Newtown Youth and Family Services

Lions Provide Financial Support to NYFS

The Newtown Bee, Friday, July 8, 2022

Newtown, CT - Newtown Lions Club recently presented a check to Newtown Youth and Family Services. NYFS provides outpatient mental health counseling for those with depression, anxiety, grief, anger, trouble coping, family conflict, or marital discord.

The agency, located on Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook, additionally provides an array of year-round activities, programs, and events for all ages. These programs provide opportunities to learn new skills, stay active, and connect with the community.

NYFS has a parenting education program to educate parents about many issues children face when the family situation changes These include divorcing or living apart, adjusting to parent separation, cooperative parenting, conflict management, dispute resolution techniques, and stress reduction for kids.

There is a program for rising kindergarteners called Safety Town, which is a one-week, hands-on course developed to teach children life-saving lessons regarding strangers, traffic, fire, pedestrians, poison, drugs, playground, bus, and water safety. The program is scheduled to return with three sessions this summer.

There is a social/recreational program for youth with autism spectrum disorders or other social difficulties in which the children engage, such as recreational outings with guidance from trained staff. This program promotes individual growth, confidence, independence, flexibility, and patience.

In addition, there is a peer-to-peer mentoring program and a homework club that allows children a safe, quiet place to complete homework, receive tutoring, and enrich their organizational skills.

For more information about NYFS visit newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org or call 203-270-4335.

Fresh off its 2022 Great Pootatuck Duck Race, Newtown Lions Club continues to carry out the Lions motto "We Serve" by supporting and participating in international and state programs and by contributing to the local community.

The local club was established in 1949. Fundraising activities include an annual Classic Mustang Raffle, The Great Pootatuck Duck Race, and various community projects.

All funds raised through these activities go towards charitable efforts. The club and its members do not benefit from any funds generated from these activities.

Newtown Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, September through June. New members are always welcome. For additional information about Newtown Lions Club and membership, contact Membership Chair Ed Miklaszewski at 203-885-8561 or membership@newtown-lions.org.