November 17 is the last day to donate new and gently used coats for the Greenwich Department of Human Services Winter Coat Drive. Coats for children and adults can be dropped off at four different locations around town:
• Greenwich Town Hall Lobby, 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich, CT
• Athena Book Store, 223 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT
• Greenwich Kempo, 1156 E. Putnam Avenue, Riverside, CT
• TAG: 13 Riverside Avenue, Riverside, CT
New coats can also be purchased and donated through the Greenwich Department of Human Services Amazon Wishlist - scan the QR code on the flyer below or go to https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/13OTYKVRWQMQL/ref=cm_go_nav_hz.
The Greenwich Department of Human Services (GDHS) serves as a community bridge and provides direct services to the essential resources of the community. GDHS provides Greenwich residents and their families in need of basic human services support, helps respond to crisis situations and provides information and referral assistance.
GDHS also assists with applying for federal, state and local benefits including Husky, Social Security, Workman’s Compensation, unemployment benefits, Medicaid, Snap, WIC and subsidized housing. GDHS provides referrals for food and clothing, Salvation Army assistance, assistance with community gifts, behavioral health, personal safety, education and employment, energy assistance, utility shut off prevention and mediation, English as a second language classes (ESL) and protective service referrals.
GDHS runs community programs, i.e., Campership - a camp scholarship program for children 5-14 years old, Boots & Shoes for children ages 5-14 years old, Holiday Aid, Byram Archibald Neighborhood Center (BANC) After School Program, Greenwich Youth Conservation Program, and Greenwich Youth Corp.; offers Homecare Services; assists with applying for Energy Assistance Programs such as the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program, Operation Fuel Program, Renters Rebate Program (seniors 65+ and disabled); and administers the Community Partnership Program that grants funds to partner agencies whose services and programs strengthen the community’s capacity in providing basic human services.
GDHS staff is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and evenings by appointment. Bilingual staff are available. All services are confidential.
The Winter Coat Drive is sponsored by St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, the Greenwich Human Services FUND and the Board of Human Services Town of Greenwich.