fundraiser for our Homeless for the Holidays campaign; help process the numerous clothing donations received throughout November and December; volunteers needed during normal business hours; purchase, prepare and serve evening meal to 100 clients at the shelter and 75+ men at the seasonal overflow shelter.**BIG WISH - A minivan to transport clients to appointments, meetings, etc.


Community Enterprises, Inc. Contact Name: Candi David P.O. Box 17629 Bloomfield Avenue Windsor CT 06095-0176 Telephone: 860-688-7918 Fax: 860-688-5599 Email: cdavid@communityenterprises.com
Community Enterprises offers a wide range of programs and services to adults with disabilities and mental health issues within the Capital region (Windsor, East Hartford, Manchester) and in Gales Ferry. Our mission is to support individuals with disabilities and other challenges to actively live, learn and work in the community.
Wishes: Gift cards to grocery stores (Big Y, Stop & Shop etc.), Walmart, Target, Dunkin Donuts, Subway, movie tickets (Manchester, Hartford area), Cost Cutters and Sears; To keep consumers warm for the winter, male/female: hats, gloves, socks, sweat pants and underwear (s, m, lg, xlg); Fax machine, copy machine; Slinky, puzzles (50 piece or fewer), craft supplies, Play-Dough, Lego's, Scrabble Jr., crayons or colored pencils, DVD movies rated PG. **BIG WISH - A dental office in the Hartford, Manchester, Enfield and or Vernon area donating time and professional skills to provide dental cleaning for our consumers without adequate coverage.


Community Health Center Contact Name: Evelyn Lasaga 635 Main Street Middletown CT 06457 Telephone: 860-347-6971 3902 Fax: 860-704-8533 Email: lasagae@chc1.com
Community Based Services provides supportive case management services for individuals and families facing risk of homelessness. Supportive case management helps clients maintain housing and remain housed.
Wishes: $300 in gift cards (Stop & Shop, K-Mart, Target, etc.) so that people can buy their holiday meal. $100 to purchase CT Transit bus tickets. $100 to purchase MAT bus tickets. ** BIG WISH - A small grant to help clients with their oil or gas bills.


Community Health Resources Contact Name: Beth Connor 995 Day Hill Road Windsor CT 06095 Telephone: 860-731-5522 214 Fax: 860-731-5536 Email: bconnor@chrhealth.org
Community Health Resources, through its service divisions North Central Counseling Services and Genesis Center, provides quality mental health care and support to thousands of children, adults and families living in the towns north and east of Hartford.
Wishes: Gift cards to local retail and grocery stores for purchase of adult and child client holiday gifts. Our clients would otherwise not receive holiday gifts.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers are encouraged to Adopt a Family for the holidays by selecting a needy family served through Community Health Resources and purchasing the items on their holiday wish list.**BIG WISH - Donors to help Community Health Resources reach our $1,000,000 Capital Building Campaign goal for North Central Counseling Services. Many affordable donation choices are available.


Community Partners in Action Contact Name: Diane Hayden 110 Bartholomew Avenue, Suite 3010 Hartford CT 06106 Telephone: 860-566-2030 Fax: 860-566-8089 Email: dhayden@cpa-ct.org
CPA is a criminal justice nonprofit agency with twenty programs providing help and support to those involved with the criminal justice system.
Wishes: Any/all food items; toys and games; phone cards; winter hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and toiletries.**BIG WISH - $1,000 for holiday celebrations for our clients.


Community Renewal Team, Inc. Contact Name: Nancy Shapiro 555 Windsor Street HartfordCT06120 Telephone: 860-560-5471 Fax: 860-527-3305 Email: nancys@crtct.org
CRT is the area community action agency, providing a wide variety of services to the economically disadvantaged throughout Greater Hartford and Middlesex counties.
Wishes: CRT is in need of holiday gifts and toys, warm winter clothing, toiletries for shelter residents, socks and underwear, blankets, holiday dinners to give to needy families.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - CRT seeks a variety of entertainment opportunities for fragile elderly residing in our assisted living facility, entertainment for children, volunteer readers.**BIG WISH - CRT is in need of a generator to keep our Meals on Wheels kitchen in working order during power failures, assuring that 5000 meals are delivered daily to children in our centers and to fragile elderly who depend on us to meet their nutritional needs.
Community Solutions, Inc. - Hartford House Contact Name: Sue Comen 10 Irving Street Hartford CT 06112 Telephone: 860-547-1313 Fax: 860-547-1372 Email: scomen@csimail.org
Community Solutions, Inc., Hartford House is a 23-bed facility serving 18 CT Department of Corrections and 5 Federal Bureau of Prisons women. Among the Federal Bureau of Prisons women, we also have pregnant women who give birth while here and remain with their babies for 3 months after (MINT Program). We specialize in female specific programming and help for women to regain relationships with their families and children, to gain employment, and to help integrate them back into their communities.
Wishes: Gift card to local grocery store for items needed to cook ethnic-specific food. Toys and items for client’s children for gifts. $100 for stamps and holiday cards for families. Gift card or money to purchase decorations.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to help prepare Thanksgiving and/or Christmas dinners; to help decorate; to help serve meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas; and, if at all possible, to sing Christmas songs anytime during the season!**BIG WISH - We are trying to renovate our very old and outdated kitchen. This would mean a lot to the women since they are working towards returning home and running their own households. It is very difficult to do anything in our kitchen. We already have a grant but need matching monies in the amount of $4,000.


Community Solutions, Inc. - South Windsor Safe Home Contact Name: Alice Formeister 37 John Fitch Boulevard South Windsor CT 06074 Telephone: 860-289-2713 Fax: 860-289-3298 Email: aformeister@csimail.org
The South Windsor Safe Home is a CT DCF funded program for children that have been removed from their homes due to allegations of abuse, neglect or abandonment.
Wishes: New children’s socks and underwear, pajamas, slippers, winter boots, hats and mittens, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, soap, new board games, card games (UNO), puzzles, Pull-Ups/Goodnites (all sizes), and baby wipes.**BIG WISH - A kitchen makeover.


Community Solutions, Inc. - Stein House Contact Name: Uduak Nguessan 140 Sargeant Street Hartford CT 06105 Telephone: 860-727-1974 Fax: 860-727-4175 Email: unguessan@csimail.org
Community Solutions Inc. (CSI) is a nonprofit organization that promotes self-reliance, responsibility and accountability for at-risk and disadvantaged youth and adults. Since 1962, CSI has delivered supervision, treatment, and comprehensive, individual services to help clients interact more effectively in their communities and become more productive citizens.
Wishes: Toys for our clients' children, two extra turkeys for Thanksgiving, potatoes for Thanksgiving, board games for family visits time, a Christmas tree and decorations for Christmas.**BIG WISH - A computer for the clients that are choosing to attend college classes.
Community Solutions, Inc. - Torrington Transitional Contact Name: Wesley Inman 70 Franklin Street Torrington CT 06790 Telephone: 860-921-7995 Fax: Email: winman@csimail.org
Community Solutions serves and transitions clients with criminal records, mental health, substance abuse issues and other urgent needs to re-integrate back into the community.
Wishes: **BIG WISH - We desperately need recreation items, in the form of a weight bench and barbell weights for the clients' weight room. Recreation is a major form of therapy and an outlet for our clients, and currently our clients have broken, outdated equipment. The winter months are upon us and our clients will not be afforded this much needed outlet at this time.
Community Solutions, Inc. - Watkinson House Contact Name: Elaine Cohen 136 Collins Street HartfordCT06105 Telephone: 860-524-1898 Fax: 860-524-5943 Email: ecohen@csimail.org
The Watkinson House is a non-profit work release program for adult males focusing on the rehabilitation and re-entry of both state and Federal clients.
Wishes: Presents for clients' children: toys, games, books. Sweatshirts: large or extra large. Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, shampoo, conditioner. Winter jackets: large or extra large. Umbrellas. Towels. Socks. Underwear/undershirts. Bus passes. Stationery. Stamps.** VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - No need for volunteers.**BIG WISH - Exercise equipment: weight system, treadmill. 46" HDTV. "This End Up" furniture: living room, recreational set. Recreational equipment: Foosball table.

Connecticut Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities Contact Name: Jen McArthur 25 Van Zant Street Suite 15-5 Norwalk CT 06855 Telephone: 203-838-5010 Fax: 203-866-6108 Email: cacld@optonline.net
CACLD supports individuals, families and professionals by providing information, education and consultation while promoting public awareness and understanding about learning disabilities, attention deficits and related disorders.
Wishes: We need money for scholarships for: low income families to attend workshops and conferences; books for libraries and school-based health centers; resource kits for early detection and intervention; and fees paid for low income families that need consultations.


Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery Contact Name: Phillip Valentine 198 Wethersfield Avenue Hartford CT 06114 Telephone: 860-244-2227 Fax: 860 244-2228 Email: phillip@ccar.us
CCAR organizes the recovery community (people in recovery, family members, friends and allies) to put a face on recovery and provide recovery support services.
Wishes: Gift Cards from Stop & Shop, Target and Walmart to provide for people that are in need of food and other basic necessities, especially during the winter months. A fund to be used for urgent situations such as a person’s electric being shut off or a past due rent payment. Food items for Thanksgiving functions that will be held at our four Recovery Centers. Gift baskets and/or presents to give to our volunteers at the Centers. Toys and/or other gifts that can be given to children of recoveries. Decorations for the Christmas trees and Recovery Centers to make them look festive. Gingerbread houses to make. These can be used as creative projects for those who frequent the centers. Personal care items. Recovery literature.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - A D.J. to provide his/her services for our holiday functions at any and/or all of our Recovery Centers. Dates are to be announced.**BIG WISH - A video camera or digital camera to capture fond holiday memories. A DVD player and television to play holiday-themed movies, shows and specials on. Basic cable television. Monetary donation for purchase of our Recovery Center.


Connecticut Food Bank Contact Name: Mary Ellen McGuire P.O. Box 8686 New Haven CT 06531-8686 Telephone: 203-469-5000 303 Fax: Email: mmcguire@ctfoodbank.org
The Connecticut Food Bank alleviates hunger by distributing donated food to 650 programs that feed people in need. CFB also educates the community about the problem of hunger.
Wishes: Frozen turkeys; monetary contributions to buy turkeys and other food items for the holidays and general program support.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Collecting food donations at special events leading up to Thanksgiving; sorting food in the East Haven, Fairfield, and Waterbury warehouses. Please call for times and locations.


Connecticut Junior Republic - Residential Programs Contact Name: Hedy Barton P.O. Box 161550 Goshen Road Litchfield CT 06759 Telephone: 860-567-9425 252 Fax: 860-567-8127 Email: hbarton@cjryouth.org
The Connecticut Junior Republic provides residential and community-based care, treatment and education programs for troubled and at-risk boys and girls.
Wishes: Gifts of clothing for 64 boys: winter jackets, duffle bags, gloves, mittens, hats, ties; $1,600 to provide a gift valued at $25 for all of our boys; $3,200 to provide a gift valued at $50 for all of our boys; $3,200, or any part thereof, to create a shoe fund for CJR students who need special boots for their vocational classes.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Musicians and entertainers to provide holiday show for students.**BIG WISH - $12,000 to fund music instruction for CJR boys for one year.


Connecticut Junior Republic - Waterbury Community Program Contact Name: Dan Rezende 80 Prospect Street Waterbury CT 06702 Telephone: 203-757-9939 205 Fax: 203-756-9922 Email: drezende@cjryouth.org
The Connecticut Junior Republic provides residential and community-based care, treatment and education programs for troubled and at-risk boys and girls.
Wishes: Gift certificates to Stop & Shop, Shaw's, etc.; Clothing items, particularly winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens, warm socks, boots and hooded sweatshirts; Athletic equipment; New computer equipment for computer lab (please call for specification needs first).**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - A DJ for music at youth Christmas party in December; Catering for the holiday event.**BIG WISH - $20,000 grant for summer educational youth employment program that will provide 10 weeks of summer job training and academic programming for more than 30 students.


Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) Group Home Contact Name: Daniel Jones 55 William Street East Hartford CT 06108 Telephone: 860-289-0110 Fax: 860-290-8356 Email: cjrgh@cjryouth.org
The Connecticut Junior Republic Group Home provides a safe, supportive residence for boys transitioning to independent living from residential programs throughout the state.
Wishes: New athletic equipment for 7 boys; movie passes for Showcase Cinemas for 7 boys; gift cards to Bob's Stores, Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com for 7 boys. **BIG WISH - A 12,000 BTU portable air conditioner for cooling upstairs bedrooms, and new electrical circuit for same.


Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR)Therapeutic Group Home Contact Name: Julianne Torrence 131 Ashley Road Winchester CT 06098 Telephone: 860-379-1599 Fax: 860-379-1648 Email: jtorrence@cjryouth.org
CJR's Therapeutic Group Home provides a home-like residence and a physically, emotionally and psychologically safe environment for up to five adolescent boys with complex needs, all of who are working toward more independent living.
Wishes: Gift cards to purchase winter recreational equipment for five boys; skates, snowshoes, hockey sticks, etc. Winter recreational equipment or gift cards to purchase skiis, sleds, toboggans, skates, etc. Gift cards to Borders, FYE, Game Stop, Circuit City, I-Tunes to be used as gifts for the boys. XBOX 360 Games (Rated Teen or lower - not Mature). Athletic equipment or gift card to purchase soccer balls, goals, gloves, etc.**BIG WISH - A ping pong or gaming table (no pool tables, please).


Connecticut River Museum Contact Name: Gary Parrington at Steamboat Dock67 Main Street Essex CT 06426 Telephone: 860-767-8269 Fax: 860-767-7028 Email: gary@ctrivermuseum.org
The Museum provides exhibits and educational programs for children and families throughout Connecticut that preserve the cultural and natural heritage of the River and its valley.
Wishes: $750 restores an oil painting in the Museum collection; $500 funds a children’s interactive exhibit; $250 purchases supplies for our educational laboratory; $100 provides binoculars for nature programs; $50 buys books for our library.** VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers are welcome to assist in all aspects of Museum activities. Hours are flexible and may be Tuesday through Sunday between 10 am to 5pm.**BIG WISH - A donation of $80,000 will enable the Museum to rebuild its deck and boardwalk.


Co-opportunity, Inc. Contact Name: Laura O'Keefe 20-28 Sargeant Street Hartford CT 06105 Telephone: 860-236-3617 113 Fax: 860-808-1757 Email: laurao@co-opportunity.org
Co-opportunity helps people increase income, earnings and wealth through financial counseling and education, savings and free tax preparation programs, home buyer education, and job skills training.
Wishes: $20 gift cards to toy stores (for children of clients); gift cards to Home Depot, Lowe’s, hardware stores (tools, gear, home improvement materials for YouthBuild construction training students and other clients); gift cards to Walmart, Target, discount stores for clothing and holiday gifts; drums, horns, alto sax for YouthBuild marching band.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers ready to make a difference in a working family’s financial future. Become a certified tax preparer or a Budget Coach. You do not need to be a financial expert or even good with numbers – just have the desire to help, be computer-savvy and be to learn. FREE Training Provided.**BIG WISH - A van to transport students to job sites, off-site training, and workshops.


Covenant Soup Kitchen Contact Name: Paul Doyle Isaiah 58 Ministries, St. Paul's Episcopal Church220 Valley Street Willimantic CT 06226 Telephone: 860-423-1643 Fax: 860-423-1644 Email: pdoyle@covenantsoupkitchen.org
Our program serves breakfast and lunch 6 days per week, a Sunday bag lunch, Friday dinners, and an emergency food pantry 5 days per week.
Wishes: Personal care items for about 275 Christmas gift bags, such as shampoo, toothpaste, soap, etc. or funds to purchase these items, $1,200.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Musicians for our holiday party December 24, from 11 am - 1 pm; assembling of gift bags on December 19.


Covenant to Care for Children Contact Name: Dave Santis 120 Mountain Avenue, Suite 212 Bloomfield CT 06002 Telephone: 860-243-1806 Fax: 860-243-0100 Email: Dsantis@covenanttocare.org
Covenant to Care for Children mobilizes and channels caring and faithful people to advocate for, mentor and provide direct assistance to Connecticut’s children and youth who are neglected, abused, or at-risk. During the holiday and winter months, this means providing school clothes and supplies, toys and books, critical goods needed to keep families together such as beds and furniture, special needs of individual children, warm coats, holiday dinner fixings and much more.
Wishes: We need funds to support very specific needs of individual children. We ask that when you buy a winter coat for yourself or your child you buy a second winter coat and donate it to CCC. Our expectation is that our requests will triple from last year. Toys and Teddy bears may be delivered to any of our offices before December 20. We can use funds to purchase specific holiday gift requests for teenagers who often have requests that are more practical and have outgrown toys but still benefit from loving recognition during the holiday season. Gift cards in the amounts of $25, $35 and $50 or the funds to purchase gift cards to Target, Walmart, any grocery chain, TJMaxx and other discount chain department stores are most welcome. Many of our kids have outgrown their wardrobes or their families have no means to provide everyday food beyond the holiday baskets that are delivered over Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday. Funds to purchase and pay for the fuel to deliver beds for children who do not have a bed to sleep in are always needed. **VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to sponsor and help organize our holiday parties for mentees and mentors. We need help with collection and then delivery of toys at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Teddy Toss and Toy Drive game on December 20. Groups who would like to purchase the contents and then assemble placement packs for children removed from their homes and going into foster care are always needed. The list of items for a placement pack can be found on our website. We need volunteers willing to commit 12 months to mentoring a young man or woman who needs an adult friend. ** BIG WISH - We have made a commitment to meet the increased request for the needs of the children. We have taken on filling some specific gaps left by other agencies as they face the tough economy. We need approximately $150,000 to assure our ability to meet the rapidly increasing demand. Our big wish is to meet and exceed our commitment to our children. We are anticipating 35,000 requests this year, an increase of 10,000 from last year. That is our big wish to be able to say yes to every request we receive for the children of Connecticut most in need of knowing someone cares enough to offer them hope and possibility for their future.


CREC Soundbridge Contact Name: Dr. Elizabeth Cole 123 Progress Drive Wethersfield CT 06109 Telephone: 860-529-4260 14 Fax: 860 257-8500 Email: ecole@crec.org
Soundbridge provides a range of audiological and educational services to children with hearing loss who are learning spoken language through listening, ages birth to 21.
Wishes: Children's books (ages birth through 12), including preschool books in Spanish.**BIG WISH - Funding for acoustic treatment of 8 to 10 classrooms ("chair slippers," which cost approximately $100 per classroom).


Cromwell Human Services Contact Name: Theresa Strong 41 West Street Cromwell CT 06416 Telephone: 860-632-3476 Fax: 8960-632-3446 Email: tstrong@cromwellct.com
Provide basic needs (food, shelter, emergency services) to families with limited resources.
Wishes: Small denomination gift certificates or funds to purchase food and supplies from Stop & Shop, Walmart or West Side Market.** VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Pick up, sort, pack, and distribute food.


Cromwell Senior Center Contact Name: Theresa Strong 41 West Street Cromwell CT 06416 Telephone: 860-632-3476 Fax: 8960-632-3446 Email: tstrong@cromwellct.com
The Cromwell Senior Center meets social, recreational, educational and some financial needs of local senior citizens.
Wishes: Monetary donations or non-perishable food for baskets for seniors.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Pack baskets during the month of December.**BIG WISH - Donations to our senior center building reserve fund.


CW Resources Contact Name: Joan Rhinesmith 200 Myrtle Street New Britain CT 06053 Telephone: 860-229-7700 225 Fax: 860-229-6847 Email: jrhinesmith@cwresources.org
CW Resources provides employment and training for persons with disabilities and other challenged individuals throughout the state of Connecticut.
Wishes: Gloves, umbrellas, winter hats, mittens, and scarves for adults; bus tokens; gift cards for fast food, movies, Walmart, etc.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Entertainment for holiday parties such as a magician or a Santa.**BIG WISH - A van, possibly with a wheelchair lift.
DCF: Our Kids Fund
Contact Name: Gary Kleeblatt 505 Hudson St., Hartford, 06106
Foster Children — To donate toys, 550-6305 or the nearest DCF office.

Disabilities Network of Eastern Connecticut Contact Name: Catherine Ferry 138 West Town Street Norwich CT 06360 Telephone: 860-823-1898 Fax: 860-886-2316 Email: dnec@dnec.org
The Disabilities Network of Eastern CT provides advocacy, peer support, independent living skills training, and information and referral services to individuals with disabilities and their families living in eastern CT. DNEC works to enable individual and system change to make it possible for persons to live independently in their communities.
Wishes: $400 for supplementation of food donations collected by the agency in public drop-off baskets. These donations are organized into holiday meal baskets. The baskets are delivered to persons and families with disabilities, who are lacking the resources to have a holiday meal. Because of their disabilities, these individuals often find it difficult to go to congregate meal sites. Rather, they, their family (and oftentimes a personal care attendant), eat what they have together in their home. Last year we distributed 55 holiday baskets in eastern CT.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Approximately ten volunteers to organize food donations into individual baskets. Approximately five to ten volunteers, with their own transportation and some knowledge of eastern CT, willing to deliver food baskets to designated families in need. Baskets will be organized and deliveries made during the week of December 15 - 19. The DNEC office will be open and utilized for these activities from 10 am until 3 pm, Monday through Friday.**BIG WISH - DNEC would love to have an ADA approved "Personal PA Value Pack" that we could offer to our Hard of Hearing Support Group.


Domus Contact Name: Nora Joseph 417 Shippan Avenue Stamford CT 06902 Telephone: 203-324-4277 21 Fax: 203-324-2990 Email: njoseph@domuskids.org
Domus provides supportive services to over 600 of our region's most vulnerable youth and families through our charter schools, residential programs, and community programs, so that each child can reach his/her full potential.
Wishes: Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets (turkeys, hams, pies, etc.) or a $75 gift to buy them; holiday gifts for the kids that live with us; Christmas celebration for 75 families; small gifts for each student at Chester Addison Community Center, Trailblazers Academy, and Stamford Academy; Coats, scarves, gloves, hats for the winter months ahead. **VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to wrap presents for Christmas; volunteers to deliver presents to families on 12/20 and 12/21.**BIG WISH - A new van to transport kids to and from sporting events, prison visitations, etc.


East Hartford ChildPlan, Inc. Contact Name: Karen Gilbert 50 Chapman Place Room 2 East HartfordCT 06108 Telephone: 860-291-1741 Fax: 860-282-4855 Email: kareng.childplan@sbcglobal.net
East Hartford ChildPlan, Inc. is a non-profit collaborative advocacy group made up of 24 organizations and agencies in East Hartford that provide programs and services to children and families in East Hartford. The mission of ChildPlan is to proactively and effectively collaborate with the East Hartford Community to improve the quality of life of our children and families.
Wishes: During the holiday season ChildPlan sponsors 4-5 holiday parties for the families in our housing authority complexes. We need unwrapped educational toys for children ages 0 - 12 (especially older children's toys) We also need raffle gift certificates to Stop & Shop, Target, Walmart, gas gift certificates and Burlington Coat Factory. We could also use juice boxes, healthy snacks, and holiday paper goods to accompany the pizza that is already donated.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We are always looking for volunteers to come to the holiday parties to help with set-up (about 1 hour before the event), then to help at the event with the craft, organization of the event, check in, and serving the pizza.**BIG WISH - For donated printing -- we are running out of brochures, we need to print flyers for the parties, flyers for our parent education classes, invitations, etc.


East Hartford Community HealthCare Contact Name: Sara Frey 94 Connecticut Boulevard East Hartford CT 06108 Telephone: 860-528-1359 116 Fax: 860-282-4618 Email: sfrey@ehchc.org
East Hartford Community HealthCare provides primary and preventive medical and dental care to people in all age groups, with a focus on people whose access to care is limited; that is, people who are uninsured, underinsured or have Medicaid coverage for their health care needs. Services are provided by licensed medical and dental professionals at health center sites in East Hartford, Manchester, and Vernon, the latter doing business as Manchester Community Health Services and Vernon Community Health Services, respectively, as well as through three portable dental hygiene programs serving schools in East Hartford, Manchester, and Vernon.
Wishes: Gift certificates for low income families who are patients at the health center and who are in need of: food, fuel/energy assistance, clothing, and/or toys.**BIG WISH - East Hartford Community HealthCare needs two emergency back up generators for the health center’s two East Hartford buildings to ensure the provision of continuous, safe and high quality health care in the event of planned or unplanned power outages.
East Hartford Interfaith Ministries Friendship Center Soup Kitchen Contact Name: William Knose 12 Rector Street East Hartford CT 06108 Telephone: 860-569-7181 Email: wknose@aol.com
The EHIM Friendship Center is an interfaith organization whose goal is to provide free nutritious meals to the less fortunate.
Wishes: All non-perishable food items, as well as fruits and vegetables, potatoes, onions and apples; cash donations will be used to purchase meat and perishable food items.**BIG WISH - A new, low energy use, industrial grade, 21 cu. ft. freezer.


Eastern Connecticut Health Network Contact Name: Christine Mace 71 Haynes Street Manchester CT 06040 Telephone: 860-646-1222 2417 Fax: 860-647-6859 Email: cmace@echn.org
ECHN is a healthcare network that includes Manchester Memorial and Rockville General Hospitals, Women's Center for Wellness, Woodlake at Tolland and the Glastonbury Wellness Center. Our mission is to enhance the health and well-being of the residents of the 19 towns we serve through health promotion, social services, education and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human health conditions.
Wishes: Tax deductible donations are always greatly appreciated. Behavioral Health Center Clinical Day School: Wii video game system; Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit: fishtank; Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program: octagonal shaped picnic table for outside use; Child Life Department: toys and activities for toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children, i.e. Magna Doodle, dinosaurs, Matchbox cars, action figures (super heroes), Color Wonder paper and markers, Crayola washable magic markers, paint markers, arts and crafts kits, popular board and card games, Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP players and games, fuzzy posters to color, brand new stuffed animals, school age & young adult DVD movies; Emergency Department: small activities for children, Lego Bionicles, crayon 4-packs and coloring books and 5-teen puzzle books; Family Birthing Center (Manchester): new electronic breast pumps, children's videos, and infant swings; Maternity Care Center at Rockville General Hospital: 20" TV with separate DVD/VCR; Family Development Center: winter coats, mittens, hats and boots for infant-5, clothing infant-5, bouncer/activity infant seats, car seats, board games, puzzles, building blocks, developmental toys, arts and crafts supplies for children, gift certificates for pizza, food baskets, toys and gift certificates for toys, books and book bags, diapers, gift certificates for Walmart, Old Navy, K-Mart, Stop & Shop, movie passes, restaurant gift certificates and gasoline cards; Intensive Care Unit: Small CD players, soft music CDs; Perinatal Program: 2 DVD players; Woodlake at Tolland: gift certificates to JoAnn Fabrics, craft supplies for adults, markers, crayons, paper, glue, scissors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, scented lotions, calendars and books, DVDs and VCR tapes, gift certificates to Blockbuster, and bird feed; Women's Center for Wellness: 2 front office chairs; Bissell 2 inpatient unit: wireless personalized nurse call system (Vocera); 3 North inpatient unit: tall locking cabinet to store supplies for pediatric patients, new stuffed animals.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We are always looking for volunteers all year long at both hospitals and at Woodlake at Tolland, as well.**BIG WISH - The nurse call system or the fishtank and all that is needed, i.e. gravel, fish, food, filter, etc.
Easton Senior Citizen's Center Inc. Contact Name: Valerie Buckley 650 Morehouse Road Easton CT 06612 Telephone: 203-268-1145 Fax: 203 268-9586 Email: eseniorc@optonline.net
The Easton Senior Citizen's Center is an intellectual, educational, cultural, and social center for adults of all ages, but especially for retirees, seniors and physically challenged adults. Its purpose is to enrich the town and surrounding communities and to provide assistance to individuals and communities in need. It is a regional center providing such programs as flu shots and medical screening.
Wishes: We prepare 70 Thanksgiving dinners for an inner city agency. We need turkeys for these baskets. We also need cuddly toys for our 36 Holiday baskets we fill for the Bridgeport Hospital Child First program. We need yarn in order to make hats, gloves and scarves for needy children.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We have 45 volunteers and we need funds to take them out for lunch prior to the holiday season. They are totally dedicated volunteers some of who have worked for the center for over 20 years.


ElderHouse, Inc. Contact Name: Kristine Paupini Seven Lewis Street NorwalkCT06851 Telephone: 203-847-1998 Fax: 203-847-9176 Email: kpaupini@yahoo.com
ElderHouse provides a medical model adult day program that allows frail seniors to continue living at home and prevents their premature placement in nursing homes.
Wishes: 45 holiday pins, 75 pairs of adult gloves, 75 adult winter hats, scarves, gloves, 30 boxes of sugar free candy, $100 for holiday cards and stamps, and $300 to pay for a holiday meal for 65 clients.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Musicians to provide entertainment during the holiday season Monay - Friday at either 10:30 am or 1 pm.**BIG WISH - A karaoke machine and microphone for senior recreation programs.


Enfield Loaves & Fishes Contact Name: Priscilla Brayson P.O. Box 54428 Prospect Street Enfield CT 06083 Telephone: 860-741-0226 Fax: 860-741-0226 Email: pbelf@aol.com
Enfield Loaves & Fishes provides meals for the needy - hungry seven days a week to Enfield and surrounding towns.
Wishes: Fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, butter, milk, cheese, meats, gift certificates: to local stores, restaurants, drug stores, movies passes, oil companies, light & power and phone companies; haircuts, games for all ages, toys, stamps and stationery, haircutting set, hair dryer, sheets & bedding, slippers, socks, underclothes, pajamas, coats, sweaters, shirts. school supplies.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - People who can volunteer on a regular basis in the kitchen doing dishes sweeping the floor, bread and food pickup, handy person to fix or repair, electrician, plumber, office work, computer skills, fundraisers, and freelance writer, grant writer, stock room organizers.**BIG WISH - New flooring, new office computer chairs, new counter top.


Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. Contact Name: Paula Ferrara 220 Main Street Old Saybrook CT 06475 Telephone: 860-388-1611 Fax: 860-388-6770 Email: director.estuary@snet.net
Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. provides Meals On Wheels, nutrition, medical transportation, preventive health screenings and counseling to seniors 55 years and older in the 9-town Estuary Region.
Wishes: $200 to help pay for small gifts for our seniors at the annual holiday lunch.**BIG WISH - A meat slicer for our industrial kitchen.


Families In Crisis, Inc Contact Name: Joyce Betts 60 Popieluszko Court Hartford CT 06106 Telephone: 860-727-5812 Fax: 860-727-5813 Email: betts@familiesincrisis.org
Families in Crisis, Inc.is a private non-profit that provides critically needed services to families of offenders throughout the state of CT.
Wishes: $25 gift cards for teens to various stores such as Walmart, Target, Old Navy, etc; $300 for holiday party for children of prisoners; money to support family visitation programs for children to visit their incarcerated parent.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Help with set up for a Saturday, December 20 holiday party for children of prisoners.**BIG WISH - A 37" flat screen television for training videos for clients and staff.


Families Network of Western CT, Inc. Contact Name: Susan Giglio Five Library Place Danbury CT 06810 Telephone: 203-791-8773 Fax: 203-791-1379 Email: SGiglio168@aol.com
FNWC provides early identification of overburdened families, parenting education, supportive services, child abuse/neglect prevention, child development screenings, home visitation and access to appropriate resources.
Wishes: Age-appropriate toys for children 0-5; bath gift baskets for moms and dads.**BIG WISH - A 5-mega pixel digital camera, memory card, and photo printer.


Family & Children's Agency (FCA) Contact Name: Mayx Holmes Nine Mott Avenue Norwalk CT 06850 Telephone: 203-855-8765 315 Fax: 203-838-3325 Email: mholmes@fcagency.org
Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) is a not-for-profit family serving agency that strengthens the communities of lower Fairfield County. Skilled professionals serve clients in seven primary impact areas: youth development, family support, foster care, adoption, mental health and substance abuse services, homeless services, and services for seniors. For more information, visit www.familyandchildrensagency.org or call Family & Children’s Agency at 203.855.8765.
Wishes: Gift cards in $10 or $25 denominations for local grocery stores (ShopRite, Stop & Shop) to assist parents to purchase groceries for holiday meals for their families; gift cards for local stores (Walmart, Old Navy) for parents to purchase gifts for their young children for the holidays; Wheels Bus, City of Norwalk bus tokens for safe rides for middle school students in our After School Program; new warm hats and mittens for homeless adults.


Family & Children's Aid, Inc. Contact Name: Ellen McGlynn 75 West Street Danbury CT 06810 Telephone: 203-748-5689 Fax: 203-790-8183 Email: ellen.mcglynn@fcaweb.org
Family & Children’s Aid is a community-based, non-profit organization offering high-quality, innovative and responsive programs and services to heal and support children and families in crisis.
Wishes: Winter pajamas would be very much appreciated for children age 3 to adult sizes (male and female).**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Due to confidentiality issues, our volunteer staff must go through a lengthy screening and training process.**BIG WISH - We are in need of an LCD projector, which will assist our organization in staff trainings and presentations.
Family Resource Center at Roosevelt School Contact Name: Dawn Bennet 680 Park Avenue Bridgeport CT 06604 Telephone: 203-330-8181 Fax: 203-330-8042 Email: DBENNETT@bridgeportedu.net
FRC provides support services to area families including adult literacy, resources and referrals, clothing, support to child care providers, parenting workshops and children's programs.
Wishes: Gift certificates or vouchers to any local vendors (Walmart, Kmart, KB Toys, Stop & Shop, Target, BJ's, Christmas Tree Shoppes, Sam's and Costco gas cards, etc.).**Big Wish - Monetary donation.


Family Services of Greater Waterbury, Inc. Contact Name: Nancy Minardi 34 Murray Street Waterbury CT 06710 Telephone: 203-756-8317 Fax: 203-756-8310 Email: nminardi@familyservicegw.org
We provide counseling, family violence services, a residential home for abused children; employment related programs, a therapeutic child center, visitation program, and some in-home based services.
Wishes: Gift cards to local supermarkets and/or department stores; clothing for children - all sizes - all ages; hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, socks and books.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Pick up canned food collections at various businesses on Friday, November 21 or Monday, November, 24.**BIG WISH – 15 flat screen computer monitors.
Felician Adult Day Care Contact Name: Sister Patricia Marie 1333 Enfield Street Enfield CT 06082 Telephone: 860-745-2542 Fax: 860-745-2542 Email: fadcmail.com
Felician Adult Day Care is a day program offering a home-like atmosphere for the elderly, the frail adult, the Alzheimer client or anyone who cannot be left alone while their caregivier is at work. They are given the assurance that their loved one will be cared for with warmth and affection. A full day activity program is provided for the participants, including meals, beauty parlor, podiatry and much more.
Wishes: Any financial donation will be greatly appreciated to provide arts and crafts supplies to make holiday gifts such as paintings, wooden objects, flowers, etc. for the clients loved ones.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We need volunteers specifically during the hours of 9 am until 2 pm.**BIG WISH - New table games such as Shuffle Board, etc.


Fellowship Place Contact Name: Susan Spight 441 Elm Street New Haven CT 06511 Telephone: 203-401-4227 141 Fax: 203-789-4451 Email: skspight@fellowshipplace.org
Fellowship Place helps adults recovering from mental illness lead more meaningful, fulfilling and healthy lives by offering education, opportunities and resources.
Wishes: For our Homeless Engagement Program: backpacks, bookbags, travel bags, journals, care packets (that include soap, shampoo, towel, wash cloth, toothbrush and toothpaste), shower shoes, Walkmans, and gift cards for Walmart to buy clothing. Either filled backpacks or needed items are appreciated. For our Art Group: PAINT: acrylic, watercolor, tempra, canvas, canvas boards, Masonite, pallets; DRAWING TOOLS: drawing pencils, colored pencils, markers, charcoal, pastels, Craypas, crayons, sketch pads, rulers, acrylic inks; 3-D MATERIALS: air-drying clay, wood, soap stone/alabaster, foils/wires, Model Magic, mosaic tiles/materials/grout; FRAMING: frames, mat board, Exacto knives/blades, nails/hanging materials, wiring; COLLAGE: rubber cement, glue sticks, Elmer’s glue, ribbons, textile materials; MEDIA: art instruction DVDs, art books, art magazines, used digital cameras; MISC: easels, portfolios, fixatives, clear coat spray, paper cutter. For Career Development Program: gift certificates for downtown New Haven vendors - coffee shops, sandwich shops, hair salon, clothing stores, tuition money for college/trade school, book money for college/trade school, bus tokens for CT Transit, 75 3-inch 3-ring binders and tabs, locked cabinet/closet, daily planners, paper shredder, 100 certificate holders, pens/pencils, notebooks, alarm clocks, back packs, calculators, resume paper, HP ink cartridge #74 and #75, chef apron of standard issue white, bar mops, Instant Read chef’s thermometer, Encyclopedia of Careers 4th Edition, Vol.1, 2, 3 and 4.


Foodshare Contact Name: Michael Hicks 450 Woodland Avenue Bloomfield CT 06002 Telephone: 860-286-9999 125 Fax: 860-286-7860 Email: mhicks@foodshare.org
Foodshare is the heart of greater Hartford's hunger-fighting network, providing 14 tons of food each day to nearly 400 local partner agencies.
Wishes: Every $30 donated to Foodshare provides enough food for a hungry person for a month.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Please support Foodshare's "Turkey and a Twenty" food & funds drive in November. Your participation in the drive helps ensure that everyone can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. By giving a cash gift as well, you also help ensure that our hungry neighbors have food on the table all year-long, not just during the holiday season.


Friendship Service Center of New Britain Contact Name: B. Suzy Rivera P.O. Box 1811241-249 Arch Street New Britain CT 06050-1811 Telephone: 860-832-9410 1 Fax: Email: sriveranbfs@snet.net
The Friendship Center operates a 37-bed emergency shelter, a 15-bed transitional living program and a soup kitchen.
Wishes: Kitchen: Coffee, sugar, durable cereal bowls and durable dinner plates. Emergency shelter: Pillows, twin sheet sets, twin blankets, totes and/or under the bed containers and toiletries: soap, deodorant, tootbrushes and toothpaste, shaving creams, disposable shavers, shampoo/conditioner and body lotion, baby diapers-sizes 3, 4 and 5, and baby wipes. Outreach Programs: Cleaning/laundry products, toilet paper, paper towels, disposable diapers & baby wipes, personal care products, bureaus/dressers/beds (in good condition), kitchen table & chairs (in good condition), pots & pans (in good condition), towels & bed linens (twin, full & queen), bus tokens, and grocery store, gas, Walmart gift cards. **BIG WISH - A new or used van with removable seats.


FSW Inc. CT Contact Name: Debra Taylor 475 Clinton Avenue Bridgeport CT 06605 Telephone: 203-368-5537 Fax: 203-332-7637 Email: dgilberttaylor@fswinc.org
FSW provides services that stabilize individuals and families and help them develop skills that create a pathway to self sufficiency.
Wishes: In keeping with our mission to empower families, we will be distributing gift cards donated, so they may purchase things that they determine are needed for themselves and their families. Gift cards in $25 denominations to Walmart, Stop & Shop, Target and Shaw’s would be appreciated and support our philosophy of independence. **BIG WISH - A midsized conference table or tables, that can be separated or put together as needed.


George Washington Carver Community Center Contact Name: Kaaren Shoulders Seven Academy Street Norwalk CT 06850 Telephone: 203-838-4305 Fax: 203-838-4197 Email: Kaaren@carvercenterct.org
The George Washington Carver Community Center operates a licensed, structured program with emphasis on Academics, Enrichment, and Recreation. We provide quality, affordable, licensed after school programs for K-12th grade students. Our students receive homework help, specialized tutoring, reading programs, technology and science classes, CMT prep, CAPT prep and SAT prep.
Wishes: Our agency will need un-wrapped toys for children ages 0-13.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We need volunteers to help pack Thanksgiving baskets, wrap toys and to assist at our Holiday party.**BIG WISH - Our really big wish would be a wall mounted projection screen because our old one is broken. We will use this wall mounted projection screen for our Community events and to show weekly movies to families in Norwalk.


Gifts of Love Contact Name: Diana Goode 35 East Main StreetP.O. Box 463 Avon CT 06001 Telephone: 860-676-2323 Fax: 860-676-9864 Email: dgoode@giftsoflovect.org
Gifts of Love provides help to individuals and families experiencing a temporary financial crisis. Families referred to our program receive food, clothing, baby items, linens, household articles and furniture. These articles are donated by hundreds of families in the Farmington Valley.
Wishes: Gifts to be distributed in December - toys, dolls, action figures, games, arts and crafts, DVD movies for infant to 11 years; $10 to $20 gift cards from Old Navy, Walmart, Borders for 11 to 18 year-olds; $10 to $20 gift cards for Stop & Shop grocery for adults.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to assist clients at the agency, answer phones or collect toys.**BIG WISH - Money to continue to support our program and the huge growth the agency has experienced this year.


Gilead Community Services Contact Name: LucyMcMillan
222 Main Street Ext.P.O. Box 1000 Middletown CT 06457 Telephone: 860-343-5303 35 Fax: 860-344-3339 Email: lmcmillan@gileadcs.org
Gilead provides health care and recovery support services in the home and community to improve mental health, physical well being, and independence for the individuals we serve.
Wishes: Eight frozen turkeys for holiday meals - we serve about 150 meals at the Social Center on two different days; cash to purchase $6 holiday gifts for 200 clients; Stop & Shop gift cards; winter hats, gloves, boots, coats, t-shirts and large sweatshirts as holiday donation; two matching leather couches and three arm chairs for Social Center community room, dark blue; new board games in boxes, decks of cards, chess sets, checkers sets; new perfumes in boxes, new aftershave/mens cologne in boxes, art supplies, small stereo, tape recorder for groups, pedometers for clients and staff, seeds for planting and the accessories to plant, four bike helmets for teenage boys.
Girls Inc. of Greater Waterbury Contact Name: Nicole Simmons 35 Park Place Waterbury CT 06702 Telephone: 203-756-4639 Fax: 203-756-3638 Email: nsimmons@girlsincswct.org
GGirls Inc. is a national non-profit youth organization that provides educational programs to millions of girls, particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas. Major programs address math and science education, pregnancy and drug abuse prevention, violence prevention, sports participation, after school programs and more.
Wishes: Donations of heating oil are needed this year.


Good Friend Mentor Program Contact Name: Erin Simmons 185 Main Stree tP.O. Box 185 Danbury CT 06810 Telephone: 203-790-0032 Fax: 203-790-6411 Email: esimmons@greenchimneys.org
Agency provides caring adult mentors to children between the ages of 7-18 from single or no parent households in Danbury and the greater Danbury area.
Wishes: Holiday gifts for boys and girls between the ages of 7-18, Gift cards to local supermarkets so we can make holiday food baskets, or gift cards to local grocery stores in smaller denominations so we can give them to families so they can shop for food, or baskets themselves. We are always in need of computer ink and stamps so that we can run the program and reach all participants.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We have an annual fundraiser wrapping books at Barnes and Nobles. We are in need of volunteers to man the table and wrap during the store’s hours December 18- 21. We ask that volunteers sign up for at least 2-hour time slots.**BIG WISH - A conference table and seating for eight or even an old dining room table with seating for eight would help to provide a professional environment to meet with volunteers for trainings, advisory board committee meetings as well as to hold our parents meetings.


Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity Contact Name: Victoria Fielding PO Box 1933 Hartford CT 06144-1933 Telephone: 860-541-2208 121 Fax: 860-541-2211 Email: victoria@hartfordhabitat.org
Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity builds homes in partnership with people in need. Using volunteer labor, Hartford Habitat has completed 153 homes housing over 600 individuals.
Wishes: $26 – to purchase enough nails for an entire room; $30 – to purchase a holiday basket for a new homeowner containing turkey, vegetables, other food items and small decorations; $116 – to purchase sheetrock to complete half a room; $232 – to purchase sheetrock to complete an entire room; $431 – to purchase electrical supplies and fixtures for an entire room.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - For volunteer opportunities, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Krista Colletta, at 860-541-2208 x108.**BIG WISH - A new or used pick-up truck for use by our Construction Team.


Hands On Hartford (formerly Center City Churches) Contact Name: Kathy Cooley 40 Pratt Street, Suite 210 Hartford CT 06103-1601 Telephone: 860-728-3201 2002 Fax: 860-549-8550 Email: kcooley@handsonhartford.org
Hands On Hartford provides soup kitchen and food pantry services, emergency assistance, weekend senior meals, after-school and summer camp programs for elementary children, family support services, supportive housing for adults with HIV/AIDS and team-based civic engagement projects.
Wishes: Food pantry items: non-perishable foods/staples, baby formula, diapers, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene supplies; Books for children, pre-school to grade six (unwrapped, new); Educational toys and gifts for children (unwrapped, new); Exercise videos such as hip hop abs and Yogi ball; HD-compatible television set; School uniform clothing in children’s sizes 6-20 – white Polo shirts and khaki pants for boys and girls; Gifts of warmth (unwrapped, new) for children and adults: mittens, gloves, scarves, hats and socks (LOTS of men’s cotton sports socks); Warm coats, sweaters and sweatshirts for children (all ages) and adults (new); Toiletry items for teens and adults (unwrapped, unused); Stationery and stamps; Gift cards to department stores and grocery stores; pre-paid phone cards; Sheet sets (30-45 twin-sized), towel sets (30-45), heavy blankets, throws and comforters; Specialty foods for Thanksgiving baskets for families; Turkeys and hams (baked or frozen) and cakes, pies, cookies and candies for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holiday meals; Holiday cookies for children’s parties; Children’s furniture: changing table, potty seat, cribs, high chairs (new, or gently used); New computer equipment (IBM compatible); Industrial-strength vacuum; Professional-grade kitchen knives; professional-grade blender; Glass (Pyrex-like) dishes with lids; Lawnmower, weed whacker, shovels, rakes, hoes, hand-held garden tools, work gloves and paint brushes; Rug steam cleaner/shampooer; Cash donations for ongoing (year-round) provisions for food, shelter, clothing and supplies.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Opportunities to “adopt a family” and provide for specific family’s holiday wishes; Musicians/choral groups to provide entertainment on Thanksgiving (12 noon on Thursday, November 27), Christmas (12 noon on Thursday, December 25) and New Year’s Day (12 noon on Thursday, January 1, 2009); Participate/mix and mingle/prepare and serve meals on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s; Prepare and/or deliver gift baskets to home-bound seniors and families with children at Thanksgiving and Christmas; Help residents at AIDS residence to write and send holiday cards plus shop for, wrap and mail gifts; Assist at Center for Youth Toy Shop - gift shopping, sorting, wrapping and transporting; holiday parties: play Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus or an elf; Bake holiday cookies (parties scheduled early to mid December); Assist with holiday field trips (late December); Sponsor/assist at Three King’s Day parties (early January 2009).**BIG WISH - A new or nearly-new cargo van to be used for: transporting food from the regional food bank to program sites each week; weekly distribution of meals from central agency kitchen to two congregate meal sites at senior centers and for delivery of meals to homebound seniors; moving furniture and equipment; and carrying tools and materials to engagement project sites (schools, parks, nonprofit agencies, etc.).


HARC (Greater Hartford Association for Retarded Citizens) Contact Name: Jenna Rompelman 900 Asylum Avenue Mailstop 1002 HartfordCT06105-1985 Telephone: 860-218-6089 Fax: 860-240-7965 Email: jrompelman@harc-ct.org
HARC provides comprehensive community based services that span the life cycle for people with intellectual disability and other disabilities and their families in the Central and North Central CT Region.
Wishes: Gloves, hats and scarves for up to 100 children and adults. $500 towards the purchase of new baseball uniforms for the members of HARC's Special Olympics unified baseball team. Turkeys for ten (10) families who are receiving assistance from the HARC Family Support program. Baby items or Babies 'R Us gift cards that may be used by our SteppingStones Birth to Three families. HARC Summer Recreation Camperships; one day $80, one week $400, one month $1,600. Tickets to area sporting, musical or family oriented events at the XL Center.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - HARC is currently all set on volunteers for the holiday.**BIG WISH - A new or gently used Karaoke machine for our elderly life enrichment program (LEP). HARC's LEP daily offers our senior clients a variety of activities including fine arts, movies, arts and craft projects, musical programs, community volunteering, attendance at social, cultural and recreational outings, and more. Our LEP participants love to attend parties and dances. Many of our clients are wonderful singers and the addition of a Karaoke machine to their center would really make their day. Also, a digital camera to capture all the smiles and fun times of our children while they experience the joy of attending holiday parties and other events throughout the year. (Polaroid i1035, 10.0 megapixels)
Hartford Neighborhood Centers, Inc. Contact Name: Cora Mercer 38 Lawrence Street HartfordCT06106 Telephone: 860-251-6517 Fax: 860-521-6520 Email: cora_mercer@hnci.org
Hartford Neighborhood Centers is a 135 year-old agency that provides community service, such as early childhood education, after-school programming, emergency food, adult employment training and outreach to senior citizens.
Wishes: Mittens and gloves for children; winter gloves, hats and scaves for adults. **VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Santa Claus and elves for Youth Christmas Party on December 19, from 1 - 4 pm. **BIG WISH - A new or used kiln for the ceramics room.


Hispanos Unidos Contact Name: William Castillo 116 Sherman Avenue, 1st Floor New Haven CT 06511 Telephone: 203-781-0226 Fax: 203-781-0229 Email: wcastillo@hispanos-unidos.org
Our mission is to promote the health and well-being of the Latino Community and other disenfranchised populations through education, prevention, care and advocacy. Our services are geared to HIV/AIDS and high risk individuals in danger of becoming infected by AIDS.
Wishes: 200 toys for our children ages 6-15 years of age.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We would like help with painting our agency for the holidays.**BIG WISH - To end the spread of HIV/AIDS.


Hockanum Valley Community Council Contact Name: David Engelson 155 West Main Street Vernon CT 06066-3211 Telephone: 860-872-9825 Fax: 860-870-6644 Email: dengelson@hvcchelps.org
Hockanum Valley Community Council is an independent nonprofit human service agency. It is dedicated to meeting the needs of residents of Tolland County. HVCC provides services to individuals and families in a manner which will promote independence while assuring basic needs regardless of ability to pay.
Wishes: Turkeys and all other items for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for approximately 900 families; gift cards to area grocery stores; toys; coats, hats, mittens, scarves, etc.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Help putting food baskets together and distributing them one week before Thanksgiving and one week before Christmas.**BIG WISH - A car or small SUV to cut down the cost of running a large van to pick up elderly clients or students that need transportation to special schools.


Holy Family Home and Shelter Contact Name: Sister M. Peter Bernard P.O. Box 88488 Jackson Street Willimantic CT 06226 Telephone: 860-423-7719 12 Fax: 860-423-3770 Email: sisterpeter@holyfamilywillimantic.org
Holy Family provides food, clothing, and shelter to homeless families. We also provide on-site education programs for kids such as tutoring and field trips, and on-site health, education and other workshops for parents.
Wishes: Children's books, family videos, board games, playing cards, CD player and CDs, Walkman, basketballs/footballs, craft kits, hair trims; watches and wallets for adults, tube socks, slippers, shaving sets and bath sets for adults; gift cards for Staples, Big Y, Walmart; towels and face cloths; gift wrap, tape, tags, and scissors.**BIG WISH - Cash donations. Matching funds are always welcome.


House of Bread Contact Name: Sister Maureen Faenza 1453 Main Street Hartford CT 06120 Telephone: 860-549-4188 Fax: 860-249-4656 Email: HOBread@aol.com
The House of Bread provides food, shelter, affordable housing, education for women, job training in the culinary arts, transitional housing for individuals in substance abuse recovery and an evening feeding program for children.
Wishes: Food items such as; turkeys, rice, pasta, healthy snacks, diapers, wipes, gift cards for individuals in transitional housing.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers are needed for the soup kitchen, Christmas week, from 7:30 am to 2 pm.**BIG WISH - A new copy machine for the office.
House of Many Windows Contact Name: Monique DePeyster 323 West Main Street, 2nd floor New Britain CT 06050 Telephone: 860-832-8896 Fax: 860-832-8554 Email: depeystermonique@yahoo.com
Provides peer-based recovery support, face-to-face, outreach, social connections, assist in securing transportation, housing, education, employment and recovery groups, building positive community connections.
Wishes: 2 laptops, new or used.


Immaculate Conception Housing and Shelter Corp. Contact Name: Erinn Fahey P.O. Box 26066939 Russ Street HartfordCT06126-0669 Telephone: 860-724-4823 12 Fax: 860-724-5156 Email: erinn@ichsc.org
ICSHC operates a sixty bed homeless shelter for adult males which is open from mid October to mid May and a summer respite program. The agency also has programs such as street outreach, case-management, medical and mental health care, education and employment, and permanent supportive housing.
Wishes: Clothing: Socks, thermal underwear, jackets, winter coats, scarves, gloves, jeans, shirts, sweaters, boots; food for food pantry; washer and dryer for clients to wash their clothes.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to prepare and serve a meal for our clients during shelter season (mid October-mid May); volunteers to donate clothing for clients staying in shelter.**BIG WISH - A commercial industrialized stove with matching hood.


Interfaith AIDS Ministry Contact Name: Michael Greene 39 Rose Street Danbury CT 06810 Telephone: 203-748-4077 Fax: Email: iammichaelgreene@sbcglobal.net
IAM’s Direct Care Services Department provides essential services for people infected with/affected by HIV/AIDS. These services include food delivery, emotional support, and financial assistance to meet daily basic needs not covered by other agencies and coordination and service linkage with other service providers in the region. We are the only food/personal care item pantry that seeks to meet the specific nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and the only pantry that provides fresh foods and a nutritionist offering assessments, education and counseling to pantry recipients.
Wishes: Sponsors to adopt a family (125 families) and provide Thanksgiving and/or Christmas meal baskets and/or gifts; donations of gift cards to local department and grocery stores for food and clothes.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Meal and gift delivery, gift wrapping and food basket packaging.**BIG WISH - A high speed copier with an automatic feed feature due to the large volume of reports.


Interfaith Housing Association Contact Name: Audrey Sparre 49 Richmondville Avenue Suite 112 Westport CT 06880 Telephone: 203-226-3426 12 Fax: 203-221-3225 Email: audreysparre@ihawestport.com
Interfaith Housing is a local human services organization that works with homeless men, women and families headed by women. Programs offer emergency shelter, transitional housing, 8 units of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless, mentally ill individuals, a soup kitchen, food pantry and vocational training.
Wishes: Non-perishable food items; donated automobiles to be given to our clients (not for sale, need fair condition); tickets to local museums or activities, movie ticket coupons for children and families; funding for daycare; gift cards to department stores for clothing; phone and gas cards.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Help disburse Christmas gift donations; help drive clients to shopping and appointments; make and serve food at the soup kitchen.**BIG WISH - A van or pickup truck.


Interval House Contact Name: Lydia Lopez P.O. Box 340207 Hartford CT 06134-0207 Telephone: 860-246-9149 323 Fax: 860-247-2042 Email: lydia.lopez@intervalhousect.org
Interval House provides comprehensive domestic violence intervention and prevention services, including shelter, support groups, and legal advocacy for women and children in Greater Hartford.
Wishes: Gift cards from grocery stores like Shaw’s Supermarket, Stop & Shop, etc., phone cards; teen gift items; pajamas and slippers for adults and children; winter coats and accessories for women and children; gift baskets; Christmas tree and decorations; household items like vacuums, 3 or 4 foot refrigerator, microwave, etc.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Entertainment for the children like a magician, clown, etc. for our annual Christmas party which will be held on Wednesday, December 17 from 5 - 8 pm.; assist on sorting and wrapping gifts; help coordinate, set-up and clean-up for the children's Christmas party.**BIG WISH - A 40” – 49” screen TV with VCR and DVD player.


Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford Contact Name: Joan Margolis 333 Bloomfield Avenue Suite A West Hartford CT 06117 Telephone: 860 236-1927 Fax: 860 570-1593 Email: jmargolis@jfshartford.org
Multiservice, nonsectarian mental health and social service agency serving low to moderate income clients via a sliding fee scale, in Hartford County and all of north central CT.
Wishes: We need to give Chanukah gifts for all children treated in our Child Services Program, regardless of race or religion. Our agency wants all children to feel included in our holiday tradition. The majority of children are from low-income families who cannot afford to purchase a lot of gifts during the holiday season, and parents really need this help.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We need volunteers to wrap and label gifts during the week of December 8. Time is flexible depending on volunteers’ availability. Evening hours are available on December 9 and 11.**BIG WISH - We wish for $25 gift cards from supermarket chains so our needy clients can supplement the items available in our food pantry with fresh meats, dairy and produce. We can easily use $1,000 worth but of course will accept any amount a donor chooses to give.


Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford Contact Name: Cathrine Fischer Schwartz Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Community Services Bldg.333 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite C West Hartford CT 06117 Telephone: 860-232-4483 Fax: 860-232-5221 Email: cschwartz@jewishhartford.org
We build, save and improve lives in the Jewish community serving 35 Greater Hartford towns, Israel and sixty countries; provide fundraising, planning, allocations and coordination of social service, counseling, recreational, cultural, educational, health and immigrant resettlement programs.
Wishes: Funds or supermarket gift cards to help provide kosher food for the Jewish Family Service Kosher Food Pantry; pre-school books for Jewish Coalition for Literacy to help reading mentors serve Hartford Public School students. **VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – Help build homes for Habitat Haverim in Hartford; reading mentors for young children.**BIG WISH - Desktop copier for Outreach Center.


Judah House Inc. Contact Name: Corendis Dawson-Bonner 84-86 Vine Street Hartford CT 06112 Telephone: 860-241-9440 Fax: 860-548-9480 Email: corendis@judahhouseinc.org
Judah House Inc. provides transitional housing for women reentering the community from incarceration, mental health and substance abuse treatment. We provide case management, counseling and support. Our site houses up to 10 women in a home-like environment that also has a computer lab. We have daily life skills and computer training.
Wishes: Holiday decorations for family hoilday party on site; trees wreaths and gifts for the kids ranging from age 0-18; food for parties as well as holiday dinners; we also need about $150 for postage to send out cards and gifts to family members that are in other states.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Cook food and decorate for the party on December 14, from 3 - 6 pm.; visit with the women on the holdays as some have no local family members and would appreciate a visit. **BIG WISH - A van for transportation as we usually have to leave people behind or make several trips when doing group activities off site.


Kids In Crisis Contact Name: Jamie Dorman One Salem Street Cos Cob CT 06807 Telephone: 203-622-6556 Fax: 203-622-8332 Email: jdorman@kidsincrisis.org
Kids in Crisis is the only agency in the state that provides free, round-the-clock, crisis intervention, temporary emergency shelter, counseling and prevention programs for children ages birth to seventeen.
Wishes: Gifts for children of all ages – teen gifts are always needed!! Gift certificates to stores (Target, Borders, Stop & Shop, Toys "R" Us, etc), new clothing, games, books, wrapping paper.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers are needed to help organize toy drive that provides gifts to over 100 families in Fairfield County.**BIG WISH - Four flat screen TV’s – two 42” and two 27”.


KIDSAFE CT Contact Name: Robin Kohler 19 Elm Street Rockville CT 06066 Telephone: 860-872-1918 Fax: 860-872-8066 Email: rkohler@kidsafect.com
KIDSAFE CT is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
Wishes: Gaming Systems, passes to the movies, miniature golf or gameroom, bowling, indoor sports facilities, gift cards for grocery stores, clothing stores and discount superstores, basketballs, pool sticks, pool stick repair kits, arts and crafts supplies, CD Player and children’s CD’s, booster seats for kitchen, new window air conditioners, repair of agency lawn mower.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Seeking mentors 21 years and older to make a difference in the lives of children 14-21 years old.**BIG WISH - An air hockey table for the Teen Drop-In Center.


Klingberg Family Centers Contact Name: Marci Marciniec 370 Linwood Street New Britain CT 06052 Telephone: 860-832-5544 Fax: 860-826-1739 Email: marcim@klingberg.org
Founded in 1903, Klingberg Family Centers offer help and hope to children and families through residential treatment, special education, a safe home, specialized foster care and adoption and an array of community services.
Wishes: Gift Cards to supermarkets (Stop & Shop, Shaws), department stores (Walmart, Target), book stores, music stores, restaurants, movie tickets, tickets to sporting events, etc.; batteries, stocking stuffers, phone cards, TV, DVD players, IPODs, linens, pillows, household items. **BIG WISH - Smart Boards and technology for school.


Leeway, Inc. Contact Name: Paul Jacobson 40 Albert Street New Haven CT 06511 Telephone: 203-865-0068 Fax: 203-865-0399 Email: pjacobson@leeway.net
Leeway is CT's only skilled nursing facility dedicated to caring for people living with HIV/AIDS as they revive, reclaim and renew their lives.
Wishes: Holiday needs: new artificial Christmas tree, hard candies (regular & diabetic), holiday music, bus tokens, Walmart gift cards, phone cards; CASUAL CLOTHING: men’s sweatshirts, t-shirts, jeans-pants, shorts, jackets, hoodies, belts/suspenders etc. We do have some men 2X & 3X and have a hard time getting these sizes donated. We need women’s, also, but we get more of ladies things then men’s items.; MISCELLANEOUS: batteries (AA and AAA), men/women beach hats, beach bags, tote bags, purses, wallets, sunglasses, water bottles, baseball or any sports hats, golf hats or visors, playing cards, old jewelry: earrings, watches, necklaces, bracelets, DVD’s, Walkmans, CD’s, fleece blankets or throws, knitted blankets, picture frames, knickknacks, note cards, stationery, thermal mugs with lids, fishing equipment, etc.; TOILETRIES: cologne, perfume, shampoos, conditioners, body lotion, body mist, nail polish, emory boards/nail files, soaps-body wash, etc.; SNACKS: individual snack packs of chips, pretzels, candy or hard candy, sodas, juice, sports drinks, bottled water, cookies, nuts, beef jerky, etc.**BIG WISH - Pool Table, large screen TV, outdoor furniture for gazebo/backyard, chair cushions, umbrellas, garden tools, party lights, bird feeders, bird seed, etc.


Loaves and Fishes Ministries, Hartford Contact Name: Alyce Hild 360 Farmington Avenue Hartford CT 06105-2796 Telephone: 860-524-1730 Fax: 860-249-2871 Email: loaves@sbcglobal.net
Loaves and Fishes Ministries provides feeding, counseling, education and job training programs to the poor in Hartford, CT. Weekdays, our soup kitchen serves an average of 130 people.
Wishes: Stop & Shop gift cards for clients; warm gloves and hats; blankets (twin, full and/or double bed size); small folding umbrellas.**BIG WISH - 1 large saute pan -- commercial grade or All Clad, 2 stainless steel stock pots, TV monitor (table top) with built-in DVD player for use with ESL classes.


Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and Clothes Closet Contact Name: Wendy Mcleod The Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James57 Olive Street New Haven CT 06511 Telephone: 203-562-2143 Fax: 203-562-0408 Email: loavesfishesstpj@hotmail.com
A walk-in community support program that offers a grocery bag of food items, clothing items and medical screenings with referrals.
Wishes: We seek nutritional kids food items, such as easy open and microwavable soups, individually packaged oatmeal, dehydrated fruit snacks (Fruit Rollups), and small size peanut butter.**BIG WISH - A set of 5 - 10 large group singing books with the piano book, singing books of American folk songs or traditional songs with piano arrangements.


MACC (Manchester Area Conference of Churches) Contact Name: Beth Stafford P.O. Box 3804466 Main Street Manchester CT 06045-3804 Telephone: 860-647-8003 27 Fax: 860-646-9631 Email: bstafford@macc-ct.org
MACC is a ollaborative work of member churches, the greater Manchester community and other businesses and organizations united in support of MACC's to provide emergency food, clothing, shelter and advocacy to meet the unmet basic needs of people in their community. MACC provides its services through four departments: 1) food services: two emergency food pantries, the Mobile Foodshare Program, a community kitchen, Farmer's Market and shelter meal programs; 2) Retail Operations: Church Mouse Thrift Shoppe; 3) client advocacy and support Services: general assistance, referrals, social services coordination, job programs, homeless outreach, SAGA (State Administered Program) and 4) emergency shelter and outreach services: homeless shelter.
Wishes: Canned veggies and fruit, cereal, canned protein i.e. tuna, salmon, beef stew, spam and other meats, peanut butter and jelly, pasta and sauce, mac and cheese, juice, snack foods for school, rice, individual sized tooth paste, shampoo, conditioner, disposable razors, shaving cream, ear plugs, white tube socks, rain ponchos, feminine products, gently used men, women and children’s clothing and shoes for school, home and work, bus tokens or passes, gift cards to grocery stores in small amounts i.e. $5, $10 & $15, movie tickets, gently used “G” rated books for children and adults, decks of cards, word searches, egg cartons, paper and plastic bags for the food pantry and shopping bags for the Thrift Mouse Thrift Shoppe, gently used bric-a-brac and adult gloves and scarves.**BIG WISH - A long-bed pickup truck or cargo van in good repair to help with pick up and delivery of food, clothing and dump runs. Our current van has served us well for many years but has well over 250,000 miles and is increasingly unreliable and costly to keep on the road.


Malta House of Care Foundation Contact Name: Barbara Bartucca One State Street Suite 2400 Hartford CT 06103 Telephone: 860 808-0195 Email: bbartucca@sbcglobal.net
Malta House of Care Mobile Clinic provides free primary health care, without discrimination, to the uninsured of greater Hartford including all pharmaceutical and testing needs.
Wishes: A gift of $100 allows for the purchase of pharmaceuticals for 8 patient visits; $250 for 14 visits; $500 for 28 visits; and $1,000 for 666 visits. We estimate that for every dollar we spend, a local hospital, clinic or community health center avoids spending not less than $3 and as much as $7.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - The mobile clinic is manned by volunteer medical providers (MD’s and Nurses) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at three locations in Hartford from 1 pm to 5 pm. We also have a need for translators to assist our medical providers with patients.**BIG WISH - A mobile medical trailer as a primary health care facility at a cost of $228,000 plus additional sums for equipment and supplies.


Marrakech, Inc. Contact Name: Lindsay Foster Six Lunar Drive Woodbridge CT 06525 Telephone: 203-389-2970 1060 Fax: 203-397-0658 Email: lfoster@marrakechinc.org
Marrakech serves more than 1,500 children and adults with developmental, physical and behavioral health disabilities through housing, employment and community integration services.
Wishes: Gift cards for food and supplies for individuals with disabilities.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Musicians, magicians or any other type of entertainment for the consumer holiday party on December 11 at 3 pm in Hamden, CT.**BIG WISH - A financial sponsor for our Consumers Holiday Party.


Mary's Place, A Center for Grieving Children and Families Contact Name: Lisa Peluso Six Poquonock Avenue Windsor CT 06095 Telephone: 860-688-9621 Fax: 860-683-0206 Email: marysplacect@aol.com
Mary's Place provides an atmosphere of trust in which children and families who are grieving a death share their experiences, receive support and find comfort.
Wishes: Gift cards for Target, Walmart, and local grocery stores to purchase toys for holiday gift packs and supplies for holiday party; gift cards to movies for teens; a new artificial Christmas tree.**BIG WISH - A portable TV with DVD/VHS player.
McCall Foundation, Inc. Contact Name: Judith Bouchard 58 High Street P.O. Box 806 Torrington CT 06790 Telephone: 860-496-2100 Fax: 860-496-2111 Email: mccall.foundation@snet.net
The McCall Foundation Inc. is a highly regarded non-profit behavioral healthcare provider, which has effectively served the Northwest Corner of CT for the past 30+ years with the highest quality of care. Cognitive Behavioral Treatment and Motivational Enhancement Techniques are utilized on a continuum of care including intensive outpatient services, and traditional outpatient services. In addition, The McCall Foundation provides a host of prevention and education services to children, adolescents, and their families throughout the region.
Wishes: $1000 to purchase gifts for 100 children, adolescents and teens in our prevention/education programs.**BIG WISH - Funding to purchase a new agency-wide phone integrated phone system, a state of the art video monitoring system for our residential unit, as well as funds to renovate a bulding that serves as our Recovery House; projects include roof and window replacement, as well as installation of vinyl siding.


McGivney Community Center Contact Name: Karen McIntosh P.O. Box 5220338 Stillman Street Bridgeport CT 06610-0220 Telephone: 203-333-2789 Fax: 203-334-1933 Email: kmcintosh@mcgivney.org
McGivney provides year-round after-school, evening and summer programs for over 300 6-22 year olds in Bridgeport. By providing high-quality tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational activities, our focus is to help our youth build the skills needed to succeed in school and beyond.
Wishes: To help our young members experience the joy of giving during the holidays, McGivney hosts an Annual Christmas Store. After earning points during the school year by getting good grades and showing good citizenship, youth are able to "shop" with their points and select gifts for each member of their household, including themselves. We would welcome donations of the following new, unwrapped items: For Men: wallets, clothing, gym bags, shaving kits; for women: perfumes, purses, jewelry, nail polish; for children: arts and craft supplies, school supplies, book bags, iPods, game systems; gift cards to various stores, e.g.: Home Depot, Crate and Barrel, Bed Bath and Beyond, FYE, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Stop & Shop, and any mall.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to help our members "shop" and wrap their presents during our Christmas Store on Tuesday, December 23, 3 - 5:30 pm. Please call Joe DeSabella, Program Director, at (203) 333-2789 to sign up.**BIG WISH - 10 new regulation-sized basketballs for our gym.


McSweeney Regional Senior Center Contact Name: Rose Marie Fowler 47 Crescent Street Willimantic CT 06226 Telephone: 860-423-4524 Fax: 860-450-1665 Email: mcsweeney@snet.net
We are a full service senior center serving seniors in the Windham Region with recreational programs, hot lunch Monday through Friday, dental clinic, health clinic, social service appointments and what ever services we can network for a senior.
Wishes: 60 - 75 small gifts so that at our Holiday Party each senior receives a present; holiday decorations, festive paper plates, napkins, tablecloths; $75 for an entertainment component; funds or donation of New Year's party food, favors and non-alcoholic champagne.**BIG WISH - A large screen TV (37" or 40") for our dining room, with CD capacity and ready for February 2009.
Meals for the Needy Contact Name: Shirley Dickau c/o Zion Lutheran Church27 Judd Street BristolCT06010 Telephone: 860-589-7744 Fax: 860-585-0861 Email: sdzionbristol@sbcglobal.net
Provides food and related services to those in need in Greater Bristol.
Wishes: Frozen turkeys and canned goods; small denomination gift certificates.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Assist with 4-evening per week soup kitchen, clothing bank, pantry; assist with Thanksgiving distribution and the Christmas and Easter Day dinners.


Mercy Housing & Shelter Corporation Contact Name: Theresa Ryan 211 Wethersfield Avenue Hartford CT 06114 Telephone: 860-808-2055 Fax: 860-548-0692 Email: tryan@mercyhousingct.org
Founded in 1983 by the Connecticut Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation (MHSC) is a non-profit organization that responds to the needs of those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing them with food, housing, education, and support services in an atmosphere that respects individual differences. MHSC acts as an agent for social change through its advocacy work and its commitment to eradicating homelessness in the state of Connecticut.
Wishes: Travel size toiletries: Non-alcoholic mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, deodorant for men and women, feminine pads, razors for men & women; Clothing: white socks for men and women, men’s and women’s undergarments: large size boxers, briefs, panties, T-shirts, large size sweat suits, large size sweaters for men and women, hats and gloves for men and women; Gift cards from grocery stores, Walmart, Target, Toys "R" Us, Dunkin Donuts, CVS, Walgreens; Bedding: twin size sheets, pillow cases, standard size pillows, twin, full, and queen comforter sets, window and shower curtains, towels and wash cloths.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Shopping for, cooking and serving meals; wrapping holiday presents.**BIG WISH - Computers and printers in group room for clients to access for employment and education purposes.


Middletown Adult Education Even Start Contact Name: Cindy Cappetta 398 Main Street Middletown CT 06457 Telephone: 860-343-6050 Fax: 860-343-6046 Email: ccappetta@maect.org
Even Start is a family literacy program that provides early childhood education (birth-3), parenting education, and parent-and-child together literacy activities for low income parents who are attending Adult Education classes to earn a high school diploma or to learn English.
Wishes: Board books for infants/toddlers or funds to purchase them.**BIG WISH - A double or triple stroller, new or used in excellent condition.
Milford Senior Center Contact Name: JaniceJackson Nine Jepson Drive Miilford CT 06460 Telephone: 203-876-6144 Fax: 203-877-5135 Email: mcoamilford@hotmail.com jmjmilfordseniorcenter@yahoo.com
The Milford Senior Center is a nonprofit multi-services agency that serves people 55 years and older who live in Milford. Services and Programs include, transportation, Meals-on-Wheels, mini-lunch program, continental breakfast program, insurance assistance, food bank assistance, educational classes and many recreational activities. Our Ahrens Program assists clients with cognative and physical disabilities and provides respite for the primary caregiver.
Wishes: Items needed during the holiday season are gift cards to ShopRite in Milford.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteer opportunities available during the holiday season are specifically in our community food bank. Food is available for anyone in need living in Milford.**BIG WISH - One big wish that would help our Senior Center overall would be a stackable washer and dryer that we have been in need of for several months.


Minister Walker Outreach Ministries Contact Name: JohnWalker 1407 Park Street135-A Hartford CT 06106 Telephone: 860-233-3482 Fax: 860-233-3482 Email: miniwalkerorm@aol.com
Minister Walker Outreach Ministries provides help to homebound senior citizens, disabled veterans, and individuals who request our service.
Wishes: Minister Walker Outreach Ministries is seeking 70 turkeys and fruit baskets for Christmas for our clients.**BIG WISH - Minister Walker Ministries is in great need of a cargo van to deliver food and clothing for our homebound senior citizens, disabled veterans and individuals who request our service in the City of Hartfford, CT, and the surrounding area.


Mount Saint John Contact Name: Victoria McKenney 135 Kirtland Street Deep River CT 06422 Telephone: 860-343-1340 Fax: 860-526-1636 Email: mckenneyv@mtstjohn.org
Mount Saint John iprovides residential care for adolescent boys in need of mental health, educational, behavioral and social services to promote success as young adults.
Wishes: Personal CD players, AA batteries, slippers, mens boxers, men socks, mens long shorts, bicycles and accessories, musical instruments, bathrobes, sports equipment, gift cards for clothing, i.e., Bob's or Target, video games for Xbox or Playstation (no mature, please), movie DVD's (no R rated, please), sports jackets or blazers, group tickets to educationally related activities such as science exhibits or museums.**BIG WISH - We are in dire need of new exercise room equipment for our young men to work out with.


My Sisters' Place Inc. Contact Name: Tamara Wilson 102 Pliny Street Hartford CT 06120 Telephone: 860-549-1634 12 Fax: 860 549-5766 Email: tamaraw@sistersplacect.org
My Sisters’ Place Inc. provides emergency shelter and transitional housing for women and their children in the north end of Hartford.
Wishes: Grocery store gift cards to purchase items that have not been donated; gift wrap, tape, labels; arts and crafts holiday projects (i.e. pumpkin decorating, gingerbread houses, etc.)**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to wrap gifts; magician/Santa Claus for holiday party (entertainment).**BIG WISH - A new roof.


Naugatuck Early Childhood (Head Start and School Readiness) Contact Name: Cheryl Woodruff174 Coen Street Naugatuck CT 06770 Telephone: 203-729-2390 Fax: 203-720-2428 Email: woodruffc@naugy.net
Naugatuck Head Start provides free, high quality preschool to low income families in Naugatuck.
Wishes: Turkey and the fixings. We also have a connection with the local food bank to help supply food for our families during the holiday season.**BIG WISH - A new copy machine to make copies of flyers and other informational tools that we send home to our families.


New Haven Home Recovery Contact Name: Sherry DelGaudio 153 East Street, Suite 300 New Haven CT 06511 Telephone: 203-492-4866 19 Fax: 203-492-4872 Email: sdelgaudio@nhhr.org
New Haven Home Recovery provides emergency homeless shelter to 13 families and 18 single women and four supportive housing programs for families. Other services provided by NHHR include: supportive housing services to families with disabilities such as substance abuse, mental health issues, HIV/AIDS, or multiple diagnoses; supportive housing services to families living with HIV/AIDS; housing advocacy and resources to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS; substance abuse and mental health counseling; two transitional supportive housing programs for homeless women moving from welfare to work or women seeking reunification with their children under DCF care; and two emergency shelters for women and children. NHHR also operates The Furniture Co-Op which collects furniture and housewares from the general public, and then gives them to families who are transitioning from homelessness, living with disabilities or other insufferable hardships.
Wishes: Blankets, pillows, non-perishable food, gift cards (Target, Walmart, Shaw's, Stop & Shop) or funds to purchase the aforementioned items for the clients that we serve.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Prepare a meal at the shelter, (ongoing) any 4th Sunday of the month; magician or entertainer for children's holiday party at shelter; coordinate holiday food drives.**BIG WISH - A commercial refrigerator for the CareWays shelter's kitchen.
New Horizons Domestic Violence Services Contact Name: Michele Waldner P.O. Box 1036 Middletown CT 06457 Telephone: 860-344-9599 3701 Email: waldnem@chc1.com
New Horizons provides emergency housing advocacy and counseling for women and children who are homeless due to domestic violence. We also provide a 24-hour hotline, community education, support groups, and court advocacy.
Wishes: Stop & Shop gift certificates in $10 increments; gas cards for client travel; CVS, Walgreens or Rite Aid cards for personal products; Parmalatt extended shelf milk; Walmart gift cards; car booster seats for toddlers; pots and pans for shelter.**BIG WISH - A van.


New Horizons, Inc. Contact Name: Linda Carr 37 Bliss Road Unionville CT 06085-1458 Telephone: 860-673-8893 Fax: 860-675-4369 Email: linda.carr@newhorizonsvillage.com
New Horizons, an organization of mentally alert, physically disabled adults and their able-bodied supporters; provides our constituents the environment and tools necessary to promote growth and self-determination. We offer an opportunity for barrier free, accessible, independent living for physically disabled adults.
Wishes: Our residents would really benefit from gift cards to grocery stores; Stop & Shop, ShopRite and Shaw's; to purchase holiday meal supplies or for New Horizons to use to apply to the annual resident holiday dinner in December. Additionally, our residents could really use Walmart gift cards to purchase any number of household items or daily care supplies.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers would be welcome to assist in decorating the community after Thanksgiving. Volunteers are always welcome to assist with food service at our annual holiday dinner which will be held this year on Sunday, December 14. If interested please contact Jan Kozlowski at 860-673-8893.**BIG WISH - A new van, or portion of the cost, designed to transport our wheelchair bound residents.


Newtown Youth & Family Services Contact Name: Beth Agen 17 Church Hill Road Newtown CT 06810 Telephone: 203-270-4335 Fax: 203-270-4338 Email: bagen@newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org
Newtown Youth & Family Services provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education regardless of ability to pay.
Wishes: G-rated DVDs (Disney features) for kids after-school program; crayons, coloring pencils, coloring books, finger paints, dry erase markers and boards, assorted stickers, charts, board games for all different age levels (ie. Uno, Guess Who?).**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers for the 23rd annual Newtown Holiday Festival on Sunday, December 7, from 9 am - 5 pm. Help as ticket takers, arts and crafts helpers, or help with festival of trees or the ginger bread house contest.**BIG WISH - A new or used van to transport kids for our afterschool program.


Niantic Community Church Children's Center Contact Name: Kathy Tiller 170 Pennsylvania Avenue Niantic CT 06357 Telephone: 860-739-0877 Fax: 860-739-8308 Email: director@nccchildrenscenter.com
Niantic Community Church Children’s Center provides childcare for children ages 6 months – 5 years.
Wishes: Holiday books and CD’s, small gifts to be distributed to the children at our holiday party (Scholastic Books has $1.00 books that we have given in the past.) **VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Someone to dress up as Santa Claus at our Holiday Party on Thursday, December 18. We can provide the Santa Suit.**BIG WISH - A changing table with steps so that the Toddlers do not need to be lifted by the teachers.


Norma F. Pfriem BreastCare Center Contact Name: Donna Twist 111 Beach Road Fairfield CT 06824 Telephone: 203-259-8804 Fax: 203-255-6971 Email: dtwis@aol.com
The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center provides breast health services and outreach and education to women in southern Fairfield County.
Wishes: Each year, we host a Victorian holiday tea to raise awareness about breast health. Women who attend receive breast exam shower cards to help them remember how and when to do a monthly self breast exam. We need $150 to purchase 100 shower cards. We also distribute pink jelly bracelets which raise awareness of breast cancer. We need $100 for 100 bracelets.**BIG WISH - An order of breast exam shower cards to help women remember how and when to do a monthly self breast exam. Shower cards are distributed for free at health fairs and health education workshops throughout greater Bridgeport and southern Fairfield County. An order of cards is approximately $1,500.


North Central Area Agency on Aging Contact Name: Maureen McIntyre Two Hartford Square West Suite 101 Hartford CT 06106-1903 Telephone: 860-724-6443 283 Fax: 860-251-6107 Email: maureen.mcintyre@ncaaact.org
NCAAA assists older adults and their families to identify and access community-based services and ensures on-going availability of quality programs through advocacy and planning.
Wishes: Many of our consumers who are transitioning from nursing homes back to the community have few, if any, worldly possessions with which to set up a household. Items such as furniture, small appliances, cleaning supplies, dishes and cookware, bedding and bathroom linens are an important component to creating and maintaining a safe and comfortable environment. $1500 is the average cost per transitioned individual in the absence of donations of the household supplies listed above. Cash donations if received would be used for gift cards to area retailers so that consumers would be able to procure items for themselves in pursuit of independent community living.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to bake and/or deliver holiday cookies to individuals recently returning to the community.**BIG WISH - Due to an extraordinary growth in programming, our agency needs to move to a larger facility; however, the costs associated with moving have hampered our efforts in the past. A donation to defray the cost of moving expenses would be gratefully appreciated.


Norwalk Emergency Shelter Contact Name: Carol Antonez Four Merritt Street South Norwalk CT 06854 Telephone: 203-866-1057 Fax: 203-866-4974 Email: neshelter@aol.com
Norwalk Emergency Shelter provides safe, sanitary shelter care to homeless men, women and families, assists shelter residents in searching for housing, jobs, counseling and treatment and fosters residents' growth toward independence and responsibility.
Wishes: Turkey, ham, ground beef, gravy mix, stuffing, cranberry sauce and money for perishable items; items for a special Christmas Eve party; gifts for the homeless such as socks, gloves, hats or donations to purchase them.


Oak Hill Contact Name: Suzanne Heise 120 Holcomb Street Hartford CT 06112 Telephone: 860-242-2274 Fax: 860-242-3103 Email: heises@cibokhill.org
Oak Hill is the premiere provider of disability services in Connecticut. Oak Hill is a private nonprofit providing community-based housing, employment and education; assistive technology; early intervention; healthy relationships; arts and recreation.
Wishes: Deck umbrella; flat screen TV; big screen TV; CD/Cassette tape stereo; stationary seat swing; stackable washer/dryer; movies; music CD’s; patio table/chairs; digital camera; card making program and printer; holiday decorations; gift cards/certificates to craft stores, Walmart, Stop & Shop, restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks; passes for Beardsley Zoo; frozen drink machine; large microwave oven; toys.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Bake holiday cookies and gingerbread houses at several of our group homes throughout Connecticut; sing holiday carols, do storytelling and make holiday crafts at several of our group homes, classrooms and artisans' center; contact us for volunteer times and dates, especially for December.**BIG WISH - Additional plantings, flowers and bulbs to enlarge Oak Hill’s sensory garden at the NEAT Center, which offers tactile, olfactory and color stimulation for people with hearing loss, visual impairments and physical disabilities.


The Open Hearth Association Contact Name: Eric Ringwood 437 Sheldon Street PO Box 1077 Hartford CT 06143-1077 Telephone: 860-525-3447 Fax: 860-920-0011 Email: ringwood@theopenhearth.org
The Open Hearth provides shelter for the homeless in the Greater Hartford community and a transitional living program for men who are looking to employment, housing, and an independent way of life.
Wishes: We need funds for food, bed frames, walk-in freezer and refrigerator, new phone system, outside canopy for shelter doorway, priced at $3,500.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We need volunteers to serve food, play the piano and offer words of encouragement to shelter men.**BIG WISH - A new roof for The Open Hearth.


Pathways-Senderos Teen Pregnancy Prevention Center Contact Name: Heather Mills 100 Arch Street New Britain CT 06085 Telephone: 860-229-2776 Fax: 860-229-8608 Email: hmills@snet.net
The Pathways-Senderos Center serves 60 boys and girls (40 families) living in the Arch Street neighborhood of New Britain. We provide intensive, holistic programming throughout the year. During the holidays, we have a family celebration, providing gifts to our participants and their families. Our children range from grades 6-12 and many have multiple siblings.
Wishes: Journals, books, arts and crafts supplies; games and recreational equipment (board games, balls, hacky sacks, sports equipment, etc.), watches, stuffed animals, photo albums, disposable cameras; health and beauty supplies for boys and girls, hair products and accessories; T-shirts and sweatshirts for boys and girls (sizes M-XXL), gloves, scarves, slippers and socks; school supplies; entertainment and cultural opportunities (e.g., tickets to sporting events, museums, movies); gift certificates (clothing, food, entertainment), a new microwave.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Tutoring and mentoring; guest speakers and role model presentations; job shadowing and job site visit opportunities.**BIG WISH - A 15-passenger van.


Perception Programs, Inc. Contact Name: Ruth Gordon P.O. Box 40754 North Street Willimantic CT 06226-0407 Telephone: 860-450-7122 Fax: 860-450-7127 Email: ruth.gordon@perceptionprograms.org
Perception Programs provides quality support and treatment to individuals addicted to alcohol and drugs. We offer outpatient, outreach, residential and educational services.
Wishes: 2 dozen blankets or comforters, 4 dozen bath & hand towels and face cloths, 3 dozen twin sheet sets and pillows, 6 twin bed mattresses and box springs, 2 sets of Tupperware or similar containers, 3 dozen sets of flatware and drinking glasses, 6 medium and large pots and pans, tablecloths (oval and rectangular) 2 TV’s and 2 DVD players, gifts for teenage children that the clients can send to their children for a holiday present and wrapping paper and 1 ergonomic office chair.**BIG WISH - A used car in good repair for outreach workers to transport clients to appointments.


Person-to-Person, Inc. Contact Name: DianeTucker PO Box 31281864 Post Road Darien CT 06820 Telephone: 203-656-4631 158 Fax: 203-655-8082 Email: dianetucker@p2darien.org
Person-to-Person provides food, clothing and financial emergency assistance to low-income individuals and families living in Lower Fairfield County.
Wishes: Hats and mittens to keep children warm in cold weather; Gift cards for Stop & Shop so clients can purchase food for their families; gift cards for Target and Walmart for clients to purchase clothing, food and toiletries; and new car seats for our clients’ children to keep their children safe in cars.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Please contact Judy Kilmartin at 203-656-4631 as we have a variety of opportunities for volunteers.**BIG WISH - Person-to-Person would appreciate a color photocopier and supply of ink for the color photocopier to use for client, volunteer and donor communications.


Pivot Ministries, Inc. Contact Name: Anthony Zangaro 485 Jane Street Bridgepor tCT 06608 Telephone: 203-416-5468 Fax: 203-331-0171 Email: tz1977@yahoo.com
Pivot Ministries provides emergency shelter to those suffering from addition. We also provide residential treatment such as counseling and anger management and other classes.
Wishes: We need canned vegetables, soup, macaroni, pasta, breakfast cereal, sugar, oatmeal, etc.; toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.; $200 for stamps ad envelopes.**A new or good used 12 or 15-passenger van.


Plainville Community Food Pantry Contact Name: Susan Woerz P.O. Box 23354 South Canal Street Plainville CT 06062 Telephone: 860-747-1919 Fax: 860-793-2475 Email: plainvillefoodpantry@yahoo.com
The PCFP is a non-profit outreach agency that provides food, energy assistance, clothing, crisis intervention and referral services to individuals in need.
Wishes: New, unwrapped toys for all ages, boys and girls, especially board games, which can be used for our Toy Drive. Our Toy Drive will be held December 8, so donations would be needed before December 5.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to make food baskets for the holidays on November 21 and December 19, 9 am – 3 pm. Volunteers to help hand baskets out on November 22 and December 20, 9 am – 12 noon.**BIG WISH - A portable, folding, double clothes rack for our winter jackets. Right now we borrow one from a neighboring church.


The Pot of Gold Foundation Contact Name: Denneyse Carswell 69 Walbridge Road West Hartford CT 06119 Telephone: 860-233-6938 Fax: 860-233-6938 Email: potofgoldfoundation@comcast.net
First national year round, week long retreat facility for clients ages 16-24 who have or have had childhood cancer. Program is open to all regardless of race, religion, or ability to pay.
Wishes: Donations of funds to furnish and decorate facility; funds for a small Christmas party or for a restaurant to host a party.**BIG WISH - A new or gently used grand or baby grand piano for the library/media room.


Prime Time House, Inc. Contact Name: David Ostrom 810 Main Street TorringtoCT 06790 Telephone: 860-482-3636 134 Fax: 860-496-4097 Email: dostrom@primetimehouse.com
The mission of Prime Time House is to assist adults with severe psychiatric disabilities to lead more productive and fulfilling lives. Prime Time House provides unlimited opportunity to access the same worlds of friendship, housing, education and employment as the rest of society. This is achieved by structuring services that have a high fidelity to the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs.
Wishes: Gift cards to be used to purchase outer wear for the winter season - hats, mittens, coats and boots for our membership living in the rural hills of Litchfield County; Food - turkey, ham, gravy mix, cranberry sauce and pie fixings.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - For Thanksgiving and Christmas - drivers to deliver meals to membership that can't come into the clubhouse; help to serve, cook and clean between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.**BIG WISH - A van as we are lacking a reliable vehicle to transport our vocational members to and from their jobs and to transport members in for the holiday.


Protectors of Animals, Inc. Contact Name: Jody Macrina P.O. Box 24 South Glastonbury CT 06073-0024 Telephone: 860-569-0722 Fax: 860 895-9110 Email: jodycats@aol.com
For over 33 years P.O.A. has found homes for thousands of stray, abandoned, abused and impounded cats, kittens, dogs and pups. Our rescues are all vet checked, spayed or neutered, given age appropriate shots and then adopted to loving homes. P.O.A. also works with area ACOs, vets and families with situations where present owners cannot care for their pets. We are a no kill, all volunteer, nonprofit shelter with a membership of over 400 and active volunteer staff of 70+. Our services also include educational information and supportive assistance given to callers and school groups about the care of their pets and the importance of spaying and neutering.
Wishes: Help from area veterinarians with low cost spays and neuters; help with the cost of our Adoption Center rent; assistance with the cost of advertising and educational materials. Monetary donations to help with our vet costs.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Dog or cat cleaning and feeding; medical, socialization, intake and placement; transportation, office work and grant writing. To volunteer you must be 18 or over and we will train for all positions.**BIG WISH - Land and/or building to call our own. Rescue, Adopt, Love!


Prudence Crandall Center Contact Name: Jessica Lewis-Branson PO Box 895594 Burritt Street New Britain CT 06050-0895 Telephone: 860-225-5187 10 Fax: 860-826-4994 Email: jlewisbranson@prudencecrandall.org
PCC provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence. Services include emergency shelter, 24-hour hotline, individual/group counseling, advocacy, children's programs and community education.
Wishes: Holiday food: turkeys, hams, roasts, potatoes, gravy, vegetables, cookies; Holiday Party: decorations, cookies, holiday craft supplies, new unwrapped gifts for women and children; Christmas Day: Adopt a Family donors to provide gifts for a specific family residing in our emergency shelter.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - 10 volunteers to assist with the planning and implementation of the holiday party for our families. The party will be held on Saturday, December 20, from 1-4 pm. Planning for the party will begin in early November.**BIG WISH - A new laptop computer with LCD projector that we could use in prevention education programs.


Repairing the Breaches Family Services Ministry Inc. Contact Name: Malisa Morris 323 West Main Street New Britain CT 06050 Telephone: 860-832-8842 Fax: 860-832-8554 Email: eldermalisamorris@yahoo.com
We are a faith- and community-based organization, that provides social services support to men, women and children in the greater New Britain area. We provide a job readiness program, HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and counseling, a food and clothing pantry, support groups, pastoral counseling and housing for six women who are in recovery.
Wishes: Holiday foods and warm winter clothing for our food and clothing pantry; $1,500 to host a Thanksgiving dinner for our clients; 6 bed and dresser sets and other household items for our Just for Me Sober House.**BIG WISH - Two vans, new or used, to be used for our clients who are on probation and parole who are accessing our services in order for them to get their lives back on track.


Resources Outreach Center Contact Name: Leslie Singleton 1303 Chapel Street New Haven CT 06511 Telephone: 203-619-3719 Fax: 203-789-8631 Email: Resources.center@yahoo.com
Agency provides shelter for youth (women) and children that are homeless.
Wishes: 70 turkeys, potatoes. $1,000 for coats, hats, gloves and some footwear.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to pass out gift bags and toys for families.**BIG WISH - Our need is for more bedding and twin bunk beds, dressers, living room furniture, kitchen table and chairs, 6 chairs or more.


Right Now Outreach Services Contact Name: Briggitte Brown 323 West Main Street New Britain CT 06052 Telephone: 860-832-8896 Fax: 860-832-8554 Email: rhabri@yahoo.com
Right Now Outreach Services is a community-based organization. We provide supportive and preventive services to individuals and families.
Wishes: Toys and gifts for the youths 1 month to 18 years of age.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - help with a holiday dinner to make this Christmas better for families in the New Britain area who will not have the funds to do so.**BIG WISH - 5 Computers, copier, computer desks, printers and $1500 for supplies for clients, so that we can provide vocational/educational and job searching skills.


Rivera Memorial Foundation, Inc. Contact Name: Maritza Rivera 232 North Elm Street Waterbury CT 06702 Telephone: 203-573-9068 Fax: 203-573-9068 Email: rhmfinc@aol.com
The Rivera Memorial Foundation, Inc. (RMFINC) provides educational and recreational services to the underserved at-risk children and families of Waterbury to decrease juvenile delinquency, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy and school drop-out rates. Our programs include an after-school program, mentoring opportunities, interships for high school students, a year-long after-school cheerleading program, a summer basketball league for children and adults, summer enrichment program and scholarships for high school seniors and college students.
Wishes: 300 new toys for children from ages 6 - 15 or gift cards to a department or toy store to give as Christmas gifts as part of our toy collection to be distributed to the children and families in the city of Waterbury; 10 banquet tables and chairs to use for our after school program.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Pick up donations at different locations, sort Christmas gifts and help distribute gifts to families.**BIG WISH - $25,000 for the Summer Enrichment Program for curriculum materials, recreational equipment and a youth employment component to help youth with their skills in leadership and responsibility.


Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut Contact Name: Janet Hanscom 501 George Street New Haven CT 06511 Telephone: 203-777-5683 12 Fax: 203-777-3082 Email: jhanscom@rmh-ct.org
Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut provides a "home away from home" for the families of children who are being treated at nearby healthcare facilities.
Wishes: Gift cards for Stop & Shop and Shaw's; liquid laundry detergent, bleach, rolled paper towls, paper plates, cold and hot beverage cups (no styrofoam).**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers for Trees of Hope on December 1 - 9, at the Long Wharf Maritime Center, New Haven, CT.**BIG WISH - A carpenter for the day.


Rushford Contact Name: Heidi Hanson 1250 Silver Street Middletown CT 06457 Telephone: 203-630-5261 Fax: 203-634-7061 Email: hhanson@rushford.org
Rushford Center provides behavioral health care, including crisis services and residential care for children and adolescents living in Middlesex County and the Meriden/Wallingford area.
Wishes: Funds (about $2000) to purchase critical winter clothing for about 50 children ages 3-13; funds (about $1500) to purchase holiday gifts for about 50 children ages 3-13; funds (about $500) to purchase art supplies for at-risk Middletown youth to make holiday gifts for their families and friends; funds (about $1000) to purchase grocery store gift cards for families to buy holiday meals; funds (about $1000) for our adolescent residential program to purchase gift cards and/or supplies for our venture scouting program. **VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Speakers and mentors for our Prevention Services programs; volunteers to provide vocational training to youth in our programs.**BIG WISH - A new flat-screen TV for our adolescent residential program in Durham.


Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center of Bridgeport Contact Name: Captain Oxana O'Gara 1313 Connecticut Avenue Bridgeport CT 06607 Telephone: 203-367-8621 302 Fax: 203-336-5453 Email: oo'gara@use.salvationarmy.org
An adult rehabilitation center serves 50 men with social, emotional and spiritual needs who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves (due to drug abuse, gambling, alcoholism, etc.). The center provides adequate housing with work, group and individual therapy in clean, wholesome surroundings.
Wishes: For 50 men: socks, under garments, gloves, hats, deodorants, shampoo, razors, laundry detergent. Also, linens and blankets.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Tuesday, December 9 or Wednesday, December 10, Christmas music band from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - would be great!**BIG WISH - A Halsey Taylor ADA approved wall mounted fountain with front and side push bars which will chill up to 8 gallons of water per hour would be perfect for the dorm area. Thank you!


Salvation Army Marshall House Family Shelter Contact Name: Sarah Grisko 225 South Marshall Street HartforCT 06106 Telephone: 860-643-8423 102 Fax: 860-240-7035 Email: sarah.grisko@USEsalvationarmy.org
The Salvation Army Marshall House provides emergency shelter to families and single women experiencing homelessness. Comprehensive services include nutritious meals, semi-private bedrooms, mental health assessments and case management focused on assisting clients with getting a source of income, childcare, and stable housing.
Wishes: Gift cards to give the parents as presents (i.e. Walmart, Target, Macy's, JC Penny's, etc.); bus tokens, new toys for children ages newborn to 17 years old; large laundry baskets; new bed linens (twin-full size), towels, thick blankets and pillows.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – Help with arts and crafts projects with the residents. Call to arrange specific dates.**BIG WISH - A Maytag MHWZ 400 TQ 3.3 cubic ft. washing machine.


Salvation Army Marshall House Homeless Prevention and Housing Stabilization Contact Name: Christie Corrigan 255 South Marshall Street Hartford CT 06105 Telephone: 860-543-8438 6 Fax: 860-240-7035 Email: christieCorrigan@USE.SalvationArmy.org
The Salvation Army Marshall House Outreach Programs (Beyond Shelter CT Program, Homeless Prevention Program, Housing 1st Program, CRT/Supportive Housing) help families, single women and single men at risk of or experiencing homelessness to access and obtain permanent housing, remain in housing, become self sufficient by increasing income, connect families with resources and provide the necessary support to accomplish these goals.
Wishes: Pots and pans, dish sets, cup sets, utensils, microwaves, towel sets (towels, washcloths and hand towels), twin sheets (some plain prints for adults but mostly kids prints, ex. Dora the Explorer, Disney Princess, Spiderman), full and queen size sheet sets, pillows, comforters and blankets; toiletries; cleaning supplies (vacuum, mop, broom and dustpan, sponges, all purpose cleaners); bus tokens, bus passes, gift cards to Walmart/Target to obtain any other household items not listed; gift cards to Stop & Shop or Shaw's to obtain food for families transitioning into housing or in crisis.


SAND Corporation Contact Name: Marcia Scott 2550 Main Street Hartford CT 06120 Telephone: 860-278-8460 10 Fax: 860-297-0074 Email: mscott@sandcorporation.com
SAND Corporation provides employment readiness training, elderly services, youth employment and ex-offender programs, which transition participants back into the greater Hartford community.
Wishes: Hams (distributed at Christmas to Clay/Arsenal residents), turkeys (for Turkey Give-Away at Thanksgiving), holiday food baskets, non-perishable foods, new toys for the Christmas Toy Give Away, winter coats and scarves.**BIG WISH - DVD Player, Digital Camera and Camcorder (record participants and graduates of various programs offered). Will also be used for educational/training material for programs.


SARAH, Inc. Contact Name: Patricia Bourne 246 Goose Lane, Suite 101 Guilford CT 06437 Telephone: 203-458-4040 311 Fax: 203-458-4050 Email: pbourne@sarah-inc.org
SARAH, Inc. provides employment, work and life skills training, community experience, recreation, early intervention and family support to children, adults and families of over 500 people with intellectual and other disabilities in communities throughout Connecticut.
Wishes: Adaptable toys and switch toys for our KIDSTEPS Birth to Three Program. SARAH in Action - Westbrook: Picnic table and benches, railroad ties for the gardens, indoor and outdoor plants, glider, table top easels, big screen TV, a WII, DVD Player, book shelves and books, kitchen ware, teapot, linens, small end tables & lamps. SARAH in Action – Madison: gift certificates for arts/crafts, Walmart gift certificates, a new television that would be more compatible with the Wii. SARAH in Action in Branford: shelving, large Tupperware bins, a pallet jack, large bins with wheels, 55 gallon pails with wheels, a work table, fish tank with equipment, fountain, kitchen ware, ottoman, chaise lounge, exercise bike, bean bag chairs, Christmas Tree with decorations. SARAH in Action in Guilford: gas grill, 2 reception chairs, indoor skee-ball; indoor basketball, 65 CM exercise ball, digital camera with tri pod, camcorder, CD stereo system, Large indoor fountain, book shelves, wall murals, sewing machine, arts and crafts gift certificates, gift certificates to bowling, kitchen dinnerware and utensils, musical bingo and wood craft projects. Recreation: uniforms for volleyball and basketball, new shorts for Special Olympic teams (volleyball, basketball, softball, track), Christmas books with lyrics, 30 elf hats for Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Christmas decorations.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Help with holiday parties, making crafts, entertain seniors with intellectual disabilities. Provide respite for children during family support workshops and group sessions.**BIG WISH - Audio/visual equipment (Big Screen TV, projector with screen, laptop), related equipment for participant and staff training events and for recreational activities in our SARAH in Action programs.


Shelter for the Homeless Contact Name: Peggy Lutz 616 Atlantic Street Stamford CT 06902 Telephone: 203-406-0017 Fax: 203-406-9619 Email: Peggylutz@optonline.net
The Shelter for the Homeless is a facility located in Stamford, CT, that services between 67 - 90+ clients on a daily basis. Areas of operation include homeless shelter, in-house recovery program and other services.
Wishes: Non-perishable items are needed since we don't provide on-site cooking. Toiletries and clothing also requested; hats, scarves, gloves, shoes, jackets, etc.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers are a great asset to the shelter and always welcome. Volunteers are mostly needed for daily dinner distribution, clerical organization and to help with event preparations such as our annual gala/appeal. Musicians, anchors of the arts are also desired.**BIG WISH - The Shelter would be appreciative of receiving new computers for many of our systems are rather old.


Shelter for Women - Gray Lodge & Alison Gill Lodge Contact Name: Gilda Roncari 20-28 Sargeant Street Hartford CT 06105 Telephone: 860-822-1521 21 Fax: 860-882-1523 Email: GildaR@shelterforwomen.org
The Shelter for Women helps young Connecticut women who have experienced abuse and neglect make sustainable progress toward recovery and independence by providing clinical, residential and educational support in a safe and caring environment.
Wishes: We make the holidays very special for the young women in our care. We do this with the generous help of donations from the community. $500 would buy fleece robes and slippers for all 28 young women in our programs They also love journals, disposable cameras, etc. Another $500 would provide the needed funds for special activities during the holiday break such as ice skating, theatrical productions and a special trip to Sturbridge Village to see the historic holiday traditions there.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We could use volunteers to decorate the houses for the holidays, or to come and bake holiday cookies that the girls could then bring home to their families or to Hartford area nursing homes. We could also use assistance in planning a special party for the girls. **BIG WISH - The young women in both of our programs would love to have a Wii, Nintendo’s interactive video game that would provide hours of entertainment and physical activity for them in their down time. $1,000 would purchase two Wiis/balance boards and remotes.


Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries Contact Name: Patricia Dowling P.O. Box 804 Essex CT 06426 Telephone: 860-388-1988 Email: pdowling@shorelinesoupkitchens.org
Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP) was founded in 1989 as an interfaith organization with the mission of providing food and fellowship to all in need in the shoreline area. We operate in partnership with faith communities in the 11 shoreline towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, East Lyme, Essex, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.
Wishes: Holiday food items and gift cards to local supermarkets.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Mondays from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m. helping to shop for food at the Connecticut Food Bank with transportation provided.**BIG WISH A community-wide commitment and action plan to end hunger and poverty.


South Park Inn, Inc. Contact Name: Mary Vazquez 75 Main Street Hartford CT 06106-5316 Telephone: 860 724-0071 Fax: 860 724-1692 Email: mvazquez@southparkinn.org
South Park Inn operates an 85 bed emergency shelter for homeless men, women, and children, 33 bed transitional housing and supportive housing for 35 people.
Wishes: A very detailed list of our donations acceptance policy and current needs can be found on our website at www.southparkinn.org. Gift Gards – to Walmart, Cost Cutters, gas cards or grocery store. This allows us flexibility in providing clients with things they need that fall outside of the range of the usual donations. Personal Hygiene – Such as: shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, make up, disposable razors, lotion and powder. Clothing- New clothing that can be given to clients (men, women and children) as Holiday gifts. Such as: socks, undergarments, children’s pajamas etc. Cash donations are used to purchase specific Holiday gifts, especially toys and games for children.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Groups of volunteers are always needed to prepare and serve meals. Contact Mary Vazquez at 860-724-0071 or mvazquez@southparkinn.org to coordinate.**BIG WISH - A detailed list of our major projects, found on our website at www.southparkinn.org, includes a commercial refrigerator for $3,000.


Southwest Community Health Center Contact Name: Ramsey Williams 968 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport CT 06605 Telephone: 203-330-6000 Fax: 203-334-0395 Email: rwilliams@swchc.org
Southwest Community Health Center (SWCHC) is a private, nonprofit federally qualified health center. Since 1976, it has offered barrier-free, easily accessible and comprehensive health care services to over 29,000 persons residing in 11 medically underserved, impoverished census tracts in the south and west end of Bridgeport. Southwest is licensed by the state of Connecticut as an outpatient medical facility.
Wishes: Turkeys, food baskets for drive in December. **BIG WISH - $500 to purchase toys for needy children.


St. Agnes Home, Inc. Contact Name: Claudette Chasse 104 Mayflower Street West Hartford CT 06110 Telephone: 860-521-7516 Email: claudettec@stagneshome.org
St. Agnes provides residential care and supportive services for pregnant and parenting adolescent mothers and their infants in the State of Connecticut.
Wishes: $25 gift cards to Walmart, CVS, Babies “R” Us; new infant & toddler car seats; flash drives; stamps; umbrellas; I-Pods; twin size comforter sets; cell phone minute cards; computers.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Poets, Musicians, Santa for our Holiday Party.**BIG WISH - Our program really needs new living room furniture for the mothers and babies.


St. James School Contact Name: Susan Davis 73 Park Street Manchester CT 06040 Telephone: 860-643-5088 Fax: 860-649-6462 Email: smdsquirte@cox.net
Saint James School serves Pre-K through Grade 8 students rooted in faith. We respect and nurture the unique gifts of our culturally diverse students.
Wishes: We need scholarship money to help our working parents meet their tuition payments.**BIG WISH - A new copier to replace the one in our front office.


St. Luke's Eldercare Solutions of Central Connecticut Contact Name: Diane Cummings 100 Riverview Center, Suite 202 Middletown CT 06457 Telephone: 860-347-5661 Fax: 860-347-9187 Email: executivedirector@stlukeshome.org
St. Luke’s is a non-profit organization that provides outreach services to seniors and veterans. Our FREE services include grocery shopping, transportation to out-of-the-area medical appointments, transportation for Veterans to VA hospitals, friendly visitors, minor home repair, information and resource referral, individual case management, daily financial management and HUD subsidized housing. We have a small paid staff and more than 150-trained volunteers. Our goal is to support seniors to enable them to live safely and independently in the community.
Wishes: 25 - $25 Stop & Shop or Walmart gift cards for the elderly residents of St. Luke's HUD subsidized apartment house; speakers, musicians, or entertainment at anytime during the year; bus transportation to New York City for the residents of St. Luke's apartments to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree; cash donations.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers are needed to transport veterans and the elderly living in midstate Middlesex County to medical appointments and the grocery store. We are also looking for used vehicle donations: cars, boats, motorcycles, snowmobiles, vans, jet-skis, motor homes and even buses!**BIG WISH: Gas Cards to help reimburse our volunteers for mileage … last year our volunteers drove over 22,000 miles.


St. Luke's LifeWorks Contact Name: Elaine Osowski 141 Franklin Street Stamford CT 06901 Telephone: (203) 388-0187 Fax: 203-353-5927 Email: Elaine@StLukesLifeWorks.org
St. Luke’s LifeWorks is a non-profit organization providing learning opportunities, housing and support services to people overcoming homelessness in lower Fairfield County. Services are available at 10 locations, eight of which are in Stamford, for families, single adults, people living with HIV/AIDS and people recovering from mental illness.
Wishes: New or nearly new, plus-sized women's career wear, including winter coats - in-season, in-style, especially 2X and 3X; $30 gift certificates to Target, Walmart or Burlington Coat Factory; small household appliances including toasters, microwaves, coffeemakers, flatware, kitchen wares; personal care items for men, women, and children – particularly full-sized shampoos, conditioners and lotions, toothpaste and toothbrushes; bus tokens.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Tutor adult learners in basic math, reading and computer skills; help children with homework; sponsor children for the Holiday Gift Collection that provides the only source of gifts for up to 2,000 children affected by HIV/AIDS, homelessness and poverty on Fairfield County; help sort and assemble items for over 200 turkey baskets for Thanksgiving; help with lawn care and snow removal for single moms living with HIV/AIDS; babysit children while parents attend classes.**BIG WISH - Help with pickup and delivery of donations of furniture to people moving out of homelessness and into homes.


St. Philip House Contact Name: Richard Baraglia 80 Broad Street Plainville CT 06062 Telephone: 860-793-2221 11 Fax: 860-793-2838 Email: rbaraglia@stphiliphouse.org
Saint Philip House is a supportive housing program for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.
Wishes: Household items such as: laundry detergent, paper goods of all types, cleaning supplies; postage stamps; grocery gift cards to Stop & Shop, Big Y, Gnazzo's; gift certificates for oil changes; movie gift certificates to Lowes Cinema.**BIG WISH - A new color copier.


St. Vincent de Paul Place Contact Name: Ron Krom P.O. Box 398617 Main Street Middletown CT 06457 Telephone: 860-344-0097 11 Fax: 860-343-0023 Email: ron.krom@sbcglobal.net
St. Vincent DePaul Place in Middletown offers breakfast and lunch, Monday-Saturday and dinner on Sundays at our Soup Kitchen, emergency assistance and a permanent supportive housing program at Liberty Commons.
Wishes: Personal care items (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, shaving cream and razors, etc.); winter clothing for adults; gift certificates to Stop & Shop; small appliances such as TVs, stereos, boom boxes (to be given as gifts to our guests at our annual Christmas party).**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - help prepare and serve food in the soup kitchen.
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Waterbury Contact Name: Paul Iadarola P.O. Box 1612 Waterbury CT 06721 Telephone: 203-754-0000 Fax: 203-756-0865 Email: st.vincent.depaul@snet.net
We provide 24 hour shelter to homeless single adults and families. We also operate a soup kitchen that provides lunch 6 days a week to about 250 people, a food pantry that distributes about 400 meals of groceries a week, a thrift shop, supervised living for 78 chronically mentally ill adults and 16 units of affordable housing for the working poor.
Wishes: Toys for children at our soup kitchen Christmas party. Men, women and children's pajamas and socks, towels (they do not have to be new), personal items, twin sheets and blankets. And of course, CASH.**BIG WISH - To have the Shelter floors stripped, washed and resealed; walk-in freezer for our soup kitchen.


StayWell Health Center Contact Name: Christine Bianchi 80 Phoenix Avenue Waterbury CT 06702 Telephone: 230-756-8021 3055 Fax: 203-547-4978 Email: cbianchi@staywellhealth.org
StayWell Health Center provides primary health care, dental, mental health, health education and outreach services regardless of the patient's ability to pay or insurance status. Translation services are available for Spanish, Albanian and Portuguese.
Wishes: From mid-October to January, StayWell will accept donations of new, unused hats, mittens and gloves (infant, child, adult) for Annual Hat & Mitten Tree; Gift cards for supermarkets or monetary donations to help offset the cost of having Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for patients and clients of outreach programs. New, unwrapped toys for children ages 0 to 18 years to be given to patients in need at Winter Holiday Party held in mid-December; Gift cards or monetary donations to purchase toys, gift wrapping supplies and party items; Donations of or gift cards or cash to purchase new or gently used reading books and new coloring books with crayons for ages 0 to 8 years to build our lending library or for literacy gift bags, which are given to children visiting StayWell. **VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Food servers at Annual Thanksgiving Dinner in mid-November; entertainers or musicians for Annual Thanksgiving Dinner or Winter Holiday Party; gift wrappers for Winter Holiday Party.**BIG WISH - Large planters for the front of 80 Phoenix Avenue site; donations towards IPSI Reflex Testing & Audiometry and disposable supplies ($3,560) which would allow providers to conduct hearing screenings for children.


The Strong House Adult Day Center Contact Name: Diane Fisher 546 Durham Road Madison CT 06443 Telephone: 203-245-0524 312 Fax: 203-245-8915 Email: dfisher@vnaservices.org
Center improves quality of life for the elderly. Structured recreational program, nursing, personal care, meals, transportation, out trips and musical entertainment are provided.
Wishes: Arts and craft items for the clients to use to make gifts for their families. Gift cards to art supply stores, photo shops, funds for additional food supplies for holiday parties.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Musicians to provide entertainment for holiday parties every Friday for the month of December from 1:30pm - 3:00pm.**BIG WISH - A large screen television, record player with turntable for 33 records, VCR DVD player for our living room.


Susan B. Anthony Project, Inc. Contact Name: Denise Torson 179 Water Street Torrington CT 06790 Telephone: 860-489-3798 Fax: 860-482-6268 Email: dtorson@sbaproject.org
Susan B. Anthony Project promotes safety, healing and growth for all survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and advocates for the autonomy of women and the end of interpersonal violence.
Wishes: Adopt a family for the holidays; Cash to purchase gifts for teenagers and adult women; Gift cards to Walmart, Target, TJ Maxx, Olympia Sports, haircuts and small electronics; gas, grocery and clothing store gift cards.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to be wreath sellers for our annual holiday fundraiser beginning in October and throughout the holiday season; volunteers to sort and organize holiday gifts the weeks leading up to Christmas.**BIG WISH - New window coverings for a large window in our shelter.
Tabor House Contact Name: Sister Ann Kane, CSJ 67 Brownell Avenue Hartford CT 06106 Telephone: 860 948-1676 Fax: 860 525-2439 Email: taborhousect@yahoo.com
Tabor House is a residential and supportive housing facility for homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. We have two houses in Hartford, one for men and one for women.
Wishes: $200 for the above would be very helpful.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Actually, during the holiday season, we usually have enough volunteers because of church volunteers.**BIG WISH - 1 or 2 bedroom sets (twin bed, bureau and night table).The rebuilding of a small deck at the women’s house and a new patio set would make a big difference in their lives. (Holiday need – the 4th of July!)


TEAM, Inc. Contact Name: Diane Stroman 30 Elizabeth Street Derby CT 06418 Telephone: 203-736-5420 1234 Fax: 203-736-5425 Email: dstroman@teaminc.org
TEAM offers early education, elderly nutrition/homemaking programs, financial literacy, housing and fuel assistance to the low-income population in the Lower Naugatuck Valley and its surroundings.
Wishes: Toys for our Valley Toys for Tots drive such as, electronic games, sports items, CD players, gift cards to major retail stores for children. The program provides toys to children ages 1 to 12 years of age.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Sorting, pricing and stocking gift items at our Toys for Tots store on December 1-22 anytime between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.


Teen Challenge New Haven Contact Name: Pastor Gerard MacDonald 86 Spring Street New Haven CT 06519 Telephone: 203 687-7211 Fax: 203 848-6728 Email: admin@tcnewhaven.org
Teen Challenge has for the last 50 years been in the business of changing lives, restoring families, breaking the power of addiction (by God's grace), reaching out to the community (soup ministry, conducting outreaches etc.)
Wishes: $100 for stamps so clients can send holiday cards to their families and friends – we currently have about 40 students – our wish list would be hats and gloves, 40 children’s gifts (ages 3-8), hygiene (toothpaste, razors, soap, shampoo etc.), $400 nutritional supplements (vitamins), $150- 2 updated first aid kits, $100 hand sanitizer and cold and flu medicine, $600 for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner products.**BIG WISH - We are in the process of renovating our 1st and 2nd floor bathrooms; we have people with building skills but the materials needed will run $1,200 per bathroom. So our one big wish is for $2,400 for materials for two new bathrooms.


The Connection Inc. - Hallie House for Women & Children Contact Name: Frances Fallon 99 Eastern Drive Middletown CT 06457 Telephone: 860-343-5513 Fax: 860-343-5580 Email: ffallon@theconnectioninc.org
Hallie House for Women & Children Center is a long term, residential treatment facility for pregnant and parenting women who desire to live a clean and sober life.
Wishes: Turkeys, stamps, fixing’s for holiday food, baking pans, etc.**BIG WISH - Bed linens for eight women, pillows, mattress pads, etc.


The Village Contact Name: Lisa Bell 1680 Albany Avenue Hartford CT 06105-1099 Telephone: 860-297-0573 Fax: 860-233-7676 Email: lbell@villageforchildren.org
The Village provides both Outpatient and Inpatient (Residential) Behavioral Health Treatment Services, Therapeutic Mentoring, After School Programs, Foster Care and Adoption Services, Teen Parenting and Financial Literacy programs.
Wishes: Gifts and gift cards for distribution to children (0 - 19) in our programs.**BIG WISH - A basketball court at our Residential Campus.


UCONN/CCMC HIV Pediatric and Youth Program Contact Name: Danielle Warren-Dias 282 Washington Street CCMC 2-L HartfordCT06106 Telephone: 860-545-7478 Fax: 860-545-7490 Email: dwarren@up.uchc.edu
Our program provides medical, psycho-social and prevention services to children, youth and families living with HIV/AIDS.
Wishes: We are in need of gift certificates that are suitable for teens and adolescents.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Our holiday party will be held on December 20 (snow date is December 21). We are looking for a magician to walk around and keep the families entertained.**BIG WISH - Our program is in great need of light weight laptop computer. Our staff is growing but we don’t have enough computers. A laptop computer will be easier to share amongst our staff because we will be able to move it from desk to desk.


United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern Connecticut Contact Name: Kelley MacKenzie 42 Norwich Road Quaker Hill CT 06375 Telephone: 860-443-3800 11 Fax: 860-443-8272 Email: kmackenzie@ucpect.org
We provide a wide variety of services to adults and children with physical and/or developmental disabilities in Eastern CT.
Wishes: Cash or gift cards to places such as Target, Walmart, Crystal Mall, ShopRite, and Toys"R"Us to help provide gifts for consumers at Christmas time.**Volunteer Opportunities - Anyone willing to provide any sort of entertainment for our folks around the holidays (ex. music, games, theater, pets to bring in, etc.).**BIG Wish - 3 Cubicles for our Groton office as the current work space is falling apart and is shared by three hard working case managers!


United Community & Family Services Contact Name: Pamela Kinder 34 East Town Street Norwich CT 06360-2326 Telephone: 860-822-4146 Fax: 860-889-3450 Email: pkinder@ucfs.org
UCFS offers the following programs and services: Primary and Specialty Medical Services; Community Outreach Services; Eldercare Services; Dental; Community Health Services; Outpatient & Community Based Behavioral Health Services; EAP Services; Mission: UCFS improves the health and well-being of the community.
Wishes: Food baskets, new winter coats, new winter children’s boots, Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday baskets - (turkeys, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables, etc), adopt a family of UCFS and provide Christmas gifts to the family, new unwrapped toys (newborn to teen) and books. Cash to be distributed to families who need fuel assistance (money will be paid directly to fuel company).**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Assistance in wrapping and delivering boots to area schools (dates/times TBA).**BIG WISH - We will be renovating and expanding our Health Center located at 47 Town Street in Norwich and would appreciate new office furniture, dental equipment or waiting room furniture.


Visiting Nurse Association South Central Connecticut Contact Name: Tonya Irby One Long Wharf Drive5th Floor New Haven CT 06511 Telephone: 203-859-6054 Fax: 203-787-5198 Email: tirby@vnascc.org
The Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut is a non-profit agency established in 1904, we are dedicated to providing compassionate and excellent health care services in the homes and communities we serve.
Wishes: $5,700 to purchase 1700 pill boxes for patients who need help with medication compliance; $800 to purchase 4 baby scales; $1,500 to purchase 100 adult scales; $2,100 to purchase 6 digital cameras to take pictures for wound care, to monitor healing progress; $3,750 to purchase 15 pulse oximeters to measure oxygen levels in heart failure patients.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We have a need for volunteers year round to help to volunteer for various projects throughout the year.**BIG WISH - Our information technology system requires an infrastructure upgrade that will cost approximately $200,000.


VNA HealthCare - Hartford Contact Name: Joy Savulak 103 Woodland Street Hartford CT 06105-1240 Telephone: 860-493-7357 Fax: 860-246-8734 Email: jsavulak@vnahealthcare.org
VNA HealthCare is a home health care and hospice agency serving the Greater Hartford and Greater Waterbury communities in six office locations. Our Agency's mission is to improve the health and well-being of all in need. The Best Care Is Coming Home.
Wishes: Digital thermometers, digital scales for patients to monitor their weight. Portable blood pressure cuffs, large medication boxes, incontinence supplies, baby toothbrushes and toothpaste; mittens, hats and scarves for infants, children and adults; diapers; baby furniture in very good condition (cribs, changing tables, high chairs and strollers); blankets and sheets; grocery store, medical supply store and department store gift cards; cell phone minutes for our patients, children's books and game books for adults (e.g., crossword puzzles, word searches); gas cards; new fans; insulated coolers. Instead of another tie, with a small donation to VNAHC Meals on Wheels, we will send you a certificate you can insert in your holiday cards to let your friends and family know that, in their honor, VNA HealthCare Meals on Wheels has delivered a hot, nutrious meal to a homebound area resident. Please call 493-7159 for details. Books and game books for adults (e.g., crossword puzzles, word searches); gas cards; new fans; insulated coolers.** VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Meals on Wheels volunteers to deliver meals to homebound residents of Greater Hartford and Greater Waterbury. Hospice volunteers to provide respite support to families, help with errands, or just provide a listening ear.**BIG WISH - A portable GPS units for our nurses and home care staff who are on the road all day.


Waterbury Youth Service System Contact Name: Kelly Cronin95 North Main Street Waterbury CT 06702 Telephone: 203-573-0264 Fax: 203-755-4835 Email: contactus@waterburyyouthservices.org
Waterbury Youth Service System, Inc. is a non-profit agency dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth in the Greater Waterbury Region. WYSS provides hope and opportunity through programs and services that support families and help children reach their potential and become productive citizens.
Wishes: Gift cards from Waterbury area grocery stores for turkeys and non perishable Thanksgiving and Christmas trimmings; Christmas gifts for children & youth ages 0-18 including gift cards, toys, clothing and monetary donations; Christmas wrapping paper; craft items for Children’s Christmas Party; Polaroid 600 instant film.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Santa Claus and DJ for Children’s Christmas Party; volunteers to help wrap gifts and to help with the Children’s Christmas Party. Please call for dates and times.**BIG WISH - Fuel for our vans to help transport 3 and 4 year old low income, at risk children to and from our School Readiness Program.


Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging, Inc. Contact Name: Christine Fishbein 84 Progress Lane Waterbury CT 06705 Telephone: 203-757-5449 Fax: 203-757-4081 Email: info@WCAAA.org
The WCAAA assesses seniors for homecare services (including Alzheimer's), maintains service contracts, provides assistance in Medicare and Medicaid benefits/problems; responsible for Money Follows Person Program.
Wishes: We are implementing the Money Follows the Person Program and need new pots and pans, toasters, winter coats/sweaters for persons coming out of nursing homes. We also need staples such as groceries (peanut butter, cereal) and would really appreciate flameless candles for elderly and disabled persons in apartments.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers are needed in elderly housing complexes to provide holiday activities such as sing-a-longs, crafts as well as general friendly visiting for homebound persons.**BIG WISH - Winter coats/sweaters/winter socks. Gloves for seniors and younger disabled persons as well as shelf stable food (canned goods).


Wheeler Clinic Contact Name: Wendy DeAngelo 91 Northwest Drive Plainville CT 06062-1534 Telephone: 860-793-4401 Fax: 860-793-4220 Email: wdeangelo@wheelerclinic.org
Wheeler Clinic provides a continuum of behavioral health, special education, early childhood, community justice, prevention and wellness programs for children, adolescents and adults.
Wishes: Gifts and gift cards for children; gifts and gift cards for teenagers; gift cards and tickets for entertainment venues including movie theaters, sporting events, plays, etc. for children in residential or foster care; new sporting equipment and bicycles for teenagers; diapers and infant care supplies.**BIG WISH - A passenger van for our Northwest Village School.


The "Will Santa Find Me?" Foundation Contact Name: Remi Borak P.O. Box 4667 Wallingford CT 06492 Telephone: 203-271-0087 Fax: 203-271-0087 Email: remispain@mac.com
Will Santa Find Me? Foundation keeps hopes and dreams alive for children at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, CT Hospice of Branford and various domestic violence and homeless shelters by providing them with their Exact Gift Wishes during the holiday season. The Foundation also supports two other state and four international chapters.
Wishes: Funds are needed to provide the exact wishes requested by the children and their families; wrapping paper, ribbon, tape, labels and batteries. **VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Sponsor a family and give an exact wish; help at wrapping parties (call, leave name and number and show up with wrapping supplies) on December 8 from 4-7 pm at CT Children's Medical Center; December 9 from 1-4 pm at Victory Tabernacle Church, Rte. 66, Middlefield. **BIG WISH - Funding for additional staffing.


Windham Area Interfaith Ministry Contact Name: Victoria Nimirowski P.O. Box 221 Willimantic CT 06226 Telephone: 860-456-7270 11 Email: director@waimct.org
Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM) provides basic clothing, furniture, household items and emergency financial assistance to our neighbors with limited resources whose needs would not otherwise be met.
Wishes: Cash or gift card donations for Gifts for Teens Program; new items (gloves, hats, scarves, wallets, jewelry, kitchen items, etc.) that children can select as holiday gifts for their caregivers; donors who would like to adopt families and provide them with gifts and a holiday meal.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Help register families for Gifts for Teens - November 27, 29 and 30, and December 1, 4, 6 and 7, from 9 am to 12 noon; "For Kids Only" needs volunteers to set up holiday "store" and assist children in selecting gifts for their caregivers on December 22.**BIG WISH - An extreme makeover of our facility.


Windham Even Start Program/Head Start Contact Name: Joyleen Albarracin 322 Prospect Street Willimantic CT 06226 Telephone: 860-465-2597 Fax: 860-465-3104 Email: jalbarracin@windham.k12.ct.us
Windham Even Start is a Famliy Literacy Program for children and their families in Windham. We offer English as a Second Language while the children are receiving Early Childhood Education. Our parents are in the program from 9 am - 1 pm, Monday – Friday.
Wishes: We could use resources to buy snow boots for all the children in our program. In Even Start we have 45 children. If possible it would be great to have boots for the mother that attend the program also.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We need someone that can coordinate a trip to see a play or a holiday show. Sometimes there are many resources that are available to groups but we do not have to staff to research it.**BIG WISH - To have a sibling classroom that will serve 8 families This could mean that we could have 8 more families in the program. This will cost about $15,000.


Windsor C.A.R.E.S. (Citizens Assisting Residents Everywhere by Sharing) Contact Name: Andrea Cofrancesco L.P. Wilson Community Center599 Matianuck Avenue Windsor CT 06095 Telephone: 860-285-1839 Email: cofrancesco@townofwindsorct.com
Windsor C.A.R.E.S. is a group of adults committed to volunteerism. The mission of the group is to assist people and groups of all ages in Windsor and surrounding communities by being involved, raising funds and giving their time to enhance people's lives. Some of the projects the group has undertaken are: preparing and serving food for homeless and residents of shelters, bake for homebound senior citizens, donate items to a battered women's shelter, put on an event for those with developmental disabilities, adopting a family, making donations to local organizations and more.
Wishes: Gift cards to supermarkets and department stores; or monetary donations to purchase these.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Join the group. Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1-2 pm.
Windsor Community Service Council Contact Name: Kristen Formanek 599 Matianuck Avenue L.P. Wilson Community Center Windsor CT 06095 Telephone: 860-285-1839 Fax: 860-683-2310 Email: formanek@townofwindsorct.com


The Windsor Community Service Council consists of volunteers who raise money to assist Windsor residents in need. We support the Food Bank, Fuel Bank and special programs. We provide gift cards, bus passes and clothing vouchers and we assist with medical expenses and application fees. We also partner in Project Santa, an annual toy and gift program for families who use our food and fuel banks.
Wishes: Gift cards to grocery stores, local retail stores, buss passes, gas cards, monetary donations, non-perishable food items are all needed. Also, meal baskets for the holidays to go to specific families.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to assist in Turkey distribution of over 200 turkeys, assist in food pick up for food bank, assist in toy collection or distribution for Project Santa.**BIG WISH - New shelving for walk-in cooler for the food bank.


Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut Contact Name: Susan Noyes 16 Jay Street New London CT 06320 Telephone: 860-447-0366 212 Email: snoyes@womenscenterofsect.org
The Women’s Center of Southeastern CT provides emergency shelter, crisis intervention, support groups and counseling to those affected by domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
Wishes: Small artificial Christmas trees, wrapping paper, gift cards (Walmart, grocery stores and pharmacies), winter coats, boots and gloves (children and teens) boys and girls (large sizes especially).**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Party planners, elves and musicians and/or magicians are needed on December 19 from 3-5 pm for the Children’s Christmas Party; December 17 gift delivery to community clients (Norwich – New London area); Someone to recruit and organize our Shoebox Santa Drive for moms held on November 30 - December 5 (schools, church groups, etc). Fill a shoebox with personal items such as, full sized shampoo, body lotion, soap, hairbrush, deodorant and a $10 CVS gift card.**BIG WISH - Pick up truck to transport furniture, donations and equipment to/between our emergency shelter and interim residential housing facility.


YMCA - Alpha Community Services - The Harrison Apartments Contact Name: Claribel Coreano 651 State Street Bridgeport CT 06604 Telephone: 203-338-9018 Fax: 203-579-7618 Email: ccoreano@cccymca.org
The Harrison Apartments Supportive Services Program is an onsite program designed to provide supportive services for the Harrison Apartments residents. The Harrison Apartments is a 102 subsidized unit complex designed in effort to end Homelessness.
Wishes: The program is in need of hygiene items such as, bath soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shavers, shaving cream, lotion, shampoo, conditioner. Also, household cleaning items; Windex, laundry soap, dishwashing liquid, Brillo pads, sponges and dish towels. In addition, the following items are also needed for the residents; bath towels, twin size sheets and blankets.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Musicians to provide entertainment for our holiday party on Friday, December 19 from 5 -9 pm and volunteers to assist us during the holiday event.**BIG WISH - The Harrison Apartments supportive office is in need of a small copier to assist with administrative and resident's documentation. We are also in need of a paper shredder to discard confidential resident information.


YMCA Families in Transition Contact Name: Melissa Gutierrez 387 Clinton Avenue Bridgeport CT 06605 Telephone: 203-366-2809 115 Fax: 203-367-1246 Email: mgutierrez@cccymca.org
YMCA Families in Transition provides temporary shelter to 24 homeless families (110 men, women and children).
Wishes: Bed linens (twin) and blankets to keep our families warm this season; toiletries such as shampoo, soap, towels, gift cards to Walmart, Target and Stop & Shop. Food items such as turkeys, potatoes and canned foods are appreciated.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Provide a holiday party for approximately 50-65 children; party day and hours are flexible.**BIG WISH - We would love to have a new playscape in the rear of our shelter facility so the program children can play on year round.


YMCA of Greater Hartford - Indian Valley Branch Contact Name: John Reilly 375 Hartford Turnpike Vernon CT 06066-4820 Telephone: 860-872-7329 Fax: 860-875-5245 Email: john.reilly@ghymca.org
The Indian Valley YMCA provides child care, after school care, health and wellness program for children and families.
Wishes: $705 to offset the cost of the month December of full-day child care for a single working parent; $225 for a Nintendo Wii play station for active games for child care sites to be used during the full day holiday “fun club” program. Children’s size winter coats in good condition to be provided to less fortunate children; $200 for age appropriate indoor play equipment for developmental education.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers needed to assist with our holiday party for community youth. Musicians, face painters, children’s crafts. Date to be announced.**BIG WISH - Digital video camera to be used in an After School audio visual club program.


YMCA of Greater Hartford - Read to Succeed Adult Literacy Program Contact Name: Karen Theroux 241 Trumbull Street Hartford CT 06103 Telephone: 860-522-9622 2315 Fax: 860-724-9858 Email: karen.theroux@ghymca.org
Read to Succeed teaches adults with reading disabilities reading, spelling and writing skills. Our students are from Hartford and the Greater Hartford area.
Wishes: Gift certificates to grocery stores for food during the holiday season. Bus passes. Tickets to movies/theater.**BIG WISH - Audio books (on tape or CD) for our students to be able to listen and read books.


YMCA of Greater Waterbury - Before and After School Programs Contact Name: Kathy Welz 136 West Main Street Waterbury CT 06702 Telephone: 203-754-2181 125 Fax: 203-754-9095 Email: kwelz@waterburyymca.org
The Greater Waterbury YMCA Before and After School Program provides quality, affordable care to school-age children in grades K-5 in Greater Waterbury and surrounding areas.
Wishes: Toys, games, books, hats, gloves and winter boots. **VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We could always use extra hands at our Thanks-for-giving feasts at our off-site locations on Tuesday, November 25 from 5 to 7 pm. **BIG WISH - Laptop computers and new dry erase boards for off-site locations.


YMCA of Greater Waterbury - Before and After School Programs Contact Name: Jaime Wilcox 136 West Main Street Waterbury CT 06702 Telephone: 203-754-2181 115 Fax: 203-754-2181 Email: jwilcox@waterburyymca.org
The Greater Waterbury YMCA Before and After School Program provides quality, affordable care to school-age children in grades K-5 in Greater Waterbury and surrounding areas.
Wishes: Toys, games, books, hats, gloves and winter boots. **VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We could always use extra hands at our Thanks-for-giving feasts at our off-site locations on Tuesday, November 25 from 5 to 7 pm. **BIG WISH - Laptop computers and new dry erase boards for off-site locations.


Youth and Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth, Inc. (HKYFS) Contact Name: Cheryl Chandler P.O. Box 43291 Little City Road Higganum CT 06441 Telephone: 860-345-7498 Fax: 860-345-0049 Email: Cheryl@hkyfs.org
Youth and Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth, Inc. is committed to enhancing child and youth development, enriching families and promoting healthy Haddam and Killingworth communities.
Wishes: Gift cards for local grocery, clothing and toy stores.**BIG WISH - A van to transport youth.


Youth Challenge Mission For Women Contact Name: Lisa Fuchs 32 Atwood Street Hartford CT 06105 Telephone: 860-527-2000 Fax: 860-525-5790 Email: mtwy@youthchallenge.org
Youth Challenge Mission for Women provides a secure, safe, clean comfortable, healing and teaching environment for women who have had life-controlling problems in their life and want to change.
Wishes: $25 per women at Youth Challenge Mission for Women - 17 women. Most of the ladies have children so anything extra is a blessing.**BIG WISH - A new CD/tape player for our learning center.


Youth Continuum Contact Name: Michelle Doheny 746 Chapel Street New Haven CT 06510 Telephone: 203-562-3396 28 Fax: 203-867-5888 Email: mdoheny@youthcontinuum.org
Youth Continuum provides group homes, transitional living, supportive housing, counseling and educational enrichment and vocational skills for 1,000 homeless youth in Greater New Haven each year.
Wishes: Turkeys, hams and holiday dressings. Gifts for boys ages 16 – 19. Homeless survival kits, i.e. soaps, tooth brushes, warm clothing, backpacks, etc.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteers to help sort gifts for various programs during the week of Christmas.**BIG WISH - A new building to house our main offices for 20 staff and our Enrichment Center for Youth with a basketball court in New Haven.


Y-US (Youth United for Survival) Contact Name: Rafael Lopez P.O. Box 261140 Hartford CT 06126-1140 Telephone: 860-951-7268 102 Fax: 860-951-7269 Email: rlopez@y-us.org
Youth United for Survival is dedicated to helping youth who have experienced trauma develop into healthy and responsible people through positive youth development programs.
Wishes: Items that Y-US needs to support our clients throughout the holiday season include toys and clothes for children and youth ages 6-16, boys and girls.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the holidays.**BIG WISH - One big wish that our organizaton has is the repaving of the parking lot (which includes a basketball court for youth) at our Retreat House in Bloomfield.


YWCA of Greenwich Contact Name: Jo-Anne Hand 259 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich CT 06830 Telephone: 203-869-6501 Fax: Email: jhhand@cox.net
YWCA of Greenwich works in six key areas: domestic abuse, preschool and youth, aquatics, fitness and health, women’s economic advancement and racial justice.
Wishes: For victims of domestic violence: grocery, drug, apparel and gas station gift cards and toiletry items.**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Help with answering our 24/7 Hotline for domestic violence calls. Child care providers while parent victims of domestic violence re in counseling. Help with children’s holiday party (to be scheduled).**BIG WISH - Laptop computer for use by the YWCA Domestic Violence Community Educator.


YWCA of New Britain Contact Name: Barbara Heidenis 22 Glen StreetPO Box 2545 New Britain CT 06050-2545 Telephone: 860-225-4681 234 Fax: 860-826-7026 Email: ywca_bheidenis@hotmail.com
The YWCA is a multi-service agency serving families, children and youth. Specific programs offered include a child care center (ages 8 weeks-11 years), the STRIVE Adolescent Afterschool Program, Sexual Assault Crisis Program, a Certified Nurses Aide Program in addition to exercise and dance programs.
Wishes: For both children and adults: warm socks and mittens, sweatshirts, hats in all sizes. Children's blankets (for use during naps). Sexual Assault would like funds to stock emergency bags (sweatshirts and water bottles).**BIG WISH We need a new furnace for Childcare (actually, 2 furnaces).

Source: Connecticut Council for Philanthropy

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