August 9, 2011, Guilford, CT—The kid-founded Connecticut-grown United States of Community Service (USCS) and Ashley’s Ice Cream have announced the final totals for their recent Create a Flavor, Change the World ice cream flavor contest.
“I’m happy to announce that thanks to the overwhelming support of our customers in Guilford, Madison, New Haven, Branford and Hamden, Ashley’s Ice Cream will be donating a total of more than $6,000 to five wonderful child-centered organizations,” said Ashley’s Ice Cream owner Joe Ametrano. “We couldn’t be happier with the results of this community-supported campaign and our partnership with these community service-minded kids.”
“Ashley’s Ice Cream has a long history of supporting and donating to community causes,” said USCS spokesperson Laurie Kenney. “The generosity and support of Ashley’s owner Joe Ametrano and co-owner Brian Anderson and of Ashley’s customers in these five towns is what the United States of Community Service is all about!”
Conceived by the USCS almost-sleepover girls in partnership with Ashley’s Ice Cream, the month-long ice cream promotion attracted almost 400 tasty flavor entries nationwide and resulted in last month’s surprise double-crowning of a pair of winning flavors: Nutella Chip Ice Cream (submitted by 10-year-old Brennan Gollaher of Guilford, Connecticut) and Red-White-and-Blueberry Ice Cream (submitted by 11-year-old Caroline Holmes of Greencastle, Pennsylvania). The two flavors will become the official flavors of the 2011 USCS Make a Difference Day Almost-Sleepover event—a kid-powered community service quest to unite kids nationwide with simultaneous almost-sleepover celebrations on October 22, 2011, to perform community service, shine the spotlight on local charities and make a difference nationwide.
The two winning flavors were available for purchase at all five Ashley’s locations for the entire month of July (National Ice Cream Month), with all proceeds from the sale of the flavors benefitting a child-centered organization in each of Ashley’s five locations:
Guilford Library’s Children’s Room Adopt-a-Book Program (Guilford) will receive $1,124.00
The Children’s Place at Connecticut Hospice (Branford) will receive $1,393.00
Life Haven (New Haven) will receive $1,558.00
The Children’s Center of Hamden (Hamden) will receive $1,298.00
UCan2′s LifeStraw Project (Madison) will receive $739.00
“With our book budget cut, this incredibly generous donation from Ashley’s Ice Cream will help the Guilford Free Library purchase many, many new books for the children’s room through our Adopt a Book program,” said Suellen Heinrich, children’s librarian at the Guilford Free Library. “We are thrilled that the USCS girls chose to make a difference for the Guilford Free Library—and grateful to Ashley’s and its customers for their support.”
“The Children’s Center of Hamden is honored that the USCS girls chose us as one of the recipients of funds from Ashley’s Create a Flavor, Change the World project,” said Diane Surprenant, director of personnel and development at The Children’s Center of Hamden. “School starts at the end of this month and the children in Kids Cottage, our safe home, are in need of supplies and book bags. Kids helping kids and making a difference; it is very special for them to know that they have friends in the community who care.”
“With the Create a Flavor, Change the World contest with Ashley’s Ice Cream, the almost-sleepover girls have once again shown that they are committed to making a difference in the lives of the women and children at Life Haven,” said Katie Fischer, a member of Life Haven’s board of directors. “We are both grateful for and touched by their continued kindness and support.”
“The Children’s Place at the Connecticut Hospice is grateful that these young girls thought of our littlest patients when choosing a child-centered organization to support here in Branford,” said Linda Laucella, manager of the development office at Connecticut Hospice. “How generous of Ashley’s Ice Cream and its customers to support our efforts to care for these children and to provide much-needed support for their families and friends.”
“Thanks to USCS, Ashley’s Ice Cream and the community–all of whom have shown our kids that no one is too young and no action too simple to make a huge impact in the lives of many,” said Kathy Leckey, founder of UCan2’s LifeStraw project. “Thanks to the generosity of Ashley’s Ice Cream and its customers and the support of the USCS almost-sleepover girls, UCan2’s LifeStraw project will be able to purchase 150 LifeStraw personal drinking filters for people in developing countries—giving those 150 people the life-saving ability to drink uncontaminated water for an entire year.”
In a show of Keystone State USCS spirit, Marty Boscolo, owner of Mikie’s Ice Cream & Green Cow of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, donated all proceeds from the sale of co-winner Caroline Holmes’s Red-White-and-Blueberry flavor in his store from July 15 through July 17 to Caroline’s two charities of choice. The $162 raised that weekend was split between the Cumberland Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation and the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter.
Ashley’s Ice Cream
From the beginning Ashley’s goal has been to make the best ice cream possible, and they continue to do that today over 30 years later! Ashley’s Ice Cream was founded in 1979. Being avid frisbee players, they became enamored with Ashley Whippet—the famous frisbee catching dog. So the Ashley’s name was born, and their walls have been decorated with hundreds of frisbees they’ve collected ever since. Ashley’s Ice Cream originated in New Haven in 1979 on College Street, just steps away from the dormitories of Yale University. It didn’t take long for the crowds, accolades, and awards to start filling the store; so much so that a second Ashley’s opened on the other side of campus on York Street, where they still are today! Ashley’s has been in nearby Hamden since 1983, and shops in Guilford, Branford, and Madison subsequently followed, bringing the total to 5 locations. Find out more at Ashley’s Ice Cream.
The Children’s Place at Connecticut Hospice
The saddest thing about terminal illness is that it can strike children. Even harder to handle is the inability of family and friends to know what is best in the way of care and caring for the child. There is a way to ease this suffering and the confusion that can go with it. A way to deal with all the issues parents of terminally ill children face on a daily basis is offered by The Children’s Place at Connecticut Hospice.
The Children’s Place at Connecticut Hospice is designed to provide the necessary components of child and family care, including counseling to those who are in need. With many years of experience in caring for children with advanced irreversible illnesses, The Children’s Place at Connecticut Hospice stands ready to provide a program of comprehensive care around-the-clock through home care and inpatient center care.
For more information, contact Linda Laucella, manager of the development office, at 203/315-7684 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Connecticut Hospice at www.hospice.com.
Life Haven is a temporary shelter providing a safe and nurturing environment for homeless pregnant women and women with young children. Life Haven is committed to helping these women develop the skills they need to live independently. Life Haven serves 20 families at a time. Over 150 families are sheltered annually, including 250 children. Almost 90 percent of the families entering Life Haven move out into permanent housing in the community. Life Haven’s goal is to end homelessness, one family at a time.
Life Haven is the only shelter in the state with licensed, on-site childcare. Life Haven’s Childcare Center provides a safe, consistent and stimulating environment for the children while their mothers work to build healthy lives for their families. Currently, the center is equipped to serve 20 homeless children. Life Haven’s childcare program is specifically designed to meet the needs of homeless children. Each child is assessed and their care plan may include anger management, self-esteem, and health and safety education. For more information, call Elizabeth Hilton, interim executive director, at 203/776-6208 or visit www.lifehaven.org.
Guilford Free Library Children’s Room Adopt-a-Book Program
The Guilford Free Library is asking for your help to support the library children’s room collection.An “Adopt-a-Book” program has been started seeking monetary donations to help with the purchase of new children’s books.These gifts can be made in honor of families, birthdays, other celebrations and more.Bookplates will be placed in the books and the donors can be the first to check the titles out!
Donations can be for children’s picture books, board books, fiction, animal, science, dinosaurs, math, history, poetry, biographies, folk tales, mythology, and so on. Please ask the children’s staff for help with suggestions.Cash, check or credit cards are welcome. For more information, contact Suellen Heinrich, children’s librarian, at 203/453-8282, or visit the library’s website at www.guilfordfreelibrary.org.
The Children’s Center of Hamden
The Children’s Center of Hamden, Inc. is dedicated to providing quality treatment and education in a safe, nurturing environment for children and families. The children served by the center struggle with serious emotional, behavioral, psychological and social problems. On a daily average over 170 children and families receive services through at least one of the center’s programs.
In April of 1999, The Children’s Center of Hamden opened Connecticut’s first “Safe Home,” designed to provide assessment services for young children who have been removed from their homes for a variety of reasons, generally related to the child’s safety. Kids Cottage serves no more than 13 children at a time and can accommodate groups of siblings so they are not separated from each other during what might be considered a tumultuous time. The program provides a psychosocial assessment of each child to aid in planning for placement should home not be an option. Lengths of stay range from a couple of days up to 45 days. For more information about Kid’s Cottage and other programs at The Children’s Center of Hamden, contact Diane Surprenant, director of personnel and development, at 203/248-2116.
UCan2′s LifeStraw® Project
LifeStraw is a portable drinking filter that people wear on a string around their necks that enables them to drink from contaminated water sources.Each LifeStraw lasts for a year and costs about $6. All of the money collected by the LifeStraw Project is sent on to the 1090 Foundation of the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale, FL. The rotary club is partnered with LifeStraw’s manufacturer as the only distributer in this country.LifeStraws are currently being sent to Haiti, where the need is greatest.
How does LifeStraw save lives? 6,000 people die every day from water-related diseases, most of them children.That is the fact that inspired Brett Leckey, a fourth-grader at Jeffrey School in Madison, Connecticut, to start this fundraiser just last year.Since then, Brett has raised enough money to buy 2,000 LifeStraws for people in need.
The LifeStraw Project is run by Ucan2, a non-profit organization (501c3 status pending) whose mission is to educate students on health and welfare issues in the world, inspire others to join, and provide guidance and support for them to act. For more information, call Kathy Leckey at 203/627-2686 or visit www.ucan2.org.