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Walk for Warmth 2018

Sunday November 18

Individuals and groups are encouraged to Walk for Warmth to  raise funds for WAIM’s Energy Assistance Program!

Last year, we raised $40,000, which helped over 100 people stay warm and keep their lights on.

Registration begins @ 1:00 PM

St. Joseph’s  Church

99 Jackson St., Willimantic, CT

Interfaith Service @ 1:30

The Walk begins @ 2:15

WFW Registration Form

Refreshments and children’s activities provided.

Back to School Program

An Introduction to WAIM (video)



Adopt A Family

What does the WAIM Adopt-A-Family Program do?

This program gives families in crisis an opportunity to joyfully celebrate the holidays through the love of a neighbor. The family receives the benefits of your generous gifts. Without special donors like you, these families would not have the chance for a holiday celebration. Each donor to family match is unique. You provide a holiday meal and gifts for children and adults.

  • Adopt-a-family donor registration – October 1
  • Deadline to deliver food baskets and gifts to families – December 18 Continue reading

WAIM Community Garden

 The WAIM Community Garden has been at its current site for 17 years. Over the course of that time, it has provided opportunities for participants to grow thousands of pounds of fresh, locally-produced food for themselves and their community. It has improved local food security, and created a dignified means for local residents to provide for themselves and others in need.

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Women & Children’s Program

This program was established in 2007-2008 to address some of the barriers that prevent women from achieving their potential in the workplace or their access to educational resources.  WAIM provides emergency financial support for things that will enable them to keep their jobs, continue their education or keep their families safe.

Material Goods

The Material Goods Redistribution Program was WAIM’s very first project, and has been growing since 1984, where today we move tons of furniture, clothing and household goods through our doors each month.

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Unmet Needs Program

Small grants are made to our neighbors in need through the Unmet Needs Fund (UNF). Unmet Needs can cover anything from emergency rental assistance, to prescription assistance, to money for diapers or car seats. A significant amount of this fund is used for transportation, helping individuals get or keep their vehicles on the road in order to secure employment or get back and forth to work.  Last year, we distributed approximately $7,400 in small UNF grant to 147 families for an average award of $50.

Transportation Assistance

Funds are available to eligible individuals for car repair, insurance, license and registration fees, and gasoline for transportation to/from work or other essential appointments.

Partners in Independence

For more information about Partners In Independence (PIP) click here.
(Fast forward to 15:17 to watch the PIP Segment.)

PIP matches highly trained volunteer mentors with people who are ready to take the next steps to increase their financial, housing and/or employment stability. Mentor/learning partner matches commit to work together for up to two years. Mentors coach their learning partners and offer practical advice many of us are in the habit of receiving from our family and friends. Continue reading