TCAP sets programs, coat giveaway

WARREN — With the new year here, Trumbull Community Action Program is planning new programs and services for local residents, including an upcoming winter coat giveaway.

Van Nelson, CEO / director of TCAP, said “Operation Warm” has provided 300 winter coats to give to Head Start children and their families.

He said family advocates will soon be distributing the coats to local families in need.

“I was very surprised when I received the call the coats would be made available to us,” Nelson said.

Nelson said he is also working to put together a training program to help prepare people to be school bus and truck drivers. He said grant funds are being provided to make the training possible.

“There is a need by many schools for bus drivers and substitute bus drivers. In my search for bus drivers I have found that everyone is having trouble finding them,” he said.

Nelson said the shortage is due to fees and training. In the program, TCAP will work with other entities to help train people for commercial driver’s license.

“We want to help people to get the training to get the jobs,” he said.

For information on the class call 330-393-2507.

Nelson said staff is cleaning the building and will have a large yard sale in the spring of items no longer needed.

Toni Heller, assistant Head Start director, said TCAP programs are designed to help eligible families. In addition the public can also take part in computer classes and employability lab for resume writing.