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Charter Oak State College-CTDLC Union Helps Needy in New Britain, Newington

L-R:Donna Bergin and Sandy Hart of the New Britain Friendship Service Center; AFSCME Local 1214’s Nancy Taylor, Paul Morganti and Carolyn Rogers.

New Britain, CT, Dec. 16, 2010 – Members of Local 1214 of Council 4 AFSCME, representing employees at Charter Oak State College in New Britain and the CT Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) in Newington, have donated more than $2,000 to help two area non-profit organizations, the Friendship Service Center in New Britain and the Newington Food Bank, serve people in need.

Local 1214 members donated an industrial-sized food freezer to the Friendship Service Center, along with an additional $250 to purchase food. The freezer cost approximately $1,000.

The Center runs an emergency shelter for families, a community kitchen that serves 114,000 meals per year, a transitional living program for homeless adults and other programs for the needy. The Center’s 37 bed emergency shelter serves men, women and families; the transitional living program serves 15 adults for a 6-month to 2-year period.

Friendship Service Center Program Director Donna Bergin said the new freezer will accommodate additional supplies of food coming for the holidays. She said the Center serves anywhere from 80 to 200 hot meals a day to local citizens.

Local 1214 also presented the Newington Human Services Department with a $1,000 donation to help stock the Newington Food Bank, which serves 140 households a month, up from about 90 households two years ago, according to Human Services Director Ken Freidenberg. The donation will enable the organization to purchase two months of food for town residents in need.

“The Friendship Service Center and the Newington Food Bank are doing wonderful work in these troubled times,” said Nancy Taylor, chairperson of the union’s charitable giving committee. “Both organizations have seen a dramatic increase in clients. They deserve our support and gratitude.”

“Union members banded together to help the needy at a special time of the year,” added Local 1214 President Carolyn Rogers. “We organized a Charitable Giving Committee in response to the strong desire to give back to our local community. I am very proud of our members for their generous donations.”

AFSCME Local 1214 represents more than 60 public employees at Newington-based CTDLC and New Britain-based Charter Oak State College, which was established as a distance learning college in 1973 to assist adults in completing their college degrees. Today, Charter Oak State College is Connecticut's public online college offering associate and bachelor's degree completion programs in a number of high-demand fields.

Newington Human Services Director Kenneth Freidenberg; AFSCME Local 1214 member Nancy Taylor, Paul Morganti and union president Carolyn Rogers.

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