Long Island May Newsletter

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May Newsletter


In This Issue (Click on the links to jump down)

ECM-LI Updates/Street Team/Parents Convention

Parent Awareness

Parenting Tip

Advocacy Events

Help Needed on LI


Good Morning,

There is still time! If you, or someone you know is 21 years of age or younger, get your creative juices flowing because June 20th is the deadline for the T-Shirt design competition! Don’t miss this opportunity to express your vision of why we as a community should “Vote for Kids”. You already feel passionately about this issue, so why not turn it into a visual message? At the same time, you have the possibility of winning a $50 gift certificate, and even if you don’t win, all entries receive one hour of community service.  See the ECM-LI section for further details.


Shea Levin
Every Child Matters-LI


ECM-LI Updates


Every Child Matters – LI is Counting on You to Design a Cool T-Shirt!


Guidelines: Create a T-Shirt design that incorporates the message: “Vote for Kids”

Eligibility: Anyone Aged 0-21! For contest purposes, there are two age brackets, with each of the two winners receiving a prize. ALL ENTRIES receive one hour of community service, regardless of whether their design makes the final selection.  

Deadline: June 20th

Submission Process:

Snail Mail/Drop-off: 60 Calvert Ave, Commack, NY 11725

OR Email: mrossi@everychildmatters.org (JPEG or PNG preferred)

Prize: $50 Visa Gift Card



Parent Awareness


Parenting Tip:

Brain Development: What You Should Know

Parents react in different ways to the brain development news. Many parents who hear it feel anxious about what they are doing. One mother of two girls, ages 2 and 4, expressed her feelings this way: “When I read the article in Time magazine, I was overwhelmed. I thought about things I should have done when my kids were smaller. I also thought, what should I be doing differently? But now I’m working, and it’s so hard to find the time.”

Although these feelings are understandable, remember that you may already be doing many of the things that are best for your child.

Nurturing your child’s brain development doesn’t require money, fancy toys or special equipment. It does require attention, loving care and knowing when to get help.

Basic Message:  

*Good early care experiences expand your child’s capacity to learn  

*Holding, cuddling and talking actually affect how your child’s brain grows  

*Loving and supportive child care “programs” the brain to handle stress and control emotions  

*The first years of life lay the groundwork for future experiences  

*Reading to and singing with your child every day is a simple and effective way to help brain development



Street Team


ECM-LI Street Team Update

1st Meeting: June 11th

There will be a meeting for anyone interested in community service, volunteering and the Street Team. 

Meeting Details:

The Suffolk County Meeting will be held on June 11th from 11-12:30 at the 60 Calvert Ave, Commack, NY.  Call 631-462-0303 x 162 to register, lunch will be provided.  This is a great opportunity for teens, children and parents.

Click here for more information: http://www.everychildmatters.org/state-campaigns/long-island/community-sevice-opportunities/442-community-sevice-opportunities 



Advocacy Events


Cruising for Education Fundraiser

Long Island Latino Teachers Association (LILTA) presents this event to support educational programs.

Date: Saturday, June 11th

Time: 6:30-9:30pm

Location: Bay Shore Marina

Cost: $75 (includes: buffet dinner, open bar, DJ and dancing)

RSVP: Ed Roldan – 631.786.5112 or edroldan52@yahoo.com   



Help needed on LI


Needed: Volunteers to Help the Hungry

Island Harvest is seeking volunteers to help low and moderate income people to apply for the Food Stamp Program, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Currently only 30% of Long Islanders in need are receiving SNAP but many more may be eligible. Volunteers will be trained to provide application assistance and answer questions regarding the SNAP applications.

Please contact Emily Lehecka at (516) 294-8528 x 128 for more information.

*Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Sites Needed to Distribute Food for Seniors, Mothers and Kids

Catholic Charities is seeking sites in Long Beach, Elmont, Flanders, and Bridgehampton where they might distribute free food. Their program provides a box of food once a month to seniors whose income is less than $1174 a month for individuals or $1579 for couples through the Commodities Supplemental Food Program (formerly FAN).  Mothers in the second half of their postpartum year and children who are 5 or 6-years-old are also eligible.

For more information, call Martha Graziano: 631.491.4166


Parents Convention


Partner with ECM-LI to Host a Parents’ Convention

Ecm-LI is looking for a partner with to have a“Parents Convention” in Suffolk County.  This convention will be similar to the Kids Convention in form and content.  Parents will have the chance to ask Candidates running for office where they stand on children’s issues and the event will also include a luncheon and entertainment will be provided for children. A partner would collaborate on cost, location, publicity and candidate attendance.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011

This is a great way for candidates to know that voters are watching to see where they stand on kids’ issues. Please contact us asap, if you think this is something your organization can help with.



Check Out the Website



With nicer weather and longer days upon us, opportunities to get involved in your community abound. The ECM-LI website serves as a one-stop-shop for gathering and distributing information about what is going on locally. There are tons of opportunities for you to get involved! To encourage you to visit our website, this section of the newsletter highlights several upcoming events, and hopefully will entice you to visit our website (the “Community Events/Trainings” sub-section in particular) to learn more!


Contact Us

60 Calvert Ave
Commack , New York 11725
631-462-0303 x 161


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Enjoy the Summer! We look forward to seeing you out and advocating.


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