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A local reader salutes the generosity of school community

My children, Emily and Jamie Gilchrist, fourth-graders at Nathan Hale Ray Middle School and members of the 4H Club of East Haddam, recently had an amazing pet food and supply drive to benefit the C...

Madonna Place helps nurture confident parents

Roseann Kadyszewski sees herself as a “neutral nurturing connection,” but in simple terms, she’s a friendly, reassuring voice on the phone for anxious first-time moms...

WAIM brings essential services to the community

Maggie Massicotte said she came to the Windham area from New York City in 1999. “My sister introduced me to WAIM [Windham Area Interfaith Ministry],” she said...

Warm meals supplied by warmer hearts

Whether it’s a warm meal at night or just passing the time while enjoying the company of friends, it’s the simple things in life that we tend to take for granted...

Volunteer helps complete 'Friendship Circle'

The Friendship Circle – a social and recreational program designed for Glastonbury seniors with special needs – operates four days a week at the Riverfront Community Center...

Bob Campbell: One of an army of volunteers

When the call came in Jan. 28 for a structure fire on Prospect Street in Putnam, Robert Campbell was the first volunteer firefighter on the scene...

Alice Tyler pays it forward by working at food bank

The waiting room at St. Francis of Assisi was crowded with clients waiting their turn to pick up food on March 2. “Blue Bayou” played softly on a stereo system...

Local van helps disabled American veterans get around

One thing that visitors to East Hartford's Town Hall may not notice during their visit is the presence of a van parked on the edge of the lot...

Meet Roseanne Sapula, mentor, fundraiser and Penguin Plunger

When Dan Rezende, the head coach of the South Windsor Special Olympics, invited Roseanne Sapula to Monday Night Social Club, she was hesitant...

Unified Hoops brings students together

The Unified Basketball team at Tolland High School has been hugely successful, due to the efforts of coaches Beth Regan and Amy Steed, as well as a corps of volunteers, who serve as partners with t...

MACC Charities: helping people get back on their feet

For 40 years, when people in the Manchester area have fallen into hard times, they have turned to the Manchester Area Conference of Churches, or MACC Charities...

Food shelf works with local businesses and groups to stay afloat

What started out as a few members of the Enfield Church women donating food from their own pantries to a couple of families that had been displaced or fallen on hard times has slowly grown over the...

Support group gives parents chance to connect and relax

Caretakers of children with disabilities vigilantly spend their days assisting in a variety of activities, from basic ones like walking, talking and eating to more complex tasks like reading, writi...

Grief support group builds relationships in familiar territory

The heartache and mental anguish surrounding the death of a spouse, parent or child can be devastating, often leaving a survivor questioning life and feeling alone in the world...

Red Cross training coming to the area

When disaster strikes, we can usually count on the American Red Cross to be on the scene distributing food, water and care packages, and tending to those in need...

Acts of kindness: Making a difference one person at a time

American journalist Charles Kuralt, best known for his “On the Road” segments on the evening news, once said, “The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the a...

Spring semester to begin soon at 'The Rock'

Todd Schneider, director of “The Rock” at Rockville Church of the Nazarene, wants to invite families and children to take part in their ongoing program and also to reach out to those lo...

Local business partners with ‘Dress for Success’ to aid women

This information comes from one of the district sales leaders for Dressbarn stores in our readership area, and it offers an opportunity for all of us to lend a hand to women who are trying to get b...

Windham Hospital offers variety of volunteer opportunities

According to Shawn Maynard, executive director of the Windham Hospital Foundation, there are numerous people from all over the region who volunteer their services at the hospital...

Hospice volunteers make every moment count

Ilona Oberman saw hospice care in action during her career as a registered nurse. But its impact really hit home when her husband, Jay, a psychiatrist, was dying of cancer...

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