Vernon Youth Services Bureau

Vernon Youth Services Bureau The Vernon Youth Services Bureau is a Town of Vernon Department dedicated to providing: Program Coordination, Information and Referral, Prevention Services, Early Intervention Services, Resource Development, Community Involvement, and Youth Advocacy.

04/12/2021

Next week is Spring Recess for Vernon Public Schools, but the Food & Nutrition Services Department will still be providing meals for children 18 and under at no cost on Wednesday April 14th. Swing by Rockville High School or Vernon Center Middle School between 12:00 – 3:00PM to pick up meals for your kiddos, no sign up required! The child does not need to be present at pick up.

02/10/2021
01/20/2021

Eat school meals at home! Don’t forget to swing by Rockville High School or Vernon Center Middle School on Wednesday between 12PM and 3PM to pick up free meals for kids! Meals are available to all children 18 and under. The child does not need to be enrolled in Vernon Public Schools. No sign up required, just show up!

12/22/2020

Olaf wants to remind all families that this Wednesday, December 23, the Food & Nutrition Services Department will be providing FREE 7-day meal bags to all children 18 and under. Meals can be picked up at Rockville High School or Vernon Center Middle School from 12:00-2:00 PM. Happy Holidays!

Town of Vernon, Connecticut
12/04/2020

Town of Vernon, Connecticut

VERNON'S WINTERFEST IS FRIDAY NIGHT!

AND IT IS FREE!

Vernon's Parks and Rec and Public Works crews have been hard at work decorating Henry Park with thousands of lights and decorations for Friday (12/4) night's Winterfest. They'll be installing more lights Friday.

There will also be a laser light show, decorated fire engines, a fire juggler, ice carver and Santa Claus. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. and drive-thru only. Enter the Park off South Street.

And tune in to 99.5 FM for Christmas music and event announcements.

We hope you can make it.

Vernon ROCKS Coalition
11/23/2020

Vernon ROCKS Coalition

While this new way of celebrating Thanksgiving may challenging at times here are some tips to try to make it as enjoyable and happy as possible.

1. Acknowledge your feelings. It's normal to feel sadness and grief. Take time to acknowledge whatever feelings or emotions you may experience during this time.
2. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, call a loved one or see if there are virtual events that can offer support.
3. Be realistic. This is not anything we have ever experienced, embrace new traditions, and don’t expect this time to be perfect.
4. Don't abandon healthy habits. Don't turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms and let the holidays become a free-for-all.
5. Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Find an activity you enjoy. Take a break by yourself.
6. Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, negative feelings can persist, if they do talk to a professional. Remember it’s okay to not be okay.

Foodshare
11/20/2020

Foodshare

Foodshare’s food distribution at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field will continue into December.

Foodshare has been distributing food at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford for the past eight months since the start of the pandemic. This distribution site alone has distributed 7 million pounds of food and has served over 210,000 households; many new to food insecurity due to COVID-19.

“As we head into the holiday season we know that the need is great but that with winter weather conditions we will need to continue tapering off the distribution at Rentschler Field over the next few weeks,” said Jason Jakubowski, President and CEO of Foodshare.

Foodshare is encouraging people to reach out to our network of over 200 partner pantries and meal programs in Greater Hartford. Our partner programs have food and resources available to help community members who are struggling with food insecurity. To find a pantry and other resources near you please call 2-1-1 or go to www.211ct.org.

We will be distributing food on Tuesday and Thursday; 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
CLOSED on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The LAST Scheduled Distribution is Tues, Dec. 22.

Address: 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06118 – Silver Lane entrance; gates will close at Noon

One allocation of food per car to ensure that we have enough food for everyone.

In the event of winter weather check Foodshare’s social media as well as NBC Connecticut and FOX61 for schedule updates.

This emergency distribution at Rentschler Field is in addition to Foodshare’s ongoing efforts to provide food to a network of over 260 pantries, community kitchens, and Mobile Foodshare sites throughout the region.

Community members can access help through the following:
- Mobile Foodshare an outdoor pantry-on-wheels, to find a site near you please text “FOODSHARE” to 85511 or go to www.foodshare.org/mobile.
- To find a food pantry and other resources near you, call 2-1-1 or go to https://www.211ct.org/.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to donate to help us continue to serve our neighbors visit www.foodshare.org

Vernon ROCKS Coalition
11/14/2020

Vernon ROCKS Coalition

Happy World Kindness Day! World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to our self, and the world. This year has not been easy, nonetheless, we can find solace in each day by being kinder to ourselves, and others. By putting positivity into the universe it will radiate and spread, and who knows how it might impact someone!

Vernon Public Schools
11/07/2020

Vernon Public Schools

Attention Vernon families! There have been several updates to the Curbside Food & Nutrition Program. Sign up is no longer required for curbside meal pick up on Wednesdays. Meal pick up is available any time between 12:00PM – 3:00PM on Wednesdays at Vernon Center Middle School or Rockville High School. Just show up! We will now be providing free WEEKEND meals for all children 18 and under at curbside pickup! All children are eligible for weekend meals, no matter what learning plan they are participating in (hybrid, virtual, in-school). Please visit our website for more information: https://www.vernonpublicschools.org/departments/food-services-menus.

A little rain and cold couldn’t stop us from coming out to Trunk or Treat tonight! Thanks for organizing, Vernon Parks a...
10/30/2020

A little rain and cold couldn’t stop us from coming out to Trunk or Treat tonight! Thanks for organizing, Vernon Parks and Rec! What a great crowd! It was so nice to see all of those smiling faces and great costumes! 🎃👻

Looking forward to seeing all of the trick or treaters!  Hope to see you next Thursday! 🎃 👻 🍬
10/22/2020

Looking forward to seeing all of the trick or treaters! Hope to see you next Thursday! 🎃 👻 🍬

Today Vernon Rocks Coalition members gathered to say a huge thank you and best wishes to Kaitlin Carafa, who has spent t...
10/22/2020

Today Vernon Rocks Coalition members gathered to say a huge thank you and best wishes to Kaitlin Carafa, who has spent the last 4 years leading the work of our coalition! We are excited for Kaitlin as she moves on to new opportunities!! We love and will miss her! Thank you Kaitlin for leadership!

Vernon Public Schools
10/16/2020

Vernon Public Schools

Attention parents and guardians! Breakfast and lunch are now FREE for all kids through June 30, 2021! Free meals are available both in school and for virtual learners. Have you ever wondered what is included in a lunch at school? All lunches include whole grains, protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and milk. Pictured: All components of a full lunch available for free at the high school level (example lunch includes popcorn chicken, whole grain dinner roll, 2 servings of veggies, 2 servings of fruit, and an ice cold milk).

Vernon ROCKS Coalition
10/15/2020

Vernon ROCKS Coalition

Vernon ROCKS is partnering with the Vernon, CT Police Department and Walgreens Pharmacy for a socially distant DEA Drug Take Back. Take your unwanted or unused prescription pills, patches, and vapes (with the battery removed) to Walgreens Pharmacy on October 24th from 10 am to 2 pm.

Vernon Public Schools
10/09/2020

Vernon Public Schools

CT Department of Children and Families
10/06/2020

CT Department of Children and Families

#InternetSafety
Free Internet Safety Training.
2 Classes:
October 19th for Parents and
October 20th for Students
https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DCF/Agency/COVID-Emails/October-4-Internet-Safety.pdf

Vernon ROCKS Coalition
10/02/2020

Vernon ROCKS Coalition

Vernon ROCKS is partnering with the Vernon, CT Police Department and Walgreens Pharmacy for a socially distant DEA Drug Take Back. Take your unwanted or unused prescription pills, patches, and vapes (with the battery removed) to Walgreens Pharmacy on October 24th from 10 am to 2 pm.

09/25/2020
Vernon Public Schools
09/11/2020

Vernon Public Schools

Vernon Public Schools is excited to announce FREE BREAKFAST & LUNCH for all students (no registration required) starting on Monday, September 14th both in-school and curbside! We are also making a big change to our curbside meal program. Starting next week, Meal Boxes will be distributed on Wednesdays only. Please visit our website for more information and to sign up for Meal Box pick up: https://www.vernonpublicschools.org/departments/food-services-menus.

Vernon Public Schools
08/02/2020

Vernon Public Schools

Parents, don’t forget! The Town of Vernon is still offering FREE summer meals (breakfast and lunch) to all kids through August 22, 2020. Meals are distributed from Vernon Center Middle School on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9AM – 11AM. The lunch menu includes turkey & cheese grinders, sunbutter & jelly sandwiches, chicken fajita wraps, cheese pizza, and grilled cheese (to be heated at home). All meals include fruit or vegetables and milk!

Elizabeth Fisher, RDN
Director, Food & Nutrition Services
Vernon Public Schools | 30 Park St Vernon CT 06066
Office: 860-896-4683 | Cell: 860-372-7581

07/02/2020
Register now to join a virtual screening of Chris Herren's recovery story
05/14/2020

Register now to join a virtual screening of Chris Herren's recovery story

LAST CHANCE! Join us for a virtual screening tonight, Thursday, May 14 at 7pm ET of #TheFirstDay, a substance use prevention education film featuring former NBA player and wellness advocate, Chris Herren of Herren Project. Live Q&A to follow.

REGISTER NOW> https://bit.ly/first-day-virtual-screening

#NationalPreventionWeek #NPW

Vernon, CT Police Department
05/07/2020

Vernon, CT Police Department

Regional free food distribution by Foodshare at Rentschler Field in East Hartford has been extended through end of May.

Vernon Youth Services Bureau
04/22/2020

Vernon Youth Services Bureau

04/21/2020
Vernon Fire Police Company
04/21/2020

Vernon Fire Police Company

Please notice the update to the VPS meal schedule.
04/17/2020

Please notice the update to the VPS meal schedule.

Here are some steps you can put in place to help young people manage their worries.  Hang in there!  We are here for you...
04/16/2020

Here are some steps you can put in place to help young people manage their worries.
Hang in there! We are here for you so please reach out if you need support or assistance.

Parents, teachers, anyone with/working with children who are having lots of worries about the coronavirus... here are some steps you can put in place to help them manage these worries and feel a little better 🧠

Tip👩🏼‍🏫It can also be made into a great little lesson for teachers/those with their kids at home - go through the strategies and they can make their own worry boxes/worry trees (good for keeping them focused for a couple of hours as well as learning how to deal with their worries👌)

Download using the link ⬇️

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9om7kas95dq58po/worrying%20about%20coronavirus.pdf?dl=0

Like 👍 @IHeartCBT for more CYP mental health resources 🧠

Vernon ROCKS Coalition
04/11/2020
Vernon ROCKS Coalition

Vernon ROCKS Coalition

Vernon ROCKS sends a monthly newsletter filled with prevention resources. Sign up today!

Please don't hesitate to reach out.  We are here for information, support or just someone to talk to.  Be well, Be Kind ...
03/31/2020

Please don't hesitate to reach out. We are here for information, support or just someone to talk to. Be well, Be Kind and Stay Strong!

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