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Alicia Van Neil, Director
20 Center Street
Monday – Friday 9:30 – 12:30
The Social Services Department is responsible for providing assistance for residents with social, emotional, and economic needs. Our services help residents achieve self-sufficiency, maintain economic well-being and adjust to difficult circumstances and events in their lives. The department provides assistance with Energy Assistance, Renter’s Rebate Program, Back to School programs, Food Programs, Information and Referrals.
Friend to Friend Food Pantry/ Thrift Store
The Friend to Friend Food Pantry was established to supplement the weekly grocery needs of families who have been identified by East Granby Social Service as needing assistance. Households served by the pantry range from the elderly, to young families with children, to individuals.
The Friend to Friend Thrift Shop was established to provide an opportunity for individuals in the East Granby area to purchase clothing (for the whole family) and house hold items at reduced prices, and to in turn, generate income to be used to help stock the Friend to Friend Food Pantry.
The thrift shop is located in the historic south School building located at 32 Spoonville Road, East Granby, CT.
The pantry is open for an hour and a half one day a week. To use the Food Pantry, please contact the East Granby Social Service Director at 860/413-3328. If you qualify, the Director will give you details on the procedure for using the pantry.
The thrift shop is open three times during the week:
Tuesday: 10 am – 2 pm
The telephone number for the thrift shop is 860/651-1659. Please leave a message if you call outside of these hours and someone will get back to you.
The food pantry welcomes monetary donations as well as non-perishable food items. Main dishes such as canned meats and soups are especially needed. You may drop off items at the donation boxes at the Congregational Church, Geissler’s in Granby, East Granby Public Library as well as Price Chopper in Windsor and the East Granby Senior/Community Center.
Monetary donations can be made payable to Friend to Friend and sent to Friend to Friend, P.O. Box 631, East Granby, CT 06026.
The thrift shop welcomes donations of in-season clothing in good condition as well as small household items. Please call the thrift shop for more information or feel free to drop off clothing at the shop during business hours. If you need to drop off outside of business hours please leave your donation on the front steps of the building.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at either the pantry or the thrift shop please contact Social Services at 860/413-3328.
Volunteers at the Food Pantry are needed to shop for food, sort food, pack bags, staff the pantry when open, and help with holiday distributions.
Volunteers at the Thrift Store are needed to greet customers, write up sales, sort clothing, price clothing and arrange displays.
Save the Date
2014 Empty Bowls Saturday - October 4th
We hope you will join us for this annual event. The 14th annual Empty Bowls event will again be sponsored by the Potters from Expressions Pottery Workshop of East Granby and the East Granby Women’s Club. Over 300 handcrafted soup bowls will be made for this exciting event.
The event will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Senior/Community Center at 20 Memorial Drive. The cost is $14 per person with advanced registration and $16 at the door.
During the event, guests will have an opportunity to select a handmade bowl and then have it filled with soup donated by participating restaurants. Attendees may keep their empty bowl as a reminder of the event’s purpose. Dessert will be served at the Expressions Pottery studio, located on 9 School Street.
All proceeds will benefit the Friend to Friend food pantry. The pantry is open weekly and serves, on average, 40 families. All eligible families are residents of East Granby. The food pantry supplements the needs of elders, young families with children and individuals who can use assistance. The Congregational Church has partnered with Friend to Friend to help those folks who are struggling financially.
The 2014 registration is available now. Click here for the registration form.
NEW GOOD SAMARITAN PROGRAM FOR EAST GRANBY
An important goal of this new program – "Good Sam" for short, is to help Town residents who are elderly or disabled to stay in their home. They may be alone, have physical or financial difficulty with maintenance, or do not know about other resources or options that may be available.
We also hope to increase volunteer support for our schools, library, government or other needs as they are identified. There will be a special focus on asking those in manual trade professions, diverse businesses, medical and government workers and retirees to find ways to share their experience with high school students.
To fill these needs, we hope to:
· Utilize our senior population and others, plus students in completing community service requirements.
· Provide a mechanism for continually matching needs with volunteers.
· Publicize the needs in every possible way.
Longer term goals will be to:
· Make a really nice town even better!
· Develop a unique and noticeable program that may have many seniors, but not limited to seniors.