Local Auxiliaries Generate Massive Donation Despite Pandemic Shutdown

August 5, 2021

In the best of times, what the members of the Glastonbury, Simsbury, Suffield and West Hartford Auxiliaries do for The Village is remarkable. This year, their dedication has been truly inspiring. Despite a pandemic-driven multi-month shutdown of their Second Chance Shops, the Auxiliaries stayed engaged, upheld a safe retail environment, reopened in the fall with reduced hours and managed to raise $400,000 to help support the tens of thousands of families and children served by The Village.

For more than a half a century, these Auxiliaries have been supporting The Village’s programs that build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children by selling new and gently used clothing, accessories, antiques, toys and household items at their shop—which is run and managed by volunteers.

The four shops contributed a combined total of more than $400,000 to The Village this year—despite having reduced hours and volunteers—and have raised more than $6 million for The Village over the years.

“Each year I’m amazed by the dedication of the many volunteers in our Glastonbury, Simsbury, Suffield and West Hartford Auxiliaries who run our Second Chance Shops,” said Galo Rodriguez, The Village president & CEO. “But this year, that dedication was unmatched. Through unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, they stepped up and showed how deep their commitment to helping children and families served by The Village truly is. We’re so grateful.”

The Glastonbury Second Chance Shop is located at 730 Hebron Avenue and is open 11:00am-2:00pm on Thursdays. The Simsbury Second Chance Shop is located at 12 Station Street and is open 10:00am-2:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Suffield Second Chance Shop is located at 116 Mountain Road and is open 10:00am-2:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The West Hartford Second Chance Shop is located at 175 Park Road and is open 10:00am-2:00pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Donations are accepted at all shops during open hours.

Visit thevillage.org/second-chance-shops or call 860-461-7067 for more information.

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