May 6, 2020 Update

May 6, 2020 Update
Posted on 05/06/2020

Hello East Granby Families and Staff:

This morning, Governor Lamont issued a press release stating that in-person classes at all K-12 Public Schools will remain canceled for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year. Schools will continue with distance learning plans. Governor Lamont will soon sign an executive order regarding this announcement. While this is probably not a surprise for most, it is the official decision. The complete press release is available at https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/05-2020/Governor-Lamont-Announces-Classes-at-Schools-Will-Remain-Canceled-for-the-Rest-of-the-Academic-Year.

East Granby is fortunate to have a wonderful and supportive social services department. Below is some helpful information regarding available resources for community members and opportunities for neighbors to help neighbors through donations.

East Granby Social Services has temporarily suspended in-person visits and appointments as a protective measure to residents and staff. All services, applications, screenings and referrals are being continued by phone and through email. For more information please contact Elise Cosker, Director of Social Services, at (860) 413-3328 or [email protected]

Back to School Backpack Program – Social Services will be offering its Back to School program to children in town who are in need of backpacks and supplies for the start of the school year in September. This year, we are requesting Target and Staples gift cards to help families purchase supplies instead of backpacks and supplies being collected. If you are interested in helping support this program with gift cards or monetary donations, please contact Social Services at (860) 413-3328 or email [email protected].

Emergency Assistance Fund – The East Granby Emergency Assistance Fund is available to those income eligible residents who are in need of emergency financial assistance with fuel, housing, medical, electric and other critical needs. The fund is supported solely through donations and gifts from the community and 100% of the funds raised are given back to qualifying residents who are facing financial hardship. Donations can be made to the East Granby Emergency Assistance Fund and mailed to East Granby Social Services, P.O. Box 1858, East Granby, CT 06026.

Energy Assistance – The application deadline for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program has been extended until June 1st (the previous deadline was May 1st). This program is designed to help lower income households offset the winter heating costs incurred after September 1st. Please remember that proof of income from the previous four weeks is required for the application. The income guidelines for the program are $36,171 for a household of one, $47,300 for a household of two, $58,430 for a household of three, $69,559 for a household of four, $80,688 for a household of five and $91,818 for a household of six.

Food Pantry – The Friend to Friend Food Pantry was established to supplement the weekly grocery needs of residents who have been identified by East Granby Social Services as needing assistance. The pantry is still operating and is distributing food to registered participants weekly via curb side pick-up every Friday from 9:00-11:00 am. Deliveries can be scheduled for those participants who are homebound. If you are in need of food, please call Social Services (860) 413-3328 or email [email protected] To donate please call (860) 651-1659 or email [email protected].

Food donations may be dropped off at bins outside the East Granby Community/Senior Center and the East Granby Congregational Church, and inside the East Granby Post Office and Geissler's Supermarket in Granby. If you wish to donate money or local grocery store gift cards you can either mail to Friend to Friend Food Pantry, P.O. Box 631, East Granby, CT 06026 or email [email protected]

Renter's Rebate – The Elderly/Totally Disabled Renters rebate program is open until October 1, 2019 for seniors age 65 and over (or under 65 and on permanent long term disability receiving Social Security benefits) that rented in 2019 and have a total income less than $37,000 for a single person and less than $45,100 per married couple. There is no asset restriction. Please call Social Services for more information.

My very best to all. Stay Safe!
Missy Bavaro-Grande

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