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Tolland High School DECA Club Students
4/21/2015
50,000 Meals Donated from Tolland High School
Access Food Banks Receive Donation of 50,000 Meals from Tolland High School Students On Thursday, March 12, a truck pulled up to the Access Community Action Agency Food Bank in Willimantic and delivered 50,000 meals that had been packaged that morning by the students of Tolland High School. This tremendous donation was the result of the efforts of the Tolland High School DECA club, who host... more 
 
4/18/2015
Coming Soon! Region’s Third Repair Café!
The Windham Area Hour Exchange and the Town of Mansfield Partner to Host Region’s Third Repair Café What do you do with a dress that has a tear? With a toaster that no longer works? Or, a knife that has lost its sharp edge? Toss it? No way! The Access Community Action Agency’s Windham Area Hour Exchange and the Town of Mansfield Recycling Coordinator are organizing th... more 
 
4/17/2015
Access Commemorates 50th Anniversary with Forum
Access Commemorates 50th Anniversary with Forum on Poverty On April 17, 2015 Access will commemorate 50 years of fighting poverty in northeast CT with an educational forum titled Facing Poverty in Our Midst: Past, Present, Future. The purpose of the forum is to educate, engage and inspire through information and discussion of America’s 50 year War on Poverty and its impact in our area. ... more 
 

English Event Flyer
3/14/2015
Access to hold Education Forums on Access Health
Access Health CT Education Forums in Tolland and Windham Counties The Access Community Action Agency will be holding Educational Forums about Access Health CT to provide information to uninsured residents in Tolland and Windham Counties. People will learn about the available health care programs and how to enroll in Health Care Coverage. This month, Access will be holding a forum on Saturda... more 
 
2/12/2015
Access to Hold Educational Forums on Access Health
Access Health CT Education Forums in Tolland and Windham Counties The Access Community Action Agency will be holding Educational Forums about Access Health CT to provide information to uninsured residents in Tolland and Windham Counties. People will learn about the available health care programs and how to enroll in Health Care Coverage. This month, Access will be holding a forum on Thu... more 
 
2/3/2015
Benefit Concert for Access
Vanilla Bean to Host 24th Annual Benefit Show For Northeast Food Bank Come join us for a concert. On Saturday, February 7th, the Vanilla Bean Cafe, located at 450 Deerfield Road in Pomfret, will be hosting the twenty-fourth Annual Emergency Northeast Connecticut Food Bank Benefit. This local tradition is an evening of singing, laughter, hot licks on guitar, fiddle and banjo, wonderful dessert... more 
 
1/8/2015
Comming Soon! Region's Second repair Cafe
The Windham Area Hour Exchange and the Town of Mansfield Partner to Host Region’s Second Repair Café What do you do with a dress that has a tear? With a toaster that no longer works? Or, a knife that has lost its sharp edge? Toss it? No way! The Access Community Action Agency’s Windham Area Hour Exchange and the Town of Mansfield Recycling Coordinator are organizing the regio... more 
 

Giving Trees
12/2/2014
Access 3rd Annual Giving Trees
Access will hold their 3rd Annual “Giving Tree” for Adolescents in Transitional Living Arrangements. Access is asking the community to help us keep the spirit alive this holiday season and bring holiday cheer to adolescents in two transitional living arrangements. Hawkins House is a nine bed P.A.S.S. (Preparing Adolescents for Self Sufficiency) level group home that serves female ad... more 
 
10/15/2014
Access Annual Reception to Celebrate 49 Years
Access Annual Reception to Celebrate 49 Years of Results that Matter Access Community Action Agency will hold its Annual Reception on Thursday, October 16th at Lakeview Restaurant, 50 Lake Road in Coventry at 5:30 PM to help celebrate 49 years of making a difference in the lives of people in need throughout northeast Connecticut. The event traditionally features a strong sense of community thro... more 
 
10/8/2014
Access Awarded Staples Foundation Grant
Access Community Action Agency Chosen by Staples Associate to Receive $1,000 Grant Organization Chosen by Local Associate to Benefit from Staples Foundation Grant Willimantic, CT Access Community Action Agency has been awarded $1,000 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations. The grant wil... more 
 
9/22/2014
Access Introduces Personal Budget Coaching Program
Access Community Action Agency is partnering with the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and the Women’s Business Development Council to provide a Volunteer Budget Coaching Program in the Windham area. This is a free 6-month program of 12 sessions between matched volunteers and participants. The program is designed to help participants gain insight and a better understandi... more 
 

Please welcome Access’s new board members Robert Miller, Assistant Vice President for Business Development at Eastern Savings Bank; Rosemary Negrón, Daycare Provider at Precious Moments Daycare and Arka Mikel, of the Willimantic Housing Authority.
9/17/2014
Access Welcomes New Board Members
The Access Community Action Agency has added five new members to its Board of Directors. As with all Community Action Agencies, the Access Board of Directors is responsible for strategic and fiscal oversight ofthe organization. The Board is made up of an equal number of elected local public officials or their nominees, representatives of private businesses or organizations, and representatives of ... more 
 
8/19/2014
Energy Assistance Available Through Access
Applications for energy assistance for the 2014-2015 heating season are now being accepted by the Access Community Action Agency. Program eligibility is determined by total household gross income and is available for all heated households using oil, kerosene, propane, wood, coal, electric, or natural gas heat except motor homes and campers. Residents of Windham and Tolland counties can contact Acc... more 
 
8/19/2014
Coming Soon! Region’s First Repair Café!
The Windham Area Hour Exchange and the Town of Mansfield Partner to Host Region’s First Repair Café What do you do with a dress that has a tear? With a toaster that no longer works? Or, a knife that has lost its sharp edge? Toss it? No way! The Access Community Action Agency’s Windham Area Hour Exchange and the Town of Mansfield Recycling Coordinator are organizing the re... more 
 

Peter DeBiasi, Access President/CEO and Peter Bachiochi, Windham Habitat Board President.
8/4/2014
Windham Habitat for Humanity Has a Home at Access
The Access Community Action Agency has welcomed Habitat for Humanity - Windham Area to their offices at 1315 Main St. in Willimantic. Access is able to support the important work of Habitat by providing office space rent free and use of a large conference room for meetings. In addition, partnering families working with Habitat towards home ownership can benefit from the services Access provides. ... more 
 

Pictured: Cynthia Chotkowski and E.O. Smith’s agricultural education students with Kim Brod-Houle, Access Food Bank Coordinator.
6/24/2014
E.O. Smith VO-AG Dept. donates 250lbs of Chicken
E.O. Smith VO-AG Department donates 250lbs of Chicken to the Access Community Action Agency Food Bank The sophomore class of all girls from E.O. Smith’s Agricultural Education program recently raised and donated 45 chickens to the Access Community Action Agency. The class presented processed and packaged meat weighing over 250 pounds to Access Food Bank Coordinator Kim Brod-Houle. The... more 
 

Logee's Event Flyer
6/16/2014
Logees Summer Solstice Celebration Benefits Access
Logee’s Greenhouses proudly presents their First Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday, June 21st to benefit Access Community Action Agency. The Celebration will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, rain or shine, at 141 North Street in Danielson. Local artisans and restaurants will be showcasing their goods, including a wine tasting from a local vineyard. An acoustic duo, called the Kind ...more 
 
6/11/2014
Women: Inspired! Next Steps Entrepreneurs
Local Women Invited to Participate in the Women: Inspired! Next Steps Windham Area Hour Exchange Orientation The Access Community Action Agency is inviting women to participate in the Women: Inspired! Next Steps Windham Area Hour Exchange Orientation. Women: Inspired! Next Steps is a program designed to provide support of low-income women who would like to start or grow small businesses... more 
 

Deborah Monahan, Executive Director of TVCCA & Peter DeBiasi, President/CEO of Access
5/6/2014
Access & TVCCA Partner for Community Action Month
The Access Community Action Agency and the Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) commemorated 50 years of Community Action with a joint press conference featuring Congressman Joe Courtney on May 2 at the Uncas on Thames Shelter, 401 West Thames St. in Norwich. On August 20, 1964 in Washington, DC, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA). The EOA creat ...more 
 

Job Fair on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Gold Eagle Banquet Hall in Dayville.
4/29/2014
Fair Attracts Over 200 Job Seekers & 20 Employers
Climb the Ladder to a Better Future, a job training and placement assistance program at Access Community Action Agency, hosted a Job Fair on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Gold Eagle Banquet Hall in Dayville. Twenty area businesses were in attendance and connected with over 200 job seekers.
 
4/28/2014
Access Receives Award from Department of Housing
Access Receives Award from Department of Housing to Support Affordable Housing Project in Danielson The Access Community Action Agency has been selected to receive $1.6 million from the Connecticut Department of Housing through its fourth round of highly Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties (CHAMP) initiative. These funds will allow Access to complete its Access... more 
 

Job Fair Flyer
4/24/2014
Access Hosts Job Fair Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Climb the Ladder to a Better Future, a job training and placement assistance program at Access Community Action Agency, is hosting a Job Fair on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The Job Fair will be held from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Gold Eagle Banquet Hall, 8 Tracy Road in Dayville.
 
2/24/2014
Access Health CT Press Conference 2.24.14
The Access Community Action Agency will hold a press conference on Monday, February 24th from 10:00 to 10:30 AM at 1315 Main St., Willimantic. The press conference will kick off the “Because I Got Covered” campaign of Access Health CT, Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace. The “Because I Got Covered” campaign is a targeted effort in the 14 urban centers across Connecticut, includi ...more 
 

Cindy Sounthonevat and Congressman Joe Courtney
1/16/2014
Access Hosts Access CT Health Enrollment Fair
Congressman Courtney Visits Healthcare Enrollment Fair in Vernon On Saturday, January 11th, the Access Community Action Agency hosted a Healthcare Enrollment Fair in Vernon at the Rockville Learning Center. Access has been certified through Access Health CT to offer in-person assistance to uninsured residents in Tolland and Windham Counties who want to enroll in health care coverage under the A ...more 
 

Concert Poster
1/16/2014
Benefit Concert for Access
Vanilla Bean to Host 23rd Annual Benefit Show For Northeast Food Bank Come join us for a concert. On Saturday, January 25th, the Vanilla Bean Cafe, located in Pomfret, will be hosting the twenty-third Annual Emergency Northeast Connecticut Food Bank Benefit. This local tradition is an evening of singing, laughter, hot licks on guitar, fiddle and banjo, wonderful desserts, and beverages ran ...more 
 
1/7/2014
Access Access Health CT Enrollment Fairs
Access Health CT Enrollment Fairs in Tolland and Windham Counties The Access Community Action Agency has been certified through Access Health CT to help uninsured residents in Tolland and Windham Counties enroll in Health Care Coverage. This month Access has scheduled enrollment fairs at locations throughout the region to offer in-person enrollment assistance. Access Health CT is Connecticut ...more 
 

From Left to Right: John Latour, Property Rehabilitation Director; Tom Dorsey, Northeast Utilities Manager of Government Affairs; Peter DeBiasi, President/CEO of Access, Kate Fortier, Windham Area Hour Exchange Director.
12/19/2013
CL&P Awarded $390,000 for Access' Housing Now!
The Access Community Action Agency was awarded $390,000 by Connecticut Light & Power in continued support for the agency’s Housing Now! multi-family rehabilitation affordable housing program in Windham. This marks the second year CL&P has funded Housing Now! Access was qualified by the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) to receive the contribution as part of Connecticut’s Housing Tax Cr ...more 
 
12/12/2013
Access Invited to Attend White House Conference
On December 9, 2013, Access staff members Kathy Crees, Community Services Vice President, and Angelique Roberts, Weatherization Director, attended an event hosted by the White House, in collaboration with the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP). The invitation to attend was extended to selected organizations to highlight how the weatherization industry is creating s ...more 
 
12/12/2013
Access to Support Low-Income Women Entrepreneurs
Access Receives Award from Windham Area Women & Girls Fund to Support Low-Income Women Entrepreneurs The Access Community Action Agency was recently awarded $4,000 from the Windham Area Women & Girls Fund to finance a Women Inspired: Next Steps program aimed at supporting low-income women in pursuing entrepreneurship. Funds will be used to provide follow-up business advancement support to part ...more 
 

12.17.13 Enrollment Fair Flyer
12/11/2013
Access Hosts Access CT Health Enrollment Fair
GET COVERED! Quality health care coverage is now within reach at Access Health CT. Enrollment Fair Date: December 17, 2013 Time: 2:00 – 7:00 pm Location: Access Agency, 1315 Main St., Willimantic Tolland and Windham County Navigator Access Agency, 1315 Main Street, Willimantic, CT Eva Csejtey, Access Health CT Coordinator Call for an appointment at 860-450-7400, x7431
 

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