Maternal Depression & Infant Mental Health
Oct. 1, 2009
Festival of Flavors
Wine & Food Event
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|The children are still talking |
about all the fun they had at camp
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, children in YCS residences experienced all the joys of communing with nature at Camp Linwood McDonald in Branchville, N.J. With Lake Rooke and hiking trails just minutes from the lodges, the children swam, fished, enjoyed paddle boats, canoeing, horseback riding and evening campfires.
|Volunteers brighten up residence|
while children are away at camp
While the children were off in the mountains, Jersey Cares arranged for corporate volunteers to brighten up the Holley Center. About a dozen volunteers painted colorful murals on the walls and decorated flowerpots that were later filled with plants for each bedroom.
Then on the morning of the children's return, eleven year-old Katlyn Wise hung sixty-five personalized welcome home signs for each child on their bedroom door. It took Katlyn more than a month to create all the signs. For her efforts, she earned the Girl Scout's silver award.
To make the return transition a little easier, YCS volunteer, Frances Einiger sponsored a welcome home pizza party.
"We are so fortunate to have so many volunteers who seek out ways to bring our children joy," said Kathy Mongon, YCS director of volunteer services.
|YCS is going green|
Hing-Shung Chan, VP of Information Technology, recently organized a 'Green
Committee" of staff volunteers to help the agency lighten its carbon
footprint on the environment and reduce company expenditures. The
committee has started by encouraging employees to shut off their
computers and printers at the end of each work day, which will save the agency thousands of dollars each year.
is also participating in the NJ Clean Energy initiative (a
Public Utilities Program) and is currently in the process of
retrofitting the light fixtures with energy saving bulbs and ballasts
at the Holley Center and YCS schools in Hackensack, Jersey City and
Supporters find creative ways of giving back
|The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) - Essex Section and Supplies-4-Success (S4S) have
already gotten a jump on preparing our children for the next school
The Bergen-based organization, Supplies-4-Success, donated
250 backpacks filled with school supplies for all the students at YCS
schools in Hackensack and Jersey City.
In Essex County, two
children and their siblings from the YCS Therapeutic Learning Center
(TLC) "shopped" for clothes, shoes, winter coat and more at the "Back 2 School Store"
that the NCJW created at Temple B'nai Shalom, in West Orange. While
250 children from needy families shopped, caregivers received
information about community services.
children, birth to 13, who are about to enter YCS foster homes or
residential programs, the Volunteer Center of Bergen County has
partnered with the law firm of Cole Schotz, for the Just My Bag
project. The firm donated 200 duffle bags packed with all the personal
items each child needs for a new start.