June 1: Robin Sharp
June 3: Hugh Hurlbert
June 4: Jessica McKinney
June 9: Jasmine Relliford
June 10: Gary Silva & Sandra Horwitz
June 15: Christine Abreu
June 19: Henry Mcgarrah
June 20: Steven Mendoza
June 29: Paul Saintana-Pierre
  1. Line cookie sheet with nonstick aluminum foil and spray lightly with canola oil.
  2. Layer 1 sleeve of saltine crackers on foil lined cookie sheet
  3. Mix 2 sticks of butter with ½ cup of light brown sugar and ½ cup of regular sugar. Melt over medium heat, constantly stirring until bubbly and smooth and pour evenly over saltines. Use a silicone spatula to spread mixture evenly over the crackers.
  4. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes until slightly bubbling.
  5. While warm, quickly sprinkle generously with semi-sweet chocolate chips (covering each cracker/using around 2/3 of the bag), place back in oven for no more than 2 minutes, take out of oven and use a spatula to spread the chocolate evenly over the crackers.
  6. Top with very finely chopped walnuts (while warm) and gently press nuts into top with spatula.
  7. Let cool and cut along the cracker lines into squares before plating. Great for any time of year!
If you would like to share a great backyard barbecue recipe for the July newsletter, please email it to warcher@escrec.org. Thank you!
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Join the National Safety Council (NSC) and organizations across the country by raising safety awareness during National Safety Month. Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.
Interesting Fact
The number of traumatic injuries treated in the ER nearly doubles during the summer. Injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 40, but there are many things people can do to stay safe and prevent injuries. Make a difference. Spread the word about ways to reduce the risk of injuries. Encourage your employees (and your family as well) to identify and report safety hazards. With the U.S. seeing the highest number of workplace deaths since 2007 – 5,333 fatal workplace injuries in 2019 – this observance is more important than ever.

This year the following weekly topics will be highlighted during National Safety Month:

Week 1 - Prevent Incidents Before They Start: Identifying risks and taking proactive safety measures to reduce hazard exposure on important topics from ergonomics to chemical management is crucial to creating a safe workplace. https://youtu.be/Z76pJqytXrA

Week 2 - Address Ongoing COVID-19 Safety Concerns: As the pandemic continues, employers play an important role in the return to physical workspaces, building trust around vaccines, mental health and so much more. https://youtu.be/vPrmYeuGaXI

Week 3 - It’s Vital to Feel Safe on the Job: Being able to be one’s self at work without fear of retaliation is necessary for an inclusive safety culture. Leading organizations focus not only on physical safety, but psychological safety as well. https://youtu.be/Sp4EY53gcjo
Stay Hydrated
Dehydration is another safety concern during the summer months. Be sure to drink enough liquids throughout the day, as our bodies can lose a lot of water through perspiration when it gets hot out.

Protect Your Skin
Use a sunscreen 30 minutes before going out. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Stay in the shade whenever possible.

Water Safety
Remember to always have adult supervision for children. Whether they’re in the pool or playing in the sand at the seashore, having someone who can help them — should an emergency arise — is essential.

Eye Safety
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light can harm the eyes. Wear sunglasses year-round whenever you are out in the sun. Sun damage to the eyes can occur any time of year. Choose shades that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB light.

Sports Safety
Not only can injuries happen, but in heat exhaustion and dehydration can happen more often in the summer months. It helps to be conditioned to the activities in which we’re preparing to engage. Warm up, stretch, gear up, go with a buddy, and remember to cool down and stretch afterwards.
Heat Related Illnesses To Look For
Heat Stroke
Heat stroke occurs when the ability to sweat fails and body temperature rises to a dangerous level quickly. It’s often fatal or results in organ damage. Someone experiencing heatstroke will have very hot skin and an altered mental state. Seizures can result. Ridding the body of excess heat is crucial.

Heat Exhaustion
When the body loses an excessive amount of salt and water, heat exhaustion sets in. People who work outdoors and athletes are very susceptible. Symptoms are similar to the flu, and include severe thirst, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting and, sometimes, diarrhea. They may also have clammy or pale skin, dizziness, or rapid pulse.

Heat Cramps
Heat cramps are muscle spasms usually affecting the legs or abdominals, often after physical activity. Excessive sweating reduces salt levels in the body, resulting in heat cramps. Persons with pain or spasms in the abdomen, arms or legs should not return to work for a few hours.
Easterseals CEO, Angela Williams, joins our Board Meeting! 

On the evening of June 15, our Board Chair, Vanessa Williams, Robin Sharp, CEO, the Board of Directors, and leadership team welcomed National Easterseals CEO, Angela Williams, to our monthly Board Meeting. Angela Williams joined our meeting to share what we have accomplished together, long term plans for our nonprofit and multiple collaboration opportunities given the power and reach of the Easterseals affiliate network. The meeting began with the sharing of an impactful PSA highlighting the Easterseals mission and emphasizing that “disability is not inability.”  
Angela sketched out the vision of positioning Easterseals as a leader, and what we have accomplished together as a network with strategic corporate partnerships, network support, brand building, advocacy, and strategic direction. Highlights include:

  • The acquisition of several new corporate partners including Abbott, NFL, Advance Auto Parts, Dollar Store, Dow Jones, United Healthcare and Netflix.
  • MacKenzie Scott’s $162M giving pledge to Easterseals and 22 of its affiliates, and $1M in each of the next three years of national office grant matching programs for remaining affiliates.
  • Affinity groups across the network to inspire collaboration including veterans, brand marketing, programs, work force development, autism and more.
  • National Press and Social Media exposure with $12.2M in earned media placements and 1.6B reached (2020)
  • Disability Employment Initiative to position Easterseals as leading the way in building inclusive, equitable work environments for people with disabilities and the greater community. (see article below highlighting the PR Week Conference focused on the Marketing Power of Disability)
  • Advocacy: Public Policy activities and funding plans for each state in our network to collaborate on securing lobbyists. 
  • Three Strategic imperatives going forward: Measurable impact, generating brand awareness and building Network capacity.

Angela shared results of the recent external brand study including recommendations for updating our messaging and positioning to make Easterseals more relevant among target audiences so that Easterseals is the brand our stakeholders “choose.”  

Further, Angela inspired the group with her discussion on change and “futures thinking” to ensure that we are not looking back as we collaborate on achieving our strategic imperatives. Rather, we look to identify “signals” to uncover future growth opportunities.  

When asked how our affiliate can help achieve these goals, Angela responded, “Be engaged. Collaborate. Join affinity groups and participate in as many meetings as you can. Be like an octopus and engage on multiple levels.” Thank you, Angela, for inspiring our team. We look forward to having you join us again soon as we are truly “better together!”
Easterseals recently gathered corporate marketing and human resource leaders and special guest, Academy Award winning actor and disability advocate Marlee Matlin, for a discussion on The Marketing Power of Disability at a June 1st PRWeek Conference. Moderated by Easterseals President and CEO Angela Williams, the Conference featured Matlin, as well as panelists from Microsoft, Amazon, Voya Financial and others who shared the benefits their companies are realizing through their commitment to equity, inclusion, and access for people with disabilities in their DE&I and marketing practices. The Conference delivered an opportunity to position Easterseals as a leader in the space and introduced us to new potential corporate prospects to steward and engage. To view the recording, visit the event registration page and click “Already Registered?” This will take you directly to the conference recordings. Anyone who has not already registered must do so in order to view these recordings.
Our Easterseals is in the process of developing a partnership with FORGE VFR to offer much needed behavioral health services and access to a team of LCSW (licensed clinical social workers). VFR is focused on veteran and first responder treatment, and like our Veterans Rally Point staff, know that service to country and community has an effect not only on the person serving but every aspect of their life. VFR’s trauma-informed, client centered approach to treatment has been developed with supervision from some of the most highly regarded professionals in the fields of substance abuse, addiction, and behavioral health. At our one-of-a-kind center of excellence, Veterans and military families are one step away from getting the services they need with personalized case management. We plan to begin offering services when the Easterseals Veterans Rally Point build out is complete late Summer/early Fall.  This partnership fits perfectly into our customized case management approach here at Easterseals Veterans Rally Point.
At our one-of-a-kind center of excellence, Veterans and Military families are one step away from getting the services they need with personalized case management. 
We help veterans to navigate the difficult path of civilian transition with life-changing services:
  • VA Benefits Consultation  
  • Behavioral Health
  • Employment and resume assistance
  • Computer Center
  • Educational & Job Skill Training
  • Emergency Financial Assessments and Financial Coaching
  • Clothing Closet & Food Pantry
  • Caregiver Training & Support
  • Case Management
  • Transitional Housing
  • Peer to Peer Support Groups
A New Home

Your support of the Easterseals Veterans Rally Point Brick Campaign will allow us to expand our Veteran & Military Family services IMPACT footprint. We are approaching the completion of our long-awaited buildout of an 18,000 square foot comprehensive, Center of Excellence for Connecticut Veterans where members are treated holistically including: a wellness space, employment center, behavioral health suite, medical screening room, fitness center, commercial grade kitchen, makerspace and more.
Your brick will be placed in our flagged courtyard.
Our Fishers Island partners had to prioritize their membership play in 2021 given that members and their guests had extremely limited play during the pandemic year. Working with Board member, Merritt McDonough and the Golf Committee, our team secured an alternative venue and are returning to Newport Country Club for our annual tournament on September 9, 2021.  Our longtime donors are very pleased with this historic venue and are getting excited as we fill the field in preparation for this important fundraiser for our nonprofit. We will return to Fishers Island in September of 2022. If you’re interested in a foursome, please contact Wendy Archer at warcher@escrec.org

The Course: Newport Country Club is steeped in golf history.
The history of American golf could not be written without the contributions of the Newport Country Club. Founded in 1893, Newport Country Club was one of the 5 founding member clubs of the USGA and is the site of the very 1st US Amateur, and US Open Golf Championship in 1895. The course sits on the southernmost part of Newport, Rhode Island.  In 1923, the original 18 at Newport Country Club was redesigned by one of the legendary architects of the early 20th Century, AW Tillinghast, whose original routing, and layout remain largely intact today. The links are complimented by a 19th Century Whitney Warren designed grand old clubhouse that greets you upon entry to the club grounds as a centerpiece to this historical club.  A round at Newport is a special experience, and an opportunity not to be missed by those who love golf, and its rich history.