Call to Action
Stuff-a-Bus Campaign (School Supplies for Kids)
The United Way of Long Island is running their 3rd annual campaign to collect school supplies on behalf of children in underserved school districts.
Long Island companies are asked to collect the following school supply items: backpacks, lunch boxes, notebooks, pocket folders, pens, pencils, washable markers, pencil cases, crayons, glue/glue sticks, scissors, rulers and hand wipes. Items will be collected at individual companies and at United Way of Long Island’s office in Deer Park from August 1 to August 31.
For more information click here.
To register as a participating company, call Donna DeRiggi at 631.940.3759.
Cutting of Child Care Center in Nassau
In an earlier edition of our e-newsletter we were pleased to let you know about a great service the Family Court in Nassau offers. We learned that this center is also a place in danger of losing its funding during upcoming budget cuts.
In case you missed it, please read the following article to learn about the indispensible work of The Children’s Center – a place where parents who cannot afford child care can leave their children, from ages 6 weeks to 12 years, as they await court appearances. The philosophy of the children’s center is to offer a two-pronged approach for children: quality drop-in child-care services while their parents attend to court business, and a place where families can learn about and gain access to vital services.
If you are interested in seeing the Children’s Center at Nassau County Family Court survive, write to your local state legislator and attach a copy of this column (see above link).
LI Council of Churches (LICC) – Food Pantries in Danger
Message from The Rev. Thomas W. Goodhue
Executive Director, Long Island Council of Churches
For more than 30 years Nassau County’s Department of Social Services has asked the Long Island Council of Churches to assist people in need. Thirty years ago we were feeding about 200 a month. By 2010 we were feeding 1,200/month–but our contract with the County has not gone up a cent since we opened the emergency food center in the 1970’s. Last year’s contract covered about 40% of our costs to operate the program. This year they want us to feed over 1,200 people a month with 21% less!
That’s morally and financially intolerable, and it’s unworkable.
Please help us fill the empty shelves by giving as much as you can so we won’t have to turn our hungry neighbors away.
Thank you and May God bless you.
For more information, or to see how you can help, contact one of the following LICC locations:
Children’s Programs on the Legislative Cutting Block
Important Message from the National Office of Every Child Matters, Washington, DC
In the months ahead, Every Child Matters will be fighting to hold children’s programs harmless as lawmakers seek additional trillions in cuts. If evaluated on their merits alone, children’s programs will be left untouched. But, head to head against much more powerful interests, the odds of children emerging winners in the battle of the budget are sharply reduced. This is the time for the millions of friends of children to step up on their behalf.
Here are things you can do right now in preparation for the battles ahead:
1. Participate in ECM’s nationwide ‘Step Up for Kids Day’ on October 15th. Click here for details.
2. Click here to tell your member of Congress to oppose cuts in children’s services in the 2012 federal budget. $1.2 trillion dollars slashed over 10 years in Speaker Boehner’s proposal would devastate child care, Head Start, K-12 education, Pell grants, job training, pregnant women’s health services, and many others.
Tell your Member of Congress how you feel about Speaker Boehner’s budget proposal! Go to the following site to find who represents you.
3.Click here to read Chapter 6 – “Taxes and Government Are Not Four Letter Words” from our earlier book, “Homeland Insecurity.”
4. Pass this message along to your friends and family.