Glastonbury Social Services provides several programs to assist families with children who are experiencing financial difficulties. The social work staff is available to provide information and referrals to various assistance programs, assist with applications for these programs, and respond to certain basic needs. The goal of the department is to not only help a family through a difficult time, but to help them achieve greater financial stability and independence.
For information on counseling services available to families with children, please contact Youth and Family Services of the Town of Glastonbury.
Some of the programs offered to families with children through Social Services include the following:
- Back to School Program – Donated school supplies and backpacks are provided to Glastonbury children in kindergarten through 12th grade whose families would have difficulty purchasing them because of their financial situations.
- Thanksgiving Food Program – Groceries and grocery store gift cards are provided so that Glastonbury families experiencing difficulties can prepare their favorite Thanksgiving meals.
- Holiday Gift Program– Parents of Glastonbury families experiencing financial difficulties provide a wish list for donors who will be anonymously matched with the wish list of a child, ages infant through 18. The donors can then shop for these items and return them to the Riverfront Community Center for distribution.
- Regifting Program – Donated new, unwanted gifts are assembled into gift baskets for local children to choose for the significant adults in their lives for Mother’s and Father’s Day. The children also make cards, do a craft, have a snack and wrap their gifts, assisted by volunteers from the Teen Center and the Senior Center.
- Fee Waivers for Parks and Recreation programs – Applications are taken at Social Services for families seeking reduced rates for certain Parks and Recreation programs. Eligibility and the amount of discount is based on household income and size.
- Summer Camp Scholarship information – for certain summer camp programs.
To obtain more information, to be placed on the mailing list for notification about the seasonal programs or to apply for any of these programs, please call 652-7634 and ask to speak with a Social Worker.
Assistance is also available through other programs such as the Food Bank and Fuel Bank. Many of these programs are completely dependent upon donations of items or money. For more information on making a donation or volunteering with a specific program, please contact the Social Services office at 860-652-7634.