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Polito & Associates, a Waterford – New London, CT Personal Injury Law Firm

Reona and family.2The attorneys and staff at Polito & Associates welcomed the company of Reona Dyess, Executive Director of The Drop-In Learning Center of New London and two family members associated with the Center. Our firm was honored to be able to provide holiday gifts to these two very deserving families as part of our effort to “do well by doing good.”

Polito & Associates is committed to serving both the local and national community. For years, Polito & Associates has had a relationship with the Drop-In Learning Center of New London. Polito & Associates has contributed both financial support and equipment to the Drop-In Learning Center which provides after-school tutoring and recreational opportunities to New London, CT children.

In May 2010, Polito & Associates also sponsored and walked in the Valley Shore CROP Hunger Walk – an interfaith effort of a number of area churches to raise money and awareness to combat hunger both local and globally. Some of the walk’s proceeds will benefit the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries. Now in its 19th year, this event has raised over $91,000.00 to fight hunger.

The attorneys and staff at Polito & Associates have an ongoing commitment to support families associated with the Drop In Learning Center in New London, Connecticut.

Below is a list of organizations both local and national, that Polito & Associates support either financially or through direct services.

We encourage all of our friends, clients and colleagues at the bar to join us in providing support to those in need whether economic, emotional or physical.
-Bert Polito

National MS Society
Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.

The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t.

We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

American Heart Association
Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question.

 

Brain Injury Association of CT
BIAC is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals with brain injury, their families, and caregivers while increasing the community’s understanding of brain injury an. its prevention.
Founded in 1981 by the families of brain-injury survivors and the social service professionals assisting them, BIAC’s original mission was to advocate for specific rehabilitative services and improved care. After incorporating in 1982, that mission expanded to include prevention.

Brain injuries disable more Americans each year than breast cancer, MS, spinal cord injuries, and HIV/AIDS combined.

Today, our focus remains two-fold and efforts toward these dual objectives continue to grow. As a resource in recovery, our advocates work to ensure that survivors, their families, and their caregivers are connected to the appropriate services and professionals. We also work to facilitate both independent living and meaningful inclusion at home, at school, and at work.

As a partner in prevention, we work with individuals, organizations, schools, and government to educate everyone, young and old, about both the causes and realities of brain injury.

CROP Hunger Walk
Neighbors walking together to take a stand against hunger in our world. Together we raise awareness and funds for international relief and development, as well as local hunger-fighting.

Affiliates: The First Church of Christ in Saybrook

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Since its founding in 1947, Dana-Farber has been committed to providing cancer patients with the best treatment available today while developing tomorrow’s cures through cutting-edge research.

The mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases.

The Jimmy Fund
The Jimmy Fund started in 1948 when the Variety Club of New England (now the Variety Children’s Charity of New England) and the Boston Braves baseball team joined forces to help a 12-year-old cancer patient dubbed “Jimmy.” On a national radio broadcast, millions heard the boy visit with his heroes from the Braves as they stood by his hospital bed. Contributions poured in from people everywhere, launching an effort that continues to bring hope to thousands of children and adults facing cancer throughout the world.

Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has supported the fight against cancer in children and adults at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, helping to raise the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world.

Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut
When people learn they have a limited life expectancy, what to do and where to turn become overwhelming decisions. At a time when the world seems upside down, Hospice Southeastern Connecticut steps in and wraps patients and families in a circle of care. Patients receive care in their own homes or a setting of choice surrounded by loved ones. Hope and comfort replace fear and anxiety. Hospice care is about patients and families achieving goals, having choices and living well.

Safe-Futures Safe Futures (Formerly The Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut)
To strive for a violence-free society by providing services to those affected by sexual assault and domestic violence. We implement our mission through community education, prevention programs, influencing public policy, and providing services to victims.

We provide services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, including advocacy services in New London, Connecticut (CT). We provide crisis intervention, support groups and housing. Phoenix House, our transitional living program, helps women and families who have become homeless due to domestic violence or sexual assault. Beyond shelter, they receive case management support and participate in employment and education programs that support their personal goals toward self-sufficiency. Genesis House is our emergency shelter, providing a safe haven for women and their families who fled their home due to imminent danger. In addition to crisis intervention programs we offer community education and the Violence is Preventable (VIP) Program to area schools, community groups and businesses.

Connecticut Legal Services
Connecticut Legal Services is a private, non-profit, civil law firm dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals obtain justice. The bulk of our work consists of providing civil law representation and counseling to thousands of low-income families and individuals each year. We help our clients use the law to meet basic life needs.

CLS’ mission is to provide access to justice as a means of improving the lives of low-income people.

The Center: A Drop-In Community Learning & Resource Center
The mission of the Drop-In Community Learning & Resource Center (DILC) is to support and nurture the lifetime learning of youth and their families.

We were established in 1970 as an informal meeting place for inner-city young people in search of a meaningful learning experience after school and during school vacations. The building which houses the Drop-In Learning Center is provided by the Second Congregational Church of New London, CT.

The Center is funded through a combination of local grants, the United Way, and private donations. We are governed by Board of Directors.

We fulfill our mission by providing the following programs:

  • Before Care
  • After school and Summer Enrichment Programs
  • After school and summer Teen Life / Teen Career Skills programs
  • Camp Rotary
  • Reading is Fundamental Program (RIF)
  • Parent/Caregivers meetings
  • Human Social Services Referrals
  • Food Vouchers
  • Kids In Distress-Clothing Closet

The New London Community Meal Center Inc.
The New London Community Meal Center was established in 1985 in the New London area. It was created to respond to the needs of New London’s most vulnerable residents by providing nutritious meals in a kind, hospitable and clean environment.

The organization currently provides lunch five days a week and dinner six days a week, including Saturday dinner served by a downtown New London church.

Local Sponsorships and Contributions:
Essex Little League
P.O. Box 432
Essex, CT 06426
www.eteamz.com/essexlittleleague

The Westerly Animal Shelter
Westerly Bradford Road
Westerly, RI 02891
www.westerly.govoffice.com

Valley Regional High School
256 Kelsey Hill Road
Deep River, CT 06417
www.reg4.k12.ct.us

The Williams School
182 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
www.williamsschool.org

The Ivoryton Playhouse
P.O. Box 458
103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442
www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library
2 Library Lane
Old Lyme, CT 06371
www.oldlyme.lioninc.org