How Can I Help?

Ways to help in your community

During times of local, regional or national crisis, individuals can still make positive contributions to their community. For the duration of the COVID-19 response, we will make frequent updates to this page with suggestions on how you can take action to assist your friends, your neighbors and your town while still maintaining appropriate social distancing measures.

What Can I DO?

Donate Plasma:
For residents within the greater Worcester metro area: Have you been diagnosed with covid-19, and have you fully recovered? Are you otherwise eligible to donate plasma? Your serum could save lives. Please express your interest by following this link.

Participate in April Clean-Up!
Roadside Cleanup - The Whole Month of April
Anytime during the month of April you can pick up trash collection bags at the Recreation Office in the Town Hall. Spend the month of April picking up trash along your road and drop it our designated dumpster location at the Highway Garage, starting the first week of April

Highway garage is located at 255 Buckley Hill Road.  Enter the driveway to the right of the building and drive straight back to where the sand/salt pile is located in the winter.

Stop by the Recreation office after you've filled your bag for a FREE ice cream at BOGEY'S for each bag you fill. 
Bags are available starting 3/18.
Currently, the Town Hall is closed to the public but call the Rec Office 860-923-9440 and we'll bring bags to the door! Pick up days are currently MOn, Weds, Thu 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Nips for Holiday Cheer - April 1 - December 5
Collect roadside nip bottles from April 1st through December 5th. Drop collected bottles off at the Town Hall*. At the end of the collection period, each participant's total will be tallied and that person will be presented with a gift card with a value of 10 cents per nip bottle. Every 100 nips collected = $10 in gift card value! Just in time to use for the holidays!
*While social distancing protocols are in place, we prefer that you hold on to your collected nips. If you have no place to store them and need to drop them off to us, please call  860-923-9475 x130 during our adjusted office hours (Mon-Thu 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.). A staff person will meet you in the parking lot to collect them for you. Please staple a label to each bag of nips you collect with your NAME, contact information, and the # of nips collected (we will verify), so we can keep your running tally through December 5th.

Donate Blood
The Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to schedule an appointment to give in the days and weeks ahead to help patients counting on lifesaving blood throughout this pandemic.

Support Local Restaurants!
Restaurants are under tremendous economic strain right now, at the Stay-At-Home directive keeps their doors closed to the public. If you have the means to do so, please consider supporting local restaurants who are still offering delivery or curbside pickup.
Bogey's Ice Cream
Famous Franks Mill Town Grille
G-7 Catering Company
L.B.'s Family Restaurant
Our Father's Table
Raceway Restaurant
Riverside Pizza
Thompson House of Pizza

Where Should I GIVE?
If you are fortunate enough not to be suffering a work stoppage or other wage interruption because of the Stay-At-Home directive, please consider donating to one of the organizations serving those in need. Charitable organizations will always welcome financial contributions; and  many may also be seeking donations of food or other goods to serve critical needs. Click through any of the links below to find out how to give to any of these reputable organizations.

American Red Cross
Community Foundation of Eastern CT Neighbors for Neighbors Fund
Connecticut Food Bank
Day Kimball Hospital - Currently accepting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE)
Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG)
United Way