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Below is a list of United Way agencies. For additional community resources, see our SOURCES directory.
American Red Cross, Connecticut Region
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers which provides relief to victims of disasters,helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, emergency assistance for service members and families, international services, biomedical support, health, safety training, and certification. They also provide services for the military, blood services, and volunteer training in CPR and First Aid. http://www.redcross.org/local/connecticut
Boy Scouts of America, Northwest Hills District
The mission of the Boy Scouts is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The Connecticut Rivers Council provides a Comprehensive Youth Development program to help youth develop character and citizenship while learning self-esteem and leadership. They encourage families to work on skills, achievement-related exercises, and healthy outdoor activities. www.ctrivers.org
Canaan Child Care Center, Inc.
Canaan Child Care Center offers programs for infants, toddlers, preschool and school age children from 8 weeks to 11 years. They are dedicated to encouraging emotional, social, physical, and developmental growth in their children, and believe families should have the opportunity to know their children are safe while away from home. Financial assistance is available and they are open year-round.
Catholic Charities serves individuals, families, and children at multiple locations throughout Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven counties with counseling, youth programs, childcare, adoption and parenting education. They have historically provided services to the lowest income segment of the community, and they don’t turn anyone away due to inability to pay. They staff view clients as partners in the work to promote self-sufficiency and human potential.www.ccaoh.org
Community Health & Wellness Center of Greater Torrington
Provides quality, compassionate and professional health care that is affordable, easily accessible and without discrimination to all residents of Northwest Connecticut.
Community Mental Health Affiliates, Inc. Northwest Center
(860) 435-2529; (860) 482-8561
The Northwest Center for Family Service & Mental Health is an outpatient psychiatric clinic for children and adults , and a multi-service family service agency. They are a private non-profit community-based behavioral health care provider offering extensive mental health and addiction treatment services for Connecticut’s children, adolescents, and adults. Their mission is “Partners in Recovery” and their goal is to develop and maintain an accessible mental health and addictions recovery system that meets the essential needs of people consistent with their goals for change and recovery.www.cmhacc.org
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
Connecticut Legal Services provides free civil legal services to the poor, including domestic violence/family, homelessness/housing, public benefits, special education, elderly, and disability law. Satellite offices provide legal aid to their local communities. www.connlegalservices.org
Cornwall Child Center
Cornwall Child Center provides the best possible early childhood program in a stimulating environment and fosters social skills in a family atmosphere encouraging parental, community, and school involvement. They serve primarily Cornwall, but are open to surrounding communities as well. Afternoon KinderCare and afterschool programming for 5 and 6-year-olds is available, as well as an 8-week summer program. www.cornwallchildcenter.org
Falls Village Day Care Center, Inc.
Their mission is to provide year-round affordable care for infants, toddlers, pre-school, and school-aged children in a safe, clean environment filled with fun and stimulating activities. Teachers provide a very caring environment for children from 3 months to 4th grade through creative and explorative play, literature, art, music, and outdoor activities. http://www.fallsvillagedaycare.org/
Committed to strengthening families by providing education and support through home, group and hospital-based services. www.familystrides.org
FISH of Northwestern Connecticut
FISH is the largest non-profit social service agency in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. They provide regional programs/services to low-income/vulnerable individuals/families. They have a 35-bed emergency shelter, Food Pantry, Clothing Room, Operation Fuel/Warm thy Neighbor/FEMA assistance, emergency prescription assistance, and Holiday Programs. In 2009-2010, they added two new programs to deliver food to cancer patients and people who cannot travel to the food pantry. www.fishnwct.org
Geer Adult Day Care Center
Geer’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and maintain independence for their participants, while supporting family efforts to keep their loved ones at home. Geer is open to all adults who are in need of daytime supervision or socialization. They provide door-to-door transportation for those who live within a 20-mile radius. www.geercares.org
Girl Scouts of Connecticut
The Girl Scouts organization will celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2012. Their mission is to help girls build courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Programs promote informal learning, personal growth, and leadership. www.gsofct.org
LARC’s vision is “Community for All”. LARC directly supports individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, and their families, with their employment, residential, recreational, advocacy and other related needs utilizing generic community resources throughout NWCT. Their Social Enrichment Program is supported by the United Way. www.litchfieldarc.org
McCall Center for Behavioral Health
The McCall Foundation’s mission is to reduce alcoholism and drug abuse through outpatient, partial hospital, intensive outpatient, residential, parenting and prevention programs for substance abusers and/or their family members & helps reduce substance abuse in NW Connecticut. They also provide prevention/intervention services for those at-risk. www.mccallcenterct.org
Nutmeg Big Brothers/Big Sisters
The Agency provides safe, high-quality programming for long-term mentoring relationships between at-risk children and caring, trained mentors. Their goal is to avoid destructive behaviors and reach their full potential through creation and maintenance of professionally supported mentoring relationships. Mentoring relationships average two years and measurable outcomes are achieved. www.nutmegbigbrothersbigsisters.com
Pleasant Valley Children’s Center
A parent cooperative preschool with classes for three and four-year-old children, serving the communities of Barkhamsted, New Hartford, Colebrook, and Hartland. They are one of the few schools in their community and provide quality educational experiences that support the growth of the whole child while providing support for their families. www.pvcckids.org
Police Activities League (PAL)
The hallmark of the Torrington Police Activities League is strengthening kids, building community. Under the volunteer supervision of law enforcement, PAL's recreational and educational programs encourage Torrington children through positive mentoring to have hope, to take pride in and to become productive and contributing members of the community. www.torringtonpal.org
Prime Time House
Prime Time House is a place members come to find meaningful work, build friendships, and become an active partner in their recovery; focusing on strengths, goals, and accomplishments, not on illness. www.primetimehouse.org
Salvation Army Winsted Service Center
The Salvation Army is an international movement that is part of the universal Christian Church. They provide comprehensive emergency assistance, including a food pantry, utility, clothing, seasonal help at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and housing assistance. After-school programs are available for young people, and summer camp scholarships for young people and seniors. Kid’s Fun Club offers homework help one day a week. Salvation Army helps when people are unable to receive assistance from other agencies or programs. www.use.salvationarmy.org
Susan B. Anthony Project, Inc.
(860) 489-3798; Crisis Line (860) 482-7133
Susan B. Anthony is staffed 24/7 to provide services for victims of domestic and sexual violence including counseling, a 24-hour crisis line, shelter, community education and outreach. Their mission is to promote safety, healing, and growth for all survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and to advocate for the autonomy of women. www.sbaproject.org
USO of Metropolitan New York
The USO provides active duty and reserve military personnel and their dependents with employment assistance, entertainment, food, lodging, and referrals for problems and visits to VA facilities. www.usonyc.org
Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut (Torrington)
Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, a leading nonprofit provider for 102 years, is a home care agency for patients who are homebound, acutely, chronically, or terminally ill. They deliver comprehensive, compassionate home health and hospice care for patients in its community. Core services include skilled nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy, medical social work, and home health aides. www.vnsct.com
Winsted Area Child Care Center, Inc.
Winsted Area Child Care is committed to providing high-quality care and education for working families at the most affordable cost, serving children ages 6 weeks to Grade 5. The United Way’s tuition assistance program allows the agency to offer discounts to families in need. Their mission is to provide care for the whole child. http://winstedareachildcarecenter.weebly.com/
YMCA of Northwest Connecticut, Inc.
Torrington: (860) 489-3133; Winsted: (860) 379-0708; Canaan: (860) 824-2790
The YMCA is dedicated to the well-being of people in spirit, mind, and body; providing programs in areas of aquatics, child care, health & fitness, sports, shelter & housing. Their Winchester Youth Service Bureau provides after-school recreational programs and parent education. A Literacy program helps people learn English. www.nwcty.org