The Eastern chapter of the State University Organization of Administrative Faculty (SUOAF) presented a check for $800 to the Windham Region No-Freeze Hospitality Center on Jan. 10. SUOAF raised the funds at its annual holiday gathering on Dec. 19. “SUOAF members wanted to give back to the community in which we work each day,” said Kevin Gill, president of  Eastern’s SUOAF chapter. “The members had a say in where to donate money and overwhelmingly voted to give back to the local Willimantic community.”

“The work of the Windham Region No Freeze Center is important to this community and this generous gift from SUOAF will help us to keep the doors open through the end of the season,” said Leigh Duffy, executive director of the No Freeze Hospitality Center. “We truly could not exist without donations like this and are grateful for the support from the SUOAF members.”

(above right) Leigh Duffy, executive director of the No Freeze Hospitality Center, and (left) Kim Silcox, director of Eastern’s Center for Community Engagement and a member of the shelter’s board of directors, accept a check for $800 from Eric Germain, Eastern’s environmental, health and safety coordinator.