Youth & Family Services
The agency exists to foster the healthy development of the children of Madison and their families through progressive programs that offer prevention, community coordination and treatment services.
Looking For Some Help With Heating This Season?
Madison residents may apply for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program by appointment beginning September 12th. Senior citizens can apply by contacting Heather Castrilli at 203-245-5687 and individuals or families can apply by contacting Wendy Larson at 203-245-5655. All types of heating sources are considered: oil, gas, electric, propane, kerosene, and wood.
For guidelines and documentation requirements contact either Heather Castrilli (seniors) or Wendy Larson (families and individuals under age 65. If you cannot wait for an appointment you may schedule an appointment at CRT Energy Assistance (860-347-4465) in Middletown.
Safe Rides NEEDS Adult Volunteers!
Safe Rides has been in service for over 25 years at Madison Youth and Family Services with the support of The Exchange Club of Madison. Typically, Safe Rides is touted as a student to student ride share program that provides a safe way for Madison students to get home on Friday and Saturday Nights. However, the adult volunteers are just as important as the student volunteers! Without adult supervision, the shifts don’t take place and for the first time in a long time, Safe Rides is in danger of cutting back its service due to a small pool of adult volunteers. So we need you!
Adult volunteers’ responsibilities include (but are not limited to); interacting with and supervising 2-8 student volunteers, reinforcing program and transportation guidelines (you will be trained on these prior to your first shift), and making the judgement call on weather related cancellations. Safe Rides operates on Friday and Saturday nights during the school year from 10pm-1:30am.
In the past, the commitment of an adult volunteer has usually been around one shift every 4-5 weeks. However, we are hoping to get enough volunteers to up that to about 1 shift every 6-8 weeks. If you would like to volunteer with a friend, we are (for the first time) allowing pairs of adult volunteers to oversee a shift. That way you have someone to chat with when the students inevitably get lost in their phone.
If you or someone you know may be interested in volunteering for Safe Rides, please contact Derek Cornwell by email or phone (203) 245-5645.
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Your community and your state have been very busy trying to bring more essential services to our citizens in need. Please feel free to contact either Heather Castrilli or Wendy Larson for details on the many other state and local assistance programs not listed. Including food stamps, health insurance, Medicare, Medicare Part D, if you or someone you know is in need please give us a call we are here to help.