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Out of the Darkness
Help Bring Suicide
Out of the Darkness
Greetings Friends of Contact Community Services, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) 2018 Out of the Darkness Community Walk is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. October 6 at Long Branch Park (Westshore Trail) in Liverpool. The AFSP mission is to save lives and to bring hope to those affected by suicide, and it sponsors programs at local, state and federal levels. ... read more
Welcome Golfers
2nd Annual CONTACT Open
Raises $3,000 for Suicide Prevention
The 2nd Annual CONTACT Open golf tournament to benefit Contact Community Services’ crisis and suicide prevention services raised more than $3,100 Sept. 16 as nearly 50 players competed for fun and prizes at Rogues’ Roost Golf Club in Bridgeport. The tournament featured raffles of donated items, a 50/50 raffle, food from Rogues’ Roost and Wegmans, and prizes. "The Roc Pile" was the winning team in the captain-and-crew format, and the winning foursome included captain J.J. Farmer, of Marcellus, Chris Andiorio, of Watertown, Joe Jerome, of Camillus, and Kevin Westcott, of East Syracuse. ... read more
Syracuse Summer Theatre at the Oncenter raised money and awareness for Contact during its summer production of "Pippin."
"Pippin" Raises Awareness,
$1,600 for Suicide Prevention
Syracuse Summer Theatre at the Oncenter raised $1,600 for suicide prevention during its production of "Pippin" from July 20-Aug. 5 at the Bevard Studio at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center. Members of the "Pippin" production staff met Contact volunteers and staff at Contact’s Volunteer/Donor Celebration in late June and offered to raise awareness and collect donations during their seven performances this past summer. Director Garrett Heater and "Pippin" performer Josh Gadek recently presented the donations that totaled $1,600 to Contact Executive Director Pat Leone. ... read more
Bershire Bank
Berkshire Bank Foundation Provides
$2,500 for School Programs
Contact Community Services is pleased to announce that the Berkshire Bank Foundation has awarded a grant of $2,500 to Contact for its 2018-19 school programming that will directly impacts thousands of students from low-to-moderate income families throughout Onondaga County. The grant will help support five programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the Syracuse City, East Syracuse Minoa, Liverpool Central and North Syracuse Central school districts. ... read more
Jonathan Clark appeared on NewsChannel 9
Jonathan Clark appeared on NewsChannel 9’s "Bridge Street" to discuss UnpluggedCNY’s benefit event for Contact.
UnpluggedCNY Event Sept. 22
To Benefit Suicide Prevention
UnpluggedCNY, an organization that encourages Central New Yorkers to "Disconnect to Reconnect," has selected Contact Community Services as the beneficiary of its 2nd Annual Event from 12-6 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor, 310 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse. UnpluggedCNY CEO and founder Jonathan Clark started the organization last year to create an environment where people put down their smartphones and iPads and engage in the moment, be present and build strong relationships with those around them ... read more
Award winnters
2018 Gail Sterling Contact Hotline Volunteer of the Year Mandy Rudolph (left) with Gail Sterling. (Photo courtesy of Rocco Carbone)
Contact Salutes Volunteers
at Annual Celebration
Contact Community Services hosted its third annual Volunteer/Donor Celebration June 28 at Justin’s Tuscan Grill in East Syracuse and recognized five dedicated volunteers who made a significant impact on the agency in 2018: Gail Sterling Contact Hotline Volunteer of the Year Award winner Mandy Rudolph; Contact Hotline Ambassador Award winner Anne Keefe; Contact Hotline Scholar Award winner Chanel Bryant; Guardian Angel Award winner Dan Connors; and Above and Beyond Award winner Brian Darling. ... read more

CNY Central NBC3’s Matt Mulcahy (left) and Megan Coleman (center) interview Contact’s Coordinator of Crisis Intervention Services Stephanie Grandjean.
Contact In the News
After Celebrity Suicides
Following the suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and chef/television personality Anthony Bourdain, the Central New York media reached out to Contact Community Services to assess the local impact of these celebrity suicides and explain the crisis and suicide prevention services that Contact offers to CNY residents. Both Cheryl Giarrusso, Contact’s Director of Crisis Intervention Services, and Stephanie Grandjean, Contact’s Coordinator of Crisis Intervention Services, were interviewed by, among others ... read more
PAX Award
The PAX Good Behavior Game team from Contact Community Services received a "What’s Great in Our State" award May 8 in Albany (Photo by Angelina VanCamp).
PAX to the MAX!
State Honors Contact for PAX GBG
Contact Community Services was honored Tuesday, May 8, at the New York State Office of Mental Health’s "What’s Great in our State 2018" in Albany. The annual event celebrates the people and programs making a difference in the field of children’s mental health. Contact works with the Syracuse City School District to implement the PAX Good Behavior Game (PAX GBG) in nine elementary schools. PAX is a universal, evidence-based prevention approach that affects substance abuse and mental health outcomes, and improves academic, behavioral, and social-emotional skills. ... read more
Every Voice Matters
Vernon-Verona-Sherrill students perform during the "Every Voice Matters Concert & Talent Showcase" May 11 to benefit Contact’s suicide prevention services.
VVS’ "Every Voice Matters"
Benefits Suicide Prevention
Students and teachers from the Entertainment industries class at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School present Contact Community Services with a check for $1,200 from their "Every Voice Matters" Talent Showcase concert May 11.
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speed painter Tom Varano performed May 17 at Huntington PreK-8 School in Syracuse
Contact Partners With
Inspirational Speed Painter
As the result of a partnership with Contact Community Services, inspirational speed painter Tom Varano will perform for Syracuse City School District and Liverpool Central School District students in May and June. Varano, of Fayetteville, mixes speed painting and inspirational speaking to create an "Emotion Into Art" show that takes his audience on a journey of excitement ... read more

Chestnut Hill Elementary School fourth-grade student Michael Nguyen. (Photo by Arsenio Wallace)
This Chestnut Hill Student
Is Following the American Dream
Michael Nguyen is a fourth-grade student at Chestnut Hill Elementary School in the Liverpool Central School District who has been working with Arsenio Wallace, one of our Youth Development Specialists at the school. Arsenio recently shared this story about Michael’s progress this school year: "Michael has done a great job all year doing his personal best. ... read more
Brian Fore
Chestnut Hill Elementary School first-grade student Brian Fore almost always Beats The Clock!
"Super Student" Motivated
To Beat The Clock
Every child is different, and each child in Contact’s Youth Development Services program requires a special set of interventions and strategies to help improve behavior and academic performance. Read Youth Development Specialist Katie Filippone’s latest newsletter (PDF) to see how one first-grade student at Chestnut Hill Elementary in the Liverpool School District is showing progress with strategies such as "Beat The Clock."
Hotline Volunteer Dan Connors
Hotline Volunteer Dan Connors
Contact Hotline Gives
Volunteer "A Listening Ear"
After initially serving as a Contact Community Services’ Hotline volunteer in 1996, Dan Connors returned last year after experiencing the loss of a friend who died by suicide. "I want to give back to the community, so I give back to Contact," Dan said. "I don’t want something like this to happen to anybody I know ever again." Dan has always wanted to help others ... read more
Prom Dress Giveaway is awesome
Students from throughout the Syracuse City School District shopped for free prom dresses and accessories at the 2nd Annual Prom Dress Giveaway.
Prom Dress Giveaway is "Awesome"
Jesyriana Farruggio picked the right place to go dress shopping for the first time. Jesyriana, a 10th-grader at Henninger High School, was one of several Syracuse City School District students who attended the 2nd Annual Prom Dress Giveaway March 24 at PSLA at Fowler High School in Syracuse. She found a dress, shawl, shoes, purse and jewelry for Henninger’s Junior Prom in May, and all the items at the event were free. "This is my first time dress shopping, and this is awesome," said Jesyriana ... read more

Assembly Member Pamela Hunter, D-Syracuse, visits a Primary Project playroom at Donlin Drive Elementary School with Contact’s Colleen O’Dell (right).
Local Elected Officials
Cast Vote for Primary Project
The best way to stop a big problem later is to prevent a smaller one now. That’s the idea behind Primary Project, a research-based, early intervention program that Contact Community Services administers in 27 elementary schools in the Syracuse City, East Syracuse Minoa Central, and Liverpool Central school districts. The program for children in grades K-3 identifies and addresses emerging problems such as shyness, anxiety, moodiness, defiance, and problems forming peer relationships... ... read more
Onondaga County Coalition Unveils Suicide Prevention Strategies
Suicide Prevention Coalition
Unveils Strategies for County
The Onondaga County Suicide Prevention Coalition unveiled its strategies to help prevent suicide in Onondaga County at a news conference Sept. 11 at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse....According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide in the United States has surged to the highest level in 30 years. In Onondaga County, there were a reported 180 deaths by suicide from 2013-15, an increase of 64 percent from 2001-03. ... read more
Don’t Ignore This "Invitation"
Jim McKeever is a professional writer who became intrigued by the tragic story of "Marie," a 57-year-old local woman who died by suicide. Who was Marie, Jim wondered, and what drove her to end her own life? Jim’s research took him to Contact Community Services, where he spoke with Crisis Intervention Services Director Cheryl Giarrusso. Cheryl said people like Marie who are considering suicide often send "invitations" to loved ones and friends that they’re going through a difficult time. ... read more
Primary Project
These 40 Minutes Per Week
Make Big Difference for Child
This is my third year working with Primary Project at McKinley-Brighton Elementary School in the Syracuse City School District, and I have met a lot of great students and seen a lot of positive improvements in their adjustments to school through the program. But this past fall was particularly meaningful because I met a little girl who made exceptional progress in our time working together. ... read more

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