St. Mary Star of the Sea Church
Weekday Breakfast Program
First Congregational Church, 66 Union St., New London
Volunteers are needed weekday mornings, approximately 6 AM to 8 AM to prepare food for 45 to 60 homeless persons. Please contact First Church office at 443-8409 if you can help.
St. Vincent de Paul Society is always seeking to keep its food pantry full. Many thanks for all your generous response to our appeals! There are so many people in our community who need food and other household items to maintain their households. Thank you for your continued generosity.
Travel-size toiletries are always needed at the Homeless Shelter at St. James Church. Donations of coffee, tea, sugar, non-dairy creamer, and sugar substitute are also gratefully accepted. The Homeless Hospitality Center always needs underwear and socks of all sizes and kinds.
The shelter also always needs: decaf coffee, sugar and cremora, hot and cold cups, iced tea and lemonade mixes, toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, large plastic garbage bags, easy to prepare "snacks" (ramen noodles, large beef stew, etc.)
The Covenant Shelter also appreciates donations of toiletries for its guests.
Have you ever considered becoming a foster parent? Waterford Country School Foster Care is looking for special people to provide therapeutic homes for school-age foster children with special behavioral needs. We will provide you with in-depth training and ongoing guidance and assistance, including weekly visits from a staff professional, 24/7 staff support, a large network of foster parents facing similar challenges, and a substantial monthly stipend. To learn more, please call Kathryn at (860) 886-7500, x 170, or visit www.wcsfostercare.org.
The Child Adoption Resource Association (CARA), a non-profit adoption agency, provides monthly information sessions about adoption the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at Seattle's Best Café in the Waterford Commons Borders Book and Music Store. A social worker explains the adoption process through CARA. And adoption professionals from CARA will discuss adopting from the Connecticut state foster care sysem, domestic adoption, international adoption of infants, the home study process, adn other information about the legal, social, and psychological aspects of adoption. For more information, please visit www.adoptacarakid.org, or call Kerri at 444-0553.
Beyond the Parish Borders
Cities all over the world went dark for an hour on Saturday, March 27, in observance of Earth Hour, a worldwide demonstration for people to consider how to help conserve the resources of the planet. Here are some ideas you can try:
Instead of drain opener, pour 1 cup baking soda in the drain, then pour 1 cup vinegar. One minute later, follow with 1 pint of boiling water.
Instead of glass cleaner and paper towels, apply white vinegar to surfaces with newspaper.
Instead of grease cutter, use lemon juice, vinegar, or borax.
Instead of carpet cleaner, use cornstarch or baking powder.
Instead of insecticides, mix borax with brown sugar and flour. (Keep this mixture away from children.)
Instead of toilet cleaner, use liquid castile soap and baking soda or borax.
Instead of all-purpose cleaner, use liquid castile soap and baking soda or borax. These will clean many things. Dilute for floors, walls, and counters.
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