July 30, 2017                                                                                                    Vol. 8.2
Our children in foster care n eed YOUR help!

Did you know there are approximately 1,200 children in foster care on Long Island? On average, children may be in the system for more than two years and often experience the trauma of multiple placements and a lack of necessary supportive services. 

Our Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program provides Family Court with trained volunteer advocates who investigate, monitor, and report on the status of individual children in foster care to ensure they are receiving proper services, with the ultimate goal to find them permanent homes.  

Learn more below.
Unfortunately, funding was recently cut for our CASA program and next year’s funding amount is uncertain. We’re reaching out to our community for immediate help. We’re hoping we can find 100 community members (and/or companies) who care to help us keep CASA running by donating:
  • $100 ($10,000 needed for the current fiscal year only); or
  • $250 ($25,000 needed for the current and subsequent fiscal years combined)

But of course, any amount helps!  And as a token of our thanks, all donors to CASA will be recognized on the program's webpage here

Your 100% tax deductible donation means our CASA children will be able to continue to:
  • have a consistent adult presence and do better in school
  • receive medical, dental, psychological, and special education services
  • achieve permanency

Please be sure you specify your gift to a "Specific Program" and enter "CASA."

What's Happening

Did you know 3 out of 4 car seats are improperly installed? Our amazing Safe Start team, which promotes the safety of occupants riding in motor vehicles, successfully completed yet another car sear event with the Suffolk County Police Department. Watch the video.

We are very pleased to announce that Brandon Rainer, Vice President and Retail Market Manager of TD Bank’s Suffolk East region, has joined our Board of Directors. He has already hit the ground running by hosting a successful Bring Change event in support of Chance to AdvanceMr. Rainer, who holds an MBA from Colorado Technical University and a BA from East Carolina University, has been with TD Bank since 2014. He has a long history of community service having been involved with several nonprofit organizations, and he was also a panelist on the TD Minorities of Leadership Program. Read more.

Our new Fresh from the Garden program has been enjoying lots of support from corporate volunteer groups. This time, representatives from PSEG Long Island came out to distribute fresh produce to at-risk seniors in New Cassel. The volunteers expressed how fun it was to work one-on-one with the seniors and felt that the program was very impactful to help seniors get the nutritious food they need. View photos.

Get to know EAC Network's Development & Marketing Assistant, Sarah Muller, in this week's Staff Spotlight! "It’s funny, I never went to school for marketing, but I’ve always been interested in it. As a kid I used to make up commercials. I guess that’s why I chose it, but why I stay is because of the nature of the work. I’m not selling some product—I’m raising money to make a difference in someone’s life. That’s powerful." Read more.

Chance to Advance recently had a Ladies’ Night Out fundraiser hosted by Barre-Tique Fitness in Port Jefferson Station. Chance to Advance employees, Barre-Tique staff, and fun-loving supporters of Chance to Advance got together to raise funds and have a great time! During the event, participants got a great workout for a great cause as well as enjoyed raffles and delicious treats. View photos and read more.

If you're looking for a meaningful career on Long Island or in the boroughs of NYC, EAC Network is the place for you! With over 60 open positions, ranging from Social Workers to Peer Mentors to Case Managers and more, there's something for everyone, such as:

- Long Beach Senior Center Manager & Driver

- North Merrick Senior Center Driver

- CRAN Housing Entitlement Specialist

- Admin Compliance Specialist

In-Home Respite Case Manager

Upcoming Events
July 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28
Join our Long Island Parenting Institute, in conjunction with our Alternatives for Youth (AFY) program, for a series of free parent support groups for parents with children ages 12-18. Class topics include: road map to changing behavior, coping strategies and resilience, your teen and risky behavior, and effective co-parenting skills. View upcoming groups.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Christopher LambertAxis Construction and Senator John J. FlanaganNew York State Senate

Join us at Meadow Brook Club’s beautiful golf course for a celebration benefiting all of EAC Network’s services! You’ll have a chance to win brand new luxury cars and other exciting prizes all for a great cause!

Registration is now open! Get your ticket or sponsorship here while spots last! 

Thank You, Sponsors!
Title: Axis Construction, The Lambert Family
Sunday, November 5, 2017
EAC Network is excited to be a Charity Partner once again for the TCS New York City Marathon, and we seek runners to join our team and support our programs! Want guaranteed entry into the Marathon?! Make a difference in our community - sign up now! See the application and details here.
Sunday, November 5, 2017
EAC Network is proud to be participating as a Charity Partner in the Generosity Long Island 5k for the first time this year. Unlike marathons, this event is open to a wider range of abilities. If running a marathon isn’t feasible, this 5k is for you! Walk, run, or wheel in beautiful Eisenhower Park with friends, family, and coworkers to support our programs! Join our team here!
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