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If you’re an Amazon shopper, you can support Contact Community Services simply by joining the Amazon Smile program. It’s free and easy, and here’s what you need to know ... read more

Lily Zawadzki’s lunch bunch students
"I Hope I Make Them Smile!"
by Lily Zawadzki
As a Youth Development Specialist, it’s my job to encourage young learners to become stronger and well-rounded members of our community. From their academics to their behaviors and all of the social/emotional skills in-between, I focus on developing the whole person and guiding young people on the journey called life. A huge focus of my job is to teach skills ... read more
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Contact/211CNY Answer the Call
"I have been using drugs heavy and I want to stop or die. I have nowhere to turn to." This email came to us through the 211CNY website at 6:29 a.m. Sunday, January 10. A few hours later, we sent this reply: ... read more
Kristin Losier, volunteer
‘You Might Be All That Person Has’
NewsChannel 9 television reporter Farah Jadran recently visited Contact Community Services in advance of our training for Hotline volunteers. Farah interviewed Kristine Knutson, Contact’s Program Manager for Volunteer Relations, and Hotline volunteer Kristin Losier about Contact’s crisis and suicide prevention services. "You’re doing good for other people," Losier said.
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WAER Previews
Volunteer Training
"You walk out and you get in your car and you drive home and you think, even if it was for two moments, I made somebody’s day a little better today. It makes you feel you did something useful for the day." —Contact Community Services Hotline volunteer Sue Navagh to WAER radio ... WAER News and Public Affairs Director Chris Bolt interviewed Sue and Kristine Knutson, Contact’s Volunteer Relations Program Manager ... listen to the full story and additional interviews on WAER’s website ... read more
A Primary Project Success Story
A Primary Project Success Story
Considered to be shy and withdrawn, conversation was a struggle for "Jarred," a second-grade student at East Syracuse Elementary School. As I walked with him down the hallway, I was confident that the playroom was the perfect place for change to occur. "Welcome to the playroom. This is a special room," ... read more Primary Project

Contact, Cicero Police
Partner for Driver’s Education
On Dec. 10, Cicero Police Officer Eric Flansberg visited Cicero-North Syracuse High School with a driving simulator....the simulator tests how reaction time is affected by drugs, alcohol or distractions such as texting and passengers. When a student is "pulled over" or "arrested" in the video, the simulator also provides different scenarios ...
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All Danforth Students Are Saying
All Danforth Students Are Saying
Is Give Peace A Chance
On Thursday, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and other concerned Syracuse residents joined students and staff at Danforth Middle School in Syracuse for the "Safe Streets for Schools" Peace Parade to unite against the violence in the community. ... read more
Pat Leone
Contact’s Executive Director Pat Leone
Contact’s Pat Leone
Featured on UW Update
Contact Community Services’ Executive Director Pat Leone appears in the most recent United Way of Central New York Community Update to discuss how the United Way supports Contact’s variety of services. To watch the update, please visit the United Way of CNY website and click on the Nov. 25 Community Update (2:15 mark of the video) ... watch video
Teen Institute
Teen Institute students
TI Student: I’m Not the Only One
Who Goes Through This Stuff
In early November, students from Fowler, Institute of Technology at Central, and Nottingham high schools in Syracuse attended the 2015 Heart of New York Teen Institute leadership conference ....The conference empowers teens with the knowledge, skills and confidence to educate and lead peers to reduce the frequency of substance abuse and other unhealthy behaviors ... read more
The Vadala family
Toni Vadala with her sons Anthony (left) and Christopher
Contact impacts Syracuse Family
In Many Different Ways
Contact Community Services recently attended the annual Wellness Fair at P.E.A.C.E., Inc., in Syracuse, where we had the great pleasure of meeting Toni Vadala, a Family Worker for P.E.A.C.E., Inc. As we were sharing stories about our agencies, Toni explained how Contact has been a positive influence in her family’s life ... read more
2015 Teen Institute
Fun, Learning and Connection
at 2015 Teen Institute
About 25 students from Fowler, Institute of Technology at Central, and Nottingham high schools in Syracuse attended the 2015 Heart of New York Teen Institute leadership conference over the weekend of Nov. 6 at Long Point Camp in Penn Yan. .. read more
Michele and Laura Hand
Laura Hand (left) and Michele Anson
Contact’s Michele Anson
Talks 211CNY with Laura Hand
Michele Anson, Program Manager for 211CNY and Crisis Intervention Services at Contact Community Services, recently appeared on Laura Hand’s morning show on NBC3-TV to discuss the benefits of 211CNY, which provides free 24-hour health and human services information to residents ... read more
PAX Game
PAX Game
Syracuse City School District
Highlights PAX Game
The PAX Good Behavior Game (GBG) is starting to catch on throughout the Syracuse City School District. Contact Community Services has introduced PAX GBG to all grades at Meachem Elementary School and Porter Elementary School in the Syracuse City School District. ... read more

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