How You Can Help Conn. Shooting Relief Effort

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As the details of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut  continue to unfold, local mental health professionals and aid organizations are stepping forward to help those affected by the tragedy, and you can help.

A number of organizations are prepared to help with counseling services and bereavement therapy and funds have been set up to support the victims’ families for a variety of needs.

Here are a few of them:

Danbury Hospital

Danbury hospital has partnered with other local counseling and mental health agencies within the community and is providing crisis intervention services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Find out how you can contribute here.

Newtown Memorial Fund

The Newtown Memorial Fund aims to help victims’ families pay for funeral costs, set up a community-wide memorial and a college scholarship fund for the students of the Newtown Public Schools. Find out how you can get involved here.

Newtown Parent Connection

The Newtown Parent Connection, a nonprofit that addresses issues of substance abuse, also offers bereavement group counseling on the first Wednesday of every month. The organization is going to try to bring in additional counselors to accommodate the needs of those affected by the Sandy Hook shooting. Find out how you can help here.

Newtown Youth and Family Services

Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc., a nonprofit mental health clinic, will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for emergency counseling for families, community members or staff involved in the Sandy Hook
Elementary school tragedy. All donations made to the organization will benefit those affected. Find out how you can help here.

Project Linus

Project Linus, a nonprofit that brings comfort to children in crisis, has arranged to send more than 700 warm, cozy handmade blankets to children affected by this latest shooting. Find out how you can get involved here.

Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund

The University of Connecticut Foundation created the Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will help pay college costs for Sandy Hook students who choose to attend UConn when they’re older. Siblings of the student victims, and children of the adult victims, will also be eligible. The awards will be need-based. Find out how you can get involved here.

Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund

A former Sandy Hook student has set up the Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund in conjunction with Crowdrise, to raise funds for the victims, families and others affected by the tragic shooting. Donations will be directed to the Sandy Hook PTSA, according to the fundraising site. Find out how you can get involved here.

Sandy Hook School Support Fund

United Way, a global nonprofit that works to improve families and individuals’ education, income stability and health, has set up the Sandy Hook School Support Fund through its Western Connecticut chapter. The fund will provide support services to the families that have been affected by the mass shooting.  Donations can be mailed to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank 39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470 or submitted online here.

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

Help decorate the school where the children from Sandy Hook Elementary are moving to in January. Make paper snowflakes! Tutorials for snowflakes and more details here.

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