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 [email protected]

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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 [email protected]

Co-chair Ms. Kirby Shields [email protected] Higher Movement, LLC

Mr. Trey Bongiovanni [email protected] Nesso Group

Ms. Michelle Bourdeau [email protected] Girls Incorporated of Meriden

Ms. Lea Crown [email protected] Meriden Health & Human Services Department

Mr. Tom Curtin [email protected] Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals, Inc.

Ms. Charise Deegan [email protected] Concentra Medical Centers

Ms. Anne Dembski [email protected] The Bradley Home

Ms. Audrey Grove [email protected] Masonicare

Mr. Gregory L. Hancock [email protected] Hancock's Pharmacy & Surgical, Inc.

Ms. Lydia Heredia [email protected] Community Health Center of Meriden

Ms. Yvette Highsmith Francis [email protected] Community Health Center of Meriden

Mr. Todd Lever [email protected] Wheeler Clinic

Ms. Carrie Marquardt [email protected] Meriden-New Britain-Berlin Y.M.C.A.

Ms. Jessica Matyka [email protected] Rushford

Ms. Fran Pangaro [email protected] ACORD, Inc.

Ms. Gretchen Rossi [email protected] Franciscan Life Center

Mr. James Russo [email protected] Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Mrs. Molly H. Savard [email protected] Molly Savard

Ms. Lynne Schmidt [email protected] Assisted Living Services Inc.

Mr. Jon-Paul Venoit [email protected] Masonicare at Ashlar Village

Ms. Tracy K. Weiss [email protected] Right At Home

Ms. Allison Wiernasz [email protected] Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network

Ms. Jody Abel [email protected] Village at Kensington Place

Ms. Stephanie Anderson [email protected] myPersona

Ms. Ramah Barmo [email protected] State Farm Insurance -

Ms. Janely Betances [email protected] Hispanic Health Council

Ms. Maureen O'Neill Biggs [email protected] Connecticut Counseling Centers, Inc.

Ms. Maria Brereton [email protected] Child Guidance Clinic for Central Connecticut, Inc.

Mr. Johnie Burke [email protected] Masonicare Home Health & Hospice

Ms. Denise Calabrese [email protected] Literacy Volunteers

Mrs. Anna Carabetta [email protected] STAR Studio LLC

Mrs. Martha Colaresi [email protected] Meriden Historical Society

Ms Linda Craig [email protected] Always Best Care Senior Services

Mr. Eric Cybulski [email protected] Easterseals

Ms. Cinda D'Addio [email protected] Masonicare Health Center

Mr. Mario D'Aquila [email protected] Assisted Living Technologies Inc.

Ms. Elizabeth DeMerchant [email protected] Meriden Health & Human Services Department

Mr. Derek Destefano [email protected] Meriden Running Club

Ms. Sarah Dimeglio [email protected] The Curtis Home

Ms. Lynn A. Faria [email protected] MidState Medical Center

Ms. Amy O. Foreman [email protected] Regency House of Wallingford, Inc.

Ms. Mary George [email protected] Pyramid Time Systems

Ms Ellyn Gerrmann [email protected] Village at Kensington Place

Ms. Natalie Gill [email protected] Max E. Muravnick Senior Center

Ms. Ann Harrison [email protected] Workforce Alliance

Ms. Rhea Highsmith [email protected] MidState Medical Center

Ms. Linda Ivey [email protected] MidState Medical Center

Ms. Kathleen Johnson [email protected] The Curtis Home

Mr. Rick Liegl [email protected] Max E. Muravnick Senior Center

Ms. Roxanne Magnolia Lagana [email protected] Apple Rehab Coccomo

Ms. Eimy Martinez [email protected] Office of Congresswoman

Ms. Kathy Matula [email protected] City of Meriden

Ms. Gilda Migliore [email protected] STAR Studio LLC

Ms. Beth Milano O'Sullivan [email protected] Always Best Care Senior Services

Mr. Al Mislow [email protected] The Curtis Home

Mr Alan Nolan [email protected] Connecticut Counseling Centers, Inc.

Mrs. Denise Nowakowski [email protected] STAR Studio LLC

Ms. Ann Olson [email protected] Masonicare

Ms. Victoria Pasión [email protected] Meriden Department of Economic Development

Ms. Alexis Payne [email protected] Commence Fitness

Ms. Paula Pinheiro [email protected] Hartford Healthcare

Mr. Anthony Rivera [email protected] The Salvation Army

Mrs. Valerie Rivera [email protected] The Salvation Army

Ms. Kara Robinson [email protected] Ortho Ouch Care

Ms. Ann Marie L. Rosado [email protected] Higher Health

Ms. Bonnie Tormay [email protected] MidState Medical Center

Ms. Jennifer Ureta [email protected] Horace C. Wilcox Technical High School

Mr. Wayne Valaitis [email protected] Women and Families Center

Ms. Nicole Valente [email protected] Complete Care Meriden

Ms. Cindy Voytovich [email protected] Multicare

Ms. April Wali [email protected] Complete Care Meriden

Mr. Gary Wallace [email protected] Community Health Center of Meriden

Ms. Courtney Wengenroth [email protected] RJ Media Group

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