October
2020
COMMUNITY CONNECTION
Are You Ready to Vote?
United Way of Connecticut is committed to doing our part to ensure that eligible Connecticut voters exercise their right to vote and make their voices heard. This starts with having access to important information about when, where, and how to vote.

In the final days leading up to the November 3, 2020 General Election, United Way of Connecticut has launched a Voter Engagement Text Campaign .

To sign up to receive important, time sensitive information about how to participate in the 2020 General Election, text “CTVOTE” to 898211.

Make sure you have a plan to vote by absentee ballot or in person.

Vote by Absentee Ballot
 
All Connecticut voters are eligible to vote by absentee ballot in the 2020 General Election.
 
Each town will have at least one secure dropbox in which voters can drop off their absentee ballots if they choose not to enter town hall. Absentee ballots can also be mailed, but all absentee ballots must be received by 8:00pm on Election Day, November 3, 2020. Learn more at myvote.ct.gov/absentee.

Vote in Person

All voters who choose to vote in person at a polling location will be able to do so. The Office of the Secretary of the State is working closely with local election officials to make sure they have the resources necessary to conduct elections that are safe for all voters and poll workers.

On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, polls across Connecticut will be open from 6:00 AM-8:00 PM. Click HERE to look up your polling location. 
A Special Message from Secretary of the State Denise Merrill on the November 3, 2020 General Election.
For more information on then 2020 General Election click HERE
Tips for Managing Utility and Heating Costs
As temperatures drop, home heating usage begins to rise-and so do utility bills. Fortunately, Energize CT offers many strategies that encourage efficient energy usage and can help keep your utility expenses down this winter. 
 
Whether you heat your home with oil, gas, or electricity, the Energize CT website has tips to help keep heating costs in check. A few of these tips are included below. For a full list of smart energy tips, visit the Energize CT Tips Home Page.
 
Energy Saving Tips:
  • Many hot water heaters are factory set for 140° F. That is a lot higher than most people need, and resetting it to 120° F can save energy and money.
  • Set the thermostat as low as comfort permits -- each degree above 68° F adds 3% to the amount of energy needed for heating.
  • Close heating vents and radiator valves in unused areas.
  • Make sure that drapes and furniture do not block registers for supply or return air.
  • During winter months, closing curtains or drapes at night can cut down on heat loss.
  • Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible, including closets and rooms not in use.
  • Check for drafts around windows and doors. Caulk and weather-strip wherever necessary.

The 2-1-1 Connecticut database includes a number of programs and services that are available to help with utility and energy costs. Please visit the Utility Assistance page on the 2-1-1 website.
 
2-1-1 CT also maintains a number of eLibrary papers regarding Energy Assistant. Click HERE to learn more.
TODAY is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a biannual nationwide event, aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means for disposing prescription drugs. Properly disposing of prescription medications, especially those with addictive properties such as opiates, has never been more important.
 
Today, Saturday, October 24, 2020, from 10am- 2pm, Police Departments across Connecticut will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
 
Click HERE to locate a medication drop box near you and visit the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection's Local Drug Collection Boxes Page  for a list of items that can and cannot be discarded in medication drop boxes.
AccessHealthCT Open Enrollment Begins November 1st
Access Health CT (AHCT) is Connecticut's official health insurance marketplace. AHCT offers Connecticut residents and employers a range of quality, affordable health and dental insurance options from several health insurance partners. For coverage that begins on January 1, 2020, AHCT open enrollment begins November 1st and will continue until December 15, 2020. If you are ready to enroll click HERE.
 
Free, in-person help from enrollment specialists and certified brokers is currently available. For a list of locations, click HERE. To learn more visit http://learn.accesshealthct.com.
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