Hartford Chapter Holds Volunteer Initiative at Hartford Youth Scholars

Twelve members of the PLUS Hartford Chapter volunteered at Hartford Youth Scholars (www.hartfordyouthscholars.org) on May 17th for the Chapter’s annual Volunteer Initiative.  HYS is an organization that provides extracurricular and summer educational programs to students from the City of Hartford starting in sixth grade, with the hope of placing them at independent (boarding) schools and with the ultimate goal of the students graduating from college and returning to work in Hartford.

We prepared school supplies for the students’ summer programs because the group’s goal is for the students not to purchase supplies to participate in the program.  It has been a few years since HYS has been able to provide backpacks to the students, but thanks to the PLUS Foundation, the supplies we prepared will be given to the students in backpacks provided by PLUS.

Below are some “action” shots of PLUS members hard at work…

2017 Hartford Chapter Diaper Drive

The PLUS Hartford chapter held its annual Diaper Drive, benefiting My Sister’s Place, on March 23. The chapter collected a total of 21,247 diapers and 3,156 wipes for the organization, which provides a safe and nurturing environment for homeless families. In addition to the diapers and wipes, the chapter also collected $80 in unsolicited donations for the charity!

Please note special thanks to the following people who helped either pick-up or load product in and out of cars/trucks.

  • John LaBelle (Hartford Chapter Chair)
  • Alexandra Chambers (Hartford Steering Committee & Future PLUS Member)
  • Jason Binette (Hartford Chapter Steering Committee Member)
  • Brett Fowler, RPLU (Former Hartford Chapter Steering Committee Member)
  • Katie Norris (Future PLUS member)
  • Brooke Beeman (Non-Member Volunteer)

Hartford Chapter Lunches and Learns on Jan. 5

On January 5 the PLUS Hartford Chapter gathered at Infinity Music Hall for a luncheon and educational session on Discrimination Claims Trends and the Role of the CHRO.

Deputy Director Cheryl Sharp and Staff Attorney Alix Simonetti of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) provided an overview on discrimination trends and a description of the processes by which the CHRO investigates complaints, and how those may make their way into the civil justice system and liability insurance.

There were about 50 attendees. Attorneys Sharp and Simonetti were introduced by John Labelle, chair of the Hartford Chapter.

Many thanks to Education Subcommittee member Judith Baum-Baron, who suggested the topic and contacted the CHRO.