Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc.
Counsel + Empower + Strengthen + Advocate + Enlighten = Wellness
June 2019

Happy June! Welcome to our newsletter and thank you for supporting Worcester Youth and Family! 

In This Issue
Thank You to Our Sponsors and Pirates for Making Our 11th Annual Pirate Party a Huge Success! We raised over $40,000 to be matched in grants totaling over $150,000.
Click on the photo above to see the full gallery of Pirate Party Photos!
Thanks to our treasure hunting pirates:
Amy Czyzia, Grey Lindsey, Joe Kendall, Karen Bush, Kenny Tomaselli, Maureen Purnell, Sharon Knowles, Shelly Bruder, Shelly Messick, Spencer Byrd, Bruce Krasner, Earl Conley, Darren Cummings, Rod Rippin, Caroline Phillips, Vinny Pierotti, Michael Belich, Frank Mattes, Jamie Davis, Pastor Ron, Jennifer Dawicki, and Randi Spano.

REMINDER: The Pirates only have until June 16 to get their final donations in so make sure to get in touch with them or donate via our website here.


What's happening at WYFCS?
We've put TWO Little Free Libraries in Berlin! 
Little Free Library (LFL) is a 501 nonprofit organization that aims to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. 
On May 9, East Coast Construction, LLC presented WYFCS with a LFL that resides outside our offices on Main Street. 

On May 22, we dedicated a LFL at Buckingham Elementary School, in their outdoor classroom, "The Nature Nook." The library was built by The Red Doors Community Center and painted by Corey of HOUSE Berlin.

We also recently refilled the LFL at Dr. William Henry Park. We want to thank everyone who helped us by donating books. Access to free literature is such an incredible benefit for the developing minds of the children in our community.

We will continue filling these libraries with  books periodically from now on, and need your donations! We're accepting gently used books for infants to adults. Donations can be dropped off at the office.
SAGES
On April 16, SAGES visited the ICU Unit and the Medical Surgical Unit at Atlantic General Hospital. AGH was gracious enough to provide the SAGES participants with Easter baskets. This was an extra special treat for some of the girls as it was their first basket. We thank AGH for their kindness and generosity. We appreciate all of your support!
SABERS
On Wednesday, May 8, SABERS visited  Taylor Bank for a bank tour and financial educational resources. Another wonderful financial wellness experience for our youth!

Bus Stop Snack Shack

On May 21, WYFCS was thrilled to host another Bus Stop Snack Shack at Pocomoke Middle School. Sponsored by Shore United Bank the snack shack greeted children as they get off the bus from school to provide summer reading materials, as well as snacks and drinks. Pocomoke Middle staff and members of the Department of Social Services as well as our own Family Connection Services Coordinator Christine Felix were happy to see so many smiling children's faces! Our next stop is Sunshine Apartments in Town of Berlin Maryland on June 11, sponsored by Stevenson United Methodist Church Spirit Kitchen.
From One of Our Therapists

Make Time for Family This Summer
By: Amanda Chaffee, LMSW
 As the days of Summer become shorter, the importance of spending time bonding as a family becomes increasingly important. Throughout the school year, children spend over 1,000 hours in the classroom and are often shuffled from activity to activity. A recent study has shown carving out family time can be very challenging with families being busier than ever. The summer months often provide parents with a reprieve from their strict daily routines, and provide families the opportunity to spend time more quality time together. According to research, family time is critical to the development in children's ability to build self-esteem and strengthen bonds, and nurtures positive behaviors and creates memories. 
 
Parents can take advantage of a more relaxed schedule by going on vacation, having family game nights, or simply enjoying low-cost activities. Families should select activities such as a beach day that are enjoyed by everyone to provide the best possible experience. Parents and children could create a family bucket list that includes the desires of everyone in the family to create your own memories and a summer everyone will never forget. 
 
Setting aside family time demonstrates the importance of family values to children. Despite the busy schedules of varying family members, the prioritizing of time spent as a family demonstrates to children the importance of quality time together. Families who share meals, read to their child, talk with them or engage with them one-on-one are more likely to have more quality experiences with one another. Children and teens who have positive and meaningful time with their family are likely to communicate more effective, improve their relationship and bonds to family members and learn how to listen and work together. 

Worcester Youth and Family, and the Town of Berlin, offer many opportunities to share experiences as a family. From the fireworks on the 3rd of July to family outdoor movie nights, and National Night Out, there is no shortage of activities that can be shared with children and families of all ages. Please visit berlinmainstreet.com/events/ and ococean.com/events for fun local family activities!

We're Seeking Donations for our "Every Child Needs" Program!
47abc reported on the initiative on May 28, 2019. Click the photo above to watch.

Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services (WYFCS) has started a new initiative, "Every Child Needs" (ECN), and is seeking donations. The program will supply at risk children with basic needs such as blankets, pillows, pajamas, shoes, clothes, toiletries, coats and duffle bags.

Each year, WYFCS participates in the "Christmas Spirit Campaign" with the Young Professionals of the Greater Ocean City Maryland Chamber of Commerce to ensure disadvantaged children have a gift to open on Christmas morning. In 2018, the organization had multiple requests from children for a bed, mattress, blanket or pillow due to lack of said objects at home. Many professed to sleeping on couches or sharing beds with siblings. Often, they were in transient living situations such as staying with varying family members, homeless shelters or crisis centers. Executive Director Steve Taylor of WYFCS said the requests were a revelation to the organization.

"It was disheartening to learn that so many children don't have their own bed or bedding items," he said, "but it was inspiring to learn that the children wanted basic necessities over games and toys that many other children will be receiving for Christmas."

Worcester County Public Schools report that 42.06 percent of school students live in households at or below the federal poverty level. They relayed to WYFCS that some children would bring plastic trash bags, duffle bags or backpacks with extra clothes to school each day, claiming they were unsure where they might sleep that night. The ECN program will use "Community Needs" grant funding to help families purchase basic living necessities.

WYFCS works with nearly 80 children through youth, adolescent, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs. These children are to be given first preference with donations. Worcester County school guidance counselors have also offered to partner with WYFCS to provide leads about families with needs.

Candy Kitchen of Ocean City has donated stuffed animals, Quilters by the Sea Guild of Ocean Pines have donated handmade quilts and fleece blankets, Stevenson United Methodist Church Women's Group has made a cash donation for pillows and pillow cases, and through Atlantic General Hospital, Pajamaprogram.org has collected over 200 pairs of pajamas and 200 books to assist with the initiative.

WYFCS Insurance Specialist and ECN founder Debbie Smullen said the program was intended to give children a sense of ownership and pride.

"We will be working with children in our programs, the school counselors from all Worcester County Schools and anyone who comes to our office in need for distribution. Our hope is to expand to mattresses and beds," she said.

Donations can be made by visiting their offices at 124 North Main Street, Suite C, in Berlin, Maryland, by mail, online at gowoyo.org, or via their Facebook.
For more information contact Morgan Coulson, Communications Coordinator, at 410-641-4598 or mcoulson@gowoyo.org.

Events
June 11- Bus Stop Snack Shack (BSSS)
The snack shack greets children as they get off the bus from school to provide summer reading materials, as well as snacks and drinks. This month's BSSS will be held at Sunshine Apartments at 516 Bay St, Berlin, MD sponsored by Stevenson United Methodist Church's Spirit Kitchen.


June 14- 
30th Anniversary Berlin Bathtub Races
A Berlin tradition! The Bathtub Races are an annual event in which various businesses and organizations from around the area build their own versions of "bathtub racers." The competitors zoom right down Main Street at this family friendly, free event. Begins at 5 p.m.! Visit  berlinchamber.org for more information.

June 14- Second Friday Art Stroll
Stroll downtown Berlin from 6 to 8 p.m. and check out the featured artists and musicians in the stores and streets. Learn more at artsinberlin.org.

June 15- Germantown School Community Heritage Center Summer Fun Kickoff
Germantown School Community Heritage Center will host a Community Summer Fun Kickoff on Saturday, June 15th from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. This annual event celebrates the end of the school year with free food and fun activities. Located at 10223 Trappe Rd. Berlin, the event features horse rides, a petting zoo, arts & crafts, a train ride and much more. Join us for free family fun! Call (410) 641-0638 for information. 

June 15 & 16- 2019 OC Air Show
The US Navy Blue Angels will headline the 2019 OC Air Show in June 15-16 featuring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the US Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team! Air Show Center or the "Aerial 50 yard line" for the show is at 16th Street on the beach. The Event Site extends from 14th street to 17th street. Family friendly!

June 15- Outdoor Movie in Downtown Berlin
Berlin's free outdoor movie series is back with "Tuck Everlasting," (filmed in Berlin!) Bring a chair or blanket, snacks and drinks to 10 William Street. Sponsored by the Berlin Arts & Entertainment Committee.
June 20- Power Hour Breakfast!
Click the photo above to register.
Join us at WYFCS for a "Power Hour" Breakfast June 20 at 8 a.m.! Featuring our Executive Director Steve Taylor, who will  present information about programs and services provided by the organization. The presentation will include information about our mission, the number of people we serve, anticipated outcomes, community partnerships and the importance of volunteerism for the organization. Presented in coordination with the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce; you can register by emailing mcoulson@gowoyo.org or calling the office at 410-641-4598.

June 21-23- Jellyfish Festival 
Jellyfish Festival is three days and nights of talented local, regional, and national music acts performing on the beach in downtown Ocean City, Maryland. They will host performances by a Freestyle Motocross team, contests with professional surfers and skateboarders, and a beach obstacle fitness course suitable for all ages as well.

 WYFCS Employment Opportunities
Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services is expanding its practice and has openings described below. Please email cover letter and/or resume to shine@gowoyo.org.

Licensed Counselor/Therapist
Our outpatient clinic is seeking an innovative and enthusiastic clinician to provide mental health counseling to youth, adults and families. Candidates must be a licensed psychologist, LCSW-C or LCPC.
Donate today!
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You can
..Protect a child from child abuse
..De-stigmatize mental health
..Empower the neglected
..Strengthen a family
..Improve a community
..Feel good about your day!

We often need volunteers to help with our programs. Some of the volunteer opportunities are short term such as helping with fundraisers and community events while others require more of a time commitment.
To learn about WYFCS volunteer opportunities, you can visit Get Connected by United Way or call the office at 410-641-4598

Thank you for your support! 
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Worcester County Summer Camps Registration is Open Now!
Worcester County Parks and Recreation Summer Camps are open for registration. They will be offering a variety of programs, including Theme Week Camp, Outdoor Adventure Camp, Fitness Challenge Camp, Before and After Care Camp, Swim Lessons, Tennis Camp, Basketball Camp, Soccer Camp, Track Camp, Flag Football Camp, and many more.  Click here to register.
 

Worcester Youth & Family | 410-641-4598 |  shine@gowoyo.org  |  www.gowoyo.org
124 N. Main Street Berlin, MD 21811