The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center (PNC) provides social and essential services for people of all ages who reside in Stonington, Pawcatuck, Mystic, North Stonington and Westerly. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, serving more than 1,700 people in the food pantry alone.
Founded in 1985, the organization is a model for the concept of “neighbors helping neighbors.” The PNC is staffed by a committed team of associates alongside dedicated volunteers working diligently to provide needed services for the local community.
PNC’s mission is to improve and enhance the quality of life of residents of all ages living within its service area by providing basic human needs, social interaction and free transportation for seniors.
One of the organization’s most notable accomplishments has been the food pantry, with basic food items, but also including vegetables, milk and other necessities that a family needs ranging from diapers to pet food. Other ways the PNC helps residents is through utility assistance, and referrals to government resources.
To help people’s minds as well as their bodies, PNC offers recurring services like grief support and caregiver support groups.
In addition to being a safety net for residents who need assistance, PNC offers a full range of services to local seniors and veterans. Programs include Meals on Wheels, free, door-to-door transportation for residents over the age of 54; exercise classes; health education, vaccines and clinics; and life enrichment like painting and writing classes and a book club which are available to local seniors, regardless of income. In addition, PNC hosts a Veterans Coffee Hour, Coffee Hour Tuesdays, and a Community Breakfast in partnership with local organizations.
The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center is funded by generous private contributions, local churches and organizations, local municipalities and other groups including United Way, in addition to funds raised through its thrift store, Unexpected Treasures. The PNC accepts donations online, via mail or during operating hours.