Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven &

United Way of Meriden/Wallingford

Literacy Volunteers Scrabble Challenge - Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven

Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven will be holding its Scrabble Challenge. WHEN: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 5:30-8:30 PM

WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn, Wallingford 1181 Barnes Rd, Route 68, Wallingford, CT, 06492

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $180/Team when Registering before March 17

$200/Team when Registering after March 17

For any questions, please contact Symone O’Hara at (203) 776-5899 or

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Workforce Initiative : United Way of Meriden & Wallingford CT

United Way of Meriden and Wallingford’s “United We Power Our Workforce” initiative came to fruition after conducting a series of focus groups with stakeholders: community nonprofit partners, local funders, community leaders, corporate partners. The topic around local “workforce” was consistently mentioned moving United Way into their new community impact area.

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Committee Member News

Gaylord Gauntlet

We talked briefly today about putting a team in- is anyone interested? Gaylord Sports Association provides adaptive sports for individuals with physical and visual disabilities, including wounded veterans. The Sports Association offers 15 different sports and is Connecticut's largest adaptive sports program. Participants enjoy activities that are provided to them at low or no cost, such as golf, snow skiing, adaptive cycling, archery, water skiing, and adaptive rock climbing, or team sports such as wheelchair rugby, tennis, and sled hockey.

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Hartford HealthCare doctor highlights importance of Colon Cancer Awareness Month

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, which means to health professionals are putting a spotlight on the importance of testing. Dr. Neil Parikh, a gastroenterologist with Connecticut GI at Hartford HealthCare, joined News 8 to talk about colon cancer awareness. Watch the full interview in the player above.

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Remote Patient Monitoring - Always Best Care

RPM allows your provider to know how you're doing through daily monitoring of your vital signs. Your device will alert your provider if the readings are not in the normal range and require medical intervention.

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Next Meeting

Please RSVP below for our April 1, 2023 Meeting!


Our 2023 Planning Document

The 2023 Planning Document has spaces to sign up each meeting this year- please let us know if you'd like to host and what topics you'd like to speak to. View and collaborate on this Google Sheet to sign up and put information in for:

  • Monthly meeting location & short 10-15 min presentation at our Council meeting
  • If you'd like us to share news to go to our member community, please submit this form.

Of course, you can always email Mary with any updates, technical questions, info, etc! We always love to talk to you, if you need anything! (203-235-7901)


Health & Wellness Council Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at United Way of Meriden/Wallingford in conjunction with Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven

Health & Wellness Council Meeting Notes

In attendance: Linda Craig, Jim Russo, Linda Ivey, Denise Calabrese, Diana Riley, Julie Pelletier. Staff: Mary Headd

Info Sharing from Council

  • Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven is having a Scrabble Tournament and is accepting sponsorships. See their story above for details!
  • Gaylord is hosting their Gaylord Gauntlet 5k race (with obstacles or without) and all are welcome to participate! The code for $10 off is MIDSTATE10. June 24, 2023.
  • Grants are available for all individuals needing help paying for mammograms and follow-up care, for those in financial need or those with a high deductible. Please contact Linda Ivey for more information.
  • United Way has a workforce initiative program that helps those motivated to get back in the workforce with finding a job, and contracts with agencies to help those individuals with wrap-around services like childcare or literacy. One big problem they have is transportation because there are not many free transportation programs around consistently. The Chamber Tech Job Fair might be a good avenue to get the word out about this important program.
  • Always Best Care shared how they are embracing technology for seniors- including balance testing, home monitoring of vitals and other indicators, and
  • Next Meeting- April 1, 2023 at the Meriden Health Department.
  • Please fill out the Google Sheet to sign up for a monthly location/speaker for our upcoming meetings.






Committee List

Co-chair Ms. Kristie Balisciano

Co-chair Ms. Kirby Shields Higher Movement, LLC

Mr. Trey Bongiovanni Nesso Group

Ms. Michelle Bourdeau Girls Incorporated of Meriden

Ms. Lea Crown Meriden Health & Human Services Department

Mr. Tom Curtin Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals, Inc.

Ms. Charise Deegan Concentra Medical Centers

Ms. Anne Dembski The Bradley Home

Ms. Audrey Grove Masonicare

Mr. Gregory L. Hancock Hancock's Pharmacy & Surgical, Inc.

Ms. Lydia Heredia Community Health Center of Meriden

Ms. Yvette Highsmith Francis Community Health Center of Meriden

Mr. Todd Lever Wheeler Clinic

Ms. Carrie Marquardt Meriden-New Britain-Berlin Y.M.C.A.

Ms. Jessica Matyka Rushford

Ms. Fran Pangaro ACORD, Inc.

Ms. Gretchen Rossi Franciscan Life Center

Mr. James Russo Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Mrs. Molly H. Savard Molly Savard

Ms. Lynne Schmidt Assisted Living Services Inc.

Mr. Jon-Paul Venoit Masonicare at Ashlar Village

Ms. Tracy K. Weiss Right At Home

Ms. Allison Wiernasz Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network

Ms. Jody Abel Village at Kensington Place

Ms. Stephanie Anderson myPersona

Ms. Ramah Barmo State Farm Insurance -

Ms. Janely Betances Hispanic Health Council

Ms. Maureen O'Neill Biggs Connecticut Counseling Centers, Inc.

Ms. Maria Brereton Child Guidance Clinic for Central Connecticut, Inc.

Mr. Johnie Burke Masonicare Home Health & Hospice

Ms. Denise Calabrese Literacy Volunteers

Mrs. Anna Carabetta STAR Studio LLC

Mrs. Martha Colaresi Meriden Historical Society

Ms Linda Craig Always Best Care Senior Services

Mr. Eric Cybulski Easterseals

Ms. Cinda D'Addio Masonicare Health Center

Mr. Mario D'Aquila Assisted Living Technologies Inc.

Ms. Elizabeth DeMerchant Meriden Health & Human Services Department

Mr. Derek Destefano Meriden Running Club

Ms. Sarah Dimeglio The Curtis Home

Ms. Lynn A. Faria MidState Medical Center

Ms. Amy O. Foreman Regency House of Wallingford, Inc.

Ms. Mary George Pyramid Time Systems

Ms Ellyn Gerrmann Village at Kensington Place

Ms. Natalie Gill Max E. Muravnick Senior Center

Ms. Ann Harrison Workforce Alliance

Ms. Rhea Highsmith MidState Medical Center

Ms. Linda Ivey MidState Medical Center

Ms. Kathleen Johnson The Curtis Home

Mr. Rick Liegl Max E. Muravnick Senior Center

Ms. Roxanne Magnolia Lagana Apple Rehab Coccomo

Ms. Eimy Martinez Office of Congresswoman

Ms. Kathy Matula City of Meriden

Ms. Gilda Migliore STAR Studio LLC

Ms. Beth Milano O'Sullivan Always Best Care Senior Services

Mr. Al Mislow The Curtis Home

Mr Alan Nolan Connecticut Counseling Centers, Inc.

Mrs. Denise Nowakowski STAR Studio LLC

Ms. Ann Olson Masonicare

Ms. Victoria Pasión Meriden Department of Economic Development

Ms. Alexis Payne Commence Fitness

Ms. Paula Pinheiro Hartford Healthcare

Mr. Anthony Rivera Anthony.Rivera@USE.SalvationArmy.Org The Salvation Army

Mrs. Valerie Rivera Valerie.Rivera@USE.SalvationArmy.Org The Salvation Army

Ms. Kara Robinson Ortho Ouch Care

Ms. Ann Marie L. Rosado Higher Health

Ms. Bonnie Tormay MidState Medical Center

Ms. Jennifer Ureta Horace C. Wilcox Technical High School

Mr. Wayne Valaitis Women and Families Center

Ms. Nicole Valente Complete Care Meriden

Ms. Cindy Voytovich Multicare

Ms. April Wali Complete Care Meriden

Mr. Gary Wallace Community Health Center of Meriden

Ms. Courtney Wengenroth RJ Media Group

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