Our Social Service programs are designed to assist individuals and families in meeting their basic needs and are designed to foster independence and promote self-sufficiency while maintaining dignity and privacy.
Back-to-School Supplies and Clothing
Each Fall, kids can receive a backpack, school supplies and a "First Day" outfit. Families can also request additional items throughout the year to replace exhausted school supplies.
Social Services serves as an intake site for the CT Energy Assistance Program which is administered by TVCCA in Norwich. The program provides qualified residents with heating, gas, and electric bill assistance. Social Services also coordinates with Operation Fuel and Project Warm Up to help keep families warm during the Winter months. Eligibilty guidelines can be found at ct.gov
The Colchester Fuel Bank is funded entirely by donations from generous community members. The Fuel Bank makes it possible for residents in need to receive small oil deliveries during the Winter months to cover the gap between other heating delivery programs.
Applications and Referrals
Assistance filling out applications and forms for programs such as SNAP, health insurance, and Social Security Disability. Referrals to other programs are also provided.
In collaboration with the Colchester Rotary and Lion's Clubs, families in need can receive Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. These local civic groups coordinate with Social Services to ensure that anyone needing a holiday dinner with receive one.
Personal Hygiene Supplies
Items that cannot be purchased with food stamps are donated for residents who access the Food Bank. In addition to personal hygiene items, soap, shampoo, laundry detergents and paper goods are also available.