Our hearts are with the families of those affected by the shooting in Newtown. United Way 2-1-1, Connecticut's statewide information and referral and crisis line, wants you to know that we are available 24 hours a day to connect families with the resources they need in the wake of this tragedy. If you or your child need assistance, dial 2-1-1, to reach call specialists trained in handling crisis situations
Sandy Hook School Support Fund - Click on the below link if you would like to donate to the United Way of Western Connecticut’s Sandy Hook School Support fund. This fund has been set up in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank to provide support services to the families and communities that have been affected.
Check donations may be mailed to:
Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470
United Way will be working with a representative group of Newtown community leaders and members to determine how the funds will be used.
United Way will only apply external credit card processing fees to any donations received for this fund. There will be no United Way management fees attached to any donations for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, as the town cannot accept any further goods, the town is setting up the Newtown Memorial Fund, and questions on how to donate or send a condolence, can be directed to email@example.com.
The Town of Newtown is taking contributions to both its:
- Sandy Hook Special Revenue Fund (donations specified for the benefit of the town to be used for a public purpose, such as schools, police, parks, playgrounds and memorials)
- Sandy Hook Private Purpose Trust Fund, which will benefit individuals or private organizations, including scholarships.
Checks can be mailed to:
Town of Newtown, 3 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT 06470
Newtown Social Services is starting a Sandy Hook First Responders Fund.
Checks should be made out to the Town of Newtown — be sure to write "First Responders" in the memo line — and can be mailed or dropped off at the office at: Newtown Social Services Department, 3 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470.
Newtown Social Services also is collecting gift cards for restaurants and food that will be distributed to victims' families in January. Call 203-270-4330 for more information.
Newtown's Parks and Recreation Department is taking contributions to the Sandy Hook Park Gift Fund in honor and memory of Sandy Hook victims.
Go to http://www.newtown-ct.gov and click on Parks & Recreation to give online or mail a check to Newtown Park & Recreation Department, 3 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470.
DonorsChoose.org has launched a new donor site to honor the six educators who lost their lives in Newtown. Contributions to DonorsChoose.org/Newtown will be used to support classroom efforts and buy needed supplies of all teachers in Newtown.
Go to http://www.donorschoose.org/newtown for more details.
If you have skills or expertise that you believe will be valuable in the response to this tragedy, please complete this form and describe what you would like to contribute. 2-1-1 will pass on this information to the appropriate state agency and you will be contacted if your services are needed.
Volunteers are asked not to show up at the scene unless they are contacted.
- EMPS - 2-1-1 is the access point for Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services, a mobile crisis line for children and youth. Dial 2-1-1 and press 1 to reach a crisis call specialist who can connect you directly to a mental health clinician in your area.
- www.211ct.org - visit our website to find local trauma resources. Enter your zip code or town and search (under Search by Service Keyword) for one of the following terms:
- Child Guidance, Therapy Referrals, Bereavement Counseling, General Bereavement Support Groups, Post Disaster Mental Health Services, Crime Victim/Witness Counseling, Bereaved Child Support Groups, or Bereaved Parent Support Groups.
- 2-1-1 Child Care has pulled together resources to support caregivers. These resources include information for child care providers, children, families and teachers.
Click on the links below for other resources to help children/families cope with traumatic events:
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Tips for Talking with and Helping Children Cope After a Disaster
- SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline offers a counseling option available by text: Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746. Spanish-speakers can text “Hablanos” to 66746.
- National Association of School Psychologists
- American Red Cross, Recovering Emotionally
- Connecticut Commission on Children
- NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
- CT Department of Children & Families: Trauma Informed Care
- CT Department of Education