Access and the Northeast Coordinated Access Network (NECAN) now accepting Giving Tuesday donations for Be Homeful campaign, a program of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH)

Now through November 27, 2018, Access Community Action Agency and the Northeast Coordinated Access Network (NECAN) are accepting donations for the “Be Homeful” project, a Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) campaign to end family homelessness in our region and around the state, for #GivingTuesday. Access and the NECAN, a network of Emergency Shelters in Northeast CT, has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 27, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Now through mid-December, a gift will make an extra impact as our friends at the CT REALTORS® Foundation will gift an adorable Paddington™ plush bear, book, or blankie to a child in or at the front door of family emergency shelters with a donation of $25 or more in the donor’s honor. $1,000 is the average amount required to prevent a family from becoming homeless, so for every $1K raised, you will help a family with young children stay in the comfort of home. That means for every 40 bears you “raise”, at least one family will not know the hardship of homelessness.


This is the third year Access and the NECAN teamed up with CCEH and with the funds raised last year, Access’s Emergency Shelter was able to divert 12 families including 20 adults and 27 children from homelessness.


Please help a family in need by donating or starting your own “bear-raiser” #GivingBearsDay.  Your gift can make all the difference! This online fundraiser allows nonprofit organizations like Access to raise funds online to end family homelessness in Northeastern Connecticut. Those who are interested in joining Access and the NECAN’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit


For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (, Facebook page ( or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.


About Access Community Action Agency

The Access Community Action Agency is the federal and state designated anti-poverty agency for Windham and Tolland Counties. Access provides food, emergency shelter, energy assistance, energy conservation services, job and life skills training, youth mentoring, group homes, senior housing and more for low-income families and individuals. For more information about Access’ services, call (860) 450-7400 in the Willimantic area, (860) 412-1600 in the Danielson area, or visit


Access is an active member of the NECAN, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH), National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), and represents the Windham Area Continuum of Care on the CT Balance of State Continuum of Care Steering Committee.  Access has been a lead agency on the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness and staff sits on a number of its committees.


About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2018 iteration will be held on November 27, 2018. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global movement dedicated to giving around the world.

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