United Way Alice Relief Fund

    Your United Way and key agencies partners are working together to respond to the growing needs of households we call ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) as the economic consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic become more dire by the day. These are our neighbors who already live paycheck to paycheck, and their lack of financial cushion make them particularly vulnerable to the rapidly changing scenario our country now faces. Funds were made possible through generous donations.

    The United Way of Southeastern Connecticut’s Alice Relief Fund provides support directly to households who are in the below ALICE income ranges and have lost a job or wages due to the COVID – 19 Pandemic. Those who qualify may
    receive a $200.00 mobile cash card for use at most online retailers and stores that accept mobile payment. For additional information concerning the United Way Alice Relief Fund, please contact TVCCA, 401 W. Thames St., Norwich. Phone 860-425-6629 or 860-425-6575.

    October- Zoom Class Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance Class

    What is Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance? Tai Ji Quan is a research-based falls prevention exercise program that uses Tai Ji Quan based movements to improve strength, mobility, balance and daily function and to prevent falls. It is designed for older adults 60+ years old and people with balance difficulties.

    This program can accommodate individuals who need some assistance with walking, such as use of a cane.

    No prior experience with Tai Chi is needed. You learn the movements over the course of a 24-week class in a supportive environment.

    Please join us for the next Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance Session.
    Date – October, 2020, Time: To be decided, Class meets: Twice a Week (Location is via Zoom) and the program is FREE. Contact Connie Capacchione @ Uncas Health District 860-639-5138.

    Friday, November 6th- Mobile Food Pantry

    Hosted by UCFS Healthcare in partnership with United Way Gemma Moran
    Food Pantry in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    One bag with perishable and non-perishable items will be given out to each

    Questions concerning this event may be directed to

    Wednesday, October 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m- Drive Thru Flu and Pneumonia Clinic

    As a reminder, our drive thru Flu & Pneumonic Clinic will be conducted on Wednesday, October 14th from 10:00 – 12:00 at the Preston Senior Center, 42 Long Society Road.

    Pre-registrations are a must! For individuals who have pre-registered with this office, there will be a red star next to your name on this newsletter. I will be mailing an additional document to those individuals who have pre-registered under separate cover, to review and return to us on clinic day. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Senior Affairs Office at 860-887-5581 ext.6.

    If you have not registered for our clinic but, are interested in participating, please contact the office as soon as possible.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to think in new and different ways to provide essential services to our community. The drive-thru clinic is our attempt to offer to you, our friends, the continuation of providing the influenza & pneumonic clinic at your local senior center.

    Whether you participate in our clinic or not, we wish you good health and peace of mind during these trying times.

    Food Distribution

    Hosted by UCFS Healthcare (United Community Family Services) in
    partnership with United Way Gemma Moran Food Pantry, we will be scheduling a
    Mobile Food Pantry on the following dates:
    Friday, August 14, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Friday, August 28, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Both distribution dates will be held at the Preston Senior Center, 42 Long
    Society Road, Preston. Registrations are not required for this program and it is a
    No Contact Drive thru!
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we do ask that all participants wear a facial
    mask during the distribution. If you have any questions, please contact the Senior
    Affairs Office at 860-887-5581 extension 6.