June
2019
COMMUNITY CONNECTION
Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?
A Message from Richard Porth         
President/CEO of United Way of Connecticut 

June 1st marked the official start of hurricane season. The storm threat to Connecticut peaks in mid-August making now the ideal time to update (or create) an emergency storm plan.
 
What simple steps can you take today?
United Way of Connecticut 2-1-1 is a gateway to services related to emergency/disaster response and recovery as well as a statewide resource for emergency-related information collection and dissemination. In the event of a storm emergency, visit www.211ct.org or dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in the state for up-to-date information about emergency shelters and storm relief resources in your community.

2-1-1 also maintains several eLibrary papers that can help you get prepared and stay informed including: How to Prepare and Safely Weather a Hurricane/Tornado, and How to Prepare and Safely Weather a Flood.  

'Dear Dad Tour' 

Dear Dad Tour Video
Dear Dad Tour Video
The Department of Social Services' Connecticut Fatherhoo d Initiative (CFI) recently traveled across the state to collect stories about the important role of fathers. Called the 'Dear Dad Tour', the month long public awareness campaign provided a platform for Connecticut residents to tell stories about their dad or their experience being a dad. Click HERE or on the the play icon to the right to watch the video. 

For 20 years, the CFI has been changing systems that can improve fathers' ability to be positively involved in the lives of their children. The main objectives of the initiative are to provide dads with the skills and supports they need to get involved in the lives of their children and stay connected. To learn more about the CFI, visit their website or watch the Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative webinar recording. 

In partnership with DSS and the CFI, 2-1-1 Connecticut maintains a list of resources to support fathers. Click HERE for a snapshot of resources that can help support fathers or dial 2-1-1 to speak with a 2-1-1 Contact Specialist.  
 Medical Appointment Transportation

2-1-1's database of health and human services includes more than 170 resources related to non-emergency medical transportation.  If you or someone you know is in need of non-emergency transportation to a medical appointment, Connecticut 2-1-1 can connect you with the help you need.

Call 2-1-1 or visit www.211ct.org and search Medical Appointments Transportation to learn more about transportation resources in your community. 

Last year, 2-1-1 Contact Specialists received nearly 1,800 service requests for medical appointment transportation assistance.  Interested in learning more about the most common transportation service  requests? Click HERE to download the 2-1-1 Transportation Barometer.

Farmers Markets

Summer Farmers' Markets

 

There are more than 100 farmers' markets offering fresh, local products throughout Connecticut. In addition to access to quality and healthy foods, these markets are also a community gathering place for everyone to enjoy. Visit the Connecticut Department of Agriculture website for more information on farmers' markets across the state or click HERE for a complete, town by town list of farmers' markets.
 
Many farmers' markets are also affiliated with the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) and/or the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition program. These programs provide eligible WIC clients and seniors access to fresh fruits and vegetables. 

For more information check out 2-1-1's WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program and our Senior Famers' Market Nutrition Program eLibrary papers.