Social Services


  • Our office provides assistance applying for Energy Assistance and Renters' Rebate.
  • We provide information and referrals to outside agencies that might be able to help with other needs.
  • We work cooperatively with the Lymes' Youth Services Bureau, Lymes' Senior Center and the Town Nurse.

Services will be provided confidentially, courteously, and promptly. No one will be discriminated against due to race, religion, gender, age, disability or marital status. 

Services Provided

Please note: Appointments are strongly recommended in order to ensure sufficient time for your needs to be addressed without interruption. 

Food Pantry

The Social Services office maintains a small food pantry at Town Hall for any Old Lyme residents in need.  Donations are welcome all year long. Please consider donating any non-perishable food items, toiletries and/or paper products which can be left in the donation box outside of the Meeting Hall at Town Hall.  

If you are in need and wish to access the food pantry please contact Amy Bonatti at 860.434.1605 x228  

Emergency Fund

The Social Services office also gratefully accepts monetary donations for the Emergency Fund as well as gift cards. If you are considering donating a monetary gift or a gift card to help Old Lyme residents in need, please contact Amy directly to make arrangements.

Energy  Assistance Program

Applications are currently being accepted for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP), which helps low-income households pay their primary heat source bills. Energy payments are determined by family size and gross income, and by whether a household is classified as “vulnerable”. Vulnerable households have a member who is under age 6, who is age 60+, or who is any age and disabled

Old Lyme residents can apply:

  • By appointment through the Town of Old Lyme Social Services (860-434-1605 ext. 228) or 
  • contact TVCCA directly (860-425-6681)
  • online application


    • Social Security numbers and birth dates for all household members
    • Current Eversource bill
    • Statement from your primary heating source company
    • Current income documentation for every adult household member
    • SNAP verification letter (if applicable)

Additional Information:

Information about the energy assistance program is available on the Thames Valley Council for Community Action website.

Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is a supplemental food program for individuals over the age of 60 or those who are disabled and living in housing where congregate nutrition services are provided and meet income eligibility.

Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association

The Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association is the hometown's association for Lyme and Old Lyme, offering services to improve health, safety, and well-being for all ages.

Renters' Rebate

State law provides a reimbursement program for Connecticut renters who are elderly or totally disabled, and whose incomes do not exceed certain limits.

Senior Services

Learn about services and activities made available at the Senior Center.

Useful Links

Find several helpful resources relating to social services.