Time change for Teen Gift Drive 4-6 PM this Sunday! (December 3, 2010)

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WCCC Spotlight   December 3, 2010

A frequent reminder that our kids and families matter!

Free webcast: Motivational Interviewing
Wed., Dec. 8
1-2:30 pm

How can your agency integrate Motivational Interviewing (MI) across all levels of the organization?

   Join presenters from Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services in Elizabeth, NJ, a grantee of SAMHSA's Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program.

   Participants will learn how Bridgeway created an Implementation Plan for Teaching, Supervising, and Supporting MI in Community-Based Services.

   Register with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

   Space is limited to the first 750 registrants, so please register early!


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Bring a gift for a teen to Casey's
this Sunday, December 5, have fun & food
Casey's sponsors Gift Drive for 7th straight year
For the seventh consecutive year, Casey's Grill & Bar in Wakefield is sponsoring a holiday gift drive for Washington County's teens in need. People who drop off an unwrapped gift this Sunday, December 5 between 4-6 pm will be treated to Santa, caroling, eggnog, cider and a complimentary buffet.
     "The gift drive has become an important tradition for us at Casey's," says General Manager Noelle Brousseau. "Every year has been more fun. It's a wonderful way to serve a group of kids who are often forgotten at a time when they should feel closest to their communities."
     Brousseau reports that local businesses, charitable organizations, and community members, including many URI students and faculty members, collected more than $4,100
worth of gifts, gift certificates, and cash donations last December.
     The Washington County Coalition for Children (WCCC) distributes the unwrapped gifts to local human services agencies who serve families with teens.
     "Casey's has been a fantastic and generous partner," notes WCCC Coordinator Susan Orban. "We depend on area sponsors and volunteers to help us take care of those left behind at the holidays. Casey's always steps up."

Lots of gift possibilities
casey logoOrban suggests that ideas for teen gifts include: T-shirts, pajamas, slippers, hooded sweatshirts, caps, socks, Red Sox jersey/cap, watches, skateboards, sports equipment, MP3 music players, board games, or arts and craft supplies.
     "You can also think 'stocking stuffers," she adds, "such as nail polish, lip gloss, toiletries, body lotion, perfume/cologne, hair clips, jewelry, stationery, or CDs."
     She also proposes gift certificates from area merchants and restaurants for meals, bike supplies, music, DVDs, books, clothing, sporting goods, manicures, hair salon, movie passes, sports events, bowling, skating, ice cream, pizza, or fast-food.
"We also accept cash donations," Orban points out.
     Unwrapped gifts should be brought to Casey's on Sunday, December 5 from 4-6 pm.
     "Everyone on our staff contributes in some way to make the gift drive successful each year," says Brousseau. "The joy and holiday spirit can truly be felt throughout the restaurant. I hope generous gift givers will stay and celebrate the season with us.


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What you need to know about the WCCC

The Washington County Coalition for Children brings together everyone in Washington County who cares about children. The Coalition is known for: 

  • Tracking and publishing the trends in children's issues, and convening public meetings around the needs.
  • Convening monthly meetings that bring together more than 40 organizations
    to tackle the most compelling problems facing children and their families.
  • Establishing a website to help parents of children with mental health and substance abuse problems connect with local treatment providers
  • Sponsoring an annual "How Are the Children?" Forum, a must-attend event
    for anyone working on children's issues: community leaders, advocates, and elected officials.
  • Holding monthly workshops to help doctors and mental health professionals care for children with behavioral health problems and  developmental disabilities.
  • Organizing a holiday gift drive for teens in conjunction with Casey's Grill & Bar in Wakefield.
     The Coalition achieves astounding results, with just one part-time staff person, dedicated volunteers, and administrative support from VNS Home Health Services.
We cover all Coalition costs through voluntary contributions
of Coalition members, grants, and your generous donations.

     For more information about the Washington County Coalition for Children, go to www.washcokids.org  or contact Coalition Coordinator Susan Orban at wccc@washcokids.org or (401) 788-2347.