A principal obligation of a Plast Scout is to help others. Plast, similarly to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, includes this into its principal obligations. The call to help others pertains to the Scout’s relationship with their community. It also signifies the duties of Scouts to be useful members of the society in which they live and to which they are connected. Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization was founded in 1911 in Ukraine and now has a worldwide membership on six continents, including 10,000 members in Ukraine and 2,600 members in the United States. Plast, Ukrainian Scouting Organization – USA commonly referred to as Plast USA, is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. It is a non-political and an interdenominational organization. In the US, Plast holds weekly scouting meetings conducted in Ukrainian throughout the school year and runs camps in the summer. Membership can be life-long, and older members work along with the youth to help the Ukrainian and American communities to which they belong.
Our Mission: Hands On Hartford, in partnership with others, strengthens community in Hartford by responding faithfully to people in need through programs that change lives and renew human possibility. What We Do: Hands On Hartford is a social service nonprofit organization that serves Hartford’s most economically challenged residents in the areas of food, housing, and health. We are also an affiliate of the Points of Light Global Network, which includes volunteer-mobilizing organizations located in nearly 40 countries around the world. To learn more about the Points of Light Global Network, visit www.pointsoflight.org/global-network.
Founded in 1969 as Center City Churches, the agency has had a longstanding commitment to providing respectful, comprehensive services with help from volunteers and community partnerships. Our current services, reaching thousands of people annually, are:
MANNA Food and Neighborhood Services MANNA provides direct relief to thousands of Hartford neighbors each month. Through Community Meals, Community Pantry, and the Backpack Nutrition Program for children, we provide meals and groceries to individuals and families facing food insecurity. MANNA also provides vital support through community connections, referrals, security deposit & utility assistance, basic health screening, nutrition education and employment & education expense assistance.
HOH Housing: HOH Housing provides individuals and families with:
Safe and affordable housing and related support services for folks living with complex health issues (including for those living with HIV/AIDS)
Supportive services to tenants at a Hartford affordable housing complex
Individualized housing case management and related support services through the Healthcare & Housing Project (CIHHN)
Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau An alliance of concerned individuals who have experienced and continue to experience homelessness who speak out against this unjust reality by organizing speaking engagements hosted by a diverse range of community groups.
None of these services would be possible without the dedication and support of volunteers. Our Community Engagement team places volunteers in one-time and ongoing positions with all of our programs, as well as organizing larger customized service projects, service learning immersions and “Dash for a Difference” events.
Meeting and Conference Room space is available for use by outside groups. Hands On Hartford’s Licensed Shared Use Kitchen is available for members on an hourly basis, and enables start-up and small food businesses and entrepreneurs to scale up their operations before they are able to afford their own commercial kitchens. Income from this venture supports Hands On Hartford’s direct service programs.
AUERFARM MISSION: Inspire children and adults to engage in, learn about, and enjoy agriculture, science, and the natural environment.
Auerfarm is 120 acre non-profit educational farm located in Bloomfield, CT. It is adjacent to Auerfarm State Reserve and the MDC reservoir. This huge expanse of preserved land brings with it unique wildlife and rare opportunities to explore nature in a densely populated region. Located near the West Hartford and Simsbury borders of Bloomfield, and just 2 miles from Hartford, Auerfarm brings together students, parents, and guests in a region for learning, events and for recreation. Students, adults and families come to the farm to learn about agriculture and the environment. Our programs all include hands-on interaction with natural materials to facilitate lifelong self-growth and education. Our setting also lends itself to emotional healing and growth, as visitors experience the beauty of our trails, orchards, and animal pastures. We are happy to host your school field trip, picnic, corporate events, weddings, etc. We happily host a number of community events, open to the public that you can see on our events page. Auerfarm was gifted to the Connecticut 4-H Development Fund by the Koopman and Schiro families in the 1970s to be used as a community resource and for youth development.
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Inspired by a young woman who lost her life to bipolar disorder, Tara’s Closet, a Jewish communal initiative, provides free clothes to those in need as it helps those coping with mental illness. Barbara Roth, Founder of Tara’s Closet, said, “There is a direct correlation between physical and mental health. During times of quarantine and social isolation, exercise helps improve one’s mental health by reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. We are excited to partner with Ignite Fitness to raise awareness of mental illness since the coronavirus pandemic has significantly affected mental health for everyone, especially for those with an existing mental illness.”
Staffed by VolunteersTara’s Closet at Jewish Family Services serves all people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation. It is open seasonally by appointment and staffed by volunteers who will help JFS clients choose items for themselves and their families. Contact Patti Weiner at (860) 236-1927 x7129 to make an appointment.
To make a monetary contribution to Tara’s Closet, you may donate online through our website. If you prefer to donate via mail, please make your check out to Jewish Family Services, or JFS, write “Tara’s Closet” on the memo line and mail it to Jewish Family Services, 333 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite A, West Hartford, CT 06117. If you prefer to donate via telephone, or want information about up-coming drop-off days, please call Patti Weiner at (860) 236-1927, extension 7129.
The Village. They help provide homes for neglected children in the Hartford area. Click on their logo below for more info about their great work.
They are in need of the following items:
diapers and baby wipes (all sizes)
new personal hygiene, toiletry items
new coats, winter boots, hats, gloves for children
new bedding for a twin bed – mattress pad, sheets, comforter, pillow, pillowcase
new towel sets
Bus passes (CTtransit.com)
new cleaning supplies
grocery gift cards (Stop & Shop or Wal-Mart)
You can drop these off at Ignite. This an on-going charity.