Social Services

Contacts

Elise Cosker, Director  elisec@egtownhall.com

Address

20 Center Street
P.O. Box 1858
East Granby, CT 06026

PHONE 860-413-3328
FAX 860-653-4017

Hours

Mon: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Tues: 9am – 12pm, Thurs: 9am – 3pm

Outside these hours available by appointment

Town of East Granby, CT

Our Mission

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.

Emergency Assistance

The East Granby Fuel Bank provides emergency assistance to income eligible residents with home heating costs and other utility needs. The Fuel Bank is funded solely by donations and gifts from the community. 100% of the funds raised are given back to qualifying residents in the form of fuel assistance. Please call the office if you are interested in making a donation or are in need of assistance

Energy Assistance

East Granby Social Services will begin accepting application for the State Energy Assistance program beginning on October 2, 2017. Please call the office for specific income requirements and to learn what supporting documentation is needed.

Friend to Friend Food Pantry/ Thrift Store

Purpose:

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.

Location:
The Food Pantry is located at the East Granby Congregational Church, 9 Rainbow Road, East Granby, CT.

The thrift shop is located in the historic south School building located at 32 Spoonville Road, East Granby, CT.

Hours:

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 – 2pm
Thursday 2pm – 6pm
Saturday: 10 am – 2pm

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.

To Donate:

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.

To Volunteer:

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.

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good samaritan program

An important goal of this 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.

· To succeed, it will take a contagious spirit! Please help us begin to build a Volunteer Bank by giving us your name and ideas by phone or email.

For more information please contact Elise Cosker at (860) 413-3328   elisec@egtownhall.com or Kelly Jacobs (860) 413-3334  kellyj@egtownhall.com