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KidsPeace Baltimore Foster Care 5K Trick or Trot to be Hosted by Angela and Buck Showalter October 29, 2011

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KidsPeace Baltimore Foster Care 5K Trick or Trot to be Hosted by Angela and Buck Showalter
October 29, 2011



Anticipation is building as KidsPeace Foster Care in Baltimore fine-tunes plans for the Second Annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 29, 2011 through the neighborhood of Canton and Patterson Park. Click here to register online. The hosts of this fundraiser are Angela and Buck Showalter. They are enthusiastic supporters of KidsPeace foster care efforts to successfully place foster children and teens with carefully matched families.

The aptly named “Trick or Trot” race promises to be a wonderful family (and that includes pets) event with features that include:

• The first 400 registered runners will receive an Under Armour race t-shirt.
• Fantastic gift certificates for top runners and age group winners.
• Food and Halloween fun following the run/walk in O'Donnell Square with the Oriole Bird and the Chick-fil-A cow.
• Everyone is encouraged to dress for Halloween, and prizes will be given for best individual, family and pet costumes.
• Register as a team and raise funds for foster care youth; the top 3 teams that raise the most money win awesome team prizes like tickets to a 2012 Orioles game, a Wine Tasting for 20 or a large bar tab to a great Baltimore watering hole!
• Be a “Snooze Button Runner”; if you are not able to attend, "run" from the convenience of your bedroom.
• Attend a pre-race party on the Square Friday, October 28, where you can pick up your race packet, have a Natty Boh, listen to some great local music and enjoy the restaurants and shops on the Square.
• Every registrant will be entered into a drawing for prizes, with winners being selected at the awards ceremony after the race(must be present to win).
• There will be Trick or Treating and face painting for the kids courtesy of O’Donnell Square businesses
• Parking will be on streets surrounding DuBurns Arena and O'Donnell Square

Company and individual sponsors and volunteers will be very welcome. Please spread the word at work and home that every contribution and effort will directly benefit KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs of Maryland and help raise awareness and funds for youth in foster care in Maryland.


According to Program Director Diane Sancilio, last year’s event was a huge success, raising more than $25,000 in cash and from in-kind donations and sponsorships from businesses in the O’Donnell Square area. “Business owners arrived at the finish lines with their families to provide crafts for the children, food, beverages and even electricity for the speaker system from one enthusiastic restaurant. All of the merchants and volunteers truly embraced the race/walk and the foster children KidsPeace serves.”

For more information, to volunteer or to become a sponsor, please contact Gina Seyfried (410) 964-9329 or gina.seyfried@kidspeace.org.

KidsPeace Receives Verizon Grant to Help Stop Bullying

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KidsPeace Receives Verizon Grant to Help Stop Bullying  

On Saturday, August 20, KidsPeace officially received a generous grant from the Verizon Wireless HopeLine Program and the Verizon Foundation to fund a new anti-bullying section on TeenCentral.Net. The check was presented during KidsPeace’s 14th Annual Soccer Invitational, which was sponsored by Verizon Wireless to benefit TeenCentral.Net as well. Mario Turco, President of the Philadelphia Tri-State Region of Verizon Wireless, presented a $20,000 check to KidsPeace CEO and President Will Isemann and Director of TC.N and PC.N Dr. Julius Licata. Some 80 teams competed during the tournament, and all received information about TeenCentral.Net in their team packets.

Bullying is a serious problem that affects teens from every part of the world and is growing at alarming rates. The leadership at Verizon Wireless realizes that bullying is reaching epidemic proportions and chose TeenCentral.Net to reach out to the teens of the world to let them know that they are not alone and can receive help, counseling and information from the site to support them and help them cope with bullying by other teens at school, in their neighborhoods and in cyberspace. The $20,000 will fund the development of a comprehensive section of TeenCentral.Net to address bullying and its dangerous consequences.

Verizon Wireless has also donated funds to continue their support of the TeenCentral.Net Domestic Violence section on TeenCentral.Net.

 

Verizon Check

 

Mario Turco, President of the Philadelphia Tri-State Region of Verizon Wireless,

presents check to Dr. Julius Licata and Will Iseman

 

 



About TeenCentral.Net
TeenCentral.Net is KidsPeace’s award-winning website for teens. It is anonymous and free, and is a safe site where teens can write in with their questions and issues and receive advice from Master’s and PhD level counselors within 24 hours. More than half a million teens are members of TeenCentral.Net where they “log in and work it out” about any topic. The site format ensures that all posts by teens are reviewed and approved by our counselors, and responding posts from other teens are screened before being published as well.

In addition to teen posts, TeenCentral.Net also contains pages that address important topics for teens such as domestic and dating abuse, weight issues, smoking cessation, books of interest to teens and news. Additionally, TeenCentral.Net contains stories from celebrities in sports and entertainment who experienced and overcame similar issues when they were teens.

Earlier this year, KidsPeace launched ParentCentral.Net to help parents deal with the issues of raising children in today’s world. Similar to TeenCentral.Net, ParentCentral.Net offers educational information and replies to posts by parents within 24 hours. The Bullying section on TeenCentral.Net will also be accessible to members of ParentCentral.Net, helping parents recognize the signs that their children are being bullied or bullying other youth.

KidsPeace New England Austism Services To Benefit from 13th Annual MDI Garlic Festival

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13th ANNUAL MDI GARLIC FESTIVAL TO BENEFIT
KIDSPEACE NEW ENGLAND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS PROGRAM
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EVENT PRESENTED BY NOSTRANO

The public is invited to celebrate the annual harvest of the Maine garlic crop at the 13th Annual MDI Garlic Festival Saturday, Sept. 17th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Smuggler’s Den Campground, Southwest Harbor. Presented by Nostrano, owned and operated by chef Frank Pendola, the event will feature garlic dish tastings from numerous local restaurants, a farmers’ market, garlic growers, live music, and more.


In the fall of 1998, Pendola and a few of his friends gathered to enjoy a variety of foods cooked with garlic. They smoked meats and made “Garlic Festival” t-shirts. The following year, the chef and his friends cooked for 100 people, and 350 friends and neighbors showed up. Since then, the festival has grown and has raised thousands of dollars for local nonprofits.


“Life is good,” says Pendola. “I’ve been blessed and it’s time to give back. This festival is a perfect way to bring my chef friends together and put on a good show of our specialties for the public to sample – all for a great cause.”
Chris Sylvester, Admissions Manager and Client Services Representative for the KidsPeace Graham Lake Campus, is grateful to the local chef and his dedication in organizing this festival.


“Frank has inspired others to become involved in this event and is tireless in his time and energy spent to make this a success. KidsPeace is extremely grateful to be the selected charity to benefit from this festival.”


Sylvester explained that the proceeds will benefit the Autism program that provides treatment to manage mental health issues and teach functional living skills to improve the quality of life for local children. The Graham Lake residential and day treatment programs serve from 25-30 children at any given time.


Event sponsors include: WNSX 97.7 FM, Smuggler’s Den Campground, Darling’s AutoMall, Granville Rental, Subway, Clarke’s Portable Toilets, Time Warner Cable, Maine Camp Outfitters, United Bikers of Maine, Keybank, CTI, Trenton Flooring, Annie’s Pride Farm, Pepper’s Pub, Sylvia’s Café, Ellsworth Chiropractic, Main Street Auto Care and Hale and Hamlin, LLC.


For information on sponsorship opportunities or ticket information, visit www.nostrano.com.

KidsPeace Foster Care in Ithaca, NY, Receives Support from Buffalo Wild Wings

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KidsPeace Foster Care in Ithaca, NY, Receives Support from Buffalo Wild Wings

The KidsPeace Foster Care office in Ithaca, NY, has been very fortunate to be the focus of a month-long fundraiser by Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant in Ithaca. Every Wednesday in August, KidsPeace has been distributing information about the foster care program to customers. There is a table at the entrance staffed by KidsPeace Foster Care employees, and KidsPeace posters and balloons adorn the restaurant. This is a wonderful source for recruiting potential foster parents and educating the community about the mission of KidsPeace Foster Care. 

As part of the promotion, each time a customer turns in a KidsPeace “ticket” as they pay their bill, Buffalo Wild Wings is donating a percentage of that sale to KidsPeace. If anyone forgets to hand in a ticket, the restaurant staff has been wonderful about reminding them to ensure that KidsPeace receives a share of the total sale. It has been a great introduction to the community, thanks to Family Resource Specialist Jo Ann Myer-Foland  and her son Mark who works at Buffalo Wild Wings.

 

Additionally, Buffalo Wild Wings has donated items including bottles of their famous wing sauce to go into a basket that will be raffled off on August 31. There are still two Wednesdays left to sample the delicious wings and contribute to KidsPeace Foster Care. The restaurant is located at 410 Elmira Road in Ithaca.

KidsPeace is very excited that Buffalo Wild Wings will be holding a similar fundraiser for KidsPeace Foster Care in Elmira soon and at another site later in the fall. 

 

KidsPeace is very grateful to Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurants for their kindness and assistance to the children of Ithaca who are waiting for a loving foster home.

KidsPeace is a Great Neighbor Visit Soccer Tournament Aug 20 and 21

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KidsPeace is a Great Neighbor

Visit Soccer Tournament August 20-21



KidsPeace has locations in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Georgia, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York, Nevada, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, some small and some large. The Orchard Hills Campus in Orefield, PA, is the largest, set on 262 wooded acres in a rural setting. This location houses the KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital and several residential centers for the care of young people with emotional, behavioral or mental health issues.

Every year for a weekend in August, this campus becomes a very busy location as soccer players, coaches, family members and neighbors who all come together for the KidsPeace Annual Soccer Invitational. This year will be the 14th, and will be held on August 20 and 21. Teams from across the state gather for this first tournament of the season, where U9-U15 boys and U16-U19 girls compete.

KidsPeace is a welcoming host, providing activities, entertainment, food, a camping area and a pristine setting with great views of the Lehigh Valley for all attendees. Typically, some 4000 kids and adults visit the campus that weekend, and everyone comes away with a positive opinion of KidsPeace and its employees.

“The soccer tournament is a great opportunity for the teams and the community to visit KidsPeace,” says KidsPeace President and CEO Will Isemann. “It is a great opportunity for us to show off our beautiful campus and give back a bit to the community that supports us.” KidsPeace gives back to the community throughout the year, Isemann adds, in many measurable and intangible ways.

The proceeds of the Soccer Invitational will help support the good works of TeenCentral.Net and ParentCentral.Net (both described below) over the coming year.

KidsPeace invites our neighbors in the Lehigh Valley to visit our Orchard Hills campus and watch some great soccer on Saturday and Sunday, August 20th and 21st. The entire event will be staffed by KidsPeace employees who volunteer their time to help with this popular event. Admission is free.

KidsPeace Contributes
KidsPeace was founded in Bethlehem, PA, in 1882 to provide a home for children orphaned by a smallpox epidemic, and has had a close relationship with its neighbors ever since. From its humble beginnings, KidsPeace has grown to provide hope, help and healing to children, families and communities in PA and across the nation. Last year alone, KidsPeace and its more than 1100 staff in the Lehigh Valley provided care to 2840 children.

KidsPeace employees are wonderful role models to the kids in care. They are enthusiastic volunteers for many causes and invite the children to participate with them. The employees and kids in the Lehigh Valley contributed many hundreds of volunteer hours to the community including:
• Participating in numerous walks to raise money for autism, ALS, suicide prevention and more
• Bake sales to raise money for local organizations
• Volunteering at food banks
• Helping at a farm for older animals
• Visiting nursing homes
• Performing for guests
• Assisting with campus cleanups.

KidsPeace makes a large contribution to the local economy as well. Last year, KidsPeace:
• Paid $1,760,000 in local and state payroll taxes
• Provided $10,400,000 in free and under-compensated care to children
• Spent $5,000,000 on food, clothing and other products purchased in the Lehigh Valley
• Paid employees $44,000,000, which were spent in the Lehigh Valley.

Additional Contributions
KidsPeace opened it brand new Family Center last year on the Broadway site in Bethlehem, PA. This facility provides community based outpatient treatment to children and their families. Many services are coordinated through the Family Center, which provides free initial assessments of children, family and individual therapy, pediatric assessments, nutritional assistance and an array of services for children on the autism spectrum.

KidsPeace also offers two exceptional prevention and intervention websites that help teens and parents in the Lehigh Valley and around the world. TeenCentral.Net is a free, anonymous site where teens write about issues that are bothering them, receive advice from Master’s or Doctorate level counselors, read celebrity stores, learn about important issues such as domestic violence and weight awareness and post comments to other teens’ questions. All posts are reviewed and approved by a counselor before they appear on the site.

ParentCentral.Net is a website for parents that is also free and anonymous and operates similarly to TeenCentral.Net. No topics are taboo, and parents can receive answers to their questions in 24 hours from trained counselors with expertise in family issues.

KidsPeace.Org contains a wealth of information for mental health professionals, educators and parents, including the award-winning Healing Magazine, brochures and fliers on parenting, information about KidsPeace services and locations and newsworthy articles.

FosterCare.Com provides everything one needs to know about becoming a foster parent and providing the care that treatment foster children need. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, you can fill out a form and get response from the nearest foster care office.

KidsPeace Baltimore Foster Care Plans Recruitment Fair and Fundraiser

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KidsPeace Baltimore Foster Care Plans Recruitment Fair/ Fundraiser



Baltimore, MD… KidsPeace Foster Care of Maryland is excited to announce a great upcoming recruitment fair/fundraiser for the entire family. On August 20, 2011, families are invited to hang out at Ultrazone on the lower level of the Eastpoint Mall. Come celebrate National KidsDay – an annual event to celebrate the inherent value and worth of children -- and help foster kids in the Baltimore area. Attendees will have the opportunity to play laser tag and learn about foster care during this four-hour event at Ultrazone. Thanks to the generosity of Ultrazone, Dominos Pizza® and Coca Cola®, families will enjoy 2 for the price of 1 Laser Tag games, pizza and drinks from noon until 4:00 p.m., and face painting, sculpted balloons and arcade games and more will also be available. A small donation may apply to some of these activities.

According to Program Manager Sandy Rappeport, this event will be great fun for families and give KidsPeace Foster Care an opportunity to reach out to adults who might be candidates to become foster parents. “This event will also raise much needed funding for our KidsPeace Empowering Youth to Succeed (KEYS) and mentoring programs for foster teens. These programs teach foster teens who will be aging out of the system skills for independent living,” Sandy explains. “We teach these kids how to develop and stick to budgets, save money, apply for jobs, rent an apartment, get insurance and many other skills that they probably haven’t learned in the foster care system.” The teens receive a small stipend at each class, and KidsPeace saves an equal amount for them for when they leave the foster care system.

“There are so many children waiting for foster homes in the Baltimore area,” Sandy continues, “that we reach out to potential foster parents every chance we get.” There are many misconceptions out there about who can be a foster parent, but in general:
• You don’t have to be married
• You don’t have to be rich
• You don’t have to have kids of your own (but having some experience with kids is preferred)
• You do need a safe home with a space for privacy for your foster child
• You need earned income that meets your personal needs
• You need a background free of violent crime
• You need an insured car or other reliable form of transportation to take your foster child to appointments
• You need a flexible schedule and time to spend with your foster child
• You need a loving heart to share with your foster child.

Please join us at Ultrazone on August 20 to celebrate your own children and help our kids become independent adults.

For more information, call KidsPeace Foster Care at 410-261-3232 or click here.

ParentCentral.Net Arms Parents with the Information They Need, When They Need It

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ParentCentral.Net Arms Parents with the Information They Need, When They Need It


Good parenting is very subjective. Who is to say that one person is superior to another in such a personal role? Families are more untraditional today than ever before, meaning that it is even more difficult to apply labels to a parent.
• Is a child being cared for better because there are two parents in the household? Not necessarily.
• Is a child eating a good diet and getting enough rest and exercise? Hard to tell if he or she is in day care.
• Do you spend enough time with your child? What is enough? If a parent is working 2 jobs to make ends meet, he or she is really tired and may not have time to just play.
• Does your child watch too much television or chat with friends on the computer too much? What is too much – an hour, 3 hours?
• Do you have time to monitor him or her to make sure he or she isn’t viewing inappropriate subject matter? You can put alerts or controls on the television or computer, but there are ways around such things.
• How do you discipline your children? You know that you should never strike or shake a child as punishment or make him or her consume something that will harm him or make her sick. You can also harm children by yelling and screaming and making afraid of you.
• Does your child witness abuse between you and your spouse or other family members? That should never happen; studies show that seeing such behavior can be very traumatic to your child.
• How is your child doing in school? Have her grades changed recently? Is he getting in trouble or being suspended from school?
• Are you a grandparent or aunt or uncle raising a child because the parent isn’t up to the task? Would this child be better off in foster care or living with you in a modest home?

ParentCentral.Net hears questions like these all the time and understands the concerns of parents or parent figures. If you need some reassurance or advice on parenting, you can write your story and send it to ParentCentral.Net. Within 24 hours, you will receive a response to your post that has been written by a trained counselor and reviewed by a Master’s or Doctorate level expert.

The reply you receive will give you an objective assessment of your problem and provide you with resources you can contact for more information. You may also receive responses from other parents who have been through the same issues you are facing. These are also reviewed by our professionals before being posted anonymously.

These services are safe and free and can help you get through a difficult time. ParentCentral.Net also contains articles on different parenting issues as well as podcasts that speak to the kinds of issues you and your child are facing. No subject is taboo, so you can feel comfortable discussing questions you have about sexuality, drug and alcohol use, abuse, punishment or your relationship with your child.

ParentCentral.Net was developed to meet the needs of the many parents who often wrote into TeenCentral.Net, a website that has been advising teens since the late 1990s. Also anonymous and free, TeenCentral.Net helps teens with any concerns they choose to write about, from trouble with a boyfriend to teen pregnancy to bullying to body image. We believe that every question is deserves a respectfully answer not matter what the topic. This is why TeenCentral.Net has nearly 500,000 members and has been helping teens for well over a decade.

Now parents have a site of their own site, their own podcasts, their own informational articles and their own resources. ParentCentral.Net will help get you through whatever issues you face, safely and with total privacy. Log in today.

 
   
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