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Human Services for May 2023

May 4, 2023
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Human Services for May 2023
The Woodbridge Center’s renovation will be completed in just a couple of months. The Center will feature a new reception area, a consultation office, multi-use space for many programming options, and most importantly a modern and healthy ventilation system. Pictured is the new reception area. Stay tuned for information about its opening.

COVID Clinics

In partnership with Griffin Health and the Department of Public Health, there will be two all-age COVID-19 vaccination clinics held in the Center Building gym on May 3 and June 1.  No appointments are needed-ages 6 months to 100+ are welcome.  Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available for both the primary series and the bivalent booster.  Each clinic will run from 2 pm to 6 pm.  Please bring a health insurance card and a photo ID if you have them, but it is not necessary to have either to receive a vaccine.  Check with your physician to see if you are up to date on your vaccines.

May is Better Hearing and Speech month!

According to the CDC this annual event encourages people to think about their own hearing and get their hearing checked.  Early identification and intervention for hearing loss is important.  Many people live with unidentified hearing loss, often failing to realize that they are missing certain sounds and words.  Checking one’s hearing is the first step toward addressing the issue.

Living Treasure Planning Committee Volunteers Sought

Human Services will hold the 5th annual Living Treasure event this fall.  The event will honor 2-3 residents age 60 or over, who have demonstrated positive actions to improve the quality of life in Woodbridge, have contributed and may continue to contribute their time to enhance our community, and have performed this work on a volunteer, unpaid basis.  Members of the community are welcome to join the event planning committee which meets during the months of June, July, August, and September.  Please call 203-389-3429 to volunteer.

Ilknur Akdeniz of Woodbridge stands with the collected medical supplies, blankets, baby clothes, hygiene kits, coats, and socks collected by Woodbridge Human Services for earthquake relief.  She and her husband, Eser, plan to bring all the collected supplies directly to Iskenderun in Hatay Province on the Mediterranean Coast of Turkey for distribution there.

Food Pantry

Residents in need may contact Human Services for access to non-perishable food each month.  The food pantry is currently looking for donations of canola/olive oils, ground coffee, baking mixes/snacks, canned chicken, salad dressing, pasta sauce, toothbrushes/tooth paste, deodorant, and laundry detergent.  Kindly check all expiration dates prior to drop-off.

Volunteer Appreciation Event

The Human Services Department will honor volunteers at the 33rd Annual Volunteer Recognition celebration in May.  Attendance at this event is by invitation only.  Many thanks to all those who support the Department’s mission.

Memorial Day Event

Mark your calendars for the Memorial Day ceremony in front of the Center Building on May 29 at 11 am.  Inclement weather will bring the event into the Center Building gym.  The keynote speaker this year will be Major General Thomas R. Bouchard, Deputy Commander for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Florida.  The program, led by Dr. Barry Josephs, will also include patriotic music, a memorial wreath presentation, the Woodbridge Police Department Honor Guard, and remarks by state and local elected officials.

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