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Child and Family Agency
Child and Family Agency’s mission is to promote the well-being and development of all children and their families, in particular to give priority to the unmet needs of children lacking physical, emotional and intellectual care and nurturing.
Common Good Gardens
(860) 526-3459 to volunteer
The Common Good Gardens are tended by volunteers who grow and deliver the produce to the five Shoreline Soup Kitchen pantries each week. In addition, volunteers pick up day-old vegetables and fruit from six farm stands and also deliver that produce to the pantries.
Community Health Center
Community Health Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency providing primary care and social services. Its quality health care services are available to all, and particularly to those who cannot gain access to such services elsewhere.
Estuary Council of Seniors
ECSI is a community resource providing nutrition, transportation, health support services, education opportunities and socialization for the nine-town Estuary Region’s residents over 50 years old .
FISH (Friends in Service Here)
FISH is a non-profit, all volunteer driving service that provides free transportation to and from doctors’ or dentists’ offices, clinics and hospitals in the area roughly bounded by Guilford, Middletown and New London. The service is available for ambulatory residents of Essex, Centerbrook, Ivoryton, Deep River and Chester who do not have other means of transportation.
Gilead Community Services
Gilead Community Services’ mission is to provide a broad range of high quality health care and recovery support services in the home and community to improve mental health, physical well being, independence, and community integration for the individuals we serve.
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
The mission of High Hopes is to improve the lives of people with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education.
The mission of Literacy Volunteers is to teach valley shore residents to read, write and speak English to improve their work and life skills in their communities.
Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries
The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries provides food and fellowship to those in need. They serve the Connecticut shoreline towns and provide approximately 900,000 meals worth of food each year.
Town of Essex Social Services
(860) 767-4340 ext. 201
The mission of the Department of Social Services is to enhance the quality of life of Essex residents through support in meeting basic human needs and promoting services that foster self-sufficiency and economic independence. Social Services connects you to the essential resources of the community.
Tri-Town Youth Services
Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau, Inc. is a nonprofit agency that coordinates, develops and provides services dedicated to promoting the positive growth and development of youth and families in Chester, Deep River and Essex, Connecticut.
VNA (Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley)
The mission of the Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, Inc. (VNLV) is to provide comprehensive, personalized services that foster health, independence, dignity and comfort through home-based healing, education, and health-oriented community outreach initiatives.