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Rotary of Avon-Canton - Founded 1973
Service above Self
Fridays at 7:30 AM
Golf Club of Avon
160 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001
United States of America
(860) 760-6364
In person starting July 9, 2021. Zoom will also be available for those unable to attend in person.
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September 1, 2021
Hartford Artisans Weaving Center
Ann Kollegger, Executive Director
Members Present: 23
Members Virtually: 5


Speaker: Abigail Sullivan Moore, Founder & Executive Director, Footwear with Care
Visiting Rotarians: 
Happy Dollars: $8
Raffle: No Winner
Fines: None.
Salin Low, Scott Nardozzi and Hank Frey - none present
Happy Dollars:
Arnie Goldman had recently taken Phil Worley for a flight to Sky Acres for lunch. They hadn't flown together for quite a while.
Gary Miller was happy that we had foursomes going to the District Golf Outing (Gary Miller, Gary Hyde, Peter Vignati and Brian O'Donnell) and Glastonbury Rotary's First Annual Golf Tournament (Gary Hyde, Gary Miller, Gary Roman and Bob Cave). He was also looking forward to the work day at the Veterans Base Camp on October 16th being organized by Gary Roman.
Gary Roman is organizing a workday at the Veterans Base Camp in Chaplin, CT, on Saturday, October 16th. Projects include deck repair, interior painting, gardening, and others. Please contact Gary if you are interested. Carpooling will be arranged.
October 5 - People of Action Committee Meeting - Heather's house
Induction of New Members: None today.
Abigail Sullivan Moore
Footwear with Care
Abby Sullivan Moore is the co-founder and executive director of Footwear with Care, a nonprofit program that provides new shoes, boots, socks, and other support to people who are homeless in Hartford.  It is a public-private partnership, engaging the city of Hartford, the Podiatric Medical Association, and a local business. An all-volunteer program, it now helps more than one thousand people in need each year. 

Abby has experience in both the world of journalism and the corporate sector. She started her career at the Hartford Courant (her first beat was covering the town of Avon). She later worked at Travelers and then CIGNA, where she served as a director in corporate relations. In that role, she helped initiate several , successful programs that knit together the public and private sectors. After CIGNA, Abby returned to journalism, writing for the New York Times, and becoming a Simon & Schuster author. After stepping away from journalism six years ago, she met an amazing Hartford cop, who bought shoes for a homeless man. And that was the beginning of Footwear with Care—her most challenging and rewarding role ever (besides being a mother of two boys—now grown!).  
Abby was inspired by Hartford Police Officer Jimmy Barrett. A veteran and advocate for the homeless, Officer Barrett bought new shoes for a homeless vet whose only footwear were worn-out flip-flops. Officer Barrett's special relationship with the homeless in Hartford facilitated the start of the program to provide footwear. Abby sought the aid of the shoe store FleetFoot of Hartford and the Connecticut Podiatric Medical Association. Footwear with Care (FwC) is now one of the CPMA's non-profit ventures. To donate via the CPMA Foundation, click here.
The COVID pandemic completely changed their plans and ability to raise funds and help the homeless. 
FwC now works with the various shelters getting shoe sizes and identifying recipients, the Hartford Police, and other groups. They recently had an event at the Yard Goats Stadium where they provided flu shots, toiletries, clothes, shoes and socks. Abby mentioned that the Canton HS Interact students have participated in their events. Our Interact Advisor, Michelle Traub, confirmed that the students have been working with FwC for two years. (Note the picture of Interact President, Alex Lederman, and one of the homeless at one of last year's events.)
FwC works with the larger food kitchens in Hartford. Last week 500 pairs of shoes were given out along with bus passes. The residents of the shelters have to be vaccinated. Those that live outside in the elements generally are not vaccinated. Steel-toed shoes are provided so that people can work at jobs that require them for safety. Abby estimates that about 1000 people are served each year.
Phil Ferrari asked about the percentage of male to female homeless. Abby said that about 35% are female.
Yvonne Gardner mentioned that the Church on the Pond on Bushnell Park helps with reaching out to the homeless.
Bob Cave was surprised at the number of people that live under I-91. He mentioned that Journey Home helps the homeless find a place to live. Abby said that a lot has been done in the last ten years to reduce the homeless population, but the opioid crisis has not helped. Many of the homeless don't like rules and curfews imposed by shelters, especially the younger population.
Anyone wishing to help with Footwear with Care should visit their website:

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