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    Wyandanch, New York, 11798




Stop by the Wyandanch Fall Job Fair!

Join us at the Wyandanch Fall Job Fair to learn about hundreds of opportunities from Suffolk County companies!

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A Quick Ask!

Friends,

A more detailed Outreach Center Update will be coming in a few days, but I have an immediate, simple ask!

A young woman who is 7 months pregnant came to the Outreach for help yesterday. She lives with her sister-in-law and her two teenage children all in one rented room that has one bed and therefore, she sleeps on the floor. There is a dire need here for a bed and mattress; if you have a reasonably clean twin box spring and mattress you are willing to donate, I will pick it up and deliver it to the rooming house. Long, story but there is a real need here.

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Outreach Center Summer Camp Update

Friends,

Another successful summer camp ended last Friday and I offer a big thank you to all our sponsors as this year was special. We had more Shelter, Homeless, and Foster children than in years past; the mission of this camp is to care for those in need and that made this year’s camp special. On Friday, we also held the drawing for our 50/50 Summer Camp Golf Outing; you can watch the drawing at https://geraldryanoutreach.org/2022/07/29/50-50-summer-camp-raffle-winner-drawing/ and by clicking on the lower left hand “Watch on YouTube” box. To save you a click, Peggy Mahoney won the 50/50.

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50/50 Summer Camp Raffle Winner Drawing

Watch the July 28th, 2022 drawing of our 50/50 Summer Camp raffle winner!

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Summer Camp, Dr. Mario Craig, and Donations

Yes, that is our Naycha in the half-page photo two weeks ago in Sunday’s Newsday! Summer Camp is in full swing and this year, over 40% of the campers are either homeless, shelter, or foster children. However, they are all extremely happy to be here and love the spirit of the camp as it’s a safe, clean, fun, loving environment and a cool place to be. After two years, weekly trips to the pool are back! As in previous years, we provide bathing suits when needed and each camper gets a new beach towel so that all the children can participate. There is a soft-serve ice cream truck at the pool which we have patronized in the past and he gave us a good deal so that each child could have an ice cream cone. This may not sound like a big deal to you, but to a homeless child, it is pure joy to sit on the grass after being in the pool and eat a whole ice cream cone, uninterrupted, and in a safe environment. Joe and Beth Gibbons sponsored the first week’s cones and Andrew and Lauren DeBardelaben sponsored last week. four more weeks to go.

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Baby Formula, Proms, and Soccer

Friends,

Suffolk County First Precinct Captain Kevin Foley heard the call for help with baby formula; he took the time to purchase and drop off two cases of Similac to the Outreach Center. Kevin knows many of the children and their parents from the soccer clinic and wanted to do his part. We still do need all types of formula as we are receiving requests every day for different formulas from clients, agencies, even health clinics, and we just do not have enough of any at this point. In need at this time: Enfamil Neuro Pro, Enfamil Gentlease, Enfamil Neuro Pro Sensitive, and Enfamil (or CVS brand) Nutramigen Hypoallergenic infant formula with Iron. Today a client ( who has limited funds and without transportation) was crying and desperate since her baby can only digest the Hypoallergenic with Iron formula because the baby is Colic. We found 4 cans of CVS’s brand and the client was absolutely elated and again cried. The pressure on these mothers is unrelenting.

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Two Quick Data Points…

I want to thank everyone who donated baby formula to the Outreach Center, I am finding cans left on my front porch. Special thanks to Meg Marnell from Syracuse NY who mailed 4 boxes of formula to help ease the demand. The parents are very appreciative / relieved. I could use a few cans of Enfamil Nutramigen Hypoallergenic with Iron for a few of our clients if you see it on the shelf.

Attached is a picture of some of the younger soccer clinic players last night, we had perfect weather.

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Soccer Clinic, Baby Formula Shortage, and Inflation

Friends,

The Soccer Clinic is in full swing and we have more children this year than ever. If you want to witness these children in action… on a Monday night, come down to Wyandanch Park and watch the kids play as their parents look on. Our dedicated coaches and police officers are great and this event definitely helps solidify community relationships. On Monday, June 13th we are having the Soccer Clinic BBQ at the outreach and need a few more grills and cooks to help make 200 hamburgers and 200 hot dogs! Let me know if you can help.

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Prom Season!! I Like This!

Friends,

This is a great initiative!

As graduation approaches, every April the Outreach Center receives requests for prom dresses and men’s suits from the Wyandanch High School students. Like every graduating teenager, those in the less fortunate communities on Long Island also want to go to their prom but simply do not have the discretionary funds to fully participate.

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A New Website for the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center

We are very pleased to announce that Long Island-based website design firm, Electric Bricks, recently completed a thorough revamping of our website. The new look improves navigation through our website, provides easy access to information about our operation, allows viewers to quickly contact us, and, importantly, enables those interested in making monetary donations to do so seamlessly via Paypal or credit/debit card.

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