May 11, 2020 CONNECTICUT VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT - Governor Ned Lamont announced that the state’s volunteer recruitment effort is being expanded to bolster the ranks of volunteers needed at nonprofits that offer programs for intellectual disabilities and behavioral health settings, as well as organizations that support senior citizens. Anyone interested in volunteering to help their communities in this effort can sign up by visiting portal.ct.gov/coronavirus and clicking the “Volunteers” link. Those interested will be matched with a community provider in need based on their personal interests and abilities.
NEED for PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) Donate in the fight against COVID-19. The Town of West Hartford is urging every resident for help. Like many communities, West Hartford is having difficulty sourcing adequate personal protective equipment for our first responders. PPE is used every day by healthcare personnel (HCP) to protect themselves, patients, and others when providing care.
We are asking residents to search their homes and businesses for personal protective equipment, and to donate items that are in new or good used condition to the Town for use by our police, firefighters, and paramedics.
Item specifically needed (new or unused) are: N95 Face Masks Face Masks / Surgical Masks Face Shields Tyvek Suits
Disposable Hospital Gowns
We have a critical shortage of these items, and we have been told that it will be two-to-four weeks before we receive this much needed protective gear. Currently, we have twelve first responders in quarantine as a result of helping residents who are infected with COVID-19.
Place your item(s) in a plastic bag
Place it in the designated container at the two locations listed below
Place bleach outside of container
Drop-Off PPE Locations:
Monday-Friday, 6:30AM to 3:30 PM
•Fire Headquarters, 95 Raymond Road
•Police Department, 103 Raymond Road
•Department of Public Works, 17 Brixton Street
Donate food or funds to the West Hartford Food Pantry/The Town That Cares. Food donations may be dropped off at a tent at Town Hall, 50 South Main Street, (main entrance near flagpole) during the times below.
• Tuesday, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM • Wednesday, 9 AM - 11 AM • Friday, 10 AM – 12 PM
Please contact Suzanne Oslander (860-561-7580) at the Food Pantry for large donations so that we can make special arrangements.
Checks may be made payable to The Town That Cares and mailed:
West Hartford Town Hall 50 South Main Street – Room 130 West Hartford, CT 06107
If you have elderly neighbors, please give them a telephone call. It is normal for adults and children to experience anxiety during stressful events such as the Coronavirus outbreak. But our senior population may also feel vulnerable and isolated. Connect with them with a friendly call to see if they need help with groceries or medications. As always, practice social distancing. The Fire Department and our public support staff want to keep all residents safe – including volunteers.
If you encounter an elderly or frail resident who may require medical, social or emotional support, please contact Fire Captain Jarrad Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fire Department, with the help of Town social workers, senior center directors and other staff, are contacting our community’s most vulnerable residents. These outreach calls may result in additional requests for volunteers to drop off food or do other errands. The Town’s pubic support staff and trained volunteers can meet the current volume of requests for resources, but a volunteer list is being developed if circumstances change. A volunteer form is available to fill out: https://westhartford.seamlessdocs.com/f/volunteer
American Red Cross Blood Drives are often scheduled at West Hartford Town Hall. Contact www.redcrossblood.org
Why blood now? Many schools or businesses have cancelled blood drives. Blood is constantly needed for trauma care, cancer patients, and research. Last week, the American Red Cross collected 123 units at two Town Hall blood drives, which provided lifesaving treatment and transfusions for up to 369 patients.
Questions? Contact Suzanne Oslander at 860-561-7580 or email SuzanneO@westhartfordct.gov. Thank you for your generosity of time and spirit!