The holiday season is right around the corner! For many, what comes with seasonal celebrations and family traditions is a sense of gratitude and generosity. When we count our many blessings, we inevitably look to bless others. For those of you thinking about what you can do to make a difference this holiday season, here are 5 Ways You Can Give to the kids and families at Waterford Country School.
You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, join the growing ranks of people celebrating #GivingTuesday! #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
This November 27th, join the movement and give – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in your local community. To donate on #givingtuesday please visit our DONATE PAGE.
4) Holiday Giving
We have such a generous community. Every year many of you ask what you can donate to make the holidays special for the kids in our programs. We value every contribution, no matter how small. Click on the Wish List to see some specific items you can buy for the children who live on campus. If you have a specific project in mind for your church or civic group, please contact us! We would love to hear it! Download the HOLIDAY WISH LIST here.
Consider donating to our Camp Scholarships which provide funding for children in SECT to attend our therapeutic summer camp. At a cost of $500 per week, many families would not be able to spend their campers without the help of community members like you. Gift the gift of adventure this year….send a special kid to summer camp! Sponsor a child’s tuition to our Camp Cuheca Summer Camp HERE.
2) Get Involved
While our teachers, social workers and child care workers are doing the day to day work of caring for the kids in our programs, we rely on several committees to pull off our events and fundraising throughout the year. You can join one of these committees which often include WCS Staff members, Board members and community advocates! Let your voice be heard and bring your expertise and interests to the table! For more information on joining a committee, contact Development or call 860-442-9454 x4105.
1) Be an Advocate
Can we be frank? WCS has endeavored to help children since 1922, yet there are stories circulating our community that can be very negative. Will you join us in educating our world that this is not a place for “bad kids” or “troubled teens.” This is a place where special needs exist and are honored. This is a place that works tirelessly to help families in places of frustration and turmoil. This is where we don’t judge kids and ask them “what’s wrong with you?!” but look at them and seek to understand “what happened to you?” and how can we help. This is a village. This is a family. The simplest way you could give back this holiday season is by raising your voice! The world needs this kind of compassion and understanding for the complexities of life, now more than ever.
We do WHATEVER IT TAKES…and we couldn’t do it without you. THANK YOU.