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Human Services for October 2023

September 28, 2023
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Human Services for October 2023
Members of The Center’s Alzheimer’s walk team gather to walk around the center of Town to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association recently

Human Services News and Services:  Call 203-389-3429 or email for more information.

Vaccine Clinics:  The Human Services Department has planned 5 vaccine clinics this fall.  All clinics require an appointment; please call 203-389-3429 to schedule.  The four remaining clinics will be held at the Center Building gymnasium.  There will be flu vaccine-only clinics on October 2 and October 20 as well as multiple-vaccine clinics on October 3 and October 30.  The multiple-vaccine clinics will provide access to five different vaccines including COVID-19, Flu, RSV, Shingles (Shingrix), and Pneumonia (Prevnar- 20).  For more information and to make an appointment call the Human Services Department.

Free Test Kits:  The Biden administration has resumed providing free at-home COVID-19 test kits.  Four free tests are available for each household to request through the government’s portal.  Tests will be shipped through the U.S. Postal Service starting October 2.  Some test kits are also available through the Human Services Department; please call 203-389-3429 to request.

Drug Take Back Day:  The Woodbridge Police Department, in conjunction with the Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge Drug and Alcohol Action Committee, will host the DEA National Drug Take Back Day from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday, October 28 at the Woodbridge Police Department, 4 Meetinghouse Lane.  This is a safe, convenient, and responsible means for prescription drug disposal.  Please no ointments, lotions or liquids, no needles-sharps should be included in disposal.  The Police Department also offers 24-hour access to disposal year-round.

Living Treasure Event:  Many thanks to all who came out to support the 5th annual Living Treasure Award event.  Thanks also to the many advertisers, both individual and businesses, who contributed to the fundraising effort.  The spirit of volunteerism celebrated at the event was made even more special with all the volunteers who made the Living Treasure dinner possible.  The Living Treasure Award honors Woodbridge residents who have contributed many years of service to the Town.  The event serves as a fundraiser for The Woodbridge Center.

The Living Treasure recipients stand with First Selectman Beth Heller, center, State Senators James Maroney and Jorge Cabrera, Human Services Director Jeanette Glicksman, and Woodbridge Center Director Kristy Moriarty.  The winners of the 2023 Living Treasure Award are Mary Lee Barker, Joe Crisco, Lynn Piascyk, and Matt Giglietti.
Matt Giglietti receives a State citation from State Senator Jorge Cabrera during the 5th annual Living Treasure event held at The Woodbridge Center
First Selectman Beth Heller presents Board of Selectmen member Joe Crisco with a Town citation during the Living Treasure event
Mary Lee Barker shakes State Senator Jorge Cabrera’s hand after receiving a State citation from State Senator James Maroney during the Living Treasure event at The Woodbridge Center
Living Treasure Award recipient Lynn Piascyk holds up her recognition plaque from the Human Services Department during the recent community-building event

Food Pantry:  Residents in need may call for access to non-perishable food each month.  If interested in donating, the food pantry needs dish soap, cleaning products, laundry soap, coffee, canola and olive oil, canned chicken, pasta sauce, snack foods, and personal hygiene products such as deodorant, toothpaste, razors, and shampoo.

Energy Assistance Program:  Qualifying residents may schedule an appointment to apply for the 2023 - 2024 CT Energy Assistance Program administered by TEAM, INC.  For more information regarding this program, please call Judi Young at 203-389 3429.

Food Drive:  Please consider donating to the annual Boy Scout food drive and collection which will take place on October 28.  This food drive benefits the Woodbridge Food Pantry and local families in need.  Last year town residents donated close to two tons of food.  We hope we can match that effort again this year.  Many thanks to the scouts of Troops 63, 907, and 410 for their efforts each year.

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