General Meetings

Because of precautions required to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we won’t be having an annual meeting and spring picnic this year. We sincerely hope to be able to resume Y’s Women meetings in September, and we will keep you informed. Have a happy and SAFE summer.

We have some wonderful speakers scheduled for our first meetings in the fall: September 14: James Naughton – award-winning Broadway, movie, and TV actor and director. October 12:  George Murphy – well-respected Civil War historian who will speak about Connecticut’s role in the Underground Railroad. October 26:  Joe Meyers – accomplished film critic who will discuss the ways in which the movie industry and movie watching have changed. 

Mercy Learning Center Needs Help

From Jane  Ferreira, Mercy Learning Center CEO
We presently are trying to take care of our students who have the coronavirus in their immediate households. We have been delivering food and diapers to these mothers and children since they are in quarantine. This has been our focus. Many of our families have no outside support and therefore are really left alone. Once we get the food and diaper situation under control, we will use the financial support to help with their bills. Many are not eligible for the stimulus checks.  If your community wants to help in any way, this is the email that I sent out last week when our pantry got too low. And if they need to have someone pick up their items, I can ask one of our Board members who may live near them. Thank you for this opportunity. The back parking lot of MLC will be open every Friday from 10 am to 12 noon for deliveries. Folks can come and drop off food, diapers, gift cards. Leave them by the back of the building and the janitor will take them into the building (he will be outside waiting). Everyone who is dropping off needs to have a mask and keep appropriate social distance. Donors need to put their name in the bag or envelope so we can send out thank you notes in the near future. Or you can email me with your friends’ information, etc. Specific items: bags of rice and any type of dried beans, lentils, etc.; tomato paste, tomato sauce, or diced tomatoes; cooking oil, oatmeal, corn meal, cream of wheat, powdered milk, pasta, canned fruit, applesauce, and canned vegetables and meats. These are basic items that will help. Toilet paper and other toiletries. (There are more items on our wish list but these are the most essential right now.) Diapers: 4, 5, and 6 sizes. Gift cards: Stop and Shop, Shop Rite, Walgreens, CVS – denominations of $25 or above. Financial Donations: always welcome – by check (preferred) or on the website – will be restricted to those in need during this pandemic.