Three-Person Team to Serve as Liaison for Newtown Donors

The team will help coordinate and focus offers from the corporate, sports and entertainment industries, First Selectman Pat Llodra says.


A three-person team will serve as liaison and coordinator for donors from the corporate, sports, and entertainment industries, regarding initiatives benefitting the town of Newtown in the wake of the tragic events at Sandy Hook School, according to a press release from First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra's office.

Patrick Kinney, a communications consultant for the United Way, will work with town residents MaryAnn Murtha and Robert Geckle to help coordinate and focus the offers in order to best meet the interests of the donors and the needs of the community.

"First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra extends sincere thanks for the generosity of caring persons in these fields and encourages those interested to please work through the team so that efforts may be better coordinated and produce the desired outcomes," the press release stated.

Paul Alexander January 04, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Can The Patch please publish the contact info for this group.
Jaimie Cura January 04, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Patrick Kinney 203-792-5330, ext. 248 pkinney@gbpr.com E. Patricia Llodra 203-270-4201 pat.llodra@newtown-ct.gov
Desiree Galassi January 05, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Jamie, could you clarify how this group differs from the Newtown Volunteer Task Force?
Carey Schierloh January 07, 2013 at 10:26 PM
My understanding the purpose of the Volunteer Task Force is to log all offers/donations into a database....unless I misunderstood Kevin F. I believe this committee is the next step in addressing donations, etc.
Kevin Fitzgerald January 08, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Carey, yes that is how I understand it as well and I believe Robin will be connecting with the town, boe and committees soon. Call Center volunteers have entered a record of every offer made through the center or through lists received by the center of a donation to the town, church, warehouse, etc. or of a service offered and is able to then sort those by sub-categories through Gift Works. In each case, the offer has been qualified further and in many cases, the donor (of a service, for example) has agreed to giving the town more time to review and consider its needs. Those offers that the Center has "escalated" (meaning they require further action) will be reviewed with the Committees such as Bob, MaryAnn and Patrick for those categories they are assigned to consider. Obviously "Schools" and "Town" categories will be reviewed with whichever committees Pat and Janet assign. It's very likely that many of the offers will require continued follow up and handling for many months. Just for clarification, the offers that are not "escalated" include money which we redirect to town website; Distant or un-needed goods which are redirected to the donor's own communities (but please send us a picture) and Volunteering time which are directed to the newtownvolunteers.org website or their own communities. Thanks and thanks to all the volunteers, core staff, trainers, corporate, local donors and town leaders for their continued support of the Volunteer Task Force.


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