The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown has left families reeling and a community in mourning. In the days ahead, immediate support is focused on the families in the Newtown community. The Foundation is working with the United Way of Western Connecticut and other area nonprofits to ensure the immediate and ongoing needs of the Newtown community are met. We are also helping many of the victims' families establish charitable memorial funds to honor their lost loved one. Finally, the Foundation recognizes the issues raised by this shooting go far deeper and are more systemic than a single town. Our current and ongoing work and funding in mental health will focus on these pressing issues throughout Fairfield County.
How You Can Help
There are currently three ways you can direct your charitable giving in support:
1) Support immediate and continuing needs in Newtown through the United Way of Western Connecticut's Sandy Hook School Support Fund
2) Make an online donation to support ongoing mental health services throughout Fairfield County
3) Give to specific memorial charitable funds established by families in honor of their lost loved one.
To discuss how you can make a specific philanthropic impact, contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203.750.3200.
Resources for Talking with Your Children
The following resources may be helpful in speaking with your children about the school shooting in Newtown:
American Red Cross: "Recovering Emotionally"
Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services: Crisis Intervention Hotline
National Association of School Psychologists: "Talking to Children About Violence"
Save the Children: "How to Help Children cope with a Crisis"
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: "Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event"