NECC February News: Toddler Party A Success! And: Community Changemakers training, NECC Grocery Bus, Tax Prep, After School video and More...
Toddler Program Fundraiser a Success!
John Goudreault, an alumni of our Growing Together program for parents and young children, hosted a family-friendly fundraiser for the NECC toddler programs on January 14th at Place, his gallery in Millerton. The potluck event helped raise over $3,000 to support Growing Together and Mom's Morning Out. The event offered a silent auction that featured over 16 local businesses and bids were placed on items ranging from hand knit stuffed animals to 60 minute full-body massages. Overall the fundraiser efforts for the toddler programs has been a success, raising over $6,000 toward the goal of $15,000 for both of the programs. To help ensure this vital program is here for families, you can give online!
Thank you to all who attended. And a special thanks to John Goudreault for hosting the event and to Megan Musgrove, Erin Haab, and Sienna Finkle, for volunteering many hours to plan the party. And thank you to all the businesses who continue to support the vital programs at the community center.
Todd Lanthierz, Caden Lanthierz, Lauren Astor, our current family support facilitator, and Kristen Panzer, who was the facilitatory in the program's early days.
A Peek Inside the After-School Connection
Arts projects, outdoor games, homework help, healthy snacks and caring relationships -- that's what you'll find at the After-School Connection. Watch this wonderful video, and celebrate what YOU help to create. When you donate, volunteer, participate in a program or attend an event, you are making the community a stronger and more vibrant place. Thank you!
And thanks to Alex Harney, for producing this beautiful video which was generously sponsored by Harney & Sons Tea Company
7th & 8th Grade Clubs create 'Zine!
The students of "Hey," NECC's 7th and 8th grade after-school clubs, worked with artists from The Wassaic Project to create their first student 'zine. Ivana Powers, coordinator of the After-School clubs, encouraged the children to use a negative space collage to represent their personalities. Titled "The Dreamers", the students inspiration for the small magazine came from natural textures, found imagery and questions like, "What do you like best about being yourself?" and "If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?"
The 'zine was printed and displayed during an art opening earlier this month at the Wassaic Project.
Pages from "The Dreamers"
Congratulations to Audrey, CPSB intern/summer lunch box food intern
Audrey has been an intern with our Summer Food/Lunch Box program for the past three summers. She helped prepare and serve over 5,000 meals every summer to children in Millerton and Amenia, all the while learning important work skills and developing her love of cooking. Last week Audrey found out she was accepted into the Culinary Institute of America to begin in fall of 2017. Congratulations Audrey!
"Looking towards my future as a CIA student, I think back to the three years that I spent my summers working with the Summer Food Program. I am grateful for the inspiration and tools the program gave me to excel and achieve my dreams."- Audrey
Grand Union Closes Feb 25, NECC's Grocery Bus starts Feb 28!
The Grocery Bus will run Tuesdays and Saturdays to Freshtown in Amenia starting February 28th. Call us at 518-592-1399 ext 5 to book a ride.
To start, we'll offer two buses each day: Departing Millerton at 9:30am, returning by 11:30am, and again at 2pm, returning by 4pm.
Each ride can accommodate up to 8 passengers. If there is more demand we will add runs as needed and adjust the schedule accordingly.
Our Dial A Ride is also available on a case-by-case basis, M-F, for trips to any grocery store in Dutchess County.
For all rides, please call at least five days in advance of the day you need it. There is no charge but donations are gratefully accepted. To make a donation in support of the Grocery Bus click here! (add a link to donation page)
Online Shopping also available: note that Freshtown also allows for online and phone orders - you can order online and we will pick up your bags on Tuesday or Saturday and bring them back to Millerton.
Other stores with phone ordering or home delivery include: ShopRite in Poughkeepsie and LaBonne's in Salisbury
Join the Wendy and John Curtis Legacy Society and Provide for NECC's future!
Did you know that you can make a bequest to NECC in your will? You don't have to be wealthy to leave a meaningful gift. It's easy to do and we can help. To learn more, email email@example.com.
Make an Impact: Community Change training Feb 18
Do you want to create change in your community? Do you want to connect with other residents to share ideas, identify problems and work on solutions?
The Northeastern Dutchess Initiative and NECC are teaming up to hold a free workshop for residents who want to make an impact! Join us on February 18th from 9-5pm at the Northeast-Millerton Library Annex. Lunch and childcare is provided. Space is limited. Please call Dylan at 845-454-5176 x 105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.