VNA benefits from First Niagra

John R. Quinn, president and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut (VNA/SCC), recently announced that VNA/SCC was awarded a $27,500 grant from the First Niagara Foundation to provide home health care to Greater New Haven’s underinsured and uninsured for the fiscal year 2014.

The First Niagara bank in Shelton is located at 704 Bridgeport Avenue.

Home health care visits include nursing care, rehabilitative therapies, wound care and social work. This funding from First Niagara will enable the VNA/SCC to provide more than 150 home care visits to those who would otherwise lack necessary treatment.

“For the past three years, First Niagara has helped our VNA fill a large gap,” said Quinn. “Due to the state of the economy, like other non-profits, we have received less philanthropic support these past few fiscal years, yet there is a greater need than ever to provide services to the underinsured. First Niagara recognized the serious need to fill this gap and continues to offer overwhelmingly generous financial support, living up to their mission of being a genuine neighbor of choice.”

To support

“First Niagara is committed to supporting organizations that help our community thrive,” said David Ring, New England regional president and managing director, enterprise banking at First Niagara Bank. “First Niagara has enjoyed a long-standing partnership of support with the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut, and we are proud to continue to be part of the solution to keep our neighbors from returning to the hospital because they lacked critical home health care service.”

To make a contribution to support the VNA/SCC’s mission of providing a wide array of high-quality health services for individuals in the home and community, including the Pam’s Pantry program, contact Melissa Healy, community development specialist, at 203-859-6054, or donate online at