- Decide To Be Kind
- Project Linus
- QPR for Suicide prevention
- Kindness Clean-Up Day
- Spirit Lacrosse
- rugged farmer obstacle course
- Vaping 101: what parents need to know about e-cigarettes
- Small Town Big Talent Community Variety Show
- Peyton Heart Project
- Canvas & Cupcakes
Decide to Be Kind
The Decide to Be Kind committee was formed in the summer of 2015 by Ellington Youth Services and the Council for Developing Positive Youth Culture (DPYC) with a mission to provide inspiration, education and resources to build a kinder and more compassionate community.
Help us brainstorm how to keep the Decide To Be Kind Movement going by offering events, programs and activities. Visit our website to find out how you can join the Decide to Be Kind Movement.
The next Decide to Be Kind Community Meeting will be on a Wednesday,TBA at 7:30 pm at Ellington Youth Services at 31 Arbor Way.
New members are welcome.
Check out our video:
Volunteer Blanket Making club
This club, hosted by Ellington Girl Scouts, will be making blankets again to be donated to "Project Linus." The Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need. Their blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different sources. These blankets provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers."
AGE LEVEL: 5th grade to 12th grade
All skill levels are welcome. We will be knitting, crocheting and weaving. Participation can count towards community service hours.
WHEN: Mondays, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4
TIME: 6 pm to 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Ellington Youth Services, 31 Arbor Way
Please register on Activenet CODE; BLANKET.LINUSSP
Suicide Prevention Training Workshop
Question - Persuade - Refer
QPR is a simple educational program that teaches ordinary citizens how to recognize the warning signs of a mental health emergency and how to get a person at risk of suicide the help they need.
WHEN: RESCHEDULED to Tuesday, April 17, 2018
TIME: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
WHERE: Ellington Youth Services, 31 Arbor Way * Location Change
Please email Deb Stauffer at email@example.com to reserve your spot.
Kindness Clean-Up Day
Join the Decide to Be Kind Community Committee to pick up litter around Brookside Park as we get ready for spring!
Two hour shifts are suggested (10 to noon and noon to 2 pm), however if anyone would like to volunteer the entire four hours that is great. We will supply the garbage bags, gloves, waters and snacks.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018 *RESCHEDULED*
TIME: 10 am to 2 pm
WHERE: Brookside Park, Route 140
REGISTER: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or call Youth Services at 860-870-3130.
Children ages 5-14 with special needs and their parents are invited to spend an afternoon enjoying fun lacrosse activities, learn skills, have snacks and make new friends. Area high school and college level coaches will be on staff.
Non-residents are welcome
Participants receive a free t-shirt
WHEN: Sunday, May 6, 2018
TIME: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
WHERE: Pinney Street Fields, Ellington
Register on Activenet CODE: SPIRIT.LAX18
To become a sponsor, please email email@example.com
Ellington Youth Services is excited to team up with fellow Town of Ellington departments and local businesses to offer the Rugged Farmer Obstacle Fun Run. Get ready because it's going to be muddy! The run will include fun farm themed obstacles with levels of difficulty for the whole family. Cow Pie Target Toss, Farmer Haul, Broken Tractor and Cowboy Crop Craw are just a few of the obstacles planned. Proceeds from this event will go to the Jacob Roger Poulin Foundation. We encourage residents to invite out of town friends and family to participate.
WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 2018
TIME: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
WHERE: Brookside Park
FEE: See flyer below:
Volunteers needed! Please go to Activenet to sign up to volunteer! Shifts needed: 12:30 to 2:00 pm, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, 2:30 to 4:30 pm and 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Volunteers must be 14 years old or older. If you plan to race you can still volunteer, just choose a time that does not conflict.
Possible duties: overseeing obstacles, directing people, registration, assisting with time chips, kid zone, etc.
vaping 101: what parents need to know about e-cigarettes
Do you feel in the dark about e-cigarettes? The use of e-cigarettes by our youth is on the rise.
Dana A. Cavallo, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University will show us the newest trends and dangers of e-cigarettes and how youth are using them. Yale University has done extensive research on tobacco and e-cigarettes with adolescents and young adults.
Refreshments and resources will be available.
WHEN: Friday, May 4th
WHERE: Ellington Middle School Library
TIME: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
To register please email Debbie Stauffer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Youth Services at 860-870-3130.
This will take place at the same time as a dance for students. Please park at the Apostolic Christian Church next door.
Show Date: Saturday, April 21st at 7 pm at Ellington High School Auditorium.
Tickets sold at the door: $8 General $6 Seniors and Students
For more information contact email@example.com
Help us make our hearts of hope! They are made of felt or yarn and each one has an inspirational quote attached. They will be scattered around the community and hung on a tree at Arbor Park. FREE!
Check out their website for more info:
Refreshments! We have the supplies.
WHEN: Friday, April 27th
TIME: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
WHERE: 31 Arbor Way
REGISTER: email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Canvas & Cupcakes
Come be guided through your very own painting while enjoying some of LuAnn's delicious cupcakes. All skill levels are welcome. Come out with family and friends for a fun- filled evening. Each night is a different painting so sign up for one or multiple nights.
WHEN: Fridays, April 27th and May 18th
TIME: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
WHERE: LuAnn's Bakery, 238 Somers Road, Ellington
FEE: $25 per class, pay at the door.
REGISTER: Email Kayla at email@example.com
31 Arbor Way
Ellington, CT 06029
31 Arbor Way Ellington CT 06029
P.O. Box 187
Ellington, CT 06029
Phone: 860-870-3130Fax: 860-870-3198
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Evening appointments for counseling are available.