May, 2022 | Issue 19
The TriCircle Connection
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From the Desk of Ana Gopoian

What Makes Them Tick?

As we spring into the season where outdoor events will be popping, TriCircle is hoping to engage with more of our tech savvy Millennials. We are looking to better understand what makes them tick and what gives them a sense of purpose while engaging in volunteer opportunities and service.

Times are changing, and social media isn't second nature for most people in my age category. At 58 years old, I definitely try to learn all I can about social media, but what I see as talent and a niche is second nature for the younger volunteers of today!

This generation, the one that has the potential to step up and volunteer for TriCircle in very meaningful ways, is also the same generation losing the greatest number of friends and loved ones to the disease of addiction. 

This past Wednesday, we had a Fundraising & Events Advisory Board meeting, and a beautiful 27 year old female joined us for the first time. I hope, in time, she will be able to share her connection to our cause. For now, she is offering TriCircle her valuable energy and time. This young woman is a daughter, sister, wife, employee, part of a community, and, to me, a new connection to TriCircle's future. I see a great opportunity to create win-win outcomes!
Together WE are Stronger!

Here is a link to an interesting article from BridgeWorks that sheds some light on the subject: Millennial Volunteers: What You Need to Know 
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TriCircle is looking for people who are action oriented and passionate about our cause to work with the Fundraising & Events Advisory Board. Our 2022 calendar is being filled with exciting opportunities, and we need YOU! This month, on May 25, at 6:30pm, this committee will meet in the upstairs conference room at 6 Way Road, Middlefield. We welcome you to join us! Please use the rear entrance. Light refreshments will be made available. Take a look at our events calendar to see what is in store!
Our April Spotlight

Jay "Majors" Raposo

Connecticut Barber Expo 11
Mohegan Sun May 14-16th

Barbershop/Academy owner and master Barber Jay “Majors” Raposo set out to create a barbering event, uniting barbers and stylists from all over the world in his hometown state of Connecticut.
The CT Barber Expo is now the largest international Barber Competition and Expo in the world, the epicenter of the barbering community and talked about for months on social media. Barbers come from all over to compete in a variety of categories, ranging from Freestyle with Color, Freestyle Without Color, Speed Challenge, Theme Challenge and Self Hair Cutting Challenge. Attendance at last year's battle was over 10,000 people.

Jay's talents reach far past barbering. He has shared the lived experiences of his journey to inspire hope and create opportunities for people to learn the many facets of business: products, properties, presence, marketing, sustainability and social media presence necessary to build an empire.

This year is CT Barber Expo 11, there will be three action packed days featuring the Barber Grammy's, an incredible Barber Battle with several categories, educational classes by the industry’s top barbers and stylists, vendor booths, product demonstrations, platform artists, giveaways, and an after party. CT Barber Expo 2022 will be rock solid, with all of the amazing sponsors helping to make this year event unprecedented.

Thanks to Jay's generosity and deep commitment to our cause, TriCircle will have the honor of being present again at this year's Expo. Click here to learn more about attending and stop by the TriCircle booth, #508, when you arrive! Together WE are Stronger!
2022 Save the Dates
  • Wednesday, May 4, Drop in Setback - 1741 Pub & Grill Middlefield, Registration 5pm, 1st game 6pm
  • Thur., May 5 - TriCircle will have a resource table at the Hebron Community Forum
  • Sat., May 14 - Sun., May 15 - The CT Barber Expo at Mohegan Sun
  • Wednesday, May 18, Drop in Setback - 1741 Pub & Grill Middlefield, Registration 5pm, 1st game 6pm

  • Saturday, June 4, Fun in the Sun Community Game Day
  • Sunday, June 26 - 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - Twisted Trails 5K Color Run, Tamarack Lodge, Voluntown, CT (VOLUNTEERS NEEDED)
  • Tuesday, June 28 - Hartford Correctional Center Resource Fair

  • TBD - 5th TriCircle Symposium, presented by the Opioid Response Network (ORN) "Supportive Services, Synthetic Opioids, and Harm Reduction"
  • TBD - Everyone Knows Someone IV, Wallingford Elks Lodge #1365

  • TBD - "With A Rose" by The Phillip Foundation
  • Saturday, August 27 - Raianna's Run for Opioid Awareness
  • Wednesday, August 31 - Overdose Awareness Day

  • TBD - The Charity Challenge Poker Run & Music Fest
  • Sat., Sept. 24 - The 4th Annual Outrun Addiction 5K in Enfield
  • TBD - The 4th Annual Recovery Fun Festival
Got connections? Our Annual Recovery Fun Festival is looking for a really cool venue and date in September!

  • Sun., Oct. 23 - 4th Annual TriCircle Gala Brunch, Wallingford Elks Lodge 1365

  • Sun., Dec. 4 - TriCircle Annual Holiday Meeting

If any of our readers know of an organization, group or idea that will add strength, availability and reach to our collaborations and services, please reach out to us at
Click here for an event link to our Setback games.
Join us for a 50/50 raffle, cash prizes, food and FUN!


May's Suggested Book Title:

My Orange Duffel Bag
by Sam Bracken

Abandoned at age 15, Sam Bracken battled homelessness, poverty, and abuse to successfully earn a full-ride football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology. When he left for college, everything he owned fit in an orange duffel bag. Now, in this award-winning illustrated memoir and road map to personal transformation, Sam shares his story, as well as everything he’s learned about overcoming the odds and radically changing his life to create positive, lasting change of his own. With My Orange Duffel Bag, you’ll have the inspiration, motivation, and tools to realize your potential and to achieve your dreams.

Thinking of ordering this book? Here is a great opportunity to sign up on Amazon Smile and register TriCircle, Inc. as your charity of choice. See below for details!! Every time you make a purchase on the Smile Amazon site, a donation is made to us! It doesn't cost you a thing!

It is so easy! First, be sure to sign up on Amazon Smile and choose
TriCircle, Inc. as your recipient organization. Do all your shopping online! Then, every single time you make a purchase from the Smile.Amazon site, a percentage will be donated to us! It doesn’t cost you a thing!
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