1. Talk It Out CT - A new "warm line" phone number for parents/caregivers to call who are stressed and want someone to talk to: www.talkitoutct.com 1-833-258-5011
2. Free Mental Health Consultations with Christine O'Grady - available to support families with young children. Usually she visits the preschools and works with families through them but since most everyone is home, we are happy to connect her to families directly. Contact Christine firstname.lastname@example.org, Dawn Dubay email@example.com, or me for details. This is a free service.
3. SNAP online application - www.connect.ct.gov
4. Middlesex Health WIC Office - (860)358-4070 or email: WIC@Midhosp.org
5. Meals: Middletown Public Schools continues to provide meals to families M-F 9-1. Please encourage all families to take advantage of them. If anyone has allergies or needs delivery they can email MealAssist@mpsct.org. Bielefield Elementary School, 70 Maynard Street Macdonough Elementary School, 99 Spring Street Snow Elementary School, 299 Wadsworth Street Spencer Elementary School, 207 Westfield Street
6. Fun activities: Farmer Paige has a YouTube channel with fun activities!
8. Recorded storytimes: Russell Library's YouTube channel has lots of wonderful stories and other helpful videos.
9. Gilead Community Services is offering a variety of supports for victims of crime, access services through their website or call 860-343-5303
11. Harvard Center on Developing Child has a wonderful Guide to COVID19 and Child Development with lots of resources to support child thriving.
13. Live, Online Meditation Groups offered each day at 12:30pm EST to practice lovingkindness, compassion, and resilience during this time of uncertainty. You can sign up here. https://www.copperbeechinstitute.org/online-offerings
If you have food to give or need food, there are resources in our community. If you have a need:
You can go to St. Vincent de Paul or Amazing Grace Food Pantry.
SOUP KITCHEN: The soup kitchen is offering TAKE-OUT meals to walk-ups from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm daily. The dining room is closed.
FOOD PANTRY: New food pantry hours are Wednesday and Fridays from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The food pantry will NOT be open on Mondays or Saturdays. Food will be prepackaged in boxes for shoppers to take home based on family size. At this time, shopping in the pantry building has been suspended. Please bear with us as we do our best to serve the community while offering as safe an environment as possible for staff, volunteers and guests alike.
Grab and Go at Middletown Public Schools:
The Middletown Public Schools will be offering “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch for our families. This will be available Monday through Friday, beginning March 16th until schools re-open.
Parents and students can visit any of these five sites throughout the city between 9:00AM -1:00PM.
Bielefield Elementary School @ Front Office Entrance Macdonough Elementary School @ Café Entrance across from parking lot/basketball courts Snow Elementary School @ Front Office Entrance Spencer Elementary School@ Front Office Entrance Woodrow Wilson Middle School@ Front Office Entrance
Families will be able to “grab” the day's breakfast and lunch, as well as the next day's breakfast and Lunch, to eliminate the need for multiple pickups. Pick up process will be safe and will adhere to the social distance guidelines when we distribute meals. Families will not be permitted to remain on the premises to eat.
If your family has special needs or you are in need of assistance obtaining meals please email MealAssist@mpsct.org to make arrangements”.
If you have food to give, or the ability to buy food to give (please keep yourself safe if you plan to shop, delivery is an option):
The SOUP KITCHEN needs: Soap, deodorant, shampoo, and body wash. Sliced bread to make sandwiches, lunch meats, canned tuna & cheese. Also, protein and granola bars, individual beverages or juice boxes, bottled water, individual yogurts, cheese sticks, fruit cups and bagged individual serving snacks (like pretzels). Bring donations to 617 Main Street, Middletown from 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM Monday through Saturday, or call for after hours donations.
The Amazing Grace FOOD PANTRY needs: Pasta, pasta sauce, baked beans, peanut butter, canned tuna, boxed cereal and mac-‘n-cheese. If you have other non-perishable canned or boxed foods, they are also welcome! Donations can be accepted on Wednesday and Friday, every week between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM at 16 Stack Street, Middletown.
This community group on Facebook is a space to enjoy some laughter, share healthy tips & recipes, quotes and virtual workouts including strength training, cardio, barre, Zumba, yoga and mindfulness meditations too, all to help us stay sane! Jump in when you can & let’s spread joy during this unique situation.
Women's Business Development Council - Serving Connecticut
Click here for the shareable resource.
Click here for the shareable resource.
Russell Library's Career Program offers various services,such as:
Practice Job Interviews
Improve your interviewing skills and get the job you want. Bob Carlson will assist you by conducting and evaluating your practice interview. Videotaping the session is optional and confidential 1-hour sessions are available Tuesday afternoons. Call the library at 860-347-2520 for dates, times and to register.
LinkedIn Photo Shoot(s)
Once every three months on Thursday morning, the Hubbard Room at the Russell Library is transformed into a professional photo studio. Bob Carlson and Jeff Grant, on staff at the library will photograph you at your best so you can post the shot to your LinkedIn account. Image is emailed to you. No appointment necessary - first come first served. An email is required.
Online Resources - Job Now
Job Now is a free service available to library card holders, anytime, on your computer, smart phone or tablet as well as our public computers. Some of the services include:
Resume help with a live Resume Expert
Resume resources including templates and best practices
Live help with an Interview Coach
Interview tips and resources
Career help with a live Job coach
Skill Building with lessons, videos, tests and more.
Microsoft Office Applications and some Computer Programming course are found in the Computers and Technology SkillSurfer
Learning Library features Entrance Exam Preparation for High School, College, Nursing School etc., ASVAB, Praxis and GRE exams
As a business organization, the chamber has strong links to a wide range of employers in Middletown / Greater-Middletown area. One of the chamber’s main functions is to help our members as they seek to hire quality employees.
Middletown Worker Preparation Program
Helps unemployed and displaced workers in the City of the Middletown find employment.
“A bridge between job seekers and employers.”
Before beginning the job search, chamber staff members help clients create effective resumes and prepare for job interviews while providing job coaching and employment retention training. Chamber staff maintains consistent contact with both clients and employers to foster the best possible environment for not only placement into employment, but long-term security in the job. Chamber staff will assess the client’s readiness for employment, assist in the development of a presentable resume, and conduct follow-up interviews to gauge the client’s progress. Client meetings will take place at the centrally-located Chamber of Commerce building, and the job search will occur throughout Middlesex County with an emphasis on Middletown.
For questions about the Middletown Worker Preparation Program contact Lorenzo Marshall at 860-347-6924 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Delivers employment solutions that connect people with jobs and employers with skilled workers in South Central CT.
There is never a charge to the job seeker or to the employer.
Middletown American Job Center
272 South Main Street, Middletown, CT
To deliver integrated, easy-to-understand workforce information that helps job seekers, students, workers, workforce intermediaries, and employers develop their capacity and make sound economic decisions in the new economy.
To be the nation's most trustworthy provider of comprehensive, integrated, relevant, and personalized workforce information tools and resources on any desired electronic delivery system. These tools and resources serve job seekers, students, workers, workforce intermediaries, and employers to enhance their employment opportunities and business prosperity.
The MEWS+ is a co-working space for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and startup companies.
They provide a great place to grow a business or start something new. You’ll enjoy networking on the busy streets of downtown Middletown.
Come in and see what they're all about today!
Middlesex Chamber of Commerce
393 Main St.
2nd Floor via rear entrance
Middletown, CT 06457
For more information,
call Lynn Raicik at
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc.
What They Offer...
At each fair, attendees have the chance to meet with prospective employers, and can also take advantage of the following services:
Access to CTHires, our electronic job matching system, part of the nation’s largest internet employment service.
Veterans Services Representatives to provide assistance and guidance.
Information on Educational and Job Training Programs.
Information on employment and unemployment services.