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Make holiday wishes come true for Greater New Britain’s not-for-profits

New Britain, Conn., December 1, 2012 -- As you’re shopping for loved ones this holiday season, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain encourage you to add your support for those in need through a gift to one of the region’s not-for-profit agencies and programs.

As part of its annual holiday wish list, the Council encourages us to consider a gift of time or money to support basic needs as well as programs that encourage personal growth, educational opportunities and brighter futures for children and families, the elderly, persons with developmental disabilities and victims of domestic violence throughout our region.

Please consider putting one (or more) of these agencies on your holiday list!

Ways to Share . . . A Holiday Wish List - 2012
For the area served by Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

ARC of Southington, 201 West Main Street, Plantsville, CT 06479

Contact: Sandra Amato, Executive Director
Phone: 860-628-9220

ARC of Southington provides support and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. We have an adult recreation program open to the same population.

Wishes: A sponsor to assist with the cost for our annual holiday party or annual meeting and picnic. Our previous funding source has been cut this year.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers to help at our holiday party either as a DJ, to set up and clean up or to provide entertainment on December 7, 2012, from 5:30 - 9:30 pm.

BIG WISH: A sound system to provide music and a microphone at our events.

Boys & Girls Club of New Britain, Inc., 150 Washington Street, New Britain, CT 06051

Contact: Beth Seeber, Administrative Secretary
Phone: 860-229-2865

We provide recreation, education and prevention programs for youth ages 6-18 and child care services for children ages 3+ with many of our members coming from disadvantaged situations.

Wishes: Gifts for children's holiday party for boys and girls ages 6-12. Funds to offset cost of holiday party entertainment.

Volunteer Opportunities: Magician for holiday party, Friday December 14, 2012 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm.

BIG WISH: A big screen HD TV/HD Projector to show movies.

Catholic Charities - New Britain, 90 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051

Contact: Lisa Pawlik, Development Associate
Phone: 860-728-2564

Catholic Charities provides a comprehensive array of services including adoption, early childhood education, counseling, youth programs, elderly services, programs for developmentally disabled adults, crisis intervention, and refugee services to a diverse population of all faiths in Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven counties.

Wishes: Gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target and Stop & Shop for youth and families during the holidays. New games, books, art supplies, and toys for young children and teens. Cash donations to help families keep warm over the winter, purchase food for holiday baskets, and buy warm clothing for clients.

BIG WISH: A van for our programs serving needy families.

Community Mental Health Affiliates, Inc., 270 John Downey Drive, New Britain, CT 06051

Contact: Evelyn Jacobs, Community Relations
Specialist Phone: 860-826-1358, ext. 1691

Community Mental Health Affiliates provides mental health and substance abuse treatment to children, families and adults throughout central and northwest Connecticut.

Wishes: Gifts cards to McDonalds, Dunkin' Donuts, movie passes, gift cards to stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, Toys R Us, Barnes & Noble; hygiene products (non-aerosol), costume jewelry, sweatshirts, socks, warm clothes (hats, gloves, scarves, mittens, snow boots for both children and adults), basketballs, footballs, arts and crafts supplies, board games for both younger children and teens/young adults, snow pants (bib-type) for toddlers, youth, and teen/young adults.

Connecticut Junior Republic - New Britain Community Program, 29 Russell Street, New Britain, CT 06052

Contact: Hedy Barton, Director of Development
Phone: 860-567-9423

The Connecticut Junior Republic's New Britain Program provides community-based care, treatment, education and family services programs for at-risk boys, girls and families.

Wishes: $20 Gift cards to Wal-Mart or Target to purchase electronic games for 35 boys and girls.

BIG WISH: New Xbox 360/Connect System for game room.

Klingberg Family Centers, 370 Linwood Street, New Britain, CT 06052

Contact: Marci Marciniec, Project Manager
Phone: 860-832-5554

Founded in 1903, Klingberg Family Centers offers help and hope to children and families through residential treatment, special education, a safe home, specialized foster care and adoption and a array of community services.

Wishes: Gift cards to supermarkets (Stop & Shop, Shaw's), department stores (Wal-Mart, Target), book stores, music stores, restaurants, movie tickets, tickets to sporting events, etc.; batteries, stocking stuffers, phone cards, TV, DVD players, IPODs, linens, pillows, household items.

YWCA of New Britain, 22 Glen Street, PO Box 2545, New Britain, CT 06051

Contact: Robin Sharp, Executive Director
Phone: 860-225-4681

YWCA New Britain provides 24-hour crisis response, counseling and advocacy to victims of sexual assault in 43 towns in Connecticut. We also provide early childhood education, employment and training and youth development programs.

Wishes: Adult-size warm-up type clothing to be provided to victims of sexual assault, personal hygiene products; grocery store gift cards; gift cards for gasoline for volunteers responding to hospital accompaniment calls.

Volunteer Opportunities: Crisis response volunteers are needed year-round; we provide training and certification.

BIG WISH: An additional vehicle for transporting students in our middle school programs.

Friendship Service Center of New Britain, Inc., 241-249 Arch Street, New Britain, CT 06051

Contact: Gregory McCloud, Receptionist
Phone: 860-225-0211

The Friendship Center operates a soup kitchen, an emergency shelter, a transitional living program, community outreach and support programs, and permanent supportive housing.

Wishes: Children: dolls - black, brown and white, Cars (the movie), Spiderman (anything), Hot Wheels, dinosaurs, trains, hand-held video games, family DVDs, educational toys, puzzles, games, Pokémon (anything). Babies: diapers, car seats. Household: countertop appliances, dishes, silverware, glasses, pots and pans, dish racks, laundry baskets, cleaning equipment and supplies, vinyl shower curtains with rings, full-sized sheets and cotton blankets, vacuum cleaners. Electronics: cordless phone with answering machine, CD player, MP3 player, digital camera. Personal items: (new and unopened, please) colognes, lotions, body wash, soaps, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, manicure sets and nail polish. Clothing (all ages): (new and unwrapped, please) socks, underwear, warm hats, scarves, sweatshirts and pants, cool clothing for teens. Gift cards/passes: Gift cards to New Britain stores, gas cards, bus passes/tokens, prepaid cell phone minute cards.

BIG WISH: New, commercial-grade cooler for soup kitchen.

HRA of New Britain, Inc., 180 Clinton Street, New Britain, CT 06053

Contact: Katie O'Donnell, Program Coordinator
Phone: 860-826-6991

The mission of the Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc. (HRA) is to improve the quality of life by helping people achieve economic and social potential; responding to the causes and conditions of poverty; and building stronger individuals, families and communities in the greater New Britain area.

Wishes: HRA Youth Services needs diapers, wipes, and other infant/toddler items for the new mothers in our Youth Employment Programs. Also appreciated would be gift cards in any denomination to grocery or drug stores to provide the little extras that our youth need as they enter school, trainings or their new jobs. These items can be mailed to or dropped off at the HRA Youth Center at 58 Scarlett Drive in New Britain, CT. The HRA/New Britain Food and Resource Center is our Food Pantry located at 460 Osgood Ave, New Britain, CT. We are always in need of donations of food and toiletries for the ever increasing number of families that use the pantry. During the holidays we especially appreciate the treats and goodies that help to make the holidays special! The Food Pantry is open on alternating days so please call 860-827-8402 or 860-826-6991 if you would like to donate.

BIG WISH: A replacement stove for our Youth Services Center.

Pathways/Senderos Center: Greater New Britain Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Inc., 100 Arch Street, New Britain, CT 06051

Contact: Heather Mills, Middle School Coordinator
Phone: 860-229-2776

The Pathways-Senderos Center provides comprehensive, holistic services designed to prevent teen pregnancy for 60 boys and girls, grades 6-12. We provide academic support, career awareness and family support. For the holidays, we have a holiday celebration, providing gifts to our participants and their families.

Wishes: Journals, books, arts and crafts supplies, scrapbooking supplies, mp3 players, headphones, games and recreational equipment (board games, balls, sports equipment, etc.), watches, stuffed animals, health and beauty supplies for boys and girls, hair products and accessories; t-shirts and sweatshirts for boys and girls (sizes M-XXL), boys undershirts and dress shirts (sizes M-XXL), gloves, scarves, slippers and socks; pajama bottoms for boys and girls (sizes S-XXL), fleece blankets; entertainment and cultural opportunities (e.g., tickets to sporting events, museums, movies); gift certificates (clothing, food entertainment).

Volunteer Opportunities: During the holidays we could use volunteers to wrap gifts. If interested please call for more details. During the school year we need volunteers for tutoring and mentoring, guest speakers and role model presentations.

BIG WISH: A new stove for our kitchen.

Prudence Crandall Center, PO Box 895, New Britain, CT 06051

Contact: Arlene Greco, Development Director
Phone: 860-225-5187

Prudence Crandall Center provides the following services to victims of domestic violence and their children: emergency shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing, court advocacy, 1:1 and group counseling, 24 hour hotline, prevention education, and comprehensive case management services.

Wishes: Grocery store gift cards, Wal-Mart and other department store gift cards.

BIG WISH: New dressers for our domestic violence shelter.

The Salvation Army - New Britain, 78 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051

Contact: Major Norma Newton, Administrator/Pastor
Phone: 860-225-8491, ext. 120

We provide an emergency food pantry, seasonal soup kitchen, holiday food/toy baskets, dinner/deliveries, clothing/furniture assistance, and a men's shelter.

Wishes: Baby items; New toys (age appropriate for ages newborn-12); Teens - gift cards at stores (Target, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Best Buy, etc.); Men's Shelter - winter hats, jackets, socks, gloves, hygiene items (disposable razors, soap, deodorant, etc.); Twin-size sheets, blankets, comforters, pillows and towels for assistance to families and/or men's shelter.

Volunteer Opportunities: Holiday Food & Toy Basket Distribution - December 20, 2012. Man Red Kettle at local store November 19 - December 24, 2012. Contact us to arrange for a day and time, and to complete preliminary orientation

BIG WISH: Commercial gas range with eight burners to prepare food at Men's Shelter.

Wheeler Clinic, Inc., 91 Northwest Drive, Plainville, CT 06062

Contact: Wendy DeAngelo, Chief Business Development Officer
Phone: 860-224-6388

Wheeler Clinic provides a continuum of behavioral health, special education, early childhood, child welfare, community justice, prevention and wellness programs for children, adolescents and adults.

Wishes: Gifts and gift cards for children and adolescents; gift cards and tickets for local entertainment venues, including movie theaters, sporting events, plays, etc. for children in congregate or foster care; new sporting equipment and bicycles for teenagers; diapers and infant care supplies.

BIG WISH: A greenhouse to support the agency’s education services.


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