8th Annual “Emergency of Hunger” Food Drive Results



MANCHESTER – The 8th Annual “Emergency of Hunger” Food Drive, composed of first responders, Rotary members, and others, was a great success! Their combined efforts continue to make a deep and widening impact on hunger in greater Hartford. This year volunteers from Manchester, Vernon, South Windsor, Windsor, and Stop & Shop Supermarkets collected a staggering 34,000+ food items, 650+ turkeys, and almost $16,000 in gift card and monitory donations.

Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the community over the last eight years, we have been able to collect a total of 247,000+ food items, 7,000+ turkeys, and over $159,500 in gift card and monitory donations.

Click HERE to read the Hartford Currant Article! 

Mannequin Challenge at “Emergency of Hunger” Food Drive

South Windsor – In an effort to attract holiday shoppers and boost spirits during the “Emergency of Hunger” Food Drive this past weekend, participants created a Mannequin Challenge Video.  ASM employees, along with members of the South Windsor Rotary Club, Fire Department, and Police Department improvised and filmed the video while collecting goods. The video has been viewed over 32,000 times on South Windsor PD’s Facebook page alone!

Check out the video below!

“Food drive brings in needed holiday items, continues this weekend”


MANCHESTER – On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, The Ambulance Service of Manchester appeared in the JI for it’s efforts during the “Emergency of Hunger” Food Drive. The kind words by Beth Stafford, the Executive Director of the Manchester Area Conference of Churches, can be found below.  The article, by Joseph T. O’Leary, details the annual food drive and it’s impact on the community.

This food drive grows every year, Stafford said, and ASM, which spearheads its efforts, hopes to see it spread. Stafford particularly thanked ASM, which has continued the program despite changes in leadership.

Read the full article here.


Regional “Emergency Of Hunger” Food Drive Starts Saturday


Emergency response agency and food pantry representatives gathered Wednesday at The Ambulance Service of Manchester to kick off the Emergency of Hunger Food Drive.


by Jesse Leavenworth

MANCHESTER –  A regional food drive that benefits area pantries and homeless shelters is set to begin Saturday.

This will be the eighth year of the Emergency of Hunger drive, which has collected and distributed food and other donations in Manchester, Vernon, South Windsor and Windsor. Organizers and volunteers include firefighters, police officers, ambulance personnel, hospital staff and Rotary Club members from the area.

To date, the team has collected 210,000 food and personal care items, 6,000 turkeys and hams and about $143,000 in cash, checks and gift cards, organizer Sean Norton of Ambulance Service of Manchester said.

Read the full article here…

Following are locations and dates for collections at the participating Stop & Shop Supermarkets:

  • Manchester – 286 Broad Street., November 12, 13, 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Rockville – 50 Windsorville Road., November 12, 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Vernon – 10 Pitkin Road., November 12, 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • South Windsor – 1739 Ellington Road., November 19, 20 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Windsor – 1095 Kennedy Road., November 12, 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ASM Appears in National News!


Photo Credit: Jim Michaud

East Hartford – On Tuesday, October 11th, a Piper PA 34 aircraft (information provided by the F.A.A.) crashed on the 400 block of Main Street in East Hartford prompting a whirlwind of news coverage. The above picture was released on the US News and World Report website later that evening.

Working alongside East Hartford and Pratt and Whitney Fire departments, in conjunction with East Hartford Police, The Ambulance Service of Manchester responded to the scene with a total of 5 ambulances and an Operations Supervisor vehicle.  Two patients were transported with ASM and East Hartford Fire Paramedics to area hospitals.

Ambulance Service of Manchester does not publish pictures of patients or their family members.  This picture was published by The US News and World Report.



Cleared for Independent Dispatch: ASM’s Michael Karanda Completes Precepting Phase

Michael KarandaMANCHESTER –  As of September 9, 2016, ASM’s Michael Karanda has been cleared by Eastern Connecticut Health Network medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that ASM serves. His preceptors were Paramedic Supervisor Melissa Osborne and Paramedic Joshua Traber.

Michael started at ASM in February of 2016 and graduated from the Capital Community College Paramedic program.  He started off in the medical field in 2011 after receiving his EMTB Certification.  He has been a member of Glastonbury Volunteer Fire Department since 2008.

As with all precepting phases at ASM, Michael’s final approval came from Eastern Connecticut Health Network after shadowing him and his preceptors in the field as they responded to emergency calls.

On behalf of the ASM Family, we would like to wish Michael the best of luck and say we are very proud to have such skilled professionals on staff.

ASM Earns Praise from ECHN for Winter Storm Alfred Support

ECHN praises Ambulance Service of Manchester for response during Winter Storm AlfredTo show appreciation for the coordinated response to Winter Storm Alfred, Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) placed this ad in the Hartford Courant, Journal Inquirer and The Reminder News.

ASM and Aetna provided significant discharge, inter-facility, specialty care and post-care transportation in the wake of the storm, all while responding to record high 911 volume.

Continue reading

Emergency of Hunger Food Drive Profiled in Hartford Courant

David Skoczulek with Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman Ambulance Service of Manchester, LLC

ASM’s David Skoczulek with Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman

Read the Hartford Courant article on the Emergency of Hunger Food Drive….

Local emergency and public service agencies will be teaming up again this holiday season to collect food and cash to stock up depleted area food banks and shelters.

Representing their respective towns, teams are made up of police, fire, public works and EMS professionals, employees of Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) and Rotary Club volunteers. Continue reading

Hospital for Special Care Presents Philanthropy Award to ASM

Story Courtesy of the Hospital Newspaper

Ivan Lendl Hospital for Special Care Adaptive Sports Wayne Wright
(L to R): Wayne Wright and tennis legend Ivan Lendl

WEST HARTFORD – Hospital for Special Care (HSC) awarded the Ambulance Service of Manchester with its 2011 Corporate Award for Philanthropy in recognition of its generosity to the hospital’s diverse adaptive sports programs for athletes living with disabilities. The award was recently presented to Wayne Wright, President, Manchester Ambulance Service, at the Hospital for Special Care Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp Awards Luncheon at Saint Joseph College.  Continue reading

Capitol Region Posts Report on Johnson Memorial Medical Center Evacuation

Aetna ASM Johnson Memorial Medical Center Hospital Evacuation

Aetna and ASM in staging for the evacuation of Johnson Memorial.

The After Action Report (AAR) associated with the evacuation of Johnson Memorial Medical Center following Tropical Storm Irene has been posted by the Capitol Region Council of Governments and their regional disaster management committee.

As part of the JMMC family, ASM and Aetna provided significant ambulance transport during the evacuation. Read the after action report (AAR) here…  Continue reading

‘Broken Road’ Leads To Rascal Flatts Concert

The following article appeared in the Hartford Courant on August 11, 2011. Video appears with the permission of Fox61. 

HARTFORD COURANT – Jesse Leavenworth

Sharon Vanover needed good news.

On July 30 in Stafford, a car with an allegedly drunk driver at the wheel crushed Vanover’s right leg as she rode on the back of husband Mark Vanover’s motorcycle. Recovery will be long and painful, and the Vanovers said they had to close one of their two day-care centers this week because Sharon cannot manage the business.

Into these dark days comes the Ambulance Service of Manchester and a modern version of the Cinderella story. Read more…

In a card written to the crewmembers, Sharon writes, Continue reading