Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc.
Counsel + Empower + Strengthen + Advocate + Enlighten = Wellness
July 2018

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

In This Issue
What's happening at WYFCS?
Thank you to everyone who attended our 10th Annual Pirate Party on Friday, June 1st and made it a huge success! We couldn't have done it without the tremendous support from our business community! Our success is yours. Special thank you to Captain Joe Kendall, Kendall Furniture and Captain Buddy Trala, Sunset Grille for making this years summer kick off party one for the books!

Thank you to our pirates that worked their booty off raising money for WYFCS!
We would also like to thank our sponsors, Atlantic Physical Therapy, Ayers Creek Adventures, Bergey and Company, Cards Technology, Castle In The Sand, Church Mouse Thrift Shop, Cross Fit Ocean City, D3 Corp, Dough Roller, Insurance Management Group, New Wave and Pohanka of Salisbury!

Also, thank you to the businesses that donated items for prizes and auction items! Also, special thank you to The Duckaneer for your continued support! And to Jerry Kiesewetter Photography for the awesome pictures!
We held our first Bus Stop Snack Shack on Wednesday, June 13th. If you missed it, we will be having them once a month around Worcester County! Our next one will be at Henry Park in Berlin on July 20th from 11am-1pm!
If you are interested in sponsoring a Snack Shack, please contact Debbie at 410-641-4598. We are looking for volunteers and food donations.

Photo courtesy of Josh Davis
Click here to read more about the Bus Stop Snack Shack
On Thursday, June 21st we kicked off the Berlin Youth Club Summer Program! Thank you to the parents and children that came out! Huge thank you to Anchors Aweigh Entertainment, LLC for providing the gaming trailer, SonRise Church - Berlin Campus for the bounce house and Maeve Donahue for face painting! 
WYFCS is starting to collect school supplies for children K-8th grade. The supplies will be distributed according to the grade of the students class list. If you are able to donate, please drop off at Worcester Youth and Family's office in Berlin at 124 North Main Street, Suite C.

Supplies will be first come first serve. Number of backpacks given will be determined based on amount of donations.

Supplies needed are:
1, 3 and 5 subject notebooks
Bottles of glue
Colored pencils
Composition books
Crayola crayons 
Dry erase markers
Ear buds
Glue sticks
Hand sanitizer
Large pink erasers
Notebook paper
Pencils, #2
Plastic folders with pockets
Pocket folders with brads
School box, pencil case
Scissors, blunt with metal blades
Scissors, Friskars are best
Wipes, Lysol or Clorox
Zip lock bags, all sizes
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.
From One of Our Therapists
Family Summer Activities
By: Amanda Chaffee, LGSW

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 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 http://www.berlinmainstreet.com/events/ and https://ococean.com/events for fun local family activities!
July 3 - Berlin Fireworks
Join the town of Berlin at Berlin Falls Park for Berlin's 3rd Annual Fireworks.    Fireworks begin at 9:00 pm. Music, food, beer garden and vendors across the street at Burley Oak Brewing Company.

July 3 - Historic July 4th Celebration in Berlin
Join the Town of Berlin from 1-5pm for children's games, patriotic fashion show, reading of the Declaration of Independence, flags and fans, bands and picnic foods.

July 4 - Independence Day
WYFCS Office Closed

July 4 - 4th of July Fireworks and Concert in Ocean City
Downtown on the Beach
Enjoy a free concert at 8pm, followed by fireworks at 9:30pm on the beach at N. Division Street.
Entertainment: Mike Hines and The Look
Uptown at Northside Park
Enjoy a free concert at 8pm, followed by fireworks at 9:30pm at Northside Park on 125th Street.
Entertainment: The Reagan Years
For more information, call 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125.

July 6 - First Friday Opening Reception for July Exhibits at the Ocean City Art League
First Friday Opening Receptions are held the first Friday of the month at the OC Center for the Arts on 94th Street. Meet the artists, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, and see the new exhibits featuring a variety of local artists.  5pm to 7pm.  Open to the public.  Free Admission.

July 8 - Concert on the Lawn in Berlin
Bring a blanket, chair or snack and enjoy the sounds of bluegrass, country or gospel at the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum.  Artists for this evening are Randy Lee Ashcraft and the Saltwater Cowboys.   6:00 - 7:30 pm   No Alcohol please.

July 12 - Concert in the Park in Pocomoke
FREE Concert in Cypress Park from 7-9pm featuring the UpriZing (R&B, Hip Hop, Blues, Funk) Bring your lawn chairs & pack a cooler. Bleacher seating & light refreshments will also be available for purchase.

July 13 - 2nd Friday Art Stroll in Berlin
Come stroll downtown Berlin from 5-8pm and check out the featured artists and musicians in the stores and streets.

July 14 - Outdoor Movie Night in Berlin
Free outdoor movie night in Dr. William Henry Park from 8:30-10:30pm. Family-friendly movie Beauty and the Beast. Bring a blanket or chair and a snack.  No alcohol permitted. Movie starts at full dark.

July 19 - 3rd Thursday Lunchtime Concert in Berlin
Bring a grab and go lunch from one of our restaurants and enjoy the sounds of The Bilenki Duo as they perform at Artisans Green (located between House by Salvaged and Go Organic Grocer). Picnic tables and chairs available. Giant checkers, chess and Jenga games. 11:30am-1:30pm

July 20 - WYFCS Bus Stop Snack Shack
Come out to Henry Park in Berlin for our second Snack Shack from 11am-1pm! Open to the public. We will have snacks and books for children to take home with them.

July 21 - Ocean Games
Ocean Games is an annual event held along the beautiful shoreline of Ocean City, MD.  Conducted in cooperation with the Town of Ocean City, the Ocean City Beach Patrol, and the United States Coast Guard, the Ocean Games features three main competitions.  "Swim Ocean City", a WOWSA-sanctioned ocean race, features 1-mile, 3-mile, and 9-mile ocean swims, and Ultimate Flight Frisbee (competitive beach frisbee tournament).
In addition to providing you with an incredible open water experience, the Ocean Games' mission is to raise funds for the Johns Hopkins Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation Program, while simultaneously increasing awareness of brain injuries and recovery and promoting the positive effects that sports have on the mind and the body.  For more information, contact Corey Davis at corey197@gmail.com.
Hours: 8am to 5pm

July 27 - 4th Friday Street Festival in Pocomoke
Local artists & craftsmen will the fill the sidewalks of Downtown Pocomoke from 5-8pm for this block party style event. Live music, food, beer/wine, activities for the kids, free museum admission & much more!

July 28 - Outdoor Movie Night in Berlin
Free outdoor movie night in Stephen Decatur Park from 8:30-10:30pm. Family-friendly movie Lion King. Bring a blanket or chair and a snack. No alcohol permitted. Movie starts at full dark.

To make a donation to Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, click here

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