Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Mayor Zoppo Urges Voters to Donate to Needy on Election Day

Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu is hoping voters will help the less fortunate with donations on Election Day.
The Mayor is asking that people bring a canned good item to the polls on Nov. 6, or donate their pocket change, to the St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol.
The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Donations are completely optional and are not required to vote.
From the Bristol Press Article:
"St. Vincent DePaul does not have sufficient funding to operate its Winter Overflow Shelter from Dec. 1 through March 1, particularly on those nights that the governor announces that the Extreme Cold Weather Protocol is in effect. Last year, more than 1,800 households in central Connecticut called 2-1-1 seeking emergency shelter or housing support during this same time period....
[O]ver the summer the city also saw a reduction in the number of soup kitchens when the Christian Fellowship Center closed its kitchen on Prospect Street, increasing the demand at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran and Salvation Army soup kitchens, as well as at the Brian’s Angels and Agape House drop-in centers.
The mayor and the city council have been working with the various social service agencies since the summer to ensure that needs are met."