NEWINGTON - The Greater Newington Charitable Society (GNCS) held its first Membership Invitational Meeting last month at Indian Hill Country Club. Prospective and current members were treated to informative presentations about two causes supported by and closely aligned to the society’s mission - children at risk and military veterans.
Greater Newington Charitable Society President Melanie Tregoning welcomed guests and began the evening with a brief presentation about the history of GNCS, who it serves, and the causes it supports.
“We were very pleased to have two of the wonderful organizations we support here with us that night to explain the work they do. Their presentations demonstrated why we back them,” said Tregoning.
Since its inception in 2016, GNCS has grown its membership by 150 percent and has given close to $10,000 to charitable causes.
Lauren Herlihy, from The Autism Center at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, was the event’s first guest speaker. Herlihy explained, “The Autism Center is one of only 11 specialized inpatient units for ASD [autism spectrum disorder] in the U.S. at its opening in late 2015.”
The Autism Center offers inpatient and outpatient treatment, serving individuals with Autism ages 2-21 and their families. As a clinic, it has seen 1,776 individual patients since opening in 2012. The Autism Center will be one of the beneficiaries from the Greater Newington Charitable Society’s leading fundraiser - The Indian Summer BBQ Bash - which will be held this fall on Nov. 3.
The second presenter was from the national nonprofit organization Train A Dog Save A Warrior (TADSAW). Lead trainer Sherrie King explained how - at no charge to the veteran - TADSAW rescues kill-shelter dogs, pairs them with veterans surviving with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military Induced Anxiety Depression Syndrome, or Traumatic Brain Injury, and trains them as a team.
“We save two lives at the same time - the dog’s and the veterans,” King said.
After the speech, TADSAW was presented with a donation of $1,150 from GNCS. The money will be used to help a Veteran-K9 Rescue Team in the Greater Hartford area.
Greater Newington Charitable Society was founded in 2016 by a group of dedicated local business owners, partners, professionals and retirees who care about their community and have a heart for volunteerism.
The two-part mission of GNCS is to help youths and veterans in Newington and its surrounding towns reach their potential, and to encourage volunteerism. GNCS is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
For more information about Greater Newington Charitable Society, the Autism Center or TADSAW, visit gncsociety.org.