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United Way Day of Caring was Extraordinary

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A tremendous Thank You to United Way and Arianna Motta, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, and to our amazing volunteers from FD Community Federal Credit Union, Torrco, and Webster Bank, for another spectacular Day of Caring. Each year United Way holds a Day of Caring for not for profits who need various projects done. On Thursday, September 8th, a group of talented, dynamic and caring volunteers took on the task of organizing two of our over packed storage rooms, and painting of an office. They not only completed the arduous tasks, but they got it done in a short amount of time. They put the power of volunteerism to work and left our staff speechless in amazement and gratitude.

Day of Caring is an annual United Way sponsored event offering hundreds of people the opportunity to volunteer at non-profit agencies in our community. Day of Caring began in 1992 as a way to help employees of local corporations interact with human service agencies and has grown since then.

Summer Camp at Camp Kiwanis Highlights

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Our campers this summer participated in a myriad of experiences. Our campers explored the lake and discovered lots of interesting creatures like lake mussels, snails, frogs, fish, and all kinds of bugs! They did yoga with Corina Parkmond from Please Breathe Yoga in Waterbury. Youth enjoyed solar energy experiments, lots of sports and athletic activities, daily nature walks, arts and crafts and science activities. Our campers also enjoyed a special day of face painting and henna tattoos from Caitlyn McClure, owner of UnInkable Artistry-Catie Marie Henna.

Thanks to a generous book donation from Waterbury Reads, all campers got to take home at least 2 books to continue the daily reading we did throughout camp.

At the end of camp, staff held a multicultural potluck as part of our "Around The World Week" series in which staff made a dish from their own cultures to share with campers.

Campers were overjoyed and immersed themselves in all the fun that summer camp brings. We created so many lasting memories with our staff and campers, and look forward to hosting camp again next year.

We appreciate all the hard work, passion, and joy our dedicated WYS camp staff put in this year.

Waterbury Youth Services’ Back to School Rally a Resounding Success!

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Waterbury Youth Services free 25th Annual Back to School Rally on August 17 at Fulton Park was an incredibly successful day thanks to the hard work, initiative, and teamwork of Waterbury Youth Services staff, City of Waterbury, Department of Education, our volunteers, over 40 community agencies and businesses who gave away a fun supply of various school supplies and information on the numerous resources available to Waterbury’s youth, and our very generous sponsors.

There was profound excitement and enthusiasm as over 2000 people attended the Rally. A total of 1369 book bags were given away as well as numerous school supplies including notebooks, pens, markers, pencils, erasers - everything a student would need to start off the school year on a positive and exciting note. Gift cards to various stores were given away as door prizes and delicious cupcakes were given out in honor of the Rally’s 25th anniversary.

A former Waterbury Youth Services youth, Jeniya Gonzalez, beautifully and with heart and soul, sang the National Anthem. Dr. Verna, Ruffin, Superintendent of Schools, Paul Pernerewski, Jr, President, Waterbury Board of Aldermen, and Justin Golden, member of Waterbury Youth Services’ Board of Directors, were present and briefly spoke positively and sincerely about Waterbury and the importance of school.

Luis Aguilar of DJ Double L provided fun and festive music and the legendary Frankie’s Hot Dogs provided their renowned hot dogs.

For more information, contact Olivia Dudley at Waterbury Youth Services (203)573-0264.

Waterbury Youth Services is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization serving 1,000 youth and their families each year through 22 programs including: Juvenile Justice, Mentoring, Truancy Prevention, Homeless Youth Resource Center, Youth & Family Emergency Services, After-School Programs, and Child Advocacy Center.

Waterbury Youth Services (WYS) is a place where youth feel welcomed and accepted. WYS provides youth with the opportunity to learn valuable skills, to explore and be themselves, and to be everything they can be. If youth need support for any reason, Waterbury Youth Services is the place to come to. Our highly trained staff can guide and direct you to the right resources.

ENJOY THE PHOTO FESTIVITIES BELOW OF VOLUNTEERS, STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES, VENDORS, SPEAKERS

BTSR SPONSOR THANK YOU 2022

A tremendous Thank-You to our generous sponsors: In alphabetical order, City of Waterbury's Mayor’s Office, Comcast, Connecticut Community Foundation, CT Department of Corrections, First Congregational Church of Cheshire, Frankie’s, Savings Bank of Danbury, TD Bank, Thomaston Savings Bank, Waterbury Dept. of Education, Waterbury Hospital.

Our sponsors joined our efforts in bringing the community together in celebrating and supporting our youth as the new school year approaches. As a collective, we made an impact in one day that touched the lives of over 1,000 Waterbury residents. Once again, WYS extends a heartfelt Thank You to YOU, our sponsors, who helped make our 25th Anniversary uplifting and a great way to start the school year.

A community outreach event that provided free backpacks, school supplies, food, entertainment, and much more.

Questions?

Contact Olivia Dudley at ODudley@WaterburyYouthServices.org

 

Our Annual Santa’s Workshop & Toy Drive is Back and Needs You!

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We're planning a comeback event and we want you to mark your calendars. After a two year hiatus due to Covid, we are excited to announce our 37th Annual Santa's Workshop & Toy Drive is back! On Thursday, December 8th, 2022, we invite you to join efforts in bringing joy to our youth during the Holiday season.

Started by the late Jaci Carroll, Santa's Workshop & Toy Drive has been a vital and welcome source of Holiday cheer for underserved children and youth throughout Greater Waterbury for more than three decades.

Nominally, this event is a Toy Drive with music, food and drink, but in reality we gather to feed a deeper hunger. We come together to lift up the youth of Greater Waterbury, to tell them how valuable they are, that they matter, that people care and that no matter what, WYS is always there for them. The festive evening will feature dinner, cocktails, music, a silent auction and great company—all to benefit the 1,000+ children and youth who come through WYS' doors each year.

Being a non-profit organization, we rely on grants and generous donations so we can continue supporting our underserved youth. If you or your organization would like to be part of the movement that spreads love and joy in Waterbury this holiday season, please contact Judy Perrin at jperrin@waterburyyouthservices.org or (914) 907-8162.

COVID-19 Safety Information Session

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Have you tested positive for COVID at home and are uncertain about what to do next?

On Wednesday, June 22 at 6 pm EST, join Liany Arroyo, public health expert and director of Hartford's Department of Health and Human Services, for a virtual presentation and discussion about how to stay safe from COVID. This 1-hour long presentation co-hosted by Health Equity Solutions and Waterbury Youth Services will include public health information about COVID, including how to avoid the transmission of COVID, the differences in COVID vaccines and how the vaccines are produced, and what next steps to take if you test positive for COVID on a test at home. Liany Arroyo will be available for questions after the presentation, and attendees are encouraged to bring questions about navigating COVID to the event.

This event will also include Spanish translation and is free and open to anyone in the greater Waterbury area.

You can register to attend here.

Congratulations POWER Graduates

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On Thursday, May 19th, 2022, 14 dedicated individuals completed our POWER Program. Power is a comprehensive, 26 week professional home day care training program offered at Waterbury Youth Services. The program assists participants in acquiring the skills enabling them to work in and/or operate their own business in the area of childcare. The program is conducted entirely in Spanish.

We are so proud of their hard work and dedication in completing this training and wish them much success in their future endeavors in childcare. If you or someone you know is interested in a career working in and/or operating your own business in childcare and can benefit from the course being in Spanish, please contact Waterbury Youth Services at (203) 573-0264.

Financial Literacy Workshop

Last month, WYS partnered with Liberty Bank to teach our youth about Financial Literacy.

Our Linking Academics to Life (LAL) youth joined Rosa Carrero, AVP Community Outreach Officer, from Liberty Bank to complete 9 sessions of the banks custom Financial Literacy virtual platform.

The platform provided a personalized approach and focused on quality of life, personal priorities, and decision making. The youth left with priceless knowledge about life, life's choices, and how money plays a role.

Thank You again Liberty Bank for providing invaluable financial literacy that is vital for our youth to learn so they have the tools to achieve financial stability.

Trivia Night Fundraiser Recap

Our Trivia Night w/Rob Dibble was a SUCCESS! We'd like to once again thank our sponsors (listed below) for partnering with us and supporting this event. We want to extend a gracious thank you to Black Hog Brewing Co. and their staff, Rob Dibble, and our Fund Development team for coming together, and working collaboratively to organize Waterbury Youth Service's Annual Spring Fundraiser.

Sponsors:
• George & Elaine McCabe

• Better Homes and Gardens Bannon and Hebert

• BHB Education Consulting

• Golden Technology Services Inc

• Dr. Robert Matusz, Naugatuck Podiatry Associates

• Black Hog Brewing Co

• Rob Dibble

Prize Winners

1st Place: Rob Dibble and Rob Dibble's Smash Factory took the win in sports trivia and generously donated the prize money to Waterbury Youth Services.

2nd Place: Lisa Chiara Monty and her team won 2nd place and generously donated the prize money back to Waterbury Youth Services.

Raffle: Kelly Mannix Pinho generously donated her half of the 50/50 raffle prize.

A special thank you to each of you for giving back and supporting our mission.

Sponsor Our Spring Fundraiser

Help Sponsor our Trivia Night Event with Rob Dibble!

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On May 14th, 2022, from 6-9pm, Waterbury Youth Services, Black Hog Brewing Co, and Rob Dibble are hosting a Sports Trivia Event and encourage you to become one of our sponsors. Join our guests in a game of trivia, food and fun, while enjoying sponsor perks.

Be recognized as a sponsor and help our non-profit raise funds for vital programing benefiting Waterbury's Youth.

To become a Sponsor, please email jperrin@waterburyyouthservices.org

$1000

Includes 10 free trivia tickets, an introduction to guests to say a few words, name and logo prominently displayed on the presentation which will be projected on the Brewery's screen, name and logo on Constant Contact email blasts, Facebook, Instagram, and on our website..

$500

Includes 5 free trivia tickets, name on the presentation which will be projected on the Brewery's screen, name and logo on Constant Contact email blasts, Facebook, Instagram, and on our website.

$250

Includes 2 free trivia tickets, name on the presentation which will be projected on the Brewery's screen, name and logo on Constant Contact email blasts, Facebook, Instagram, and on our website.

Commemorating Child Abuse Awareness Month

On April 21, 2022, the Greater Waterbury Child Advocacy Center (CAC) planted 100 pinwheels at their headquarters at Waterbury Youth Services to raise awareness that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and to remind residents that services are available for victims.

“The pinwheel is a national symbol of childhood,” says CAC Director Stacey Rubinfeld. “Each year, we review approximately 100 cases of alleged child abuse so we planted 100 pinwheels to honor each one. Every child deserves a great childhood. Unfortunately, they are sometimes exposed to extreme trauma like child abuse and neglect. Our goal is to support the healthy development of these children and to ensure they are not further victimized by the interventions and systems designed to protect them.”

The CAC team protects children in the Greater Waterbury area by responding to allegations of child sexual abuse, child physical abuse and serious neglect, as well as domestic minor sex trafficking. The CAC draws its strength from the combined knowledge of multiple disciplines brought by team members working co-operatively. Partners include: the states attorney’s office (both Adult and Juvenile), the Dept. of Children and Families, local police departments and State Troop A, trained medical personnel, mental health professionals, victim advocates from Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury and court-appointed by the Office of Victim Services, the Office of Juvenile and Adult Probation and Love 146.

If you have concerns or suspicions that a child is being abused, please call the Department of Children and Families hotline 1-800-842-2288 or your local police department.

The Greater Waterbury CAC is accredited as a Children’s Advocacy Center by the National Children’s Alliance. All forensic interviews and medical examinations are conducted free of charge.

To donate to the Waterbury CAC contact Stacey Rubinfeld srubinfeld@waterburyyouthservices.org or directly on our website.