Jan (all month) DONUTS FOR DONATIONS: The American Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts have launched a new campaign this month to help increase donations and reward generous donors during National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. Through the new “Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference” campaign, all those who come to give blood or platelets in January at Red Cross blood drives in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and parts of New York will receive a $5.00 Dunkin’ Donuts Card. To participate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App at redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. (1/2)
Jan 31 BOATING SAFETY COURSE: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 24-3 will offer an “About Boating Safety” course Saturday, January 31, starting at 8 a.m. at the Flotilla 24-3 Training Center, 1 Helwig Street, Milford, Connecticut, one block north of Milford Boat Works. Instruction will cover all basic topics in recreational boating, personal watercraft, and seamanship. The eight-hour course costs $60. Family participation is encouraged. All students will need to get a State of Connecticut ID Number before taking the class. For more information, call 860-663-5505 or visit http://a0142403.uscgaux.info/. (1/2)
Feb 5 UNDERSTANDING MENTAL ILLNESS COURSE: The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Connecticut will sponsor a free 12-week educational course on Mental Illness. Classes are for family members and loved ones of persons with mental illness. Topics covered include the latest brain research, communication skills, and empathy workshop. Classes will be held in Naugatuck starting Thursday, Feb. 5th from 7 to 9:30 p.m. No charge for the classes, but pre-registration is required. Call Terrilynn to register or get more information at 203-881-2707. (1/7)
Feb 8 BAND CONCERT: With talented soloists and thunderous percussion, the U.S. Coast Guard Band presents a concert simply titled “BAM!” The program will include Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto and Aaron Copland’s “Hoe Down.” The concert will be performed in Leamy Concert Hall, 15 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT. The event is free, handicap accessible, and open to the public. All visitors must present a valid photo ID. Info: 860-701-6826 or uscg.mil/band. (1/30)
Regular Events and General Messages
THE LISTENING SPACE: Covenant Congregational Church will host an Open Mic at the “Listening Space,” every third Saturday of the month at 1 Westminster Drive, West Hartford, CT. All ages and all performing artists are invited to share an evening of free family-friendly fun! Sign up at 6:30 p.m.; music starts at 7 p.m. Info: Jami at 860-977-0607. (1/13)
WOMEN’S MINISTRY: Promise Land Church in West Haven sponsors Connecticut Women of Faith and Courage featuring Rev. Cheri Cerrone the second Friday of each month at 7 p.m. at Best Western Hotel, 490 Sawmill Road, West Haven, CT. The free event encourages women to reach their full God-given potential. Info: 203-589-9607 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (1/22)
PRO-LIFE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Birthright of Greater New Haven is looking for help in counseling, organizing, fundraising, marketing, and promotion to help save the unborn. Dedicated volunteers are needed to work in Birthright’s Hamden office, off local bus routes. For information or to get involved, call and leave a message for MaryAnn at 203-934-3105 or www.birthright.org. (7/18/12)
HELP FOR ADDICTIONS: Are you dealing with an addiction in your life or the life of a family member or friend? Supportive weekly meetings are held at local churches in your area seven nights a week. For Higher Ground meeting locations call 203-888-9974 or visit www.HigherGroundMinistry.org. (1/30/12)
PREGNANCY SUPPORT: If you know someone dealing with an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy and need support, contact Birthright of Greater New Haven. They give help to girls or women regardless of age, marital or economic status, or creed. They provide free pregnancy tests, and their services are confidential. They are located at 176 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT. Phone 203-934-3105. Emergency hot line 24 hrs a day: 1-800-550-4900. (8/18)
DONATION OF CRUTCHES 4 AFRICA: Church on the Rock, New Haven, in conjunction with Crutches 4 Africa, is sponsoring a collection of crutches, walkers, and wheelchairs. Please drop off your donations to Church on the Rock, 95 Hamilton Street, New Haven, CT 06511, or call 203-498-2687 for pick up. Info: www.crutches4africa.org. (12/7/09)
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Do you enjoy helping animals with special needs? The Hope Alliance for Animals, Inc. is a Christian-based sanctuary for special needs cats in New Haven County. They are looking for caring people who can give just two hours a month to be involved in this special ministry. Info: 203-988-4654 or www.hope-alliance.org . (11/17/09)
CHILDBIRTH CLASSES: Free childbirth classes for pregnant teens and young adults up to age 21 are offered in a free eight-week program at Milford Hospital. Info and reservations: 203-876-4285.
MIDDLE SCHOOL MENTORING: The “Across Ages Mentoring Program” is looking for caring adults ages 45 and older to share two hours a week with a middle school child in activities such as fishing, building something, playing catch, or other kid-friendly activity. Mentors listen to, support, and accept the children as they are. Info: 203-878-6365, ext. 331 or www.milfordmentoring.org.
DONATIONS FOR MINISTRY REQUESTED: Taste N See Outreach Ministries, Inc. of Bridgeport is in dire need of donations of furniture and household appliances, clothing for men, women, and children, and vehicles in working condition, as well as financial donations. Tax deductions are available. Info: Gary 203-335-9351.
WOMEN’S CRAFTING FELLOWSHIP: Join the women of Seymour Foursquare Gospel Church for their monthly crafting fellowship “Crossing Paths” every second Saturday of the month, between 7 and 9 p.m. Bring your favorite craft project or hobby and enjoy lively, uplifting conversation and refreshment. The church is at 56 West St., Seymour, CT. Info: 203-881-3510.
CLIFFORD W. BEERS GUIDANCE CLINIC: Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, a non-profit child mental health facility in New Haven which helps children, adolescents, adults and families who have been sexually, physically, and mentally abused, is requesting donations of clothing, hygiene products, electronics, board games, toys, arts and crafts…anything to keep families warm or put a smile on a face. Info:www.cliffordbeers.org or 203-772-1270 x213.
DONATE YOUR VEHICLE FOR A TAX DEDUCTION: Residents in Fairfield County can get a tax deduction by donating their old car to the Christian Counseling Center of Norwalk. Call the center and have the vehicle towed away. Donors will be given a donation receipt to use in reporting the tax deductible gift. Donors are entitled to deduct up to $500 in their income tax returns. If the car is worth more than $500, it will be sold, and a receipt stating the gross amount will be mailed to the donor within 30 days after sale. The center will receive $150 for each car to use to subsidize the cost of counseling for persons unable to afford the fee. Info: Rose at (203) 846-4626, ext. 300.
WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATORS: Millions of people around the world are trapped in darkness without hope. Wycliffe Bible Translators brings light and gives hope to these communities through translation and literacy programs. You can help. Ask you r employer about their matching gift program. Federal employees can participate through he Combined Federal Campaign. Our C-F-C number is 1-1-737. To learn more, call 1-800-WYCLIFFE. or visit www.wycliffe.org .
NATIONAL HUNGER HOTLINE: Do you have to go hungry tonight so your children can eat? If so, call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3HUNGRY for help. You will be connected to food programs and services in your community. Call 1-866-348-6479 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All calls are confidential, and se habla espanol.
NURSING HOME MINISTRY INSTRUCTION: Many people living in America’s Care Centers today were a part of what has been called “The Greatest Generation.” They need visitors — they need friends — they need the Lord. To help you or your church get started as an Ambassador for Christ in this needy area, the SonShine Society is offering a free step-by-step guide to Nursing Home Ministry. Write SonShine Society, that’s S-O-N-shine Box 327, Lynnwood, Washington, 98046. Ask for the free “Power Packet.”
PUPPY RAISERS NEEDED: Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a national non-profit organization that breeds, trains, and places assistance dogs with children and adults with disabilities, is looking for volunteer puppy raisers in Connecticut. At CCI our pups have a very special destiny—to assist a person with a disability in leading a more fulfilling and independent life. Puppy raisers help CCI pups achieve their full potential by providing lots of love, leadership, and socialization. To volunteer or for more information, call 1-800-572-BARK (2275) or log on to http://www.cci.org/.
CHRISTIAN COFFEE HOUSES: New England Christian Coffeehouses are a growing ministry in Connecticut and other New England states, offering Christians an opportunity to fellowship with other believers, be exposed to a variety of Christian music and artists, and introduce non-Christians to the Gospel in a less formal setting. For information on times and locations of events, log on to http://www.newenglandchristiancoffeehouses.com/.
CHRISTIAN BIKERS: If you’re a Christian motorcycle rider and are looking for some good Christian fellowship, ride along with the Beacon Bikers of New Haven, the local chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association. All bikes and bikers, men and women, are invited. Info: Bob Riendeau (860) 384-4547 or http://cmaner5.org/NES/BEACONBIKERS.
CLOTHING GIVEAWAY: Mount Gideon Faith Fellowship Church hosts a Clothing Giveaway every 3rd and 4th Saturday of the month from 10:00-11:00 A.M. only, at the Multi-Purpose House, 17 Shelton Ave., New Haven, CT.
HELP FOR GAMBLING: Are you concerned about your gambling, or someone else’s gambling? Free confidential assessment and treatment is available. Call Suzanne at the UCONN Health Center Gambling Research and Treatment Program. The toll free number is 877-400-0570 or visit www.GamblingTreatment.net
FLEA MARKET: The Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT, hosts an indoor flea market on selected Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. You’re invited to come for breakfast. Vendors may rent space for $25.00. For information including the date of the next flea market, call Bud Clarke at 203-934-4446.
HOST FAMILIES NEEDED FOR FOREIGN TEENS: Open your heart and your home to an international student. Pacific Intercultural Exchange needs host families urgently in your community for semester homestay programs. If you are interested, please call P.I.E. right away at 1-800-828-9001 or visit them at www.pieusa.org .
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