Windsor’s Democratic Town Committee offers these ways to help.
Stay safe – stay home.
by Adam Gutcheon, Windsor Democratic Town Chair
Ways to Help, Part I
The Windsor Food and Fuel Bank has resumes accepting donations of food. The food bank will receive donations of food upon appointment on Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and on Thursday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at its location at L.P. Wilson Community Center at 599 Matianuck Ave. in Windsor. To schedule a time to bring nonperishable food to the food bank, as well as gift cards to local stores and gas stations, and toiletries, call 860-285-1839.
Foodshare has a critical need for volunteers. Info at https://foodshare.volunteerhub.com/.
The United Way has a database of virtual volunteerism opportunities–ways to help without leaving your home: https://volunteer.unitedwayinc.org/aem/corp/event/?doc_id=5884&key=12d3eaa03b02752bc12d809665fe8ab0
And the state has a volunteerism database here: https://dart-ct.communityos.org/
Ways to Help, Part II
We all know – or are – hard-working people who live paycheck to paycheck and have no savings to fall back on in an emergency like this pandemic. Many of us provide crucial services in our community, such as caring for our children and elderly parents. With no financial cushion, they are particularly vulnerable to the rapidly changing situation our planet now faces. The number of individuals and families in our town experiencing these circumstances will only grow as the crisis continues.
The Windsor Chamber of Commerce, Town of Windsor, and Connecticut United Ways have teamed together to help these Windsor neighbors who may have lost their jobs, lost hours at work, or may be facing other financial hardships as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Windsor Covid-19 Response Fund provides up to $200 for basic needs. The funds can be used to pay for necessities, such as food, medicine, utilities, gasoline, and childcare.
To donate to the Windsor Covid-19 Response Fund, go to https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/WINDSORCOVID or text WINDSORCOVID to 71777. The more we raise, the more Windsor families we can help out.
If you are in need and would like to apply for this cash relief, please call Windsor Social Services at 860-285-1839.
Ways to Help, Part III
A terrible, senseless tragedy occured in Windsor recently. Sandra Marci and Marianne Marci Dzurenka, good friends of many in Windsor and stalwart supporters of the community, were murdered in their home. Sandra and Marianne were the mother and sister of former DTC member and Town Council member Matthew Marci. Please keep Matt and the rest of the family in your thoughts. Matt is raising money to cover Sandra and Marianne’s final expenses. Please consider donating here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/625448191377899/
Take Care of Yourselves
There was a lot of asking in this post–for your patience, your money, your time, your sympathy. It seems like we’ve been asking a lot of ourselves lately. In a time like this, we have to. But it’s in a time like this that we can ask a lot of each other, too. Please, each and every person reading this, know that you are a part of a community of care. Don’t be afraid to rely on others, just as you’d gladly help others. It is critical that we work together to ensure that what comes after the pandemic is better than what came before.