E-News Update  

August 10, 2009 

Upcoming Events

Institute Conference:
Maternal Depression & Infant Mental Health 
Oct. 1, 2009 

Festival of Flavors

 Wine  &  Food Event
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Volunteer Opportunites
 Become a mentor to a child in a YCS residence

For more info contact
kmongon@ycs.org or call 201-678-1312
The children are still talking
about all the fun they had at camp

Boys in kayaks
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
Jersey Cares volunteers painting muralWhile 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.

YCS 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 Montclair.
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 year.
S4S volunteers
he 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.

For 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.