Programs

    Friday, January 8th- Pop-Up drive-Thru Food Pantry

    The Town of Preston is sponsoring a Pop-Up Drive-Thru Food Pantry on
    Friday, January 8th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. WEATHER PERMITTING!

    The distribution will be held at the Preston Senior Center, 42 Long Society
    Road. The program is provided through the efforts of UC&FS Healthcare (United Community Family Services) and Gemma E Moran United Way/Labor Food Bank, AFL-CIO.

    After the January distribution, we will make a determination as to whether
    we can safely host the event during the remainder of the winter months or if we will direct individuals to another location, possibly one of the UCFS locations in the Norwich area. I will keep you posted as to changes in our schedule.

    Elderly and Totally Disabled Tax Relief Program

    The application filing period for the Elderly and totally Disabled Tax Relief Program is from February 1 thru May 15, 2021.

    Please be aware that the IRS has issued specific guidance about the 2020 stimulus payments and have stated that these payments are not categorized as income, therefore, any economic stimulus payments received during calendar year 2020 WILL NOT count as income for these tax relief programs.

    Qualifying income guidelines for the Elderly and Totally Disabled Tax Relief Program are $37,600 for unmarried individuals and $45,800.00 for married persons.

    If you are currently participating in the Homeowner Program and need to reapply, you will receive notice from the Preston Assessor’s Office advising you of that requirement.

    Proof of all sources of income including but not limited to Social Security, pensions, interest statements, employment, etc. are required. If you filed Income Tax, a copy of the signed and dated document is necessary to provide as well. It is extremely important that you provide all necessary documentation for the application to be completed.

    Due to the COVIC-19 pandemic, the application process will change this year. I will be asking you to drop-off your paperwork in the blue Drop Box located at the front entrance to the Preston Town Hall. I will review your information and contact you by telephone to complete your application. I will arrange a time that is mutually acceptable to have you return to the Preston Town Hall to sign the application(s). At which time, I will return any/all original documents which you have provided.

    Please call the office at 860-887-5581 ext. 6 informing me that you dropped off your information at the Town Hall. (if leaving a phone message, please include your name and telephone number. The application process does not begin until February 1st.

    Fun (and Free!) Senior Online Games

    The Internet is an entertaining place. Aside from communicating with friends and family as well as acting as one giant encyclopedia, the Internet also provides a plethora of fun, in particular, senior online games. There are tons of these games for seniors available, ranging from those that sharpen your cognitive skills to those that are simply an easy and enjoyable way to pass the time.

    But with hundreds and thousands of senior online games available right at your fingertips, sometimes it can be a little overwhelming to find the best ones. So, we’ve checked out a few sites in order to compile a list of the best (and free!) senior online games.

    Fun (and Free!) Senior Online Games

    AARP Tax Assistance Program

    Regrettably, the Preston Senior Center will not host the AARP Tax
    Assistance Program during this tax season. The COVID-19 pandemic is the
    primary reason. BUT existing clients will be encouraged to contact the Rose City Senior Center, 8 Mahan Drive, Norwich to receive assistance with their income tax preparation. NO NEW CLIENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Beginning during January, you are encouraged to contact the Rose City Senior Center at 860-889-5960 to schedule an appointment.

    For those individuals who are existing clients only:
    New to the process is that you will have to go to the Rose City Senior
    Center at least 48 hours prior to your appointment to pick-up a booklet to be completed. (This is the same type of information that you would routinely complete at our center). You will need to complete the paperwork and include it with your income tax information. (Do not place your information in a plastic bag as the virus can live longer in that environment). It is suggested that you place your documents in a secure location within your locked vehicle trunk until the time of your appointment.

    Drive-thru service will remain the same as last year. You drive up, staff will
    take your paperwork out of the trunk of your car, they work on it and give you a call on your cell phone when they have questions or when your income tax is completed. Appointments will be available on Tuesday and Thursday only.

    You will also need a cell phone available so that you can be contacted when
    the AARP tax preparer completes your document.

    Mondays- Chair Yoga through Zoom

    Time: 10:00am to 11:00am

    November 16th through December 21

    Fee: $38.00

    Instructor: Sandra Hartnett

    Class with be online through Zoom!

    After you register, we will email you the Zoom link.

    Watch for the next session in January!