What’s been happening? Through the winter months Newtown Kindness has been busy with various projects and encouraged with opportunities that continue to arise. Let’s catch you up on some of the exciting developments.
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Save the Date! June 17th, 2017
The Sing Louder Benefit Concert Featuring music by Alternate Routes and Unforgettable Fire
Emelin Theater - Mamaroneck, NY
Join us for a night of music and a Big Announcement! It will be a night where we celebrate our past accomplishments and our new direction. Make sure to check your inboxes and our social media pages for when tickets go on sale!.
“Mommy are you singing?? Sing louder...” ~ Charlotte Helen Bacon, December 2012
Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards 2017
For the last four years it has been exciting for Newtown Kindness to promote and acknowledge acts of kindness among thousands of children and teens. The eleven young people recognized on February 22, the fifth of our Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards, are further examples of genuine kindness at work. This year’s honorees received a trophy, certificate and award grant towards their charity of choice. Read their bios on our NK website: www.newtownkindness.org.
Shreya Sinha –promoting the welfare of rescue animals through volunteer work.
Lawrence Jia –teaching financial literacy to students to improve their lives, careers and social development.
Violet Humble –providing food and supplies to the homeless and raising funds for local non-profits.
Kaitlyn Martinez - originating Backpacks 4 Kids, that provide necessary school supplies to underprivileged kids.
Avery Wood - raising funds through Avery’s Art to provide funds for local food pantries.
Alexa Grabelle - founding Bags of Books, empowering under-privileged children through books and school supplies.
Alexa Pascucci - launching Packages for Kid Fighters that sends care packages and cards to children fighting life-threatening illnesses.
Chase Hartman and Vance Tomasi - collecting and donating books to schools, hospitals, libraries and other charities.
Colin Kosmicki - starting Warm Hearts Warm Bodies providing warm coats for those in need.
Jonas Corona - creating Love in the Mirror which provides personal necessities for homeless youth.
However, Newtown Kindness as an organization feels that it is time to focus on our other strategic organizational goals. With this year’s honorees we have concluded our grant awards and the Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Program and will not be accepting further nominations or entries. We do long for kindness to continue to spread but believe that there are a number of other organizations that are seeking to do this as well and can continue to spread the message of kindness. We want to express our heartfelt thanks to all who have participated and supported the kindness movement.
Christmas gifts for hospice patient families
Just prior to Christmas 2016, in response to a suggestion from the Regional Hospice and Palliative Care Center for Comfort Care & Healing of Danbury, CT, Newtown Kindness provided special Christmas gifts to eight patient families in special need. These gifts made a huge difference for families facing loss and seeking to make their last Christmas together with family members a very special time.
Cynthia Roy, Director of the Regional Hospice wrote, “Thank you for your understanding and compassion for the needs of our patients and families – my staff and I are deeply touched by your kindness!” It was a special joy for Newtown Kindness to be a part of this effort.
Charlotte's Litter has completed its first round of grants
We are so excited to contribute to ongoing programs and new initiatives. There is truly some great work being done in the therapy dog field, and Charlotte’s Litter is so proud to contribute and help bring this resource to students in K-12 schools. For this round of funding, Charlotte’s Litter granted over $17,000 to the following list of programs and initiatives for the schools and students they serve:
The Ana Grace Project - Funding will be used to expand the current therapy dog program in New Britain Public Schools (CT) to the following Love Wins Schools: Chamberlain Elementary, DiLoreto Elementary, Smith Elementary, and Northend Elementary. In addition to training and registering new therapy dog teams, curriculum and lesson plans will be developed for the therapy dog program with a focus on empathy, kindness, self-esteem, and coping skills.
Comfort Dog Addie and Leah - The new Club Comfort program is being introduced to two Danbury Elementary Schools. Club Comfort is dedicated to teaching, sharing and encouraging others to provide comfort to those around them with the assistance of a comfort dog.
Comfort Dog Dora - The new Club Comfort program is being introduced to Milwaukee Lutheran High School, Mount Calvary Lutheran School, St. Martini Lutheran School, St. Marcus Lutheran School, and two elementary schools in Milwaukee Public (WI). Club Comfort is dedicated to teaching, sharing and encouraging others to provide comfort to those around them with the assistance of a comfort dog.
Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA) - Grant money will be used to produce a new training video for the R.E.A.D teams that support literacy in school age children, a program with a proven record, 17 years of experience, and over 5000 volunteer teams nationwide. In addition to funding ITA on a national level, Charlotte’s Litter is funding the following state chapters:
R.E.A.D Connecticut - Therapy dog teams serving students in the state of CT. R.E.A.D Minnesota - Therapy dog teams serving students in the state of MN. R.E.A.D New York - Therapy dog teams serving students in the state of NY.
Pet Partners - Funding general operational costs of registering and training therapy dog teams for the Read With Me program. Read With Me is an animal assisted intervention literacy program with over 1000 volunteer teams serving students nationwide.
“First graders in Mrs. Corey's class at Chamberlain thoroughly enjoyed the story! They loved reading the book with our own classroom litter. Later, they wrote reflections about their favorite parts of the story.“ ~Mrs. Corey, Chamberlain Elementary, New Britain, CT
The Charlotte Bacon Veterinary Education Scholarship
Charlotte dreamed of being a veterinarian. Although we are heartbroken that we will never see her wear a white lab coat, it feels right to help others achieve their own dreams of veterinary school. On February 21st, the night before Charlotte's 11th birthday, we had the honor of meeting Janelle Wiser, one of two Charlotte Bacon Scholarship recipients.
Janelle shared her gratitude with NC State Veterinary News, “There have been several times where it’s felt like it was going to be a nonstop up hill battle to make it through school and I had nearly given up. It’s a huge motivating factor just knowing that people care and are invested in my education,” she said. “I have no doubt that I wouldn’t have made it to where I am today without the help of generous donors who have taken a chance on me and made my education possible. I am so thankful for the Bacon family and their kindness has been a blessing to me. I look forward to the day when I am able to pay their generosity forward and make a difference for the next generation of young professionals.”
Similarly, Micah Stockwell told of her deep appreciation for the scholarship, saying “it makes such a difference when you know that someone else has believed in you and is rooting for you to succeed. It’s very motivating. Knowing the backstory behind the scholarship was unexpected and very moving, as well. To think this could be possible because someone couldn’t have an opportunity to pursue this dream … I can’t say that I didn’t cry,” Micah said.
The Charlotte Helen Bacon Selah Scholarship will be awarded for the second year this May. This scholarship helps a bereaved couple attend the annual Selah Grief Retreat in Sedona Arizona. Joel and JoAnn look forward to attending the retreat and meeting the recipients in person.
For more information on the Selah Retreat or to donate to the Charlotte Helen Bacon Selah Scholarship, please visit the Miss Foundation.