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    Wyandanch, New York, 11798




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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1st Precinct/Suffolk County PAL/Outreach Center Soccer Clinic

The 1st Precinct/Suffolk County PAL/Outreach Center Soccer Clinic was launched five years ago and has proven to be both popular and successful. So far, we have maxed out the 100-player enrollment every year; this has also turned out to be an outdoor family event as the parents come to watch the children go through skill development drills and then play matches within their age group. I am looking forward to this very positive community event; the police are great and enjoy the interaction with both the children and parents.

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COVID-19 – I Am So Over It!

I cannot believe that it has already been two years since we asked our volunteers not to come to the Outreach until it was safe. We started to transform our building in order to distribute food to our clients via a table outside the front door. Although, we faced many difficulties…we never closed our doors to our clients and the many Covid positive families in need.

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Covid Protocols, Flu Shots, and Soup

Just a quick update from the Outreach Center here in Wyandanch!

We have now learned to adapt our services to meet all Covid protocols and are in full production mode, providing food, winter coats, and a host of social services to our clients and our street people. We are distributing food to an average of 45 families per day (depending on weather). St Hugh’s Project Hope has been donating hundreds of dozen eggs and half-gallon milk cartons weekly; that is a considerable help as there is nothing better than fresh milk! When we can, we also share this donation with other charities in Wyandanch, Amityville, and Bay Shore that also have a need.

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Thanksgiving, Flu Shots, and Winter Coats

Friends,

As I drove up to the Outreach Center at 7:30 AM on Monday, November 21st, there was already a line for our Thanksgiving distribution, and it was raining. I opened the church so that they could shelter from the rain until we started distribution at 9:45. I gave each family a numbered ticket and while wet, they were happy as they knew they were about to receive a full quality Thanksgiving meal for their family.

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Some Data Points About the Outreach Center

Friends,

I am in constant awe of the breadth, depth, and reach of services to the community that the Outreach Center is able to provide and the number of people we are able to touch and serve on a weekly basis.

A quick, sincere “Shout Out” to Rich Schaffer and Tony Martinez who could not have been more supportive to the Outreach Center over the past two COVID years; they are always a phone call or email away to bring our community initiatives to fruition. Their response time to my calls and emails is always quite incredible, and they are faithfully here to help anyone in need. If they could not correct or champion an issue, they advise me who could or where to go. Example: I contacted Rich and Tony in January 2021 to see if I could host a community-based pop up and after their counsel and support we hosted a Pop Up in February and March!

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Spiderman, Haiti, Poetry and More

Friends.

“Mr. Joe, look at my Spiderman backpack,” said a boy as he ran up to me and showed off his newly obtained bag for school. He said “cool”, and I said “way cool!” His older sister rolled her eyes at him (and me) but said thank you as she passed by with her backpack. Her mother smiled saying “Gracias” as they walked home. This has been the spirit of the Outreach “Back-to-School Backpack Program” this year. The children are ready to get back to school and some sense of normalcy after being virtual learners for over a year. We first distributed to registered families a few weeks ago but then held a distribution for non-registered families on August 30th; we will continue to distribute backpacks, supplies, and masks as long as our inventory holds. This is a valued effort and a much-needed community service.

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Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center COVID-19 Pop-up Coronavirus Vaccination Site

The Governor’s office in partnership with community leaders in helping to reach vulnerable communities and make the vaccine accessible to them. The center successfully hosted a vaccination pop up site for this hard hit community where over 430 plus people were vaccinated. The vaccine pop-up site was set up in conjunction with the Governor’s office, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church and Stony Brook Hospital healthcare workers administered the shots.

Please watch the video reported on Newsday.com

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