From left, Mark Fazzolari and Janet Mellon of Community Services, and Joanne Alfieri, president of the Southington Rotary Club. | (Julie Sopchak / The Southington Citizen)

Rotary donates new truck to Community Services

Southington Community Services has a new vehicle to ride around town in thanks to the Rotary Club of Southington.

The club recently donated a brand new pickup truck worth about $24,000, one of the largest donations in club history, according to Rotary President Joanne Alfieri.

Alfieri said the Rotary keeps close contact with SCS and was discussing what the needs of the community organization are. The Rotary learned that SCS had a van that was used for everything, including moving furniture.

“We thought if they had a pickup truck, that would be something that would be really beneficial to them,” Alfieri said.

Janet Mellon, director of SCS, said she and staff were surprised when they met with Rotarians at a Town Council meeting to accept a check for a new program.

Mellon didn’t realize SCS would also be getting a new truck.

“We absolutely did not expect it,” Mellon said.

Mellon said the truck has been used every day in the two weeks SCS has had it, mostly for picking up large amounts of food. When needed, the truck will be used to move furniture that wouldn’t fit in the van.

“The sky’s the limit,” Mellon said.

Originally, Alfieri said the club was going to try to find a used vehicle, but was able to obtain a new one with the help of member Steve Parsons, who owns Parsons Buick in Plainville. Alfieri said discussions getting the vehicle began late summer 2013, but funds were raised for several years.

“Who else would we reach out to if it wasn’t one of our own members?” Alfieri said of Parsons.

Parsons, who has been a member of the Rotary for more than 20 years, said he was able to work with General Motors to acquire the new Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

“We were happy to work with General Motors in getting a vehicle at a very good price for them,” Parsons said. “Though price doesn’t really matter on that part of it.”

Mellon said the Rotary does a laundry list of good deeds for SCS, so to get something of this magnitude, in addition to what the group already does, was quite a shock, and very much appreciated.

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